How to teach a dog his name

If you want your dog to listen to you, the first thing you have to do is get him to learn his name. Only in this way will you ensure that it responds appropriately to your orders and signals and, ultimately, you will establish satisfactory communication. But, how to teach a dog his name? That is the million dollar question, and in this post we show you the keys that you should know.
Steps to teach a dog his name

First: Choose a suitable name

There are hundreds of dog names, but not all of them are equally easy to learn. When choosing a suitable one, you should discard those that:

  • Are too long
  • Are difficult to pronounce
  • Match someone in your family
  • May be confused with an order

Starting from that base there is a wide range of possibilities, as we say. On this page you have a huge list of dog names. Take a look and choose the one you like best for your pet.
Second: Training

Getting a dog to learn your name is easy; You only need two things: a treat and some patience. The goal of this basic training is that when your dog listens to you when you say his name, he knows that you are talking to him. Ready to start? Well let’s go there.

  1. Grab a doggie treat (it can be a treat, a snack, a bone, or any other food that you know your pet likes). Ideally, you should be in a quiet place free from distractions.
  2. Open your hand to show the treat to your dog and when he comes for it, close it and keep it that way no matter how much he licks you, pats you or tries anything else to get the food.
  3. When your dog gets tired and calm, say his name. If he looks at you then, congratulate him and give him the treat. If he doesn’t listen, just don’t give him a prize.
  4. Repeat the process several times, and as the number of repetitions increases, wait a few seconds before giving the treat, to capture their attention for longer.
  5. In the last repetitions of the exercise, dispense with the treat and reward your dog with a caress or a loving word.

The key is to gradually increase the difficulty of the sessions to capture the animal’s attention in more distracting environments. If all goes well, your dog will learn to listen to you every time you say his name. As you can see, the process is simple and is based on the pet associating its name with something positive.
Precautions when using your dog’s name

You must heed these precautions during the learning process:

  • During those first few days of training, don’t say your dog’s name in vain. If you use it in any situation you can weaken the response achieved during the exercises.
  • Don’t call your dog by name when you are angry. If you use his name aggressively, he will associate it with something negative.

Frequent questions

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How long does it take for a puppy to learn its name?

The number of training sessions can vary, some dogs will pick up on it earlier and others will take longer. Although there is no universal rule, experts speak of a week on average. Do this training once a day for as long as it takes, but do not extend these sessions more than 10 minutes, so as not to tire your dog.

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What happens if a dog changes its name?

Often when someone buys or adopts a dog it already had a name assigned. The new owner usually wonders then if it is good to change it or on the contrary it will be difficult for the animal to adapt to the new one.

If that is your case, calm down. There is no problem for a dog to learn a new name. Dogs do not assign their identity to a name, so in case of change you will only have to teach them their new name with the process that we have taught you.

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