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Cooper is 17 weeks old and I am smitten!  More like..madly in love.  It has been a while since I trained a dog.  I cannot remember how to teach a dog to "take it" and "bring it to me"  I would've some help.  Cooper is very smart bandager to learn.  FYI: I use clicker training.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 20, 2015 at 7:17pm

I taught this to Gracie while waiting our turn at agility. I started by just holding the toy in front of her nose and saying "take it." When she would take it, I would then say "give" and help her to manage to drop it into my hand, and then treat. I gradually increased the distance from her nose and then moved onto dropping it onto the floor in front of her, and then onto tossing it further and further, and I added the command "bring it" as soon as she picked it up. It is now a favorite play-time/pass-time while we are waiting for our turn at agility. Also, we did progress to my being able to do "take it" with a dumb bell tossed over a jump. She will jump, pick it up, turn and jump back and drop it in my hand. She knows she needs to stay and she will not move toward taking it until I say "take it." Also, not sure how much it mattered, but I trained this after a succession of basic and novice obedience classes. We had a pretty good rapport by then. Good luck!

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on November 2, 2015 at 7:09pm

We always have used voice commands and treats.. We also started with the stay and come command, then moved to take it and bring it to me. For the stay and come command we used the leash. Stay we would give the command and then if they did not listen use the leash to take them back to the spot give the command and walk away. For come same idea. As for take it. We gave the pup their favorite toy and gave the command. Each time the pup did what we wanted we would give a treat which was one piece of their kibble. Easy to keep calories in check that way. Persistence and patience is needed with all training. Also remember to start slow and only work with the pup for short time frames. Good luck

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