You Said 'Gator', Right?
You may enjoy bonding with your dog over this game, just as we did. Start with a favorite toy, one that your dog frequently brings out on his own. Here's how I began to teach Tanner the names:
- I took his favorite toy and placed it on the floor within sight, making sure that the floor was clean of other toys to distract him while first learning.
- I asked Tanner to get the toy, giving it a simple name that could not easily be confused with other words in his vocabulary. It's important to make it an intuitive name for you also, so YOU won't forget the name.
- If your dog doesn't immediately pick up the toy, motion to it or offer it to him. When he takes it, reward, praise and throw a party, repeating the name of the toy frequently.
- Continue this reward system until your dog understands what the name of the toy is and will go and get it when you place it farther and farther away from him.