Imagine having a dog so well trained that he will not take food or items unless he is given permission first. If you are going to train your dog to not take food or items, you will also need to train your dog to 'take it'. After all, there are just some times when it is nice to have your dog clean up that food that you spilled.
Training your dog to take something is a very important part of basic obedience. If your dog understands what "take it" means then you can also train your dog to not take things, unless he is given permission. 'Take it' is also an important command when you are training your dog to hunt. You will need your bird dog to be able to take his bird, hold it, and bring it to you. To train this, your dog must know how to take the bird first.
Almost all dogs can learn how to take something. You will need to decide whether your dog is most motivated by food or moving toys, and choose the method that rewards that way. Expect this to take between five and ten days to train.
To get started you will need lots of small, tasty treats, and a happy, excited attitude. If you are using the 'Ball' method, you will also need a ball, such as a tennis ball. If you are using the 'Movement' method, you will need a long toy that you can move in front of your dog. A stuffing-free stuffed animal or a Tug of War rope toy will work well for this. It will also be helpful if your dog already knows the 'leave it' or 'wait' command.