Training an animal companion when you can speak to it

I have a PC ranger who can use speak with animals as a innate spell-likely ability. The question came up about training it tricks, and argued that the training time would be reduced or not even necessary if he could speak with animal.

From what I understand, speak with animals is more of asking questions or getting information, rather than to aid it for training, but I wasn’t sure. Would handle animal and speak with animal be completely different things?