victoria + teddy

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Night time button usage

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Teddy is most chatty/needy in the evening. As a result we have the buttons in the bedroom. At first I thought that he was accidentally pushing buttons in the dark but it appears now that it is purposeful. Last night on 3 separate occasions I heard him press car. To be perfectly honest I didn’t sleep well so I was up quite a bit so it wasn’t the buttons waking me.Β 

I have 2 scenarios in my head for why he is pushing carΒ 

#1: I was restless/awake and he was wondering if we could go for a car ride

#2: it was Sunday night/Monday morning and he was wondering if I was waking up to go to work (basically if I was going in the car)

Has anyone dealt with this? Should I not have the buttons where he sleeps? Do you think there are other options for this communication?Β 

Just starting out....

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I have a pup that so human/attention focused that he basically doesn’t indicate much of anything naturally. Well besides indicating he wants attention. He is 3 and despite looking for cues he has never indicated a desire to go outside on his own.Β  In terms of language he has a solid receptive vocabulary of β€œcar”, β€œtreat”, β€œsnuggles”, β€œlamb-ie”, β€œcookie” andβ€œall done”. He isn’t very foodie so I would almost love if he overused β€œtreat” as it really isn’t much more than his regular food (he only eats a small portion in a bowl the rest is fed through games based training if he will eat. So far I introduced 3 buttonsβ€”car, treat and snuggles. He doesn’t use treat a ton but he does use it rapid fire for about 5 requests. He will then use the other buttons with meaning but it’s like he thinks he needs to use the treat button to get my attention on him first. We have done a ton of games based training and he loves that attention. Should I add β€œplay” or β€œgame”? It almost feels like that’s what he’s indicating. I’ve never labeled games before, is it worth adding that so early? Will it confuse him if he is eating while playing games? He doesn’t really play a ton.Β 
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