Just made a horrible discovery my dogs don't know my name! Several shelter dogs do because they hear people use it. Since we live alone, my own dogs never hear it. So, friends will be recruited for hide-and-seek games to teach them.
This bothers me. I don't know why, but it bothers me.
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Just made a horrible discovery my dogs don't know my name!

They may think your name is "come."

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In my household, I am "Momma" or Perry. The older dog knows both names and the younger dogs just know Perry.
Perry
Well, I'll be. Have to find out about our dogs. Got 3. As corny as that sounds it makes a lot of sense. Guess I better find out.
How do you think they learned, Perry? From someone calling you that? How would you teach it deliberately if they didn't already know?

I always teach my dogs peoples' names. If I know they are coming, I tell them, "So-and-so is coming to see you!" They know what that means, and hang in the window waiting. Then it's, "Here's so-and-so! Say hello to so-and-so!" And then I test them by saying, "Where's so-and-so? Show me so-and-so."

They know me as "mommy," DH as "daddy," and everybody else is Uncle or Auntie So-and-So. :}
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My kids while they were at home (the old dog grew up with them around) call me Momma. My husband calls me Perry. We have friends that we call by name, and when they drive up, I say "There's David" or "It's Daniel". My oldest dog can actually be directed to go to a specific named person. She's really good at that.
Perry
Thanks Leah and Perry. I'm going to follow your lead. My dogs are so prompt at responding to my body language, I've become too non-verbal with them. Gonna start yakking it up more.
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Thanks Leah and Perry. I'm going to follow your lead. My dogs are so prompt at responding to my body language, I've become too non-verbal with them. Gonna start yakking it up more.

too non-verbal? why do you think you need to be more verbal with them? i can tell you, as someone who's a chatterbox with my dogs, that it's not a good thing to aspire to.

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why do you think you need to be more verbal with them? i can tell you, as someone who's a chatterbox with my dogs, that it's not a good thing to aspire to. shellyOh, I think your way is better, Shelly.

Concidence. Just Sunday, I turned over a new leaf at the shelter. Some new dogs bark at me when I dash past their runs on errands. I finally asked myself, "Why shouldn't they? You're disrespecting them by not acknowledging them."
So, I've become two-speed. When I get to their runs, I skid to a halt and amble along talking to them. It's quieter now.
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