Did you know that your dog can actually speak? Well, it does! Not in the way that we know how, though, as it is a dog and you know, it barks. The next time you give it an order or command, notice that it barks in acknowledgement as if speaking to you in its own way.
It can get tricky though as some dogs can become unruly and would almost bark onto anything. It can be when it sees something or a response to a sound or just about anything. Teaching your dog to “speak” will help minimize and eventually stop this annoying barking problem. Also, incorporating the “quiet” command to this will be wise.
If you are wondering how you can do that on your own, well you don’t need to be an expert to be your dog’s trainer. Below is a step by step guide on how to train your dog to speak:
1. Understand the value of the command
Teaching your dog the “speak” command does not only allows it to respond but also manage the overly vocal barking problem in dogs. The latter requires combined commands like “quiet” verbal command.
2. Favor a clicker instead of a treat as praise for your dog’s obedience
“Speak” training requires immediate praise, more so than other commands do. Teach your dog to associate the click sound with a treat by clicking and treating a few times in a row.
3. Identify the barking trigger of your dog
Notice the action or happening that makes your dog bark the most. Is this when there is someone knocking, rings on your doorbell, or honks the horn? The trigger may vary according to your dog, so be observant.
4. Use the barking trigger as a training tool
As soon as you identify what gets your dog on a barking spree, do the same in front of him as encouragement. Let your dog bark and praise it for his obedience using the clicker.
5. Incorporate “speak” command verbally right from the start of the training
Unlike the other command trainings, this command should go along with the verbal command. This allow the dog to understand that he needs to respond to a command and not when he wants to bark, which of course comes naturally with all dogs.
6. Use “quiet” with the “speak” command training
The combination of these two commands help prevent unruly barking problems in dogs. As soon as you identify what makes your dog bark too much, recreate that and associate “quiet” with the command. Then use the clicker to immediately praise your dog and later on, give him a treat.
However, if you are actually having problems with a dog that barks in almost anything all the time, you can use the treats as appreciation to the “quiet” command. Wait for your dog to stop barking before clicking and giving him a treat. Do this every time he becomes and remains silent as response to your verbal “quiet” command.