I had a dog that whispered. She was a Ridge mix and very smart. The two I have now, I ask them to "tell me a secret" with Secret as the command word. My boy I started by holding a treat and waiting for him to get a bit frustrated. When he made a quiet whimper, I rewarded him. It didn't take long for him to figure out that any low tone was rewarded for Secret. Sometimes I get a quiet tone, often I get a puff of air. If he barks I yell out a good hardy, "that's no secret! Now everyone knows". It makes people laugh. Then I repeat for secret until I get one to reward.
My she-pup learned from watching my older boy but it took her awhile to learn how to modulate the volume of her bark. As soon as I got a bark that was a few decibels less than her previous bark, I rewarded it. I didn't want her to quit out of frustration. I find that my GSDs want to please me and sometimes quit if they can't figure out what I want. My ridgie didn't get frustrated like that.
Anyhow, now both dogs might give me a quiet bark or a puff of air. I'm happy with either.
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Last edited by car2ner; 03-15-2017 at 08:30 AM.