Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to teach your dog its name

How to teach your dog its name

Teaching Your Dog His Name

Author: Lidya NW

Many dog owners tend to think of their dog's name as a "catch-all" command with multiple definitions that vary depending on what they want their dog to do at the moment: "Max!" (Meaning "Come here!"); "Max!" (Meaning "Stop that!"); "Max!" (Meaning "Get down!"); "Max!" (Meaning "Stop barking!"); "Max!" (Meaning "Don't eat that cat poop!). You get the ide

You should not use your dog's name any in another way than a baby's name. For example, if you name a child's name, he might acknowledge that he hears you (should you're lucky), but his doubtless response will be to name again, "What?" He in all probability will not even look up from the video game or no matter else he was doing once you referred to as his name. You will need to follow up with an instruction; tell him what you need: "Bobby! Stop enjoying that sport and do your homework!" (Then he may or might not do as you ask, relying on how well he's been trained.)

Read this lesson first, and then practice it with your dog:

First, load up your pocket (or a bag or pouch) with 20 or so treats.

  1. Take your dog to an area the place there received't be numerous distractions.
  2. Wait in your dog to look at something other than you, then say his identify (once!).
  3. When he seems at you, instantly give him a treat and say "Good!" (Or no matter you've chosen as the first reinforcer, phrase or clicker. We're going to simply use "Good!" in our coaching examples.)
  4. Now move a number of steps to another location and again wait for your Dog to be trying away from you.
  5. Say your dog's title again and immediately reward him again with the treat and reward when he seems at you.
  6. Repeat this course of 5 times. If your Dog was notably distracted earlier than responding to his title, give him additional praise and treats

In case you say his identify and he doesn't look at you, he could also be too distracted. Transfer him a number of paces to a special location and try again.
Say his name. Use an enthusiastic tone of voice. Give rapid rewards if he appears at you.
If he still doesn't respond to his identify, clap your hands, whistle or make some other attention-getting sound. When he seems to be, say his title again and instantly give the rewards. Do this as a last resort. You want him to learn to reply to his name, not the other sounds.

Keep trying, be patient, and remember not to repeat his name. Give immediate rewards when he responds. If you want to become a professional training for your dog I HIGHLY recommend a wonderful resource called Clicker Training check it out!

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