4 Ways to Teach Your Dog to Talk

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4 Ways to Teach Your Dog to Talk
4 Ways to Teach Your Dog to Talk

No, it's obvious that your dog won't recite Vinicius de Moraes around, but you can teach him to bark according to a command. It's also a good idea to practice a be silent command to keep barking under control. Once the dog has mastered these commands, teach him more complex behaviors such as barking for needs and barking to announce visits to the house.


Method 1 of 4: Teaching the Dog to Bark on Command

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Step 1. Choose a reward

The more your dog likes your choice, the easier it will be to teach him. If your dog loves to play, try using his favorite toy when he barks. In most cases, however, snacks are more efficient in training. The best snacks are those that your dog already loves, that are easy to transport and are healthy. In order not to bore the dog, use a variety of treats. Some excellent options: Try:

  • Cheese sticks.
  • Cooked chicken.
  • Meat roll (specific for dogs).
  • Cookies and snacks for training.
  • Carrots and frozen peas (in case the dog is on a diet).
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Step 2. Consider training the dog with a clicker

In this type of training, you use a sound (the click of the clicker) to let the dog know that he has done something right. The clicker works well because it is a consistent sound, unique and different from the human voice. Still, in the absence of the device, you can use simple expressions like "good" and "yes" to signal the dog.

Grab the clicker in one hand and a treat in the other. If the dog tries to catch the food, make a fist. Click and offer the treat to the dog. Repeat after a few minutes. Keep repeating the process from time to time until the dog expects a treat as soon as he hears the clicker sound

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Step 3. Get the dog excited

This will increase the chances of him barking. Play a game that gets the dog excited, like tug-of-war.

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Step 4. Get the reward

Now that the dog is excited and barking, choose a reward and have it ready. Let the dog see it and then hide it behind your back.

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Step 5. Reward the barking

Hopefully, your energy, the dog's animation and the treat behind you will result in barking. Otherwise, you may need to show the treat again or hold it in front of the dog without letting him eat. The dog will be confused, which often results in barking, but don't worry if it takes a while. Be patient and as soon as the dog barks, click or say "yes". Reward him with the toy or treat right away.

If the dog doesn't bark, try barking at you to encourage him

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Step 6. Name the behavior

Now that the dog knows that barking will result in treats, give the behavior a name. Say something like "speak" or "bark" before he barks. If you prefer, make a hand signal, as dogs learn faster with visual cues. Practice several times, making the sign just before the dog barks.

Keep the same voice tone and volume when sending the signal. Thus, the dog will also associate the tone with the command, facilitating learning

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Step 7. Try using just the command

When the dog is associating a word with barking, issue the command and wait for him to bark. Say the command only once. When the dog barks, offer a reward. Practice for about ten minutes a day until the dog has mastered the command. Don't spend too much time training as the dog will get bored. As soon as he demonstrates that he's losing interest, stop.

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Step 8. Stop giving the rewards little by little

Treats are great for teaching a behavior, but continuing to give them too long will distract the dog and slow down his response time. Once the dog starts responding correctly, start reducing the frequency with which you reward him.

  • Gradually increase the number of correct answers before giving a treat. Start offering the reward every two barks. Then start delivering the treat once every three barks. When you feel the dog has mastered the command, see how many barks he can get without a treat. The idea is to reach a high number like 10 or 20.
  • Also increase the time you wait before the reward. The idea is to gradually break the association between command and food.
  • Replace food with other rewards. As soon as the dog barks ten times without a treat, start doing short training sessions without food. When successful, praise the dog, pet him and play with him. The idea is, little by little, to stop using snacks as motivation.
  • To motivate the dog, give treats occasionally, without following a pattern.
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Step 9. Practice in different places

When the dog has mastered barking on command in the silence of the house, train him in parks and on the street, where there are distractions.

Method 2 of 4: Teaching the Dog to Be Quiet

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Step 1. Teach the "quiet" command after teaching the "speak"

Now that you can get the dog to start barking on command, you can train him to stop barking whenever he wants. The second command is usually necessary as the dog will learn that barking results in treats and will likely start barking more than usual. The "speak" command must generate a maximum of four barks. After that, it is necessary to ask the dog to stop.

