Teach your dog its name so he knows to pay attention when you call. Most people assume their dogs will know their name, and many dogs eventually do associate the sound of their name with the owner calling.
But, if you spend just a little time, you can train your dog to respond to his name. It is very easy, fun and important. You spent so much time finding the right name for your pooch, and now he thinks his name is "Look what I have"!
You will use your pet's name to:
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Find a quiet room in your house and call your dog's name with an upbeat and happy tone of voice. As soon as he looks at you...Mark and Reward!
If your furry friend doesn't look at you, try to make noises with your mouth or slap your hands on your thighs to get his attention (Do NOT repeat his name over and over!). Do this only the first few times.
Repeat this step many times throughout the day. I recommend doing 10 quick repetitions twice a day for 5 days. This will make your canine friend feel super happy after hearing his name!
Repeat Step 1 in many different places:
Again, repeat Step 1 but now try it while your pooch is distracted with something else!
The key here is to always give him a reward that is better than what he was previously doing!
Teach your puppy that every time you call his name it pays to look at you! You want him to have absolutely no doubts. If you call, the best option he has is to look at you!
Start with low distractions, like inside your home while someone else is bouncing a ball. Then move on to harder distractions. But move up slowly, you want your pet to succeed several times on each step!
Repeat Step 1 while you are far away from your pet! But you need to start close by!
Start by calling your dog's name while you are only a few steps away. As soon as he looks at you Mark and Reward! Then do the same a little further away.
Your furry friend doesn't necessarily have to come to you when you call his/her name. Just looking at you should be good enough because later on you might want to give him another command. But if he comes to you reward it too!
Your dog knows his name when you say it and he looks at you 8 out 10 times you ask! This should happen in many different places, at a distance and even with distractions.