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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. I have met several German Shepherd dog owners that tell me they want their dog to be friendly with kids, family and friends -but not with strangers. If you found this page, it is entirely possible that your hound already has a barking problem you would like to fix before moving on to teaching him to bark on command. The following barking problems should be addressed before formally teaching your dog to bark on command and sometimes this is not recommended at all.
Dogs can become stressed just like we do and high stress levels can trigger excessive barking.
The barking problems mentioned below can be addressed at the same time as you teach your dog to bark on command. Some dogs simply can’t help themselves and have so much energy that barking is the only way they know to express their feelings. I left this one for last because although it can become nuisance barking, this is the kind of barking most owners want in their German Shepherd dog.
Most dogs like attention, some clever dogs can even train their owners to get it on demand!
You must understand that German Shepherd dogs were bred to work in the fields all day long every day of the year! Use the trigger to make your GSD bark and praise him for doing it ONLY after you say the command, but not if you don’t say it.
Now that you have solved any problematic and excessive German Shepherd barking problem, it is time to teach your dog to do it only when asked to. A person outside will ring the bell when he hears you say “Speak!” (cell phone communication or intercom ON).Your dog will most likely bark at the sound of the doorbell!It is time to reward your dog!
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In clicker training, you use a sound (the clicker) to let your dog know when she has done something right. 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. 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.


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. This is an important step because, although many barking problems are mild, some do require special attention.
Below you will find some of the most common reasons and links to step-by-step tutorials to solve barking in your GSD. These are dogs that are truly afraid of something and pushing them to face their fears will only make matters worse.
These are dogs that may bark at the doorbell, out of excitement when you are trying to put the leash on, or they bark at other dogs to make social contact (rude, but social nonetheless).
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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. 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. Following, I want to share with you tips and techniques that can help you have peace and quiet as well as protection from your German Shepherd dog. For example, German Shepherd anxiety barking is something that needs to be properly addressed to help the animal relax and be friendly around anyone, specially friends and family.
The best techniques involve slowly teaching your dog to change the emotion state of fear to one of joy in the presence of the fear trigger. Because this also falls under the “fear” category you must be very vigilant and avoid situations that will make your dog become food aggressive. So, find the category your dog falls into, read the corresponding article and then come back and read the step-by-step guide to teach your dog to bark on command (Step #3). By now, you must have figured out what makes your dog bark and you will use this to make him speak! 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. That said, it is possible to have a friendly dog that can PRETEND to want to hurt people when told to. If, after reading this section, you realize your dog has a true aggression problem and barking is just the tip of the iceberg, I highly recommend you find a professional (and positive) dog trainer in your area to help you one-one-one - Search the APDT for one near you. Most fearful dogs will never become completely relaxed, so you will always need to be on the alert and manage the environment to prevent aggression from arising. The example below is for doorbell barking dogs, but you can adapt the protocol as needed and use the barking trigger that makes your dog talk. When you have had enough of the yappity-yap of your dog say “Quiet!” and immediately show (only show) your pooch the food in your hand, place it right under his nose so he can smell it, which will make him become quiet.As soon as he is quiet use your marker word for praise and then give him the treat. These are efficient, fun and can be used to raise a dependable and friendly dog that will bark on command if needed.
You are using the training method capturing for both commands.Repetition is what helps your dog understand what you are asking of him. If your hound barks immediately after your command, but before the doorbell rings…he has learned to bark on cue! Take away the attention while the dog is barking or teach an incompatible obedience command to solve this problem! 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. To test it, ask your helper to ring the bell with a few seconds of delay (to give the dog time to process and respond to your voice command instead). The idea is to help him understand under which circumstances it is OK to bark and when it is not. Be consistent: always ask him to bark when someone walks through the lawn, and always ask him to quiet if someone simply walks on the sidewalk.
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.
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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