Are you looking for a crazy new trick to teach your pup? One that involves your whole family and will keep everyone amused practically forever? Then why not teach your pup to take notes back and forth among your family members and, in time, a few good friends? By the time you are done, you may find you can teach your dog to carry a note to a neighbor in case of emergency. But most of all, this is just a fun trick to teach your pup.
This is little like training your dog to find things, but instead, he has to find other people. While you are teaching him to take notes back and forth, you will also be teaching him to associate each person's scent with their name. In many instances, this is simply reinforcing an association he is already starting to make as he gets used to being part of your family.
This is a simple task for your pup to learn, it is a little like teaching him to play hide and seek or find the toy with people instead of toys. Your goal is to be able to give your little furry friend a note that he is to take to the designated person. To do this, he must also learn to associate names with the people they belong to. Chances are good that he is already learning to this as part of his everyday life.
Your job is to strengthen this knowledge and then make use of it by teaching him to carry the note to another member of your family or to close friends your pup knows. Your pup will thoroughly enjoy doing his "new" job and should have no problem learning everyone's name. Dogs can learn hundreds of words, including names.
Since this requires your pup to perform on command, he should have already mastered 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'down'. These are vital basic commands that any dog should know before attempting to teach them any other tricks. There are a few things that might help make the training go a little easier, including:
Beyond this, you need to have the time and patience to work with your little guy until he masters this very cool trick!