I've successfully gotten Renji to pick up my little METAL Maglite flashlight and bring it to my hand.
Today, I tossed the flashlight on the floor, told him to "get it," then clicked/treated every time he sniffed it. Then I clicked/treated every time he licked it, then mouthed it, then when I heard teeth. As soon as I saw one end of the flashlight leave the ground, I clicked, shrieked in glee, shoved a handful of kibble in his face, then jumped up and grabbed more for him. I repeated this the next few times I saw him even marginally pick up the flashlight. He probably thought I was a crazy lady but he sure did appreciate the resulting kibble party! Then I eased off, looking for a full off-the-ground lift. I got it! Another kibble party. Finally, he picked it up and brought it to my hand. Woooo HOOOO! It was brief, but he did it and we ended the session there with some kong toss in the house.
We preceded this with getting a couple different objects. My glove gave him no trouble but my long scarf did. Now I am determined to get him used to fetching a myriad of objects, but first Renji has to hold my flashlight a little bit longer and fetch it from greater distances.
When he's holding the flashlight reliably, I'll take a video (and a photo for you, Melanie).
Ahhh.... the sweet, sweet sound of a tired dog. I love clicker training!