Once your dog is reliably responding to his name at close range inside, start practicing when he is a bit farther away, or when there are distractions present.
- Say your dog’s name ONCE.
- No response? No click/treat.
- Wait a moment, try again.
- Aim for a high rate of success.
- Practice in short sessions.
- Add distractions OR distance.
- Click as the dog’s head turns.
This 9-week old puppy is on a mission and would probably not be able to respond to his name in this situation.
To get your dog’s attention in a distracting place, drop a treat in front of him, then at your feet, then wait for eye contact and click/treat that. Realize that you need to train for attention if you want attention.
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