Megan + Walter

3D Artist
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Hey Everyone! I am a freelance 3D artist meaning I spend a lot of time with my 3 pups! I love all animals and have a passion for anything athletic!

Settle work

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It’s been a big couple of weeks of firsts for us. Most note-ably was today. I’ve been modeling work when I’m at my desk working. Today i was sitting at my desk online shopping when Walter (my golden) went over and pushed work. I responded with yes! Mom work; and kept β€œworking”. Then he asked for every activity he has a button for. I’m talking walk, play, outside, etc. I told him no to each since he just had his neuter and he’s supposed to be taking it easy. When I would say no he would say mom to get my attention and then ask again. This went on for about 5 minutes. Then he stood there for a bit, let out this big sigh, and said β€œsettle work”. I couldn’t help but melt at his request. Β But it was interesting because I’ve always modeled β€œall done” as the end of something. But instead of choosing all done, he chose settle instead. It’s an interesting look to how he understands what settle is. Considering if maybe I need to adjust how I use settle for him so he understands that settle (relax) and all done are differentΒ 
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Travel button?

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I’ve been thinking, my husband travels a lot so I’ve held off on introducing a β€œdad” button.Β  Next week he’ll be with us all week so I thought it was a perfect time to add that button. However, with him traveling so much I was thinking it would probably be good to have a β€œtravel” or such button so if the situation comes where my learner asks for dad and I respond appropriately when he’s out of town.Β 

Here’s the catch: how on earth would I model that?! Hahah. Any tips would be welcome!Β 
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Learned "Food" in an hour

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My mind is literally blown right now. Today I added "Food" and "Water" for the first time.Β  About an hour after adding them, it was their dinnertime so I modeled "food" several times during that.Β  About 2 hours after dinnertime, I was eating an ice cream sandwich and Walter was begging for some by offering paw.Β  After a few times of that, he went over on his own and pushed "food" and then came back and sat in front of me.Β  How did he just learn a whole new button in 1 hour?!Β  Dogs are amazing!!Β 
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New Hex Tiles are Awesome!

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Just got our basic vocab set in after using the starter kit I got back around Christmas.Β  They updated the Hex tiles and they're awesome!Β  They are a lot grippier (something we struggled with.Β  It wasn't uncommon for my golden to fling them across the room trying to push a button) and the grip is thinner so the sound is clearer (also something we struggled with.Β  The sound would be muffled on some spots of the tile)Β  Love the improvements!
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Adding Buttons

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Sorry if this has been covered(I can't find a post about it).Β  How many new buttons should we add at a time.Β  We got the starter pack and have been doing 1-2 at at time while he was learning the concepts of the buttons.Β  Our big pack is being delivered today so IDK if I should keep going slow and do 1-2 at a time while he learns new concepts or add several?Β  Thanks!
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Raking leaves = Digging

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Not really button related but still awareness related.Β  I was out raking leaves and Walter started digging constantly wherever I was.Β  Walter has NEVER dug.....ever... so I was like oh geez not good don't do that.Β  He kept doing it and I couldn't figure out why or how he even got the idea for it.Β  Then I realized he was watching me rake and he would dig near me after watching me really go after an area.Β  I'm pretty sure he thought I was digging and was trying to help me.Β  It's crazy to see how much more aware he has become both with the buttons and actions lately.Β  I feel like he's about to really round a curve of awareness.Β Β 
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Narrating and Settle Outside

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Walter has recently started narrating with the buttons.Β  Up until now, he's been using them for requests.Β  Yesterday he started narrating "Settle" when we were sitting at the table.Β  He pushed it several times and I would affirm we were settle.Β  Today he pressed Settle and Outside which is a combination he's never used before.Β  We've never settled outside so I'm super curious what specifically he was wanting!
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Play Outside

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Lately we've been using "Play" and "Outside" and modeling by playing with a ball outside.Β  Our learner was using the 2 in conjunction often.Β  Just a minute ago, he pressed "Outside"Β  I went over and opened the door to let him out.Β  Before I could open the door he quickly walked over to his buttons like he wanted to say something.Β  I walked over and asked what he wanted to say and he pressed play.Β  It's interesting he has moved beyond simply asking for play outside to correcting me when I misunderstood what he wanted and let me know he didn't just want outside but actually wanted to play outside.
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