Teaching to Speak

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Ok, so I've been trying recently to get Fletcher to speak.  Having a hard time finding things that work.

Anyone have a trick to get there Dober to bark.  He will bark if someone is outside, but that is a little different as he is focused one the outsite until I let him now we are aware of the disturbance and put him in a platz or blieb.  

When I try to get him to bark by say frustratin him into a bark, it's impossible.  It's like he's to smart to know that barking or trying to get past the obstacle is pointless.  

I'm open to whatever ideas you may have.  

His most recent lesson has been blieb (stay) with distractions namely other dogs and not budge until released.  He has been doing really well with it. 

 

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LOL!!! O be careful what you wish for! We were so thrilled when Alexis first barked...tiny bark & SOOO SOOO CUTE & then O  mY grew big & O SO LOUD!! Then we were so amused when she talked to us and barked! Now....she is like a women who never shuts up!!! LOL!!!! We love her but o man we wish she would just sHUT uP! And I am the MOM & wish she would quit talking! LOL!!!!  Rena

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O & p.s......use to be a saying that Doberman's let the prowler in quietly ,,,and then pounced and barked when the prowler was in ...the silent defender!!!!

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LOL!  Too funny.  Well, if I can teach to bark, I can teach to not bark.  He litterally knows his left paw from his right paw at this point.  It funny to say it and he will lift up his paw and show you.  It's pretty cute.  

But......I actually got him to start speaking this weekend!  I'm trying to get him to growl and to speak seperately.  A little more practice and we should be there.  I just had to find something that would frustrate him enough to evoke a vocal response.   

Joined: 2012-01-06

Ok, so I got Barking a growling seperated!  Man, Dobermans are smart.  Took about three days of sessions to teach him.  

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Older thread, wondering if you had any progress with it? We had a hard time getting Max to bark (He wouldn't bark at anything! Not other dogs, people walking outside, cars pulling into our drive, or even those pesky neighborhood cats!).

Here recently, I started working with him on speaking. With Max, I did it with feeding times. Before he gets to eat, I have to feed our Shih Tzu, and he has to wait to touch his food. Then he has to go through some commands, (sit, down, shake, and give me a high five). So I started telling him to speak, and I would make a bark noise to get him to understand. Now Max knows speak, and I encourage him to bark whenever he sees something outside. No doorbells, but two dogs. And I want him to bark whenever he sees people (if ever there be a case of someone breaking in, that deep and mean sounding bark would push someone away. Until they got close enough to be attacked by kisses... 

Just keep trying anything you can think of. Dobermanns are insanely smart, and catch onto things rather quick, as you know. You'll get it eventually!

 

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I just read all of the posts... My bad..

And congrats on getting it! 

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My puppy Rogue will bark and growl at an empty plastic Pepsi bottle... only if its laying on its side..... What the...?