M R asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

How do you train a dog to find a person?

I'm not talking about the search and rescue type of finding, I'm referring to getting a dog to find a person by using their name. Let's say you want Fido to go find a guy named John, how do you get him to associate 'John' to the person and have the dog go to this person?

Recently we got our dog to go "Find Ball" but this was already an action he regularly did, we just started to attach a sound to it. I'm not sure how to get him to do it with individuals.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I have the same concept as “BYBS are small puppy mills” but with out the shaking of the treat cup. Start by giving “John” some treats, then sit or stand across from “John” with enough space between the both of you for dog to be in the middle facing you. Next you want to tell the dog to FIND JOHN, John then whispers, whistles, whatever just makes some kind of noise to get the dog to come to him, as soon as dog turns and goes to John you say GOOD DOG, BOY, GIRL, whatever just some kind of praise, and John gives the treat. Repeat until dog gets the hint! With every successful “FIND JOHN” session increase the distance between you until you are in different rooms and so on and so forth. This is going to take some time and practice, repetition is the key! Hope I helped!

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

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  • Lizzie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It would take too much space for me to explain it well enough and in detail here so I will recommend the Sirius Puppy Training DVD to you. It shows as well as tells you exactly how to teach a dog to find a person by name. You can buy it at Dogwise, http://www.dogwise.com/

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  • 1 decade ago

    you first need to train the dog to come to a treat cup... get a cup to keep treats in it, shake it, then give your dog the treat.. you want the dog to associate that sound with a goodie.. so that your dog will come running when the cup is shook.

    Now, in the same room, have the person (we shall call him John) hold the cup. Tell the dog "Find John" on cue, John should shake the cup, then reward the dog for coming to him. Eventually you will work with this by having John go into another room, same concept, "Find John" .. John shakes cup then rewards dog for coming.

    Your next step is to work on it, WITHOUT shaking the cup.. do it in the same room again, reward dog for going to John.

    Its going to take time to teach it.. but it can be done.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you would need a pretty smart dog man! LOL

  • 1 decade ago

    My husband and I refer to each other as "Daddy" and "Mommy" when talking to our cats. They know, from repetition, who is who. All training, for all animals is just lots and lots of repetition.

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