How to Teach a Dog to Speak

How to Teach a Dog to Speak
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How to Teach a Dog to Speak, aka bark, command is something some dogs do all the time. But, other dogs tend to stay quiet and need a little boost to get talking.

Either way, this trick is for you to get your dog to SPEAK on command.

Don’t get too hung up on the loudness of the bark or a slight growl. Over time give more PRAISE and REWARD the better they do and your dog will rise to the occasion.


Get your dog to bark.

No kidding, you want to get your dog to bark. The reason for this is that we want to get them taking the action that we will later associate commands, treats, etc.

If you can only get a minor noise from your dog, work with it and try to get more as we move forward.


When your dog barks, say “SPEAK” afterwards. If they only make a small growling noise, then that’s ok to start.

In this step, you’re associating the “SPEAK” command to your dog barking. You want to make this connection, so keep on this step until you feel they have it.


Now, once you’ve associated “SPEAK” with their bark, say “SPEAK” to trigger their bark. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

This step changes the “SPEAK” command from just being said after the dog barks to using it to trigger the bark.

When you say “SPEAK” and your dog barks, you want to praise them with a Good Girl, Good Boy and a tasty treat.

They should know they did exactly what you wanted them to do and be ready to do it next time.


How to Teach a Dog to Speak may be easy for some dogs. Quieter, dogs may be a bit of a challenge. Take it slower with them, but don’t give up. They will eventually get the hang of it.

This is one of the noisier tricks to teach your dog. It’s also one of the more interesting ones – please let us know in the comments below about your experience…

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Steve Larrivee

Steve Larrivee

As a dog lover since his youth, Steve Co-Founded Athenas Pets with his son Kevin to promote dog training to the masses. Athenas Pets, focuses on training products and providing the "know-how" so the average dog owner can train their dog like a pro.

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