Teach Your American Eskimo to Bark

Teaching your American Eskimo to bark or “speak” is one of the most important things your dog can learn. Not only is it good for them, but it can save your life. Being as alert as they are, you never know when they might need to bark for getting attention. The best part is, this they can learn this trick very quickly and is one of the easiest for them to learn.



Value Of Trick – High (10/10)

Importance To Learn Early – High (7/10)

Time Required – Low (3/10)

Reward Required – High (3.5/10)

Step 1 – Choosing The Best Command

Just like any trick you teach your American Eskimo, you want to be very precise when teaching them to do something. You want to always do it the same way, especially in the learning stages, then you can get a little more loose with commands or rewarding.

The first thing you want to do is choose the command. Triggers like “Bark”, “Speak”, “Talk” what ever you choose, just stick with it. These dogs are sponges when it comes to learning things, so be careful.

Step 2 – Choosing The Reward

Besides positive reinforcement, you want to make sure you choose a good reward. One that isn’t to rewarding, but one that makes your American Eskimo happy. Rewards don’t have to be expensive treats, what I find works best are mini carrots you can buy at the produce section for about $1.99 a bag. They are not only very cheap but very healthy and juicy for your American Eskimo. Even better, they can be broken in half, or cut into thirds for making them go even further.

Step 3 – The Preparation

Choose a location, either outside or in the middle of a room inside. Gather your rewards and keep them hidden. What works well is if you sit on the floor and place them behind you.

What you want to do is give your American Eskimo positive reinforcement before you give them a treat. To get your American Eskimo to bark, the dog needs a point of reference, so you will need to make a similar noise for them to learn. The formula should be as follows. “Command, “Command Training Noise”, “Command”.

For this example we will say the dog’s name is “Champ” the command is “Speak” and the command training noise is “Ruff”.

What you want to do is give your American Eskimo positive reinforcement before you give them a treat. To get your American Eskimo to bark, the dog needs a point of reference, so you will need to make a similar noise for them to learn. The formula should be as follows. “Command, “Command Training Noise”, “Command”.

For this example we will say the dog’s name is “Champ” the command is “Speak” and the command training noise is “Ruff”. Now it’s time to begin.

Step 4 – The Training

Begin with positive reinforcement. Say “good boy/girl” then say the command, do the training word “ruff”, then say “good boy/girl”. Repeat this 3 times, then on the third time give your American Eskimo a treat. Now go back to doing it without a treat. You will be surprised how quickly you start to hear a bark come out, and when you do, use all the positive reinforcement as you can.

You don’t want to train for more than 10-15 minutes at a time, as your American Eskimo will get restless or full with treats. When training, train in the same place, your American Eskimo will learn that its training time and ther eis a treat involved.

By doing this a few times a day, with minimal training periods, in about 3 days flat your American Eskimo will have learned how to bark by saying a command.

Taking It Further – Advanced Trick

Now that your American Eskimo has learned how to bark on verbal command, teaching your dog to bark on visual command can be worth just as much. Teach Your American Eskimo How to Bark With A Visual Command.