The Name Game
Dogs love games, and so do we! The Name Game helps to reinforce name recognition and recall, but it can also be a lot of fun. This game teaches your puppy that answering to his name is not only exciting but very rewarding.
As a training technique, the Name Game is important even if your dog recognizes its name already. The true purpose of this exercise is to let your pup know that when he hears his name something good happens. When you call Sparky, he will be not only be willing but also happy to look at you and respond to you in a positive manner.
HOW TO PLAY
Start out slowly and build up to a challenge…
MEDIUM – Practice this exercise any time you are with your pup/dog.. This can be when you are washing dishes, watching TV, working in your flowerbeds or just watching a sunset. Wait for your dog to be distracted, call his name and when he responds, immediately praise in a happy voice! If you happen to have a treat or his favorite toy you may give that to him as well. The better the reward, the more likely he will be to repeat the behavior.
HARD – Call your dog from another room. You can even play Hide and Seek with your dog!