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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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How do I: Speak? Bark on command?

I wan to teach my 6.5 month gsd , Preston, to bark on command. He is very smart and catches on very quickly to anything I teach him. I just dont know how to go about this.

He barks often when he sees or hears something when he is outside, (Almost to often)...I dont want to reward this behavior and pair it with a word because I am worried that will make him think I want him to bark all the time. (Which I don't! lol) "When I bark I get a treat.. okay!...Woof woof!" lol.

I can't get him to bark when I tease a treat/toy.
So I dont know how to teach this without enforcing wrong behavior..?
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Mrs. K said this----
Indicator "Barking" Question
So I am trying to teach Indra to bark as indication but if there is one thing I suck at it is to get my dogs to speak. The only way to get them to bark is when I knock on the wall or the table because they think somebody is at the door. I've tried everything. From Food to howling & barking videos. It just doesn't work.

If I reward her for the barking once I knock on the table wouldn't I reward the behavior to bark at the door instead of the bark itself?

Does that make sense? ----


This is exactly what I mean.
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You could frustrate him. Here's what I mean: I taught my dog by holding a toy up so he can't get to it and teasing him with it. Eventually, simply out of pure frustration he'd bark once. I immediately gave him the toy, played for a little while, then had him out it and do it again. I did about 3 times before he started to bark as soon as I started to tease him. Then I attached the command. So at this point I held the toy up like before and say "bark" once. He'll bark and I'd give him the toy. Rinse and repeat
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i taught my last GSD to bark. i would have my dog sit.
i sit in front of him (face to face). while holding a treat
i would bark and i would say "bark" to my dog. once he
barked i would treat him. i did this over and over untill he barked.
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i taught my last GSD to bark. i would have my dog sit.
i sit in front of him (face to face). while holding a treat
i would bark and i would say "bark" to my dog. once he
barked i would treat him. i did this over and over until he barked.

Ha ha this is how I taught molly!!!! Once she caught on I would repeat bark bark bark to have her bark a few times in a row then threw in a quiet command. This work great because I not only taught here to speak but taught her quiet!

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Right or wrong I taught Retta and Rex to bark by using the door knock as stimulus. It didn't take many repetitions before they caught on and would speak on command or with a simple hand gesture. It was the first "trick" I taught Retta beyond basic obedience. Rex caught on extremely quickly and it was funny because his real bark was a deep "I mean business" kind of bark. His speak bark was high pitched and kind of girlie.

We've had no success teaching this to Rennie. We've tried everything including the door knock, trying to frustrate her into barking, even trying to get her to mimic us. She licks her lips when we do any of these things so we joke that we can make her lick her lips on command.

I haven't tried teaching Ridley to speak yet but I'm hopeful it will be pretty easy.

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what hand gesture do you use for speak???

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Right or wrong I taught Retta and Rex to bark by using the door knock as stimulus. It didn't take many repetitions before they caught on and would speak on command or with a simple hand gesture. It was the first "trick" I taught Retta beyond basic obedience. Rex caught on extremely quickly and it was funny because his real bark was a deep "I mean business" kind of bark. His speak bark was high pitched and kind of girlie.

We've had no success teaching this to Rennie. We've tried everything including the door knock, trying to frustrate her into barking, even trying to get her to mimic us. She licks her lips when we do any of these things so we joke that we can make her lick her lips on command.

I haven't tried teaching Ridley to speak yet but I'm hopeful it will be pretty easy.
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i taught my last GSD to bark. i would have my dog sit.
i sit in front of him (face to face). while holding a treat
i would bark and i would say "bark" to my dog. once he
barked i would treat him. i did this over and over untill he barked.
This is how I taught all my dogs, and my kid's dogs to speak on command. They all had it mastered as young pups. I have been doing this with Wolfie since we had him, and for the life of me, I can't get him to speak on command.

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what hand gesture do you use for speak???
Index finger pointing up. I have no idea why we used that but we started it 18 years ago!

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Thanks everyone! I will put it all to work in a little bit! : )
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