If you own anything that requires keys, you have probably misplaced them more than a few times. Moreover, you may even know they often show up in logical places within your home most times they are lost. If you can train your dog to find your keys, he can be in your lost keys search party. On the other hand, if you would like your dog to become involved in some fun tricks, you can have your dog bring you keys when he is ready to go for a ride. Imagine the excitement your dog will show when he can get your keys for you before he gets to get in the car. And for those days when you have misplaced them while in a rush the day before, your pup can help you find them again. He will enjoy helping you out, and of course, he will enjoy the reward that comes after.
Teaching your dog to find your keys can be as simple as beginning with a ‘fetch’ command and building from there to ‘search’ and ‘find’. You will need to teach your dog the object first and then challenge him to find it in various situations. Your pup should know basic commands first. Begin these methods with a playful approach and let your dog’s enthusiasm guide your training. You can teach a puppy or an older dog to find your keys, and it should not take too much time. Just be sure to schedule small, repetitive training sessions.
Make sure to have treats to reward good behavior and show your dog what a good boy he is. A cloth keychain or lanyard might help train your dog to carry your keys more easily. Use the keys you use every day, so he understands the object. Be patient and have fun with your dog while training him to find your keys. This training could be useful, after all!
You will need:
- Keys you don’t mind your dog mouthing.
- Treats for rewards.
- Time for play and training in short sessions.
- A small towel to use to hide your keys.