How To Teach Your Boston Terrier The Names of Their Toys (Step by Step)

Teaching your Boston Terrier the names of their toys is a great way to bond with them and help them learn commands.

It can be a fun activity for you and your pup, plus it’s an important part of training that will benefit you both in the long run.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to teaching your Boston Terrier the names of their toys.

Teaching Your Boston Terrier The Names Of Their Toys

Teaching your Boston Terrier the names of their toys helps them to understand commands and builds a strong bond between you and your pup. Not only will teaching them the names of their toys help to make them more obedient, but it can also be a fun activity that strengthens your relationship.

What Boston Terrier Parents Say About Learning The Names Of Toys

Just know when it comes to your Boston learning the names of its toy’s here is what other Boston parents had to say about their doggies when I asked them on the Twitter community, “Does your Boston know the names of their toys?”

Step by Step – Learning The Names Of Toys

Step 1: Choose the toy

Choose one toy at a time. Picking just one toy for your Boston to learn at a time will make the process easier for both of you. This also ensures that your pup isn’t getting overwhelmed by trying to remember too many things at once.

Plus, it will give them plenty of time to practice and get comfortable with each name before moving on to the next one.

Step 2: Introduce the name

Show your Boston the toy and tell them its name as often as possible—while you’re playing fetch, when they get a treat, or even just when you come home from work!

Repetition is key here, so don’t be shy about repeating the same phrase over and over again with enthusiasm!

Step 3: Use positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is essential when teaching any new command or skill to your Boston. Be sure to reward them consistently with verbal praise or treats whenever they correctly identify their toys by name—this will encourage them to keep up the good work!

Can dogs learn the name of toys?

Yes, but less than you might think. Your dog probably only has the capacity to learn two of its toy’s names or three, seriously. In a study done in Budapest, researchers tried to see how well dogs could learn new names of toys. Their conclusion…

There are no estimates of the proportion of dogs with the ability to learn object names but in our study, out of 34 dogs motivated for toys, only one (2.94%) showed the capacity to learn toy names.

~Word learning dogs (Canis familiaris) provide an animal model for studying exceptional performance

There is, more scientific research that needs to be done as well as a larger sample size but this gives us some insight into the question of can a dog learn its toy’s names.

Interesting facts from the study:

  • 34 dogs total in the study
  • 7 Dogs Learned At Least 10 Toy Names (6 of these dogs had previous experience in learning names and were considered the knowledge group in the study while only 1 naive dog truly learned something new in the study)
  • The dogs went through 3 months of nearly daily training to learn these names

How many toy names can your Boston learn?

In reality, don’t plan on teaching your Boston more than 2 or 3 toy names. Especially when you take into account the study where only 2.94% of dogs had the capacity to learn the names of toys, see the study above.

What other epic tricks can you teach a Boston Terrier?

With patience, consistency, and plenty of treats, you can teach your Boston Terrier a variety of complex behaviors that will certainly impress your friends and family.

One of the most impressive tricks you can teach a Boston Terrier is the famous “spin” trick. This requires your pup to spin around in circles on command and is a great way to show off their agility. Other tricks you can teach them include “shake hands”, “sit pretty”, “roll over”, and even more advanced commands like “fetch the remote” or “come to me”.

So get creative with their training and challenge them to learn something new every day!

Final Thoughts

Teaching your Boston Terrier their toy names is a great way to make sure they always know what belongs to who, while also helping strengthen your bond together as well as their understanding of basic commands like “fetch” or “give it back”. With patience, repetition, and lots of positive reinforcement, soon enough you two will be communicating like old friends!

If you want to learn more commands and tricks you can teach your Boston Terrier, be sure to visit our article, 49 Commands And Tricks You Can Teach Your Boston!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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