Going for a walk might be one of your dog's favorite activities to do with you. Getting your dog excited for walks is probably not difficult. Getting him involved by getting his own leash when he's ready for a walk can be a cool trick. Not only can he teach you that he is ready to go or needs to go outside, but he can also take a simple chore off your hands by getting the leash for you. Imagine the time saved if your dog can walk up to you with his leash in hand ready to go. You could spend extra time putting your shoes on, filling up a bottle of water, and gearing up for your walk. Impress your friends and neighbors each time your dog carries his leash to you to let you know he is ready to go!
Training your dog to bring you his leash is not an incredibly difficult task. However, your dog needs to know basic commands first. Teach your dog to get his leash by teaching him the keyword word such as ‘leash.’ You will use this word every time you expect your dog to bring his leash to you. You can work on your dog bringing you his leash every time you take him outside, so potentially several times a day for several sessions before he completely comprehends the command. This trick could take a few weeks to master but will show the world just how smart your dog really is. Starting with basic a keyword command such as ‘leash’ or ‘pick it up’ will help your dog understand this command a little faster. If your dog is not familiar with the fetch command or not familiar with basic words such as ‘ball’ or ‘go get the ball,’ you may want to work on those first. Have fun with this one. Your dog will look smart and be able to help you out with a simple task.
Your dog should have a leash ready for him that is the right size for his breed, size and weight. Be prepared with lots of treats to offer him. Each time you practice this simple trick, be ready to take your dog for a walk even if it is short and sweet. You will need him to understand the ‘leash’ command means he gets the leash and as a reward, he gets to go outside and walk with you. Have fun and be positive. Be prepared to reward your pup for great behavior and learning another cool trick.