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Moving Buttons

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Hi all!Β  We've been at button training for around 3 months now.Β  We don't train every day - I would define us as "casual practicers".Β 

Dewey had 4 buttons, and had 3 of them down pat.Β  The buttons were located next to the things they represented ("snack" next to where the food is kept, "water" next to his water bowl", "outside" next to the door). Β 

The one we struggled with the most was "play", mostly because I think a) we aren't always able to reinforce it with sufficient play (normally just throw the ball once or similar) while we are working from home and b) I now wonder if it's because there isn't really a physical location that represents the idea.

The reason I think the location is key is that we consolidated the buttons onto a board, and man - SO much backsliding. Β 

ASIDE: I think it's not just the change in proximinty to the object idea that is causing issues.Β  I also think there are issues with a change in physical sequencing.Β  Many of his errors seem to be based on his previous mental model.Β  For example - "play" used to be to the RIGHT of "outside" by the door; now, "play" is on the LEFT of "outside", and he frequently hits "play" when he is giving his other indicators that he wants to go outside (walking to the door and staring at us, whining (boooo), responding with a "yes" touch when I use hand gestures to ask if he wants outside).

Has anybody else struggle with "language loss" after physically relocating buttons?Β  If so - what worked to clarify and/or how long did it take you to get back on track?Β  Just curious.
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