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How to Teach Your Dog to Speak

Watch more Dog Training 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Teach your dog to speak, or bark, on command with these tips Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get your dog into position While in the backyard or dog park, give your dog the voice command for "sit!" Praise them for obeying you. Step 2: Hold out a treat Hold a treat within their line of sight and above their head. Instead of a firm voice, say the command "speak!" in an excited, enthusiastic voice. Keep repeating the vocal command until they issue a couple of sharp, short barks, rewarding them with the treat and words of praise. Tip Praise and positive reinforcement helps a dog learn tricks much better than harsh discipline. Step 3: Remove the food Repeat these steps a few more times with dog treats and then try the "speak!" command without food. Reinforce a two-bark response with words of praise. Step 4: Who's at the door? Reinforce the trick indoors. Bring your dog into a room close to the front door, giving them the commands to "sit!" and "stay!" Knock on the inside of the front door and give the command to "speak!" Repeat this process until they give two short barks each time they hear the knock or the "speak!" command.Reward the first few good responses with a treat. Step 5: Ring the bell Position your dog in another room, open the outside door, and ring the doorbell while using the "speak!" command. Reward a two-bark response with a dog treat and words of praise. Your best friend should now be able to speak on command. Did You Know? DNA analysis suggests that dogs originated more than 100,000 years ago.
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