Teaching My Puppy His Name

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Can anyone give me any advice/share their stories about how they taught their puppy his/her name? Prince will turn to me sometimes but not consistently enough to make me feel like he really knows it. I have another dog which makes it a bit harder. I have tried walking around with a treat bag, calling his name, and rewarding him when he turns to me, but he does not seem to be learning it. How long did it take for your dogs to learn their names?

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What is the new pups name?
It took less than a day until Sofia learned her new name. I don't know what it was to start with, then her foster mom had her called Chica Tika ( which just curdles...) Being the regal and stately girl she is, she seemed to like it right away) I would always put a question mark at the end of her name: SOFIA? and she responded almost immediately.

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His name is Prince...it's the perfect name for my regal little guy.

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Hi there
Didnt take long. :) Crouching down to their level with arms open wide or clapping and calling the puppy's name a couple of times. (also good for recall) I did use food treats and lots of affection :) 'GOOD BOY PRINCE' but i know this dosnt work for everybody. You could also use his name at the start of each command you use. 'PRINCE' (He looks to you, hopefully) 'SIT'.
Goodluck  Ria:D

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With 2 dobes now, I find it easier to separate the training.  Are you using Prince's name for recall or just to see if he's paying attention?  How old is he?  Brinks thought his name was NO for the 1st year...  ;D

Prince10 wrote:

His name is Prince...it's the perfect name for my regal little guy.

Love the name Prince!

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I'm using his name both for recall and to get his attention. We are making progress!!! ;D. Who knew that some chopped up apples could be so effective at getting him to acknowledge his name. He will do anything for food.

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You're in for a long adventure of discovery and joy. Prince will bring you so much more than you could ever dream.... and just think.. all that for an apple!!
P.S.
Please send pictures, we'd all love to see this newest member of the Order of the Royal Doberman!!

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Lady Kate...I would love to but I've been trying to attach pictures but it won't let me. I keep getting an error message.

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Here is a link to a recent post on how to attache pictures.

[url=http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]

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Lady Kate, Here are the pictures of my little guy....actually, he's not so little...12 weeks old and already 30 lbs.

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Looking at that third picture, I have a nickname for him. Thunder Paws. When I got my first male, a red named Hans, when he was that age, he seemed to have problems holding his feet up and the sound would echo off the floor (full basement underneath) while my black female would bark at him. I called them Loud Mouth and Thunder Paws.

They are just so precious up until they get past 4 months of age.

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Rgreen,

That is a perfect name. Everyone who meets him comments on the enormity of his paws and how big he will be. He is super precious...especially when his head is in my boot.  :)

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For some reason that I cannot fathom, Dobies seem to have a foot fetish. I had one that would walk up and start licking my bare feet. Princess seems to like to carry around a sock if she can get to one, or she will carry around a shoe. She does not eat the sock, thank goodness, or chew on the shoe, just carries them around like a toy.

I guess it's the fact that it has our odor and our feet of course are what leaves the scent on the ground.

He is indeed a precious boy and I know you will enjoy him.

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oooh oooh ohh.. what an adorable baby!! His markings are perfect and his personality that is so apparent from his photos  seem to say it all.. " Okay world here I come!"
Thank  you for sharing "Sir thunder paws" with us. He is indeed a Prince!

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Thanks for the great advice!  I just got my girl yesterday (8/19) and she's not sure on her name yet.  I'm going to need all the help I can get, I think.  I feel like a new mommy xD

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Roxi,

Teaching Dakota her name was simple, and worked best inside under calm conditions.  While sitting around, I would say her name, when she looked, I would give a treat.  (I usually take 1 treat and cut it into about 10 pieces, so I can give her a reward she loves but i'm not giving her 50 treats lol)  "Dakota" she looks, "Yes, good girl" and gets a treat.  I like the idea of behavior markers, which tell the dog exactly what they did that they're getting a treat for.  So the second she looks, "yes" followed by a treat very shortly after, but not at the same time.  This shows the pup exactly what it's getting rewarded for.  It's easy to get confused, is she being rewarded because she simply looked at you, or is she being rewarded for responding to her name.  So, you have to reward her or let her know she is doing well INSTANTLY after she follows whatever command you want.  Behavior markers will come in handy with a simple yes or no after you get into other commands, especially when the dog is not at your side.  Here's another situation, when you call your dog, (and it's not right by you) and she looks, you give the marker, (I say "yes", you can say whatever you want) so she knows she's being rewarded for responding to her name.  When you call and she comes running to you, now it's too late to reward her for responding to her name, the pup will just think it's being rewarded for coming to you.  That's obviously not bad, but it doesn't specifically re-inforce the learning of the name.