Saying “I love you” can be difficult enough for people to do, much less for a pooch who speaks in barks, whimpers, and body language! But with practice, patience, and a “pawsitive” attitude, you can teach your dog to say these three special words and entertain your friends and family with your pup’s incredible talent.
Aside from impressing your friends, teaching your dog to speak can be an important training and bonding moment between you and your canine companion. The connection that can be created from mastering this trick will help both of you become better communicators and better friends.
Teaching your dog to say “I love you” is a fun but challenging experience. Be aware that some dog breeds may have an easier time than others when it comes to “talking” or mimicking human sounds. Siberian Huskies, Beagles, Border Collies, and other vocal breeds will tend to master this trick faster than non-vocal breeds like a Saint Bernard or Mastiff.
Keeping your dog’s breed in mind, always approach these training methods with a positive, gentle tone. Even if your dog is a “talker,” this trick is still a difficult one to learn. An enjoyable training experience for your dog means a stronger relationship with you, and the likelihood of your dog learning other tricks at a quicker pace.
Aside from an upbeat, fun attitude, make sure to keep the training sessions short for your dog, no longer than ten minutes each. You can have several training sessions a day as long as they remain short and sweet. Switching up training sessions, exercising, cuddling, or playing with your dog between “talking” sessions will keep your dog engaged and in the moment with you while also giving her a break from the training.
Always end your sessions on a high note. Be sure to have some treats on hand to praise and reward your dog when he finally says those three words to you!
i want him to say hi or i love you like i ruvv you
Hello, Check out the two video I have linked below of teaching I love you. This will be easier for breeds who can naturally make sounds closer to I love you, but the main goal at first should be to get pup to speak on command with little barks, grumbles, or howls. The next step is getting pup to do a three part noise of any kind, like woof, woof, yip...Just three parts is the goal. Next, start rewarding only when pup's woof, woof yip three part noises, sounds slightly more like I love you. As you practice and reward pup for getting closer and closer pup starts to memorize the vocalization sequence that sounds like I love you. This has to be a gradual process though, and set expectations more reasonable. A small dog will be less able to sound as close to I love you as a dog with a wider vocal range like a husky, who frequently yodels and howls. The first video I have linked will be more similar to your dog most likely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYENPjFcvP0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip1c1UQigM8 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I want to teach me puppy to say "I love you", but I dont know the best/easiest way to do this! Help?!
Hello Brianna, The key to teaching this is to first teach your pup to simply make noises on command - which can be taught by rewarding pup when he makes noises on his own, or encouraging him to make noises by making noises yourself, knocking on the door, playing recordings that encourage howling or barking, or using other things that you know he tends to bark or "talk" to. Once pup can make noise on command, then you begin rewarding pup for making noises repeatedly, rewarding any noise that sounds closer to the words I Love You with a lot more treats. As pup gets slightly closer to the correct sounds, only reward when the sounds sound closer to those three words than before; this takes a lot of practice and often a dog with a good vocal range, who can physically make the noises needed to sound like the words I love you. Reward anything that sounds closer to I Love You, gradually helping pup get closer and closer. Use whichever of the three methods will be easiest for your dog to learn to make lots of different sounds - which will increase your odds of pup making the right sounding type of sounds. If you still aren't sure which method to use, then I suggest using the Bark. Speak. Howl method, and also check out the article linked below on how to initially teach Speak and how to initially teach howl - which is needed to use the Bark. Speak. Howl method: Speak: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Howl: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-howl Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Took me all of five minutes for him to mimick me, he is a pure joy in my life😍