Located in Rudy, Arkansas
Serving Fort Smith, Van Buren, and surrounding areas

Name Recognition

Name Recognition

Dogs don’t come knowing their names.  Just as with every skill, name recognition must be taught.  Here are the steps to teach your dog to understand his name:


  • Treat Pouch
  • Treats
  • Clicker

TRAINING ENVIRONMENT: Start in the least distracting (most boring) place in your home.

RECOMMENDED TREAT POSITION: Start by handing your dog a treat, and then change to on mat or toss.


  • STEPS:

Part 1

  • Say your dog’s name
  • Hand your dog a treat
  • Repeat five to ten times and end session

Part 2 (after your dog is looking at you when you say his name)

  • Say your dog’s name
  • When he/she looks at you, click
  • Place a treat on your dog’s mat or toss the treat
  • When your dog is looking away from you, say his/her name again.
  • When your dog turns and looks at you, click and treat.



  • PUPPIES: 5-10 repetitions per session, two to three sessions a day
  • DOGS: Do at least ten repetitions, three times each day.
  • A repetition is saying his/her name once.

AT THE END OF THIS EXERCISE your dog should be turning and looking at you when you say his/her name..