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    Hi all,

    I'd like to teach DJ to speak on command. Has anyone done this & have any good tips please?

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    My son taught Sophie. He actally "barked" himself and said Sophie Speak! He had treats and would say, Sophie Speak, then he'd bark and give her a treat. She learned it the first day. Good luck!
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    I did the same as above^^^ Get them excited and as soon as they even think about barking give them a treat. Then I teach them to whisper.

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    Same here. LOL @ MJ, I did the same with Diesel, I do the hand gesture for "cut" (across the throat) and he actually does muffle his bark!

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    I did with Erns and some days wish I hadn't.He "talks" when he demands things. He would talk to friends when they came in or called. This was fun, but he still did it when clients called. Some would remark on the noise and I said he wants to say "hello". Some thought it fun talking to him, but usually I have to say just a moment while I sort my dog.

    I have now had to teach him "no talk" and use hand signals so I can talk on the phone.

    I did as the others did. Get them excited and treat with word and hand signal.

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Well we tried for the first time today - stubborn dawg! Would you believe my puppy, with the insatiable appetite for food & treats, turned his back & walked away. If he could speak, I think he said "If there's effort involved, you can keep it!" Oh well, tomorrow's another day!

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    Yep, always a tomorrow. Don't give up. He'll get it. That was one of the easiet things for Jack to learn. But they are like kids, all different and all learn at their own speed. Good luck

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    Sophie "quiet barks" too... I pur my finger to my lips and say "shhhhhh" then Sophie speak, and she mouths a bark but nothing comes out. Our last girl did that too...
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    Our old boy Bob used to ask for water in a low, low focalization that sounded a lot like "waaaaaawaaaaawaaaaaaahrrwaaawr." I'm sure many of you long-time lab owners are familiar with that kind of talk. I miss that about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyArch View Post
    Yep, always a tomorrow. Don't give up. He'll get it. That was one of the easiet things for Jack to learn. But they are like kids, all different and all learn at their own speed. Good luck
    That was the easiest one for Jaxx to get as well. Well that and shake.

    My husband taught him the same way mentioned above. "Speak, Jaxx, Speak" then he'd bark at him, and then say it again. It helped at first if he could get Jaxx riled up first. Ha ha.

    That said... Jaxx is too young for me to consider him 'trained' when it comes to tricks. Sometimes he's got it and sometimes he just gives you a "???" before trying everything he knows can get him rewarded. :P

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