Training Tips


Listed below are some good dog training tips for you. Training you to train your dog.

Teaching Your Dog His Name

Teaching Your Dog His Name
Read this lesson first, and then practice it with your dog.

1. First, load up your pocket (or a bag or pouch) with 20 or so treats.

2. Take your dog to an area where there won’t be a lot of distractions.

3. Wait for your dog to look at something other than you, then say his name (once!).

4. When he looks at you, immediately give him a treat and say “Good!” (Or whatever
you’ve chosen as the primary reinforcer, phrase or clicker. We’re going to just use
“Good!” in our training examples.)

5. Now move a few steps to another location and again wait for your dog to be looking
away from you.

6. Say your dog’s name again and immediately reward him again with the treat and
praise when he looks at you.

7. Repeat this process five times. If your dog was particularly distracted before
responding to his name, give him extra praise and treats.
If your dog doesn’t do what you want
If you say his name and he doesn’t look at you, he may be too distracted. Move him a
few paces to a different location and try again.

Say his name. Use an enthusiastic tone of voice. Give immediate rewards if he looks at
If he still doesn’t respond to his name, clap your hands, whistle or make some other
attention-getting sound. When he looks, say his name again and immediately give the
rewards. Do this as a last resort. You want him to learn to respond to his name, not the
other sounds.