Do you want to teach your dog how to speak? Talking to your dog is easy, especially if they are already vocal. A dog that barks on cue can be a good party trick, or to discourage unwanted approaches.
Start the barking. Start by giving your dog something to bark at. Ring the doorbell. Ask her if she would like to go outside. Get excited and jump around. Mark the bark. To avoid excessive barking, you can mark the bark with a clicker, or verbal marker, such as “Yes!”. Then, give her a tasty treat. Add a cue. You can use a verbal cue (or a hand signal such as pointing at your mouth, making “quacking duck”, or cupping your ears). The cue will then be used to trigger the bark. Mark your dog’s barking and reward him with a treat. This sequence should be repeated at least 12 times: cue, trigger bark, reward, bark. Increase the cue time and the trigger intervals until your dog responds to the barking cue. Pause for five to eight seconds. After you give the cue, your dog should start barking before you add the trigger. Yay! Congratulations! Once you’ve successfully faded your trigger, give the second cue. Your new cue should be given first (i.e. hand signal), followed by the old cue. After about a dozen repetitions, add the five to eight second pause to your new cue (i.e., hand signal) to see if your dog makes the mental connection. If she does, you can then use the same process to create a cue for each word in her vocabulary.
Notify your dog that you will reward her for barking when she speaks. This will help to keep her from being reprimanded for demanding barking.
You can teach your dog how to communicate with you dog by using “talking” buttons.
How to teach your dog to talk with talking buttons
You wanted your dog speak words? Talking buttons is a great way to communicate with your dog! Although science doesn’t prove that dogs can speak when they press buttons, it is possible to have fun with them. Put a button near the door that says “Outside!” and shape your dog to help her learn how to push it. You should take your dog outside every time you press the button. This will help her understand that “Outside!” is a signal to go outside. You can also place one next to your dog’s toys box that says “Play!”. However, if your dog is very food-driven, we recommend that you skip any that say “Hungry!” or treat your dog unless they really need to gain weight.
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