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How to teach a dog to speak? A complete guide for the pet parent

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Every dog owner should know how to teach a dog to speak. Pets can make sounds that help to understand more about their needs and likes. Most dog owners have a hilarious time when teaching their dogs to "speak" (or bark) on command. Usually, pets tend to bark because they feel like it, but imagine if you can make your dog speak with a specific command? 

By Daniel Mar

Not only is this a fun trick which you can show family and friends, but it makes your relationship with your dog even better.  So why should you know how to teach a dog to speak? The answer is quite simple actually.

Barking is very important to a dog. It helps to ward off intruders and alert you of any potential danger. However, excessive barking is a huge problem. That is why it is important to teach dogs about the speak/quiet commands. It is possible to disciple this aspect of pets. Even though barking is a natural instinct, your dog needs to learn when he needs to be quiet. So, in this article, you will learn how to train your dog to speak on command and to be quiet.

How to train a dog to be quiet?

Before learning how to teach a dog to speak on command, it’s a good idea to start with the quiet cue. This comes in handy when your dog is a fan of barking a lot! So, follow the next steps and prepare to see some shocking results:

  • First, you must create a situation that will make your dog bark. Usually, a simple knock on the door is enough. You can also try to play with your dog. Excitement can induce barking.
  • Second, you have to briefly acknowledge the source of the problem. Afterwards, get his attention. You can do this by holding up a treat or toy.
  • Third, only after the barking stops, will you give your dog the toy or treat.
  • Continue to repeat steps 1-3 but gradually wait for long periods of silence each time before surrendering the treat or toy.
  • You should also choose one simple word for the “quiet” command. It should be easy to remember and used constantly. Try words like "enough" or "quiet".
  • After you have mastered steps 1-3, you can begin to use the command word. While your dog is barking, say your quiet command. Use a firm, audible and high voice while holding up the reward at the same time. Remember, only when your dog stops barking should you give him the reward.
  • Finally, practice the "quiet" cue frequently. Anytime you feel that your dog is excessively barking, you can use the quiet command.

How to train a dog to speak?

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Only after your dog is really good with the "quiet" command, then you can move onto the bark command. In order to train your dog to bark, follow these steps:

  • Like with the “quiet” command, choose one simple word for the “bark” command. Among the best choices, you can find “speak", "bark" or simply "talk". Nonetheless, you are free to come up with your own word as long as it is easy to remember! Try to avoid any phrase. Also, the cue word cannot sound too much like any other cue word you use or your dog's name.
  • As with the previous command, you have to start by getting your dog to bark naturally.
  • When he is barking, say your cue word in a clear, upbeat voice.
  • Congratulate him by giving him a treat or toy.
  • Proceed to repeat the speak command method several times until your dog gets it.
  • It is important for your dog to understand the difference between the "speak" and "quiet" commands. Only then should you use them together. You can practice by making your dog bark followed by a quiet command.

More tips to keep in mind!

  • Any rewards you use to teach your dog to speak should be immediate and very valuable to him. Learning how to teach a dog to speak is not simple! So you need to properly motivate him. By any means possible you need to make the action "worth it" to your pet. You can use small liver treats, chicken, or similar training treats.
  • There are dog owners that prefer to teach "speak" first, rather than "quiet". Others like to teach them together. It is up to you! But many vets advise to teach them separately and begin with quiet! But then again, it depends on your dog’s willingness and ability to learn.
  • Don’t forget to be patient but consistent. Any of these commands can take weeks to learn.
  • Do not reward your dog unless he does exactly what you want him to.
  • Avoid teaching “speak” command to puppies until he/she develops the ability and desire to bark.
  • A clicker can also be a great instrument to train your dog to speak or be quiet.

Knowing how to teach a dog to speak might be challenging but worth it. Every pet parent likes a disciplined dog! The “quiet” and “speak” commands are very useful. So, what are you waiting for? It is time for you to become a master dog trainer!

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