Learning a dog – give a voice.
This exercise is an introduction to a series of activities, which in practice we will require from a dog. The basis of this exercise is the dog's natural reflex - uttering his voice as an expression of his emotion caused by fear, anger or lust. Barking is the voice, whine or growl.
Individual races, and even individual specimens of the same breed tend to be more or less "barked"”, because that's what you can call it. So depending on the dog's greater or lesser tendency to bark, learning will take more or less time.
Punishments must not be applied to this teaching, compulsion and depressing the dog in general. You should also be very understanding, be content with even poor results and never extend the lessons; rather repeat more often, but for a short time.
To get your dog to bark, it needs only encouragement and reward. Here, in particular, the guide must show maximum patience, any manifestation of anger or even nervousness has an inhibitory effect on the dog.
At mealtime, we show the dog some tempting morsel, encouraging him with the signal "give a voice!”. The dog doesn't know, of course, what are we asking of him, but he will want to grab the morsel, which attracts him. Amidst the constant repetition, "give me a voice."!” we excite the dog by bringing the lure closer or further away at such a height, so that he cannot reach her. The dog will show his appetite and impatience in various ways, but as soon as he starts to speak up with his voice, we reward him and praise him, which he always enjoys.
Initially, "voice”, especially in a puppy, it will be little like barking, but the mere sound of the password will make him come alive. This exercise should be repeated frequently and the moment of rewarding increases as you progress. We'll get to that in time, that the dog will bark whenever we give an order and for as long, as we wish it to be. I will mention the use of this exercise on other occasions in later chapters.