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Step 2. Ask the dog to bark

Wait for him to start barking, be patient.

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Step 3. Say "quiet" and offer a snack

When the dog stops barking, give the treat. Repeat the sequence, practicing for about ten minutes a day.

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Step 4. Remove the snacks gradually, as you did with the previous command

Start by saying "quiet" without showing the treat, but rewarding the dog when he stops barking. When he masters the command, start increasing the amount of correct answers before giving the tidbits. Keep the dog's interest by rewarding him from time to time.

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Step 5. Practice in more complex circumstances

When the dog has mastered the command in the silence of the house, take him to train in a park or on the street. Also train him to stop barking when visitors come home.

Method 3 of 4: Teaching the Dog to Bark When He Wants to Go Out

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Step 1. Teach the dog to ask to leave

Imagine that you need to go to the bathroom, but you are in a foreign country, cannot find a bathroom, and do not speak the local language. Welcome to the life of a dog. Teaching your partner to ask to go outside barking will prevent accidents in the house and make life easier for both of you.

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Step 2. Train the dog to clean up

It is important that the dog knows that he needs to leave the house to relieve himself before training him to ask to leave.

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Step 3. Stand in the yard with a snack in hand and the door slightly open

Ask the dog to bark. When he does, open the door and give him the treat. After a few repetitions, ignore the "speak" command. The dog should bark asking to leave. Open the door and give the snack.

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Step 4. Stop giving the snacks

Once the dog knows he needs to bark to open the door, he needs to be taught how to go out to the bathroom, not for snacks. Do the training as soon as you wake up, when the dog needs to pee. Stay outside and ask if he needs to leave. When he barks, open the door, praise him and let him pee. Praise him again after he relieves himself. Keep repeating every day for two weeks.

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Step 5. Go home

With your hand on the door, ask if the dog wants to leave and wait for a bark. Reward him with praise and repeat for two weeks.

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Step 6. Step away from the door

Sit down with the door closed, but act like you forgot to let the dog out. Wait for him to bark and immediately open the door for him to leave. Praise him!

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Step 7. Try getting the dog to bark in different rooms

Close the door and keep the dog in a different room. Be patient and wait for him to bark. As soon as he does, open the door and praise him. After two weeks of repetition, the dog must be an expert in barking to leave the house.

Remember to respond to barking when not in the middle of training. Whenever the dog barks to leave, you should open the door and praise him

Method 4 of 4: Teaching the Dog to Advertise Visitors

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Step 1. Think carefully if you really want the dog to bark when people come home

Many dogs make too much noise when visitors arrive. If your dog is quiet in such situations, count yourself lucky. On the other hand, if you want him to bark for safety reasons or because he has a big house where he can't hear the knocking on the door, training can be helpful.

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Step 2. Go to the door and knock on it

Issue the "speak" command when knocking on the door. Reward the dog whenever he barks.

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Step 3. Stop issuing the command

After a few training sessions, knock on the door and wait for the dog to bark before rewarding you, without issuing the "speak" command. Practice for several days until the dog understands what you want him to do.

You can repeat the same training with the bell. Ask a friend or relative to stay outside by ringing the house bell

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Step 4. Ask a relative or close friend to come to your house and knock on the door

You may need to repeat the "speak" command on the first few attempts. After a while, let go of the command and let the dog respond to knocks on the door.

You can repeat the training with the bell

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Step 5. Remove snacks gradually

As instructed earlier, begin asking for the desired behavior several times before giving the treat. Do some training sessions without snacks.


  • Be careful not to overfeed the dog with treats. Reduce his ration on training days.
  • Check if the dog can bark. Basenji dogs, for example, do not bark.


  • Don't tire the dog too much. If he looks exhausted or bored, stop training and continue later.
  • Never punish the dog for not obeying a command. Use only positive reinforcement to teach tricks.

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