How To Teach Your Puppy Its Name

Teaching your puppy his name is an essential process. If your puppy responds to his name, you can gain his attention for future training. It’s not hard to teach a puppy his name, and it may take a handful of tasty treats and a few minutes of your time. Be consistent and patient, your dog should learn his name quickly.

1. Choose a name for your puppy.
Choose a not too long name with one or two syllables, because dogs respond better to short sounds. Avoid choosing a dog name that sounds similar to a command, for example Stay, Come, Sit, Stay, Stand, and Go. If you have small children, a shorter name will be easier for them. If you do not know what to name your boy or girl puppy, you could get some dog names ideas at idognames.com, it’s a professional dog naming website.

2. Find a place to begin training.
You can train in your home in the kitchen or living room. A backyard or a quiet outdoor space where there are no distractions also works.

3. Call your puppy’s name in a happy, clear voice.
Call your puppy’s name in a happy, clear voice. When he gets to you, praise him and give him a treat. Then send him off to investigate again. If your puppy doesn’t listen to you, be patient and stand quietly, waiting for your puppy to look at you. As soon as he does, give him the “Yes!” and a treat. Consider running away from your puppy while you call his name. Dogs love to chase things and might be more likely to follow you.

4. Repeat several times.
Repeat the exercise until your puppy consistently returns to you when you call his name. Remember that no dog will respond to his name 100% of the time. Dogs are not machines and thus make errors. They might not hear you or they might have a bad day and not want to listen. Some dog breeds like hounds are more difficult to train than other breeds. Be extra patient, we believe all the dogs will recognize their names.

5. Reinforcing name recognition.
After your puppy has mastered initial training, train in different locations. Throw in a distraction like a bouncing ball, then call its name. Practice while your puppy is playing, chewing, grooming, sleeping, etc. Aim to have your puppy respond to you no matter where you are.

Once you are done training, continue using the puppy’s name frequently. Say it when you walk, feed, bathe, or groom him.