If you own more than one dog, it is a good idea to teach them to know their name.
Especially if you have your dogs off leash in places where there can be potential dangers. You may need to call one dog, but
stop the other. You may have simple boundary issues in the house or car and you want to address one of your dogs. Imagine
the confusion that could happen if your dog is unsure if you are talking to them!
Here’s a few different exercises that we can plug into our routine with our dog.
Release the dog on his name. Start off by doing this at a doorway or your dogs kennel. Asking them to sit while you open the door and ask your dog to wait there until you say their name. This is a common practice for hunting dogs, as many hunters have multiple dogs or their hunting buddies might bring a dog. We like to say the dog is honoring. This means that the dog will stay in one spot while another dog does the retrieve.
Work dogs individually
Use the dogs name a lot during the training session. Make sure your dog that is honoring is in ear shot so he starts to understand that when he hears the other dogs name, he should be neutral to it and is not to react.
Keep one dog in a command, in his kennel, or on a bed
Using barriers like kennels, beds, cars, and entry ways will help you have a much greater success rate as they offer a physical reference point for the dog. Further more, it offers a marker for the owner so he or she can see if their dog has moved at all. At a more advanced level you can teach your dog to stay on their favorite ball or toy. A frisbee is great because it’s perfectly round and a dog can feel it with his feet. When all is done, you can ask your dog to pick up their portable place board- or their frisbee!
Lets give you an example with a vehicle. The Dogs helping us out are Brees and Drew, a couple of well trained pitbulls.
Train the dog to give eye contact
This is a foundation skill that all dogs should learn to do right away. Having the dog look into your eyes is a great way for them to learn to stay calm and steady. Try to make this a regular part of your routine. This will help us tremendously as you start switching back and forth between your dogs. Make sure you have their eye contact before giving any other commands. We always condition the dog to do this in his basic obedience. Sit with eye contact, down with eye contact, etcetera.