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How To Teach Your Dog To Speak: [Ultimate Guide]

how to teach your dog to speak
(Last Updated On: December 15, 2022)

Learn how to teach your dog to speak (bark) when needed like a pro. It goes without saying that being the owner of a dog can be challenging. Your task is to show off all of the essential skills your dog needs to learn. Barking is one of them.

Before anything else, it’s better, if your dog understands and obeys your common commands such as sit, stay, and down. Remember to teach your dog how to speak when it has already behaved well.

If this task is a success, you can not only control its vocalizations but also limit its barking (just do with your permission or in some individual cases without your presence).

Teaching your dog to speak is both a relaxed, fun, impressive trick and desirable behavior. Keep on reading the rest of this post to know how to teach your dog to speak likes a pro.

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What you will need to teach your dog to speak:

There are only a few things which need to be prepared to begin this task. However, you and your dog are 2 must-have things. And you can prepare some of your dogs favorite treats as a reward. Beans and cheerios are the prime considerations, but you must select the right types. Besides, you can also bring dog toys to train.

Step by step instructions:

Learn to be quiet before speaking:

how to teach your dog to speak

Before teaching your dog how to speak, another noticeable, helpful tip you should let it learn is how to be quiet. In particular, this is more important if you are the owner of a terrier.

Begin your task by the option of a command. Typically, it is ‘quiet’ or ‘hush.’ Yet, keep in mind the key is using the selected word consistently.

Take ‘quiet’ as an example and follow the steps below, I am sure you will get a few helpful tips for future use:

  • After your dog barks, do something as creating sounds of a clap or a whistle to take its attention.
  • Once step 1 has done, say the command word ‘quiet’ and don’t forget to reward it its favorite item or food.
  • To ensure your dog understand what it should do with ‘quiet,’ you have to repeat that word more than once and do this step within some days.In case learning how to be quiet is what you are teaching your puppy, you can take a try on training the puppy polite.

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Start the ‘speak’ command:

Keep in mind that initiating the ‘speak’ command once you make sure your dog knows what it ought to do with ‘quiet.’ Now, it’s time to take them out

While your dog is sitting, you had better select the position of standing or kneeling in front of it. Your hands should be available with the treats which are posited wherein the dog can see it clearly and out of its reach.

  • Call the name of your dog by a happy voice to capture its attention first, then show its toy. But, ensure it can’t reach.
  • Use a firm but exciting voice to say ‘speak.’ Because of the first try, everything may happen slowly. A few seconds is required for its response. As the step A, show its toy and say ‘speak’ again. Normally, your treat is the critical feature to lead to the bark of your dog to keep it until the end. However, if your dog doesn’t have the patience, you can try other tips to trigger like doing a knock on something’s hard around there, the wall, for example.
  • Do the step B again and again until you receive the response from your dog (a bark). When your purpose is reached, it’s time to give the dog your reward which prepared beforehand. Do these steps over once.
  • In case your dog responds with a bark more than 2 times, stopping give it the prize and say ‘quiet’ command. Your requirement is just once or twice barks without barking constantly. Thus, make sure your dog responses correctly that command by clicking, going back and forth between your command and giving a treat until it understands entirely and speaks as required.

Repeat the ‘speak’ command gradually without reward:

how to teach your dog to speak

When your dog can give you the bark required every time you say the ‘speak’ command, you can perform the reinforcement of ‘speak’ command with fewer even no reward in a variety of positions.

  • Begin your command without any toy or reward slowly. For the first-time try, you may not receive its response. Don’t give up. Show the toy or reward then gradually stop provide a prize, but rather than, give it other replacements – moral support: words of praises or a pat on the head.
  • Do the step A again and again until it can adequately speak as your command. Only once or twice barks and no more.
  • Step C is an important part to apply what your dog learned in the daily life. If you make sure your dog can master the ‘speak’ command, it’s time to teach it to speak at other specific cases such as barking to be let out, barking to announce visitors.

Pro Tips:

It’s better to add another command like “no more” which expresses your expectation for the dog to stop its continuous barks. Many dogs may feel barking continuously is what its owner wants so you should give your dog a definite end.

You can refer to the following visual guide to know how to teach your dog to speak comfortably and quickly:


Letting your dog bark is an essential task for any dog owner so be patient and follow my step by step instruction. Remember to teach how to be quiet before coming to teaching it speaking, finally, perform the reinforcement of ‘speak’ command without any treats.

Once your dog has completed the training it should be able to know when to be quiet, bark on command and stop barking all on command.  Be patient, positive, and assertive and your dog will try its best to please you.

Other tricks you can teach your pooch is How to shake a paw is fun for both you and your puppy.

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I'm a self-employed blogger, life-long pet parent, and lover of dogs. I have always loved animals, especially puppies. So when my family got our first dog 15 years ago, it was love at first sight. We named her Sassy because she was so small, cute, and had a sassy personality! Once we got her home, I wanted to know everything about caring for her, so I researched online. Eventually, this led me to create the PUPPYFAQS website, where I write about nutrition, health, and care of puppies and the latest news in the world of puppies. In my spare time, I volunteer at my local shelter, which is run by volunteers who are passionate about helping homeless dogs find their forever homes. If I'm not working or volunteering for dogs, you can find me spending time with my family, friends, and my puppy. I have been writing professionally online since 2009. In addition to PUPPYFAQS, I also write for several other pet-related publications.

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