How To Train Your Dog To Speak

How To Train Your Dog To Speak

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

Teaching your dog to bark on command is easy and even more useful because you can then teach him quietness on command too.

  1. Have your dog sit in front of you and make him aware that you have a treat for him if he does something useful.
  2. Withhold the treat and he will soon offer a whine or yap in order to get you to hand over the treat.
  3. As soon as he makes a sound reward and reinforce this sound then gradually withhold the reward in order to provoke a bigger sound from your dog.
  4. Add the command word when he barks regularly and slowly bring the word forward until your dog is barking on cue.

Top tip; move swiftly on to the next trick and learn how to make your barking dog stop.

Dog trainers love this trick and often teach it (and the next trick) in order to control a raucous barking canine.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.