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How To Teach Your Dog To Speak: Do It Like A Pro!

It goes without saying that being the owner of a dog is tantamount to you will be a dog trainer in a certain time. Your task is to show off all of the essential skills your dog needs to learn. Barking properly is one of them.

Before anything else, it's better, if your dog understands and obeys your common commands such as sit, stay, and down. Remember that just teach your dog how to speak when it has already behaved well.

If this task is in success, you can not only control its vocalizations but also limit its barking (just do with your permission or in some special cases without your presence).

Teaching your dog to speak is both an easy, fun, impressive trick and a helpful behavior. Therefore, keep on reading the rest of this post to know how to teach your dog to speak likes a pro.

There are not too many things which need to be in preparation to do this task. However, you and your dog are 2 must-have things. And you can prepare some extra favorite things like dog food as a reward when it completes each step. Beans and cheerios are the good considerations but you must select right types. Besides, you can also bring its dog toys to train.

Step by step instructions:

Learn to be quiet before speaking:

Before teaching your dog how to speak, another noticeable, helpful tip you should let it learn is how to be quiet. In particular, this is more important if you are the owner of a terrier. Begin your task by the option of a command. Normally, it is 'quiet' or 'hush'. Yet, keep in mind the key is using the selected word consistently. Take 'quiet' as an example and follow from step A to step C below, I am sure you will get a few helpful tips for future use:

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    A. After your dog barks, do something as creating sounds of a clap or a whistle to take its attention.
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    B. Once step 1 has done, say the command word 'quiet' and don't forget to reward it its favorite item or food.
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    C. To ensure your dog understand what it should do with 'quiet', you have to repeat that word more than one times and do this step within some days.

In case learning how to be quiet is what you are teaching your puppy, you can take a try on training the puppy polite.

Start the 'speak' command:

Keep in mind that just initiating the 'speak' command once you make sure your dog know what it ought to do with 'quiet'. As I said easier, you have to put its toys and rewards to the preparation. Now, it's time to take them out. While your dog is sitting, you had better select the position of standing or kneeling in front of it. Your hands should be available with the treats which are posited wherein the dog can see it clearly and out of its reach.

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    A. Call the name of your dog by a happy voice to capture its attention first, then show its toy. But, ensure it can't reach.
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    B. Use a firm but interesting voice to say 'speak'. Because of the first try, everything may happen slowly. A few seconds is required for its response. As the step A, show its toy and say 'speak' again. Normally, your treat is the critical feature to lead to the bark of your dog so keep it until the end. However, if your dog doesn't have the patience, you can try other tips to trigger like doing a knock on something's hard around there, the wall, for example.
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    C. Do the step B again and again until you receive the response from your dog (a bark). When your purpose is reached, it's time to give the dog your reward which prepared beforehand. Do these steps over once. In case your dog responds with a bark more than 2 times, stopping give it the reward and say 'quiet' command. Your requirement is just once or twice barks without barking constantly. Thus, make sure your dog responses properly that command by clicking, going back and forth between your command and giving a treat until it understands completely and speaks as required.

Repeat the 'speak' command gradually without reward:

When the dog can give you the amount of bark required as every your 'speak’ command, you can perform the reinforcement of 'speak' command with fewer even no reward in a variety of positions.

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    A. Begin your command without any toy or reward slowly. At first-time try, you may not receive its response. Don't give up. Show the toy or reward then cancel them gradually again. Rather than, give it other replacements - moral support: words of praises or a pat on the head.
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    B. Do the step A again and again until it can properly speak as your command. Only once or twice barks and no more.
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    C. Step C is an important part to apply what your dog learned in the daily life. If you make sure your dog can master the 'speak' command, it's time to teach it to speak at other specific cases such as barking to be let out, barking to announce visitors.

Pro tips:

It's better to add another command like "no more" which expresses your expectation with the dog to stop its continuous barks. Many dogs may feel barking continuously is what its owner wants so you should give your dog a clear end.

You can refer to the following visual guide to know how to teach your dog to speak easily and quickly:


Letting the dog bark properly is an important task for any dog owner so be patient and follow my step by step instruction, you will be a professional trainer. Remember to teach how to be quiet before coming to teaching it speaking, finally, perform the reinforcement of 'speak' command without any treats.

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