In general, you can expect this trick to take between one and three months to train. If your puppy already knows 'Take It' or 'Hold', then this trick should take even less time to teach. This trick is actually three smaller tricks combined into one action. It includes the 'Take It' command, the 'Hold' command, and the 'Pass It' command.
You will need several pieces of paper for this trick because the notes will get wet every time that they are in your puppy's mouth and they will need to be replaced when they get too soggy. You also do not want to encourage your puppy to eat paper, and giving her a soggy note can encourage her to eat paper.
Remember to reward your puppy and to celebrate whenever she masters one of the smaller parts of this trick. Each of these simple tricks can also be used later on to teach your puppy how to do other complex tricks or as stand alone tricks by themselves.
To get started, you will need lots of tasty treats, lots of paper, an assistant, and a calm location that is at least twenty feet wide or long. If you wish to teach your puppy to bring a note to more than one
specific person, then you will need additional people to practice this
with. If you are using the 'Reel In' method, then you will also need a twenty-foot leash or drag lead. With all of the methods, you will need clear communication, patience, and a happy attitude. Your assistant will also need clear communication, patience, and an inviting demeanor.