How to Teach a Dog to Speak
Even if your dog is never able to say “I love you” as successfully as Mishka and Laika do in the video below, you can train your dog to speak on command. Training your dog to speak isn’t as difficult as it sounds. All you’ll need are patience and a few treats.
Get your dog’s attention
There’s no easier way to get your dog’s attention than by playing with him. Exercise him or play a game of tug so he quickly responds to your commands.
Show him a treat
Once you have your dog all energized, show him you have a treat in your hand. Close your hand and place it behind your back. The goal is to have your dog bark when he sees the treat. Reward your dog with a praise and treat as soon as he barks.
If your dog whimpers, but doesn’t bark, try waving your hand with the treat in front of him.
Repeat until he speaks
The second time you do this, say “speak.” Each time you say the cue, keep your voice in the same tone and volume level. Repeat this process until your dog speaks on command.
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