Nylabone and gets a little too hyper. She will sit quietly on the ground chomping on her Nylabone for a few minutes, but then will all of a sudden decide that she wants to get up and whip it around the house like a dangerous weapon. We say "bring it" to instruct her to bring the Nylabone to us (we don't take it from her) and then we say "lay down" to remind her that she should be laying down when chewing on this toy (this prevents any human injury or damage to the furniture).
We realized that the "bring it" command is exactly what we needed to use when teaching Athena how to carry her ball in her mouth during walks. So, when taking a walk we place Athena's ball on the ground or have her take it from our hand as we say "bring it." She now knows to pick up the ball in her mouth and carry it. When we get to our location we can trade her a treat for her ball with the "trade" command.
heel, leave it, sit, down, and stay commands, we don't have Athena carry her ball during the entire walk. We usually start the "bring it" command when we are about three minutes away from our destination (the park or the house). This way she gets practice with her general commands and gets a bit of time to practice the "bring it" command.
Check out a video of Athena bringing her ball to the park:
So, now we have a super cute dog who carries her own ball to the park! Have you taught your dog to carry their toys around? What command do you use and how did you teach it?