How To Teach Your Dog To _____. Google To The Rescue.

It’s always a lot of fun to see what other dog owners are searching for on Google. When you type a word or phrase into the Google search engine search bar, Google gives you suggestions for popular words or phrases other people have typed in, often before you can even finish your sentence.

So, we decided to have some fun ourselves by searching on this phrase “How to teach your dog to…” so we could see what top ten results Goolgle came up with.

Here are the most popular questions:

How to teach my dog to speak

How to teach my dog to roll over

How to teach my dog to fetch

How to teach my dog to lay down

How to teach my dog to shake

How to teach my dog to sit

How to teach my dog to stay

How to teach my dog to play dead

How to teach my dog to stop barking

How to teach my dog to howl

Let’s look at the first one, how to teach my dog to speak. On Google, the first result goes to the American Kennel Club site, with a guide to teaching your dog how to speak in three easy steps. We’ve summarized them for you right here:

One – First of all, you have to get your dog to bark. Try showing him a toy or treat. If that doesn’t work, ring the doorbell or knock on the door to get his attention and get him to bark. Or, wave your arms or one of his toys around excitedly. Do whatever you need to do to get him to bark. 

Two – As soon as he barks, “mark” the behavior by saying “good” or “yes” then…

Three – reward your dog with a favorite treat or play with him with the toy

Four – Once your dog reliably barks, pair the bark with a verbal or hand signal. Try to reward only a single bark, not multiple barks and never reward barking unless you have given him the signal to do so.

Next up on our list is “How to teach my dog to roll over.” So stay tuned!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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