Imagine taking your dog to the local park for a game of fetch and retrieve. Or maybe you’d like to teach your dog to pick up his leash when it’s time for a walk. Perhaps you want to train your dog to carry items without damaging them, as working dogs do sometimes. One of the most useful tricks you can teach your dog is to hold and accept an object, and with some patience and practice, your dog can quickly learn this skill in a matter of weeks.
Accepting an object is a vital skill for dogs used for service work, hunting, or competition. But it’s also a helpful skill for your dog at home to learn too. This trick can even come in handy for entertainment purposes and adorable photos of your pup!
Training your dog to accept an object can be accomplished within a few weeks’ time provided you approach the training with consistency and patience. This skill may be easier for some dogs to acquire than others based on their breed and genetic tendencies.
For instance, working and sporting dogs, like Labrador or Golden retrievers, have softer mouths and are predisposed to carrying objects in their mouths. Regardless of the breed, with the proper steps, your dog can learn this valuable ability.
Along with your positive, patient attitude, make sure that you have the right kind of training object. These items can be purchased at pet and sporting goods stores, however, you can also use objects around the house to accomplish this task. Whatever object you choose, make sure it is a comfortable size and weight for your dog.
Be ready to give plenty of praise to your dog, but hold off on any treats. You will have to remove the object from your dog’s mouth to provide him with the snack, and that can send mixed messages about what you’re trying to teach your four-legged companion.