There are times when all you want your dog to do is to stop barking--unless of course, you have already taught him to be quiet. But, what if you could train your dog to bark on command? Why not? People have been teaching their dogs to "speak" for as far back as history has been recorded. Teaching your pup to speak on command is a great trick to add to his repertoire and can even be used to scare off would be intruders.
However, if you haven't taught your pup to be quiet on command, this would be a great time to work on it. The ultimate result being your dog barking when told to and stopping on command. Bear in mind we are not suggesting that you teach your pup to bark at people, we are showing you simply how to train your dog to bark on command.
The concept is pretty simple: you want your pup to bark when you give him the command to. You also want him to stop barking when told to. There are several different methods you can use, here we are looking at three of the most common methods.
Training your dog to bark on command can also be used to add an extra layer of personal security if you have a bigger dog. You don’t have to teach your pup to be a guard dog, but if you can teach him to bark on command, that is usually good enough to scare strangers away. Like most types of training, the nature of this one is relatively simple, it just takes time and patience on your part for your pup to master it.
The most important thing here is that before you start trying to teach this trick to your pup, he should have already mastered the most basic commands such as 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'down'. Once he has mastered these, the number of tricks you can teach him is virtually endless. Your pup will do anything he is physically or mentally capable of to please you. There are a few things you might need to make the training go easier:
The only other things you need plenty of, are time and patience. This type of training is best done in 15-minute intervals 1 or 2 times a day over the course of several weeks. If your pup is struggling to get the idea, be patient and keep working with him, he'll figure it out in time.