The first step in training a dog to recognize his name is to start calling it. It is important to keep in mind that puppies have a short attention span and this training should only take a few minutes per session. Try doing it in different locations and for various lengths of time. Afterwards, call the dog by name and give him a distraction or a call. Make sure the name you’re calling is a common one and it will be easy for him to learn.
Avoid yelling a dog’s name in a negative manner
One way to avoid making your dog yell at you is to learn the negative connotations of the word “dog.” The words Rover and ‘No’ are both synonymous with barking and can cause a dog to react with increased levels of stress and anxiety. As a result, the more you yell at your dog, the longer and louder he will bark, and this response can be very counterproductive.
Avoid calling a dog’s name while correcting him
Many dog owners make the mistake of using their dog’s name while correcting undesirable behavior. While you should use your dog’s name frequently when working on obedience commands or doing fun activities, you should avoid calling him his name while correcting him. Your aim is to give your dog positive associations with his name, rather than creating negative ones. If your dog hears your name while being corrected, he is likely to associate it with punishment.
If you must use a corrective noise to correct a behavior, you should not use your dog’s name. Not only will this cause a dog’s nerves to be strained, but it will also cause your relationship to deteriorate. Rather, use a generic command when correcting him, such as “no.”
Avoid calling a dog’s name while he’s wreaking havoc
One of the most common mistakes made by dog owners is calling their dog’s name while he’s busy wreaking havoc. This practice confuses dogs and leads to a behavior you’d like to change. You should instead call your dog’s name when he’s nearby, and do so in a normal, strong voice, not whispering it. If you notice that your dog is looking at you or has responded to the name, toss a treat at him immediately. If you don’t get a response from your dog’s attention immediately, repeat the exercise.