How to Teach Your Dog to Speak and Be Quiet

Teaching your dog to bark or speak on command can be fun. But did you know it can also be useful? While excessive barking is a separate issue to be dealt with, teaching your dog to speak and be quiet on command can sharpen his natural instincts and set him up for success by making the behavior pay off. Ready to get started? Grab a few of your pup’s favorite treats or toys, and then follow these easy steps to improve your dog’s communication style.

Train Your Dog To Be Quiet on Demand

Different trainers and dog experts practice varying techniques, but many agree it’s a good idea to start out by teaching your pet the “quiet cue” before moving on to the barking one. Before you begin, choose one word for the dog’s “quiet command.” Make it easy to remember and use it consistently. Good choices are simple words like “quiet,” “enough,” and “hush.”

Step 1: Create a situation that causes your dog to bark, such as a ringing doorbell or door knock. Some dogs immediately bark when they see another dog.

Step 2: After your dog barks, quickly acknowledge the source and then return to your dog and get his attention by holding up a toy or treat.

Step 3: Once your pet stops barking, give him the treat or toy.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3, but each time wait for slightly longer periods of silence before giving the treat.

Step 5: After a few instances of remaining quiet, start to add your chosen quiet command word. Say the word firmly and audibly in an upbeat tone of voice while your dog is barking and you’re holding up the treat. When your dog stops barking, give him the treat.

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