Your Doberman rules the house. There is simply no debating it. He’s the only member of the family that doesn’t answer back and is always happy to see you. Therefore, he gets plenty of food and all the attention he wants. However, he sometimes finds it difficult to communicate with you when he wants something. If you could teach him to speak, this problem would be alleviated. Also, you want to channel his energy into something productive. This would also make for a party trick that would be guaranteed to get guests giggling.
This type of training also lays the groundwork for teaching a range of other commands. It will all help assert your control and position as pack leader. Not to mention, he will now be able to let you know when he wants to go out to the toilet, for example.
Teaching your Doberman to 'speak' is actually surprisingly straightforward. The challenging part comes in initially conveying to him what it is you want him to do. So, you will first have to look for situations which naturally cause a bark and then capitalize on these moments. Once you have done that, you just need to use an effective motivator to reinforce training.
If he’s a puppy he should be eager to please and a fast learner. As a result, training may prove successful in just a few days. However, if his days of being a keen student are in the past and he’s more interested in sleeping than talking, then you may need a little while longer. It could take two weeks before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you could even train him to be a guard dog further down the line.
Before you start training, you will need to collect a few things. Stock up on some tasty treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. The more he loves the reward, the quicker he will learn. A toy and a clicker will also be needed for one of the methods.
You will need to set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and a find a time where you won’t be distracted by a noisy household.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!
Will try training her to speak as suggested
Hello Mary, That's wonderful. If you need any further details, this article I have linked below also outlines some ways to get pup to bark, so that you can teach speak. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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