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Dog Training – The Name Game

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Of all the things you can teach your dog, this first exercise will probably be the most appreciated and most used. We like to call this the “Name Game” and as the title suggests, this exercise is designed for your dog to learn his name!

This lesson can be done on-leash or off-leash, any time and anywhere. However, you should start off in a quiet, controlled environment until your dog responds well to this exercise.
We have found that the best way to train your dog is short frequent training sessions, so if you can 4 or 5 sessions of 10-15 minutes is better than one hour long session as your dog will begin to loose concentration if too much time is spent on the same thing.

Here’s how this is done:

Step 1.) Take your dog to a quiet place
Step 2.) Say your dog’s name and immediately give your dog a treat!

Don’t wait for your dog to respond. If he doesn’t look at you, jut put the treat right up to his nose. He will get the idea very soon!

What we are doing here is associating the sound of your dog’s name with receiving something great: the treat, so you want to avoid any extraneous movements on your part that could distract your dog from the sound of his name.

Step 3.) Wait until his attention is focused elsewhere again and repeat steps 1 and 2.

Practice this game several times throughout the day in different settings and with different distractions. Eventually, your dog will automatically respond to you any time he hears his name! You should do this and ensure your dog responds to his mane every time before you move on to any of the other training you have planned for your dog. Tall indoor dog gates is a site dedicated to dog training and healthcare – give us a visit.