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How to Train a Dog to Speak

January 4th, 2012 Pets

Wouldn't it be cool to have a dog that could bark and stay quiet on command? Not only is it a fun trick for you to show off to your friends and family, but it could also be an excellent way to keep your house safe from intruders. A well-trained dog can be told to bark at intruders but will stay quiet when you have a friend over. Luckily, training your dog to "speak" is a fairly simple procedure, but understand that it may take several weeks before he catches on.

First, choose two words - one that will tell your dog to bark and another that will keep him quiet. Simple words like "speak" and "quiet" are best, since they're easy for both you and your pooch to remember.

When your dog barks, get his attention with a loud clap or a whistle. The moment he stops, say the quiet command while offering a treat. This is something you can practice somewhat frequently - try to get him to hear the quiet word every time he barks.

Once your pooch understands how to be quiet, you can move on to speaking. Have a friend ring the doorbell so that your dog barks - as he does so, say the command loudly and confidently. When he barks two or three times, praise the dog and offer a treat. Repeat this until he seems to understand the command.

You can now practice using "speak" and "quiet" together - have him bark a few times and then tell him to be quiet. Remember that this process can take quite a bit of time, so be patient and keep at it!