How to Teach a Dog Its Name

Teaching a dog it’s own name is something that you really need to do.

If a dog does not know its name, you will find it very hard to get them to respond to even the simplest of commands.

So, today I will be going over how you can teach a dog its own name as well as a few tips to help you on the way.

How to Teach a Dog Its Name

How Long Does It Take for a Dog to Learn Its Name

As with all types of dog training, it will take time for your dog to get to know its name.

With the right instruction, most dogs learn their name very quickly. You must not expect any miracles though: if your dog chases a rabbit or is actively interested in playing with other animals, he’ll pay no attention to you initially. So you can just slowly and steadily incorporate distractions in your training. However, once the name has been defined, you have a reliable word for attracting the attention of your dog -a foundation that can be built upon through further training.

Teaching a Dog Its Name

So, you’ve got a new puppy. Now it’s time to teach it their name. Getting to know his name will be one of the first lessons he’s going to learn from you.

The most important rule for this training is that you should only say their name under certain circumstances.

You want your dog to have a happy response to their name and associate their name with reward and praise, instead of them thinking that they have done something wrong.

This is a common mistake that a lot of dog owners make.

If you make the mistake of anchoring their name with something that they have done wrong, then they are less likely to come to you when you call them as they are expecting a punishment.

If you stick to using their name when praising them or rewarding them (with a treat for example), then your dog with associate their name with a reward and be more than happy to listen to you.

TIP: Try and keep the same happy tone in your voice when you say their name, as it will be easier for them to understand.

Luckily, there are many good opportunities in everyday life that you can start anchoring your dog’s name with happiness, such as:

  • Saying their name when it’s time for a walk
  • When it is time to feed them their food
  • When they walk into the room, look at them, say their name and praise/pet them
  • When they play with their favorite dog toy

Just be sure that you communicate with the rest of the household and make sure they follow the same rules (you don’t want all of your hard work to fail now do you).

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If you stick to the advice above, then you will have your pup respond to their name in no time at all.


Dog Doesn’t Respond to Name Anymore

A few weeks have gone by since the dog learned their name, but now, when you call them they don’t respond anymore.

Not to worry.

The most likely cause is that they have somehow started to associate their name with punishment. Maybe one of your family members scolded them for urinating indoors?

Ask the other people in the household if they have recently started to shout at the dog using their name.

If this is the case, then you will need to start training them all over again.

If this is is not the case, then try training them again anyway.

If they still don’t respond after they have been trained a second time, you may want to check out their hearing, just in case they simply can’t hear you. A vet will be able to check this for you.

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