Because confusion among dogs is a major obstacle to successful training, what you name your dog and how to use that name can determine your success in your training and behavior.
Dogs are vocal, nonverbal. The way words sound is important to them, so consider that and then choose names and commands. For your dog, the words “No”, “Know”, “Beau” and “Joe” are the same sound; the dog will have difficulty knowing what you want to say. If you call “Beau” and you use “No!” as a reprimand, saying, “Beau, you know what I want!” he rebukes you twice, even if you do not intend to!
You always want your dog to come to you when you call him, so what’s the point of naming your “Beau” dog and using “NO”? How do you rebuke? You’ll have trouble knowing if you called him or yelled at him.
I like a dog to choose your name. There are two ways to do this. First, spend enough time with the dog to really know your personality and select an appropriate name. For example, when he was new to us, my Husky-mix not only jumped on top of me, he pinned me to the wall and took things out of my shirt pocket! I told my wife, “Look at this, they’re attacking me!” Of course, he became Mugger! One client had a very naughty Great Dane puppy and I love the name he chose: Chaos! Let the dog get your name!
Another way is to make a list of your favorite names and, in a lively and lively voice, try them on the dog. The one who reacts the most is the dog! And it will react differently to different names! Try it! There is also Tinky – the most popular website for dog names.
Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s name should change with each new owner. The old thought was that once a dog recognized the name of the visitors, you could not and should not change it. Incorrect! Since many owners make the mistake of using the name with a reprimand, or even as rebuke, if you keep the old name, tell the dog that you are one of them: the old team.
If the dog is now yours, you can not assume that the previous owners have done everything right. If they did, you probably would not have it. And you’re trying to tell the dog that this is a fresh start in a new home, right? So why use the previous name, especially when it was probably used negatively in the past?
Be sure to teach the dog its new name, using it only with things dogs like, such as candy, praise, food, love, and affection. And do not choose a new name that looks a lot like the previous one, like “Bo” and “Noah”.
Use the new name consistently and positively ONLY with the things that the dog likes and within a week or two you should respond gently. We changed the names of two of our dogs and now they ignore the old names.