Anyway, another point I have is that people will come up to me and ask “omg does he know how to shake and speak.” NO! Why would I teach my dog that talking is a good thing when I want him to be silent. And why in the world would I teach him to shake? He is not your play toy. Yeah its cute, but I don’t care. I got my dog to be a hunter. And he loves it. It is in his genetics to want to do that.
100% agree with you what you say about teaching your dog to “speak.” teaching a dog this ‘trick’ means rewarding your dog for barking for no reason. I do not believe in teaching dogs to bark for treats.
BUT, I have to disagree with what you said about the shake. It can be very beneficial to teach your dog to trust you with his paws. Often at the vet, the dog will need to have his paws examined or held for a long period of time while blood is drawn or an IV is inserted. If you get your dog comfortable with presenting his paws to you (i.e., ‘shake’), then he will be less likely to pull and jerk his paw from the grasp of a vet or vet tech.
Teaching a dog ‘tricks’ isn’t about using them as a play toy. Tricks reinforce obedience, strengthen bonds and exercise the dog’s mind. Brittanys are smart and energetic dogs. Even dogs that hunt regularly can get bored easily. A training session in obedience or agility can provide a dog with the mental stimulation and physical exercise to keep them happy, healthy and well-behaved.