In order to properly train your puppy to respond to its name, it is important to avoid combining it with other negative verbiage. To help you avoid this mistake, here are some tips:
Do not use your dog’s name as a recall command
If you are having trouble training your dog to come when you call him, try not to use his name as a recall command. Many people mistakenly use their dog’s name as a recall command because they are not sure what the command actually means. It’s important to remember that “come” always means “come all the way to me,” and never reward your dog for coming part way.
Using your dog’s name as a recall is not effective unless you are rewarding him for coming when called. When calling your dog’s name, always make a big fuss when you see him. If you do call his name too often, he will associate it with a bad experience and be reluctant to come when called. Always bring a favourite treat or toy with you whenever you call your dog’s name.
Avoid combining a dog’s name with negative verbiage
Don’t use your dog’s name as a scolding tool! Instead, use a middle name for scolding purposes, and avoid using your new name when you’re not trying to punish your dog. Avoid giving your dog a name that sounds like “No” or “JoJo.”
Build up a puppy’s muscle memory
Using food as a reward or lure will help your dog remember its name faster. When the puppy looks at you and responds, he should know exactly what you’re calling him. It should also be very accurate with the click. Then, use this to call your dog back to you. Repeat this process as often as possible. Then, you can move onto more difficult training exercises.
Use words such as “sit” and “down” as secondary reinforcers. Use food rewards and lures to teach your puppy to sit, but gradually phase them out. Treats can be too tempting for a young pup, so you should focus on the action instead of the food reward. If your puppy does not respond to praise and food rewards when you call it, they may start to associate your words with the action.
Changing a dog’s name gives it a fresh start
Many dog owners are afraid of giving a new dog a new name because they fear the change will confuse the new pet. The reality is, though, that changing a dog’s name is perfectly acceptable and can even provide a fresh start for the dog. New dogs are often given names by their previous owners, or by the shelter where they were adopted. Changing a dog’s name does not have to be a stressful process, but it should be done early on so that it doesn’t become confused.
The first step in changing a dog’s name is to re-train your dog to respond to your new name. Repetition is the key, and dogs will quickly become used to the new name. However, it’s important to avoid using the old name too often. The best way to get a new dog to respond to your new name is to reward it with treats when it does something good.