How to train your dog to know its name | Expert puppy training advice

Getting your dog to recognise its name is
a key to much of training…. because it’s a way of getting your dog’s attention. international
Trainer Anthony Clarke is showing a group of new owners how it’s done. Okay, what we’re going to be looking at now
is we’re going to be looking at some name recognition exercises. As soon as we say the
dog’s name, we want the dog to leave whatever’s happening and focus on whatever we’re going
to tell it to do>Right, so what we need, we need lots and lots of treats, something
exciting, so the dog’s getting rewarded for doing the correct behaviour. And what we’re
going to do now, we’re going to crouch down on the floor with them. Okay, and as soon
as we say they dog’s name and they look at us, we’re going to feed them. If they’re looking
away from us, okay, as soon as they look back at us or look up to our face, you’re going
to feed them straight away. Okay. Let’s give it go with Badger. Name recognition is one of the first things
you would be thinking about teaching your dog. Just because when the dog understands
his name you can teach so many other different behaviours and tricks and all sorts of different
training aspects because your dog already understands exactly what it’s supposed to
be doing when it hears its name. Badger. Good boy. Badger. Good boy So far so good. But it gets a little trickier
when Anthony introduces some distractions. Okay, so what we’re going to use, we’re going
to use these three toys here to be the distraction and make the dog look away from you. So I’m
just going to be wiggling one around. As soon as he look at it, okay, call him straight
back towards you. So just say his name so he looks. So what he’s starting to think about
is name equals look at you. Okay. Let’s give it a go. Badger, hey, good boy. Badger. Good boy. Going to just increase it a little bit more. Badger. Good boy. Well done. And again. Badger. Good boy. Badger. Good boy. Excellent. Well done. Very well done. Okay
let’s give that a go with Alfie. Alright, so what you’re going to do is start’ because
he’s just looking at me a little bit more, we can just use him from that situation there.
We’re not going to throw a distraction straight in straight away, okay. So just crouch down
behind him. Okay, what you’re going to do, just say his name, when he look at you, even
if he�s facing this way, as soon as his head looks at you, you’ve got to reward him,
okay. Alfie. Good by. Brilliant. There you go. Well done. Alfie, Alfie. Alfie. Alfie. Good boy. Okay. Good boy. Just say it once, wait a few seconds to see
what he does. You could see he was thinking. He was listening to you, his ears pricked
up a little bit. Just say it once and wait for him to do something. There you go, well
done. Much better. Excellent, well done. Okay, let’s add the distraction now. So I’m just
going to wiggle a toy around. He’s quite interested in the toys, okay. So remember, just say his
name once, wait a couple of seconds for him to react. As soon as his head feels round
towards you, you’re reward straight away. Okay. So here’s the distraction. Alfie. Alfie. Alfie. Alfie. There you go, good lad. Well done. Well done,
good. Okay, crouch down with him a little bit more, okay. Just so we’re interacting
with him a little bit more. Alfie. With three month old Border Terrier, Alfie,
it can be a long wait! There are just too many distractions! Get ready for him, he’s going to look at you
in a second. There you go. Good. It’s that process of waiting, okay. So you’ve got to
allow him to make a choice. If he make a bad choice or if he’s looking, looking, looking,
he’s not getting rewarded. What he needs to learn is as soon as I look back at you I get
fed. Okay, so no matter what the distraction is, it could be three toys, it could be other
dogs, could be cars, horses, anything, okay. And that distraction is nothing compared to
what you’re asking him to do. So you say his name, he should go okay, what? And he looks
straight back at you. Okay, the next little exercise we’re going to do for the name recognition
is I’m going to hold the dog facing away from you. You’re going to leave me on the right-hand
side and just walk a half circle round to the back of me. So hopefully, the dogs will
be looking over their right shoulder, okay. When you get into position you’re going to
call the dog’s name, okay. They’re going to you’re now going to appear on their left-hand
side, so the dog’s going to have to change direction to see where you are and then move
straight to you. So it’s a very short, easy exercise, just to make the dog think about
what position you’re in, and as soon as you say their name they come looking for you.
Okay, let’s give it a go with Badger first. Oh good boy. Okay, so I’m going to hold him
here. Okay, come on, boy. Alright you’re literally just going to move straight in behind me in
here. Okay, I’m facing him here. Right, now call him. Badger. Yeah, good boy.
Good work. Good work. Okay, same again. Good boy. Okay. Ready.. Badger. Yay, good boy. Good work. Very nice. Good boy. Okay, now the other side. So you’re going
to leave this side and he’s going to peel to the right. Badger. Good lad, well done. The reason we made it a little bit more difficult
was to try and see whether the dog actually understood where the verbal cue had come from
instead of guessing where the handler had actually moved from. By changing the position
which the handler is in it makes the dog aware of where the verbal cue is coming from, so
the dog then has to look for the handler. It’s no use. Alfie’s concentration has run
out. THIS is much more fun. That’s cheating. That is cheating.

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