Cool Tricks To Teach Dogs (Speak or Bark When Asked). This is yet another trick that seems complex and overly intelligent for the average dog but is in reality quite easy, as long as the steps are followed properly.
- In addition to being entertaining, this trick is also quite the crowd-pleaser.
- It permits critical thinking for the dog, a necessary element to canine thought-training.
- A trainer clicker is essential during such lessons, because the sound from the device never escapes a dog’s attention and helps with retention when used along with cue words (“good dog, here’s a doggy treat because you did the trick right”).
- Use a reward, aka doggy treat, which your pet adores. Anything less and they will not choose to be part of this slightly tricky, well, trick.
- ‘Speaking’, namely barking on command, is something a dog chooses to do at that second when you cue them. So, letting your pet know that you are holding their favorite treat and that they will receive it when they ‘speak’ is a good foundation step.
- The idea is to wait until the dog barks. When they really want that treat, which they love, and you are holding it at arm’s length they will bark and demand you hand it over; playfully, of course, almost like a ‘come on!’.
- When they bark, you click each time, treat and praise them. Repeat.
- When they jump on you to reach the treat, say ‘No!’, wait for them to go back down, do not reward.
- Even if the dog almost barks, click and reward them. You are then getting your pet closer to what you want them to do. Timing is everything, especially during those subtle barks that barely make it out.
Be engaging and exciting with your dog throughout this process. Your canine will love you more for it and get even more interested in the process. Before long, your dog will respond to the word ‘speak’ so perfectly that people will assume they knows what to do, almost human-like.