I originally was working on this video for an APDT proposal but decided to release it to YouTube anyway.
Holding an object can be useful for many difficult tricks or for training service dog behaviors of holding a bag, purse, keys, etc… Many complex tricks involve holding/taking an object in the mouth. For example: Roll in a blanket or Get a drink out of the refrigerator.
Twix is just learning this behavior but can already hold an item for a few seconds.
Remember there are many ways to train a trick. My way may not work for you or your dog. I have a great bond and connection with my dogs and they tend to pick up tricks quickly. My dogs are also really awesome at reading my body language.
If you are having difficulty with any trick, I would be more than happy to help. Just send my a message or comment on my video and I will get back to you within a few days.
Have a great 2011!
This video has all three (triple crown) of my dogs in it! Yay Isabelle decided to join us.
Pam, Bandit, Isabelle, and Twix