How to Teach a Quiet Dog to Speak? (30 Options)

Speech in dogs remains controversial.

Claims have been made that dogs can understand simple sentences, but these remain unverified.

There is little consensus on how much humans can influence a dog’s speech development.

However, many people suggest that some dogs can learn speech in their first year of life, while others require years of training and a firm owner-dog relationship.

Some of these dogs are so quiet when they’re young that sometimes people wonder if they can learn to speak at all.

However, with patience and a firm hand, you may find that you can get your dog to learn to speak.

30 Suggestions For How to Teach a Quiet Dog to Speak

1. Speak to them in a normal tone, not yelling or heavily exaggerating:
When you begin training your dog how to speak, it is important that you are in a calm environment and speaking in a normal tone.

This will help them better understand your language and how you communicate with animals

2. Begin by addressing the dog by name:
In order to get results from your training, you have to have confidence when commanding them what it is you want them to do.

Only by using their name will they recognize who is speaking and not mistake one person for another

3. Recognize that dogs communicate primarily with body language, you are only able to communicate with them by speaking.
It is important to be able to distinguish between what your dog is trying to communicate and what they are showing.

Thus, when training them how to speak, it is important that the way you get them to listen is not based on physical signs or body language but by using good old-fashioned verbal commands.

4. If the dog does not respond, try using a toy or treat:
When training how to speak, it is important that you use a toy as well as a treat or a reward for doing something right.

After they have been given a few commands, you can then make it more difficult for them by making your training more difficult for them by saying, “No” or “It wasn’t good enough” and throw the toy out of reach.

If they do not respond quickly enough, do not stop. This will just encourage your dog to be even more obedient when they are properly trained how to speak

5. Be patient, if they are scared of your voice at first, they will eventually come out of it:
Remember that dogs learn very quickly and everyone is different.

Take your time and play around with different methods in order to see which one works best.

Try using a high pitched sound as opposed to a deep pitched voice

6. Reward progress in their progress by giving them treats or a toy:
When they are properly trained, do not give them a reward whenever they do something right (sit, speak).

It should only be given when they have just perfected the command or it was done very well

7. Do NOT make everything about treats in order to teach them how to behave with humans!
You need to remember that dogs are very social animals and like people, they too communicate with one another.

If you feed your dog before training, they will always associate food as a way of socializing

8. Do not get mad if they do something wrong; it is a very normal part of dog training:
It is important that you remain calm at all times when training your dog how to speak.

Frustration is not good in any form of training and it especially does not work for dogs

9. Be creative when trying to get your dog to speak, make it fun and exciting:
To ensure that your dog understands what you are asking him to do, make it fun and exciting.

You can do this by having a “speaker’s corner” on the ground filled with treats.

Make sure to always start with a high pitched command like “Speak”, so that they are prepared for the task

10. Remember: always make sure that you are the one in control when teaching your dog how to speak, they will only respond if they feel like it.
If you always speak by using their name and they know that you mean business because you are using their name.

Remember, the more comfortable a dog is, the more likely it is that it will listen

11. Actively work with children so that your dog knows how all ages of humans act:
The more children that know and interact with your dog, the more likely they are to have fun when speaking.

It does not matter if it is just by petting them or by saying ‘good boy’, they both help them to learn how to speak

12. Be sure to make them understand what you are trying to get them to do:
After you have taught your dog how to speak, you need to be sure that they understand before moving on.

At first, they may get a little confused, but it is important that you ask them what they understand and don’t understand.

Remind them that humans speak both to each other and to dogs.

If you have taught them not to do certain things, make sure that they understand this is a good way of rewarding their obedience

13. When you see that your dog may be getting confused, just go back a little and try again:
If your dog gets confused at any point, do not stop trying so hard to teach them how to speak.

Go back a bit and just start over from the beginning.

Remember, dogs learn very quickly and it is always best to start small and work slowly

14. Do not try to teach them every trick at once
The more complex some tricks are, the more difficult it is for dogs to understand.

It is best if you teach them simple words that they can easily comprehend and then try other things later on so that your dog will have a better understanding of how the language can be used

15. Always be consistent with what you are saying:
You are only going to get results out of your dog if you stick with it.

This means that you have to stay calm at all times when using commands.

Your dog can tell if you are being harsh in your voice and will probably not understand the command.

