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TestimonialThe photo of our three Papillons was taken on July 4, 2005. They are from left to right Niki, Josie and center, front is Missey. I obtained two of your helpful training tips, "Secrets to Becoming The Alpha Dog" and "All the House Training Methods and Tricks" plus "The Best of the Consultations". I found all of the tips downloaded off your website extremely valuable as I had never raised a puppy and since my free time is limited, it helped to be able to obtain them off the internet and print them off for future reference. Our "girls" are now happy, well adjusted members of our household.

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Dear Daniel,

We have your online book(s).....but cannot find anything on how to START your dog barking......only how to stop. We want our dog to bark when he hears a knock or the doorbell, if not any strange noises outside or within the house. What can we do?

William and Barbie Treiber

Secrets to Dog Training Reply:

Hi there William and Barbie,

Thank you for your email regarding encouraging a dog to bark on command. Teaching the "Speak" command is not too difficult and can be quite useful in situations where you want to be alerted when someone is at the door or if there are strange noises around the house. I guess it just pays to be careful that you do not encourage nuisance barking. The way to do this is by only rewarding your dog when he or she barks at certain times.

In order to initially train your dog to "Speak" you will need to:

  • Wait for him/her to bark
  • When he/she finally does bark and it is a situation in which this is appropriate, say the command "Speak" and give your dog plenty of praise and attention.
  • Over the period of a week or two, continuing to do this should slowly allow him/her to learn that barking is associated with a reward!
  • After a couple of weeks you should then begin giving the "Speak" command before he/she barks, if a bark is given, be sure to give plenty of praise and food treats.
  • With time, you will then be able to condition him/her to "Speak" after certain sounds or events.
  • Once he/she knows the "Speak" command you can begin condition the dog to the sound of the doorbell or strange noises by giving the command Speak at the same time as someone else in the house 'making' these noises!

It will take a bit of time, but with plenty of rewards and training, I am sure that your dog will pick this up soon enough.

I guess the only thing to watch is that you do not reward your dog for barking in a situation where he/she shouldn't be – such as at a family friend or neighbor. Also be sure that it is only barking being observed from your dog, rather than full out aggression.

Best of luck with your training and please do let us know how you get on with this command. As you will see on page 127 of Secrets to Dog Training, the "Speak" command is covered, but only very briefly. We will no doubt be adding more to this section now after your request for help.

Kind regards,

Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team

"Secrets to Dog Training - STOP Dog Behavior Problems!"

Hi, my name’s Daniel Stevens, I’m the creator of Secrets to Dog Training.

I've been a professional dog trainer for well over 20 years, and in that time I've helped thousands of dog owners just like you to get the friendly, well behaved, slipper fetching, best pal they always wanted.

But it didn't start out that way. I've always loved dogs, some things never change. But when I first started my professional dog training career I relied on the so-called 'best practices' when it came to dog behavior training. It was only when I heard people tell me over and over again that they just weren't seeing results that I started to question the old accepted wisdom. So I started a journey, a quest to search out the best, most effective, techniques, tips, and tricks that really work.

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