Speak (Barking on Command)
Speak can come in handy for many different situations:
There are two main ways that can work to teach your dog to speak with the first one being our most preferred method:
Once you teach your dog to Speak you will increase barking since the dog is being rewarded for this behaviour. We will then only reward the dog when we ask them to speak. Right after we can say "Quiet" and when they are quiet we will reward many times. Then we will say "Speak" and reward for a bark and then "Quiet" and reward for quiet. We find that this method really helps the dog to understand Quiet much easier as it is the exact opposite of speak.
Alert Barking for the Door or Other Places
If you want your dog to Alert Bark at the door you can say "Speak" when someone approaches the door or rings the doorbell. This will be different for everyone. Then you can say "Quiet" and hope that your dog understands. If they do not you can wait till they are quiet and reward or you can correct the barking with something like a squirt of Bitter Apple Spray. This can help teach your dog that you want them to bark once (or twice or three times) and then be quiet.
Keep in mind that if you keep things black and white such as:
That is the easiest for the dog to understand. By having a grey area (sometimes allowed to bark and sometimes not) is harder for the dog to understand so it will take more time and patience to teach this. You will need to decide what rules you want for your dog to bark. Some people never want their dog to bark and some people like them to bark a lot.
Here are two different scenarios we have done:
As you can see you can place many different rules on barking. You need to decide what your rules are going to be. Just know that once you start down the road of allowing barking there is a lot of time that goes into training to fully understand the rules. If your dog already barks like crazy then no worries there, it will help speed up the "Quiet" training a lot faster.