In DuPage County there are several animal rescues and shelters in which families had to choose from to adopt the perfect pet in time for the holidays. Once you chose the perfect pet for your loved ones, you most likely were told by any one or all of these reputable animal organizations to get your new canine into training. No matter the age, believe it or not, you can actually teach an old dog a new trick.
Take for instance the article that Kevin Duggan, CPDT-KA posted this past September 8th as a guest on All Things Dog Blog. The article was entitled Using Your Dog’s Name in Training. The gist of the article is that when training your dog, it is important and much more effective to use your dog’s name when teaching them something that you want them to learn. Just like you and I like to have our name used in everyday conversation, so to do other animals appreciate it – albeit in different ways.
When a name is used, it is not only a sign of respect, but also shows that whatever is being discussed is important. The way that the name is iterated also gives some indication as to the mood of the speaker. Although dogs do not have a vast vocabulary, they do recognize their names and the tone of the pet parent’s voice is also something that they are able to determine.
Since many rescued animals – especially those that came from puppy mills – were not given the benefit of a name. Just the repeated sound of the name that you give them will feel like something special. It is the small things that rescued animals appreciate more than other animals do.
Several of the local Illinois rescues are used to obtaining canines that are bred in puppy mills where crates are stacked five or six high. Not only do the dogs go unnamed, but they don’t get a collar, know how to walk on a leash, or get the pleasure of playing with a toy. When these dogs are acquired, it is not unusual that they barely know how to eat properly, sometimes ingesting other dogs’ waste; not even knowing how to walk since they never get out of their crate. The animals are treated like a number to these backyard breeders so giving the dogs a name would mean that they cared.
Thankfully they were recovered from this pathetic type of life. Now your dog gets to have all the advantages that he or she deserves – including a name. Don’t forget to follow Kevin Duggan’s advice and use your dog’s name while trying to teach them important things you want them to learn. Use their name in training. They will appreciate it and you will have a dog that respects you as well as love you!