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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-03-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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"speak" question

I was outside playing frisbee with Vinny and we were goofing off when I found out that if I say "ruff" to him he will bark as an answer. Not every single time but enough to know it's not just coincidence.

I'd like to use this as the beginning of teaching "speak" and "quiet" but am not sure how to progress from "ruff" to "speak" since I prefer not to have to bark at him to get an answer. haha


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Re: "speak" question

I taught Bison to "speak" by saying the word "speak" short and clipped like a bark. I would get him rilled up then when he final barked, then I would say "Good speak" and give him a treat. Just repeat exercise and eventually he won't have to be "rilled up" before he will do it.

Now the "quiet" part... You will have to wait till someone esle chimes in. He has to comment on EVERYTHING. "Quiet" is not in his vocabulary.

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Re: "speak" question

Ruthie, I think you have the right idea. Consistency is the key. I taught my dog to speak by putting him in an environment where I knew he would bark, telling him to bark and treating him after he did bark. In my case, it was putting him around another dog. Doing that for a week or so lead me to issuing the command anywhere and then treating him, gradually reducing the treats to pats on the head and "good boy" exclamations. The quiet part is a little more difficult, although my dog doesn't bark much unless he's in a confrontation with another dog. For that, I use the word "hush" while touching his muzzle. That normally works.
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