Choosing what to name your new puppy can be a difficult task. Is she more of a Bella or a Lucy? You try name after name and finally settle on the perfect one. You call your puppy over and nothing. She doesn’t respond. What’s the point of choosing the perfect name if your puppy doesn’t even realize it is hers? Once you find a name for your new pup, it is time to train her to respond to it.
Training a puppy to know its name is an important part of welcoming your new member into the family. With a little patience, this process can be a good way to bond with your new puppy. In addition, having your puppy respond to her name can help gain her attention during future training sessions and protect her from danger. In general, puppies are fast learners and should gain this skill within a few weeks with consistent training.
When you are choosing your puppy’s new name, there are a few things to keep in mind. Generally, dogs respond better to short names of one to two syllables. You should also avoid names that can cause confusion, such as names which sound similar to commands.
While you should start out in a distraction-free area, you want to practice calling your puppy's name in a variety of environments. You will need some of your puppy's favorite treats, and for some methods, you will also need a collar and a training leash. Remember to always call your puppy’s name in a happy, clear voice and use her name with positive commands. Do not scold your puppy if she doesn’t come to you right away. Keep in mind that you are building a relationship with your new friend and want her to be excited to come to her name.