#52WeeksOfTricks – Week Four – Hoops

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Week Four: Hoops!

Teaching your dog to jump through hoops looks hard, but it’s really quite simple when you break it down.

1. Teach your dog to walk through a hoop that is touching the ground, this helps them learn that it’s not a scary thing (as Bonnie is learning in the photo).

2. Once they’ve got that down pat, lift the hoop a couple of centimetres off the ground and encourage them through again.

3. Place you foot and leg under the hoop (like in Cynder’s shot) and encourage your dog to jump ‘through’. Placing your foot under the hoop helps your dog to realise that they should go through, not under.

4. Once your dog is a pro, you can start lifting the hoop higher!
If your dog has a tendency to go around the hoop instead, place it up against a wall so they can only go through and not around.
Good luck, and have fun! Take your time and with consistent training your dog will be jumping hoops in no time

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#52WeeksOfTricks – Week Three: Up

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Week Three: Up!

After teaching your dog how to put their front paws up on an object, it’s time to move on to getting their back legs in on the action as well!

After giving the command of “Paws Up” hold the treat once again just in front of their nose and move it slowly away from them so they start to reach forward.

If they move their back legs slightly as they try to get the treat, reward! If they move a back leg and put it up on the object, reward!!! If they hop up onto the object with both back legs, reward!!!!!

Practice this over and over until your dog is able to hop up with a quick command of up. The important thing to make sure is that you distinguish between just wanting their front paws up, and the whole body, so make sure you practice both smile emoticon

We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Up skills!

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#52WeeksOfTricks – Trick two: Paws Up

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Week Two: Paws Up!

Even Bonnie is getting in on the action now!

Since you guys asked for it, I’ll now detail how to teach each trick. This is a precursor trick to Horsey from week one, so I thought I’d break it down.

You want to start off with something that’s not too high, like a pivot box (which Bonnie is on) or a phone book.

Have your dog standing in front of the object you want them to put their paws on, and have a piece of food just out of their reach in front of them (in your hand). If the dog moves one of their front legs, reward, if they get it on the object, even bigger reward!

As you move the treat just out of their reach they will naturally want to move towards it, but the scary box is in the way! So it may take them a little time to learn. Once they are comfortable getting up there, add the command of “Paws up” and reward for longer time spent in that position. Then you can try it on different objects, like a chair… before moving on to yourself!

We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Paws Up skills!

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Meet a few of the other LG CordZero Heroes

So we’ve talked about the LG Cordzero 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum quite recently, and I’ve given you my thoughts on it… But let’s not make this all about me! I’d like to introduce you a few of the other CordZero Heroes and find out what they thought about theirs!


12108870_10153086965701010_1497603155362228617_nName: Holly Connors
Blog Name: Simplify create inspire
Link: http://Simplifycreateinspire.com/
About: Holly is a busy mum of 2, on the path towards a simplified life… And documenting the journey along the way. Previously working in psychology, Holly is now focused on staying organised as a work at home mum and triple blog owner.
LG Model: LG Cordzero C5 Cannister
Thoughts: Vacuuming was a dreaded chore simply because of the effort of plugging it in, doing an area, plugging in somewhere else etc. but the CordZero takes away that extra effort and makes quick spot cleans so easy. Plus no cords to trip over the toddler or get tangled around the furniture. It’s also great on cleaning up pet mess… Fur, kitty litter. We love it!


Name: Kristie-Ann LoIMG_6657
Blog Name: Tee’s Blurbs
Link: www.kristieannclo.com
About: Kristie-Ann is a dreamer with a passion for travel, beauty and sweets. A Melbourne-based Software Engineer and a mum of one very active bub, she hopes of seeing the world, one city at a time.
LG Model: LG CordZero Canister C3
Thoughts: I like that being cordless, the vacuum eradicates the need for “plug, vacuum, unplug” on repeat. It is convenient to lug around the house and lighter than I had expected given the technology and the features it promises. It is portable so it can go where no other vacuum has gone to – like the porch, deck and so on. It is compact and comes with  a “storage mode/slot” which saves a bit of space when not in use! Definitely a winner in our home!


12188094_10153101189776035_549347497532431199_oName: Mumma McD
Blog Name: Toilets aren’t for Turtles
Link: http://www.toiletsarentforturtles.com

About : Mumma McD is a working mum of two preschoolers who blogs about the absurdity of raising tiny humans.
LG Model: CordZero 2-in-1 Handstick.
Thoughts: We love how easy it is just to grab the CordZero off its base and start using it. No need to plug in, just grab and go. And it was super powerful! Great for cleaning up after mealtimes and craft explosions.  I also love that the CordZero Handstick is so easy (and fun!) to use that my kids have been fighting over who gets to clean up.


12187734_10153754884363470_8504113305068885791_nName: Kylie
Blog Name: a*muze*ing
Link: www.kylieclark.com
About you: Fabulous photo taker, lanky crossfitter, runner, sun worship-er, chocolate lover, mostly paleo-eater, frazzled mamma of four girls, wife to cyclone and studying nursing. All. At. Once.
LG Model: Cordless Handy-stick cleaner
Thoughts?  My absolute favourite thing was that my children LOVED using Gloria (we named her). busy children + clean floors = happy mama. WIN WIN!!!