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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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"Speak"?

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I've been working on teaching Hex to "speak" (bark on command) he sort of has the hang of it but instead of a proper bark I generally get a squeal or scream/yowl from him. I have been rewarding him for any noises just so he got the hang of what I want from him.
Am I doing the wrong thing by rewarding for the "wrong" sound or am I being impatient and the "proper" bark will eventually happen when the exercise becomes more established?
( He's a very screechy dog, he will howl/squeal when he's excited or when he doesn't get his way )
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 09:48 AM
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How are you asking him to speak? The word is squeaky to begin with. If you are using a high-pitched voice, he will mimic you.
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Yeah I use a very high pitched "speak" command - and a soft toy beaver in lederhosen that yodels to make him bark
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OK, then if you don't want the screaming and yowling, stop doing that.

Wait until he is alert barking in a deep voice, and say, in a calm, low, confident voice, "Speak." If you catch the behavior you want, it is your opportunity to teach it.
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Ok
I've never tried to teach this one before as none of my other dogs are inclined to bark
Hex does bark when people come in the gate so I might have to try and set that up

Thanks for your help!
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