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Teaching Your Puppy’s Name

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This is the very first training you should do once you have a new puppy. Having a dog that knows their name is essential so you can grab their attention when they do something. This can also be a life saver, imagine when you see your dog too close to your apartment window, by calling her name (and she respond) she turn back at you and avoid her from any danger.

This is also good for praising; saying her name on your praise will let them know that you are praising her, not something else. A dog can also associate a name with order, so they know who you are talking to. When teaching a new order/trick and the dog get distracted with something, you can call the name to regain their attention. So, yes teaching them to recognize their name is important and will be useful for many purposes.

How to Make a Dog to Learn Their Name

There is a simple training for this, you’ll need some one to help you, you need a long leash, and you need some treats. To start the training tells your friend to hold your dog and you hold the leash. Make sure you have some distance (3 or 4 meters is ok) then call her name. Call the name with exciting tone, so they catch the message of “fun” in her name. If she comes to you praise her, and give their favorite treat! Now give the leash to your friend and tell him to do the same (call your dog, praise and give a treat). Repeat this several times in each training session. Soon she’ll understand her name.

The function of the leash is to give a little snap when their attention distracted. This will grab their attention back at you and continue the training. Don’t do the training to long. Too much repetition means too much food; we don’t want to have an overweight dog. Just do 5 – 10 repetition each session and take your puppy for a walk after the training. Training too long may frustrate your puppy.

Advanced Name Training

This one is for a puppy that already recognizes their name and has the idea to come to you when you call her. Take her for a walk with a long leash. Choose a safe and wide area like a yard, a park or other safe place away from any vehicle. Let her explore the surrounding, chase a butterfly, smelling the grass, or exploring some “interesting” area. Once they “forget” about your presence and preoccupied with their activity, call her name with excitement, use additional body language such as clapping your hand or patting your leg. Now if she comes to you, praise her and smile.

The name can also be used to give a puppy an idea about their limit. For example during the teething period your puppy will try to bite anything, your shoe, your shirt, and other object. The mouthing behavior on an object also has a reason, they try to “feel” it, and recognize the object. If you caught your dog chewing something that shouldn’t be chewed then call her and give her the chewing toy. This will give her an idea, oh I can chew this, but I shouldn’t chew that. Don’t forget to praise and use friendly tone when she comes to you and praise her again AFTER the puppy pick up her chewing toy.

Some warning before the end of article, you should always associate the name with something positive! Surprised tone (that looks like a yell) or angry tone when you call the name will make her associate it with something terrible, something she shouldn’t do, and something to stop what they are doing. This can be counter productive when training your dog, for example when you order your dog to sit with this command “sit [dog name] sit!” your dog will confused about what you want, to sit or NOT to sit. So remember never-ever call her name when you get angry, I know how bad it feels when you come home and looking for the remote to turn the TV on, but the remote broken and badly chewed. So prepare for any “surprise” from your puppy!

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