He/she may gradually learn over time but is usually not going to want to listen until they know that the command is being used no matter what

16. Be sure not to mix up commands so that your dog will be able to understand the difference:
If you say, “Speak!” it is not the same as saying “Let’s speak!”

You want them to know that this is a command they must start doing whatever it is that they are being told.

It is important that you do not mix things up so that when the time comes to use commands, they do not get confused and do not try something funny

17. Be sure to teach them how to speak in a way that they can understand:
If you want your dog to understand what you are asking them to do, you need to make sure that they know that they can understand what you are saying by using their name.

They need to be able to recognize when you have just spoken and when they have done something right or wrong

18. Evaluations are very important so try different ones and reward with treats:
Every time that your dog does something right or wrong, evaluate it.

You will be able to see what they understand and what does not get through the dog’s head.

19. Be patient, if your dog is confused by you or by the commands:
It is important that you be patient with them when they are young and still new to commands.

They will only get better at understanding commands over time. Try to make it fun and exciting for them, so that they will not get bored

20. Do not ever correct your dog in a negative way:
Dogs do not need correction or punishment from humans.

It is often confusing for them when they act the right way, but you are yelling at them, pushing or pulling on their collar.

You are only confusing them more and making them afraid of you

21. If your dog does something that sounds like they have understood the command:
The best thing to do when you get a response from your dog, is to reward him.

If your dog understands what you are talking about, he will find ways to thank you for it

22. It normally takes a few weeks before you will see any results:
It is important that you stick with your commands for several weeks before managing to get any kind of response out of them.

That does not just mean saying “Speak”, but also teaching them how to hand-raise their paws or how to give a shake of the head

23. Remember, the more you teach them, the more likely they are to understand what you are asking of them:
It is an important step for your dog to learn how to speak before he will be able to use commands.

If he can not speak back, he does not have any way of knowing what words or actions you want him to do

24. Be sure that your expectations are clear:
Make sure that you always know what you are asking of your dog and also how he wants to respond.

You may need to remember that dogs understand simple words and gestures much better than complicated commands.

It is important to remember that dogs do not hear as well as they see, so make sure that you have your commands in words and pictures

25. When your dog knows all of its commands:
You will need to check back with how well they understand the commands you have taught them.

If they still cannot use them, they are probably trying to speak, but it is too soon for them to understand what you want.

26. Always be positive:
Dogs respond better to positive commands and are less likely to do anything wrong if they know that it will get them in trouble.

Make sure you are always using positive reinforcement, so that your dog does not feel stressed if he acts the wrong way

27. Do not tell your dog to “Speak” unless he has been trained how:
In order for your dog to understand what you are saying, he will have to know how you want him to respond.

If you say “speak!” and he does not know what that means, then nothing is going to happen

28. Do not blame your dog if he doesn’t understand what you are saying:
It is important to avoid blaming your dog, so that they will not be afraid of you.

Be sure to tell them what they need to do and how they can do it when we interact with them

29. Do not make yourself too ridiculous:
It is important for your dog to be able to recognize that everything that you are doing is normal and that it will get him in trouble if he does something wrong.

It is also important for you to know which commands he understands and which ones don’t get through

30. Your dog should understand his name before he can speak:
Your dog needs to know his name before learning how to speak.

If you want to give them a command, it is important for them to recognize and respond to their name.

When they know their name, they will understand that you are talking to them

Additional Considerations

Note: Individuals may vary based on breed, background, gender and training.

The main way in which dogs learn how to speak is by mimicking their owners.

If you say “Speak” and your dog doesn’t know what you mean, he will watch your face and mouth and try to mimic the words that you use.

This is why it is important that people teach their dogs words in a clear way and with positive feedback involved.

Dogs are able to understand simple words better than complicated ones.

Once dogs have learned a command, they can be given positive reinforcement before they are able to speak it back.

You may also teach your dog to communicate with more complicated words and gesture.

When teaching them to speak, you have to make sure that they understand what is being said and how the word is supposed to sound.

Owners should always remember that dogs learn at different paces and that it may take them a while before they are able to speak out everything that they know.

It is important to understand how your dog learns and how you can teach him better.

Final Thoughts

It is important for people to understand how dogs learn and how they can help them learn better.

Dogs are able to learn many different words and gestures, but it is up to the owner to make sure that they perform the right actions when using them.

Dogs that are able to speak are often more responsive and loyal to their owners.

They are also less likely to get into trouble and they do not seem confused when you ask them to do something

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