|Barked: Thu Mar 26, '09 10:24am PST |
|Are you looking for a speak in the traditional sense of a bark, or getting the cute "woos" on command?
Talking and barking are actually genetic. Scientists have experimentally bred lines of Bloodhounds that don't beigh. They still do everything Bloodhounds do, but silently. Interestingly, it seems that talking and barking are not compatible. A dog who talks doesn't really bark, at least not in the traditional sense, and dogs who bark rarely, if ever talk. I just find that cool.
I really would like to get Vance's "bark" on cue myself, it just happens so infrequently that I haven't been able to do it.
Anyway, you would have to either wait for your dog to make the sound you're looking for, say the command as they do it and then reward them.
Or, if you have a way to make them produce the sound (like wooing at them), do that, reward them, and as they understand what you're looking for, add the command to it. So following with the "woo" example, once they woo back every time, you would say "speak" (or "sing" or "tell a story" or "say hi") then woo at them. The command becomes "speak/woo" for a while, and then you can start to drop the wooing until you just say "speak."
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