How To Train A Dog To Differentiate Between Items

How To Train A Dog To Differentiate Between Items

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

There is no command to this trick because each item will have its own command word. However if you have a bone, bear and ball and would like your dog to recognize each by name then this is the trick for you.

  1. To teach your dog the name of something you simply need to place it on the floor and each time he looks at it or touches it you must quickly say its name.
  2. Begin with one item for example a ball and first teach him the name of it, then introduce item two.
  3. Continue to say the name of the first item and each time he touches it or picks it up give him a treat, stay completely silent if he looks at the other item.
  4. This can be repeated with many items until your dog is able to differentiate each by name.

Top tip; when you introduce a second item you can already have taught the name of that one, that way you can offer your dog a choice of two words. This can be increased to literally hundreds of items.

Dog trainers love this trick because it appears truly skillful to train a dog to pick out one particular item by name when faced with many.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.