Giving your dog a name is essential to his education and for creating a bond between animal and master. It’s the first thing you think of at adoption, but it’s also a means of communicating with your animal. Language between man and dog isn’t the same, even if we often say that speech is the only thing separating them from us.
At what age can my dog recognize his name?
On average, a dog understands his name between three and eight months, but of course it depends on many conditions, especially how you teach your dog his name. Some are slower than others, so you’ll have to be patience since there’s no magical way to do it. Perseverance and patience will be your best allies in teaching your dog his name.
What kind of name can I give my dog?
Each owner is free to name their dog what they like, but here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Avoid giving your dog a name that sounds similar to any commands you’ll give your dog. For example, names like Bo or Joe could sound a lot like “no”, or even Kit, which sounds too much like “sit.”
In some places, it’s considered traditional to name your dog starting with the “letter of the year,” but in France this isn’t an obligation for every dog. If your dog is a certain breed and you’d like him to be a registered purebred, for example, you’ll have to follow the naming trend.
Nicknames and their context
The tone you use will determine how quickly your dog will learn his name. Use a happy tone, or even a childish tone, to make your dog feel confident and to help him adapt to his name. He’ll easily associate it with something positive.
In the beginning, it’s a good idea to call him by his given name, and not by anything else. Nicknames are strongly discouraged in the beginning. Over time though, you’ll be able to use nicknames for your dog. Still, they should never replace his given name, and his given name shouldn’t come to be associated with punishment. Otherwise, it’ll quickly become a problem for him.