Wouldn't you like your dog to be able to lend a helping hand, or in this case mouth, carrying items such as grocery bags, his toys, one of your child's stuffed animals, a beer, or just about anything else? Not only can his ability to carry an item be helpful to you, but it is a really great trick to show off in front of your friends. Bear in mind that teaching your dog to carry things will require several training sessions over the course of about four weeks.
In order for this type of training to be successful, you need to choose a specific toy or object and stick with it until your dog has mastered the trick and will do it every time you ask him to do so. While this is not really a difficult task for your dog to master, it will require a certain amount of time and patience in order for him to get it. The good news is that most dogs naturally carry things in their mouth so teaching him to do so on command should not be that difficult.
This particular task is relatively simple in nature, you are simply asking your dog to do something that comes naturally to him: carry objects in his mouth. The only really hard part about it is training him to carry what you ask him to carry when you want him to do so. In essence, you will be training your dog a series of commands, including ‘pick it up’, ‘hold it’, ‘fetch’, and ‘drop it’. These are all part of the concept of teaching your dog to carry things.
Teaching your dog to carry things can be a great parlor trick, especially if you teach him the name of things like a TV remote, slippers, ball, toy, and so on. But at the same time, it can come in handy when you need a helping paw to carry something like the frisbee you are going out to play with or that ice cold beer in the fridge.
It doesn't take much to get started training your dog to carry things. You will, however, need the following:
The biggest thing you need is patience. Remember, your dog is just as interested in learning as you are in teaching. But at the same time, you must be prepared to shower him with praise and an ample supply of treats to let him know he is doing a good job. In time, your dog will carry anything you ask him to without the need for a treat, but you should always be ready to praise him for doing a good job.