Dog Training and Care - Train Your Dog to Carry

One of the first things you'll want to teach your dog, particularly if you intend on training him or her to perform certain tasks, is to carry an item in their mouth and to give to whomever they are directed to give it to. Fortunately, with the proper praise and direction, teaching your dog to carry is rather easy and will aid in future attempts to teach your dog to retrieve.

This works great for dogs that are natural retrievers such as Springer Spaniels, Labradors and the like. However, any dog breed can be taught to carry and the great thing about this is that it can be taught pretty much anywhere. Either indoors or out will make suitable locations for this simple act.

The first thing you will want to do is to place an object for them to carry on the ground or on the floor. Now you need to convince him or her to pick it up. The easiest way to do this is to get your dog a bit excited by playing a little game of tug o' war or something similar so your dog will associate the desire to pick the item up with what you're trying to train them to do now.

At the time of directing your dog to pick up the item use the command, �Fetch' or something similar. As at this time you are not only teaching your dog to carry an item to you but also instilling the beginnings of training your dog to fetch as well.

Once he or she picks the item up, call them over to you and have them heel or sit. When your dog returns to you, do not reach immediately for the object they are carrying, allow them to hold it for a bit and give them praise for picking it up. This will help encourage them to do it again and again.

After you have given praise for picking the item up and coming to you, now, gently take it from him or her at the same time as giving a command for doing so. Some people will use the command �Give' or �Out' for this action. If no resistance is given, be extremely generous with your praise. If your dog resists and insists on playing more tug o' war, be stern and discipline them properly.

Just like all other forms of dog training, repeat this over and over until it becomes habit. Make sure you are consistent each time with your commands and your actions, if you're not you will increase the amount of time it takes and create an aura of confusion that will quickly lead to frustration on both your end and on your dogs end.