Training begins from the moment you pick up your new best friend. Along with house training, teaching your puppy his name is one of the first skills to be taught.
- Begin training after your puppy has gone to the bathroom. This will help him focus.
- Create an incentive for your puppy to come to you. Food is a great reward, so try doing this exercise before meal time using some of their kibble. Sit on the floor with a bowl of kibble. Give your puppy a treat when he comes to you. If your puppy wanders around the room and ignores you, try the exercise in a smaller room or with a different higher value reward. However, if he is happily in front of you waiting for more, then it is time to move on.
- Stand right in front of your dog say his/her name and offer the reward in such a way that they have to move towards you to get it. Not far about an inch. Repeat this exercise until the dog is happily and confidently moving towards you.
- The final step is saying your puppy’s name and take a step backwards. As your puppy moves toward you, give him the reward.
Conduct this exercise multiple times a day. Limit the rewards to about 10 per session. Remember, repetition is habit forming. No matter how old your dog gets, name calling exercises reinforces your dog to come when he’s called. Mix it up with easy and more challenging scenarios.
What other name calling scenarios have you tried? Share your tricks by commenting below