Teaching your dog to carry a note to another person is a pretty cool trick! Not only will it be fun for the two of you, but you can use this trick to amaze and amuse your friends. While this is mostly considered to be a fun trick, it may also come in handy in case of an emergency. Imagine falling down and not being able to move, but you can write a note and have your dog carry it to a neighbor. The neighbor could then dial 911 and get the help you need.
In some ways, training your dog to carry a note is a little like training him to play fetch in reverse. But, at the same time, you do not want the recipient to have to call for your pup. One neat little thing about this trick is that it is the perfect way to teach your pup to recognize people by name. From here, it won't be that hard to teach him the names of any number of people and items.
The goal is simple, by the end of the training, you should be able to tuck a note under your pup's collar or have him take it in his mouth and have him take it directly to the person you tell him to. While the task itself is relatively simple, the process itself is a combined effort. Your pup will be learning to recognize people by name and at the same time learning to carry a note to them.
You may not know it., but most dogs are able to recognize 165 words. While some may learn more and others less, your dog has more than enough mental capacity to learn the names of family and friends and leave room for plenty more.
Before you can start training your pup to carry notes, he must first have mastered the four basic commands of 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'down'. This way, when you start working with him carrying notes he has already proven his ability to do as he is told. Beyond this, you won't need much else in the way of training supplies. However, you may need:
The only other things you will need are plenty of patience and time to work with your pup while he learns the fun new trick!