Learning your name might be something you do not think about because you have had your name for as long as you can remember. When you bring a new puppy home or an older dog whose old name you do not know, you might find yourself wondering if he knows you are talking to him. The name you give him is how will he recognize your communications with him. A name is an attention grabber. If your pup is doing something he should not be doing, you can say his name to get his attention and then have time to redirect him. If you need your dog to come to you, you will use his name. If you have adopted a dog whose name you do not particularly like or perhaps even know, you will need a new name and to teach your dog to recognize his new name. His name will become his identity and the word you use to let him know you need and love him.
Training your dog to know his name, no matter his age, will become a matter of repetition. You will spend time a lot of time with a new puppy training obedience commands as well as fun tricks. An older dog may know commands but may not know his new name. The trick you will need to help your dog understand is simply repetition and time. Teaching a puppy his name might be faster than changing an older adopted dog a new name because an older adopted dog may be used to a name you may not know. But with patience and commitment, he will learn his new name as well. Your dog’s name will essentially become a command for him.
When training your dog his name, always have small treats on hand so you can reward him for recognizing the attention getter that is his name. Be prepared to repeat his name several times when you are together and before training sessions for any other commands. Put your dog in several different scenarios so he knows no matter what you are doing, that one word to get his attention will be used anywhere.