Puppies don’t know their own names when they’re initially brought home. They won’t answer when you call their name, and they probably won’t even notice it is called. However, with repetition and practice, they soon learn their name and consistently react to it. Do dogs genuinely learn their names, or do they only react to the tone of your voice when you call them or instruct them to do something?
The question of whether or not they can pick up on cues and recognize their own name is not easily answered. All things considered, it’s canine-specific. Let’s get more into the topic of why some dogs are better at spoken language than others, and how certain dogs are able to remember their names.
Sings of a Dog Knowing Their Name
If your dog responds to its name, there are several methods to determine if it really understands the name or is merely reacting habitually to your tone of voice. Many dogs will rush to you the moment you call them if they know they’ll be greeted by their name.
If your dog hears you in another section of the house or another room, it will immediately come rushing. In case your dog responds when you call it, it may recognize its name. If your dog is in the same room as you, he or she may gaze in your direction or respond to your voice if you call his or her name.
You may take the experiment a step further by calling out various names to determine whether they just respond to their own name or to any name you speak in the same tone of voice. It’s more probable that your dog is reacting to the positive, eager tone of your voice than to the actual name you’re calling it by than to the name itself if your dog arrives when you call it.
You may use body language to tell whether someone merely responds to their name or not. They may show enthusiasm or pleasure at hearing their name called, turn their head to look at you, perk up their ears, pay attention to what you’re saying, wag their tail in response, lift their tail in alertness, or even bark.