My last two adopted dogs were Dutch shepherds who came with a lot of issues due to previous environments/being mishandled. They made me such a better trainer/handler/pet owner. LOVE the breed but due to increasing mobility issues, I couldn't commit to that level of intensity anymore. Enter my new adopt, a red heeler, adopted several weeks ago. He isn't typical of the breed from what I've seen so far. He's very laid back, loves to cuddle (especially under the blankets), and as the saying goes, "has never met a stranger." At two, he had no knowledge of anything, so we began lead training, heeling, basic OB, and have worked on distractions in various parking lots and points around the lake. I'm happy with his progress. I would like for him to learn a couple basic assist skills (most important one: hand it to me, as in something needs to picked up). I never had a problem teaching any type of assist skills before, but no matter how I approach it, this little guy isn't doing it. Even "take it" isn't getting through. My Dutch's all had jobs besides assisting, and this guy doesn't appear to need jobs (and if that's the case, that's fine), but as stated, it would be super beneficial for me if he could master just that one command. Any suggestions?