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This is the first game you should play with the puppy. This is why.

 

This is the first game you should play with the puppy. This is why.

When raising a new dog, teaching the puppy’s name seems to be the last thing on the list. But it is very important and meaningful to both of you. After all, in the first few days with you, your puppy thinks that their understanding of the world has completely changed. No more nests, no more mothers. The house they knew in the first few weeks is gone, and in most cases even the birth name is replaced by something new. It is your job to educate your puppies so that they can succeed in your home and in the world. This is a daunting task, sometimes even an overwhelming task. Where do new puppies parents start?

How was it in the beginning? Give your puppy a name and teach them to respond. This is fun, not difficult, and it will help you train your puppy in the future.

 

Teaching puppy names: how to start

The easiest way to teach your dog how to respond to new names is to use the obvious title “Game of Names.” This simple training exercise is a great way to start communicating with puppies and lay the foundation for more advanced training techniques.

The way to play the name game is as follows:

  1. Say your puppy’s name in a happy tone (only once).
  2. When your dog turns to the sound, mark the moment with the word “Yes!” Or clicker.
  3. Reward your dog, fast tug of war or praise and affection.
  4. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Yes, it’s that simple. But what you are saying is that if my dogs don’t know their name yet, will they really turn to me when they hear my name? Sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. For example, if your dog is distracted when saying his name, then they are less likely to turn towards you. So what?

 

In a distracting environment, or if your puppy does not turn to you quickly after saying his name, you need to add an extra step to make yourself more excited.

Teaching puppy names: part two

  1. Say your puppy’s name in a happy tone (only once).
  2. If the puppy doesn’t turn to you, Don’t repeat their names. Instead, make some funny sounds to attract their attention (noisy sounds, howling sounds, robot sounds, etc.).
  3. Mark “Yes!” or a Clicker.
  4. Reward your dog, fast tug of war, or praise and love.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

When practicing name games, whether you hear their names during training or at any other time, you will find that the dog turns to you more frequently. They understand that the interesting things you keep saying are valuable. And, if this funny word can afford enough money, it’s worth responding.

Before you know it, when your dog hears the name, it will confidently turn its attention to you.

Teach a puppy to respond to their name. This is the best name ever (of course). This is the first step to a long and happy life together. Go!

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