Believe it or not, the best way to teach your dog to be quiet on command is to train them to bark on command. Teaching your dog how to speak is relatively easy as compared to teaching a dog how to be quiet.
Here are some simple steps you should follow;
Find Something That Makes The Dog Bark/Barking Trigger
Before you begin teaching your dog how to bark, it is required to find something that will offset the dog’s barking. This could be, for example, opening a recording of other dog sounds, a siren, or any other noise.
However, sometimes the dog may be smart enough to realize that it is only a recording and won’t bark. When this happens, you can try barking yourself or locking yourself outside the house and knocking continuously. Once you find the perfect way to make your dog bark, it is now time to proceed to the next step.
Provide A Cue
Say a word like “bark” or “speak,” then follow up with the method you have chosen to make the dog bark. For example, if you’re doing a siren, ring, or bark, make the sound right after you say the “speak” words.
Praise Your Dog For Barking
When the dog barks, appreciate it by saying “thank you” or “yes” then giving a treat. Most dogs will be surprised whenever they are being encouraged to bark rather than stopped or given a bad reaction because of barking.
You need to repeat this command as many times as possible until your dog gets the cue. Practice the cue several times daily, however, in short sessions. Do this until your dog learns how to talk; then you can proceed to teach your dog how to be quiet.