How to Teach a Dog His Name
Everywhere you read about how to teach a dog his name, it is always recommended that you use positive reinforcement. With proper dog training, a dog should be able to recognize his name after two weeks.
If you just got yourself a puppy or just adopted a dog, this should be the first thing you do. It is important for a dog to respond to his name in order to train his brain for other commands.
How to Teach a Dog His Name: What you should do
The following are some tips on how to effectively teach your dog to respond to the name you have assigned for him. Remember, positive reinforcements not only work best but will help you build a bond between you and your pet.
Therefore, it is necessary to pair up the dog’s name with something nice. The idea is to teach your dog that his name means something wonderful and should then respond to it.
Start by saying his name out loud and motioning towards you with a treat. Use a word such as “yes” when he does come towards you and give him the treat. After a while, your dog will associate his name with a treat.
Once this association is solid, you should begin the exercise when your dog’s attention is not focused on you. Repeat this exercise as many times as possible and in as many different environments as possible.
How to Teach a Dog His Name: What not to do
There are some things that you should not do unless you want to fail:
- Don’t use the name too casually so that it does not turn into white noise. If your dog responds to it and you have to dismiss, he will get very confused;
- Never use his name to punish him or correct him in any way. This will only help associate his name to something negative.
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