Training your dog to carry a bucket is a relatively simple task, made easier by the fact that most dogs like to carry things in their mouths and that they like to feel useful. While this type of training is more about fun than about teaching him a new chore, it does come in handy. You can teach your dog to bring you a bucket out in the garden or carry one back to the house for you. In reality, training your dog to carry a bucket is just an extension of teaching him to retrieve or fetch a specific item. For many dogs, the hardest part of the training is teaching your dog what particular item you want him to carry or bring back to you.
Not only is teaching your dog this neat trick going to prove useful, it can also be used as a great party trick when you have company. The best part is that your dog will enjoy what he is doing and in time you may find him doing so without being asked to.
The task at hand is training your dog to pick up a bucket and then to bring it to you or carry it along as you go for a walk. You can teach virtually any dog to carry a bucket as long as he is big and strong enough to carry the bucket. However, since this trick does include carrying a certain amount of weight, you may want to wait until your pup has matured and his bones have had a chance to fully form.
You can use any command you choose as long as it is unique to this particular task. You might try, "bring me the bucket" or "fetch me the bucket", making sure your dog knows what bucket you are talking about. This is a relatively easy task for most dogs to learn and should only take a few weeks for him to master.
It doesn’t take much for you to get started training your dog to carry a bucket. You need a few basic items used in most forms of training, including:
Like most forms of dog training, you will get the best results when you start out in a quiet yard or room in your home. It could take a few days for your pup to get used to the feeling of the bucket handle in his mouth, but time and patience (as well as a large supply of treats) will pay off and before long, your pup will be hauling buckets anywhere you need him to.