The Name Game – Does Your Dog Like Her Name?

Many dogs hate their names because their owners always use their names as part of a verbal correction. Make sure your dog likes its name.
Here is a fun game to play to increase the positive association.
They constantly hear: “Rover, No!” “Rover, Down!;” “Rover, Quiet!” The list goes on and on.

It might be surprising to you that many dogs do not like the sound of their own name.

Why? Because owners often combine their dogs’ names with verbal corrections.

Your dog should love the sound of their name and associate with only positive things. This will also aid you in calling your dog to come to you as most owners combine their dog’s name with the command “come.”

You can play a fun and easy game to help your dog associate its name as a positive sound.

To play the “Name Game,” first get a handful of small soft treats that your dog can quickly and easily chew and swallow.  You can play this game with the dog on a leash or off-leash in an enclosed area, like the kitchen or a fenced-in yard.

Wait until your dog is not looking at you and then say your dog’s name in a very bright and happy tone. As soon as your dog turns to look at you, mark this with a word to let the dog know this is good, like “yes” or “good,” and then immediately give your dog a treat.

You can play the Name Game any time. It is easy to do when you are watching television or cooking dinner and your dog is hanging out with you.

And remember, do not combine your dog’s name with negative verbiage! Even better, reduce the negative corrections and instead reward when your dog is doing the right thing.

This tip was provided by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline