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No, your dog won’t be reciting Shakespeare anytime soon, but barking on command is actually one of the easiest tricks to teach.
This version of How to Teach Your Dog to Speak was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on June 25, 2015. In this stop barking dog article I will show you how to teach your pooch the “Speak” command. In clicker training, you use a sound (the clicker) to let your dog know when she has done something right.
Hopefully your energy, your dog’s excitement, and the treat behind your back will result in a bark. Now that your dog is starting to associate a word with barking, say “speak” or “talk” and wait for her to bark. Treats are a great way to teach a behavior, but once the behavior is learned, continuing to give treats actually distracts your dog and slows response time. Once your dog can bark on command 10 or more times without a treat, start working in short training sessions with no food.
Once your dog learns that barking on command leads to treats, it may be hard to get her to stop barking.
Start by saying “quiet” without showing the treat, but still rewarding after your dog stops barking. Imagine you really need to use the toilet, but you’re in a foreign country, can’t find a bathroom, and don’t speak the language.
Your dog needs to know she has to pee and pooh outside before you can teach her to ask to go. Now that your dog knows barking can open the door, you need to teach her to go outside to potty, not for treats. Sit in the room with the door out, but act as if you have forgotten all about letting your dog out. After several rounds of knocking and asking to “speak”, you want your dog to start barking at the knock alone. When well trained and accompanied by the “quiet” command it becomes very easy to stop your dog from barking incessantly.


You will notice that his barking will become more manageable and he will actually stop barking at your request. 4- After a few nice barks say (loud and clear): “Quiet!” and immediately show (and only show) your pooch the treat and put it under his nose so he can smell it. When you notice that your mongrel starts being quiet faster after your command, start delaying the treat to extend the time he remains quiet. And once your dog has those commands down, you can teach her more complex speech behaviors like barking to be let out to go potty or barking to announce visitors at the door. The clicker is very effective because it is a consistent, unique sound, different from your voice. If not, you may need to show the treat again, or even hold it out but not let them have it.
When they have mastered this, you can start increasing the number of correct responses before giving treats.
Be patient and wait for her to bark, then immediately offer to let her outside and praise her when she goes. If your pooch barks in fear or stress, please read our main dog barking article for specific help.It is important to understand that you NEED to teach these commands to your pet to achieve results.
If, on the other hand, an action results in something bad happening (punishment or aversive), then your pet will likely avoid repeating that behavior in the future.
You might also consider adding a hand signal, since dogs learn visual cues more quickly than spoken ones.
Continue doing this practice for about ten minutes a day until they have mastered the command.[14] Be sure not to practice too long.
When you feel your dog has mastered barking on command, see how many responses you can get without a treat. Teaching your dog how to ask to go outside by barking will help prevent messes in the house and make both your lives easier. On the other hand, you may want to teach her to bark for security reasons, or because you have a big house and can't hear people knock.
Read about classical and operant conditioning to find out more about how dogs learn and how to apply it to training.


If your hound barks immediately after your command, but before the doorbell rings…he has learned to bark on cue! For example, if your hound barks at the doorbell, you will need an accomplice to be standing at your door ready to ring the bell at your command. 8- To help your pooch generalize the concept of "barking" on cue, practice your commands without a barking trigger.
Your pooch has learned the word when he starts getting excited at the sound of it (and before you take out the treat).
Now you can use it to “mark” a good behavior, even when you don’t have treats or toys around. Try it on a day-to-day basis as opportunities show up, but if there is a really strong barking trigger and your "quiet" cue doesn’t work, then set up a situation in which you can control the trigger and repeat it over and over until your hound succeeds. For example, if you furry friend likes to bark at cars on walks, ask a friend or relative to drive your car around the block constantly while you are training. As you see the car approach in the distance ask your hound to quiet, use the treat in your hand to distract him if you need to. Your friend will drive by again, so repeat…eventually your hound will become accustomed to the car driving by and will successfully remain quiet. Praise and Treat!  Try it with different cars and very soon your hound will learn to be quiet at them. Remember to also teach your hound when it IS appropriate to bark, for example if a stranger is crossing your lawn. Use a hand signal instead of a verbal command and then you can secretly tell him to bark or quiet while you follow your speech to entertain your friends.



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