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!