How to Teach Your Puppy His Name

Learn how to teach your puppy his name from dog trainer Robert Haussmann of Dogboy, Inc. in this dog training video from Howcast.


To start off any training program with a puppy or an adult dog, you're going to have to teach that their name. So it's amazing. People are just yelling at the dog to sit, sit, sit sometimes, and the dog doesn't even know their name. So just start off very simply, name recognition. Okay. Dogs are going to make associations with sound. So if I call the dog's name and the dog realizes that that's in their best interest to pay attention to me, they're going to start making the association that that sound may actually be me trying to get their attention.

So if I was going to start with Dexter, I would say, "Dexter. Good boy." And he get a little piece of chicken when he looks up at me. So what's really important is that I have a high-value reward, something that the dog is going to want. All right. So chicken's a pretty good one. But you're going to have to experiment with your dog. Some dogs are really into chicken. Some might not be. Some dogs are really into training treats. Some might not be. Sometime you can just do this with the dog's kibble and make it part of their meal. Okay. So if I call his name, he looks up at me. I'm going to let him know that I really appreciate that, and I'm going to reward him for it so he starts realizing that this really works out well for him. Dexter. Yes. Good boy. All right.

Immediate reward is important, too. If you call is name and he looks up at you, don't run into the kitchen and go get a cookie and reward him, because then you're rewarding him for following you into the kitchen. So it has to be the minute he looks up at you. Dexter. Yes. Very nice. All right. And that's the way you start off any training program by teaching your dog how to recognize their own name.

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