One thing I’ve never been able to teach Mr. N is “speak.” I’ve tried knocking on doors to get him to bark and offering him a toy/treat but not letting him have it. He just looks at me with sad eyes and lies down. I tried for maybe two or three sessions and then gave up. Mr. N isn’t one of those dogs that barks for the sake of barking. He generally barks for a reason: someone at the door, excitement during play time or during dog greetings.
Onyxx likes to vocalize. He whines and chirps and howls. Somewhere along the way, the boyfriend discovered that if you bark at Onyxx, he will bark back.
So I’ve been teaching Onyxx to speak on command instead. I’ll bark at him, and when he barks back, I tell him “yes” and reward him. The things we do for our dogs right? I’m working on getting it on cue so I don’t have to bark at him every time!
I’ll put a video up later.
Have you tried any “unusual” methods in the course of training your dog?