The purpose of the name game is to teach your dog that when they hear their name it means – look at me, or give me your attention. We teach this game as most companion dog owners will say the dog’s name before cueing a behavior. So if we are going to say “Cali, sit” we want “Cali” to mean “look at me I am about to ask you to do something” and then the give the cue “sit”. It also allows us to establish a rapport with our pets and expectations for engagement in training.  How we do it: Say your dog’s name “Cali” and as she/he orients to you, mark the turn of the head or look at you with a “yes” or a “click” if you are using a clicker, and offer a small treat. Do this several times a day in short tiny sessions marking every look at you with a “yes” and treating every time. You can use your pup’s kibble while training inside (I recommend leaving some of their meals aside for training everyday). The “mark” is very important…if I only say a name and my dog comes to me and I treat…the dog doesn’t realize that what I actually want is for you to give me you attention not to walk or sit…the “mark” is a snapshot of exactly the behavior I want!  Butt on floor in a sit…yes, name and look at me, yes, move to touch my hand, yes! Always mark the exact time the behavior happens, then offer a treat after!