Lana & Cookie

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I live in Japan with my puppy Cookie. I research artificial intelligence and artificial life in a lab in Kyoto.

"Cookie Sound"?

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I posted a while ago about Cookie's "Sound" button, which I model when a delivery person rings at the interphone. Cookie *loves* to push the Sound button, despite the fact that the house it usually very quiet. I live alone and there's no TV. "Sound" is his favorite button after Tug, even if I typically don't react to it because I don't know what he means. I took some screenshots of his data board to show the frequency of Sound usage... Here is a conversation we had today (it's super rare that we exchange more than 2 sentences)

C: Sound
L: I don't hear any sound
C: Sound
L: What sound?
C: Cookie Sound
L: (using the buttons) Cookie Sound (?)
C: Yes

Assuming this is not random, what could he possibly be saying?

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Cookie and ball-toilet

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In Japan most dog owners have an indoors doggy toilet, and so do I. Since he was little, Cookie would throw his toys in the toilet when he wanted to poop, especially the bouncy balls, usually as the last phase of his "I need to poop" dance (running around really fast and pouncing).

Around two weeks ago, he combined the buttons "Ball + Toilet" several times, although I could not guess what he wanted (all of his toys were on the ground). Then he went to poop. I assume there is a possibility that he associated ball-in-the toilet with poop, or even just poop = some kind of ball-shaped object... It gave me a good laugh, although I really wish he would stop with the toys, it's really not hygienic!

I was reminded of this today because he did it again and threw his toys in the toilet, again... I hadn't tilted until today!
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Cookie's first >3 word "sentences"

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Today for the first time Cookie pushed more than 3 buttons in a row, and also for the first time, did repeat presses of the same button. He usually presses only one time.

Unfortunately the sentences didn't make any sense to me!

"Sound Sound Water Tug Stop"
"Ball Toilet Sound Sound Toilet"
"Water Toilet What"

I use Sound to mean doorbell, he uses it to mean... I don't know, but he VERY often says "Sound" and combines it with other buttons. Sorry Cookie, I don't know what you are trying to say....

He also bossed me around after peeing on the floor.

"Clean Up" after I modelled clean up and actually cleaned up, so I cleaned up again to show him what it means; he immediately pressed "Then Tug" πŸ˜…
Very good use of "then", I use it to highlight temporal relations and conditions, like "Eat Then Tug" to bribe him to finish eating before we play

Datastudio Dashboard

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Anyone else usingΒ  Lindsay + Dewey & Dusty 's fantastic dashboard? I could not find a dedicated page, sorry if this is a duplicate.
Please share your dashboard! Here is mine: https://datastudio.google.com/reporting/37d544b9-a597-4b09-9adf-7625f2701666
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Share your learner's word inventions!

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Hi! I'm new here and I'm curious about the unexpected ways your pets use the buttons.

For example, my dog keptΒ  whining in direction of the toy storage area and pushing "Eat" and "Ball", despite the fact that we had not worked on combinations of buttons. I had no idea what he wanted and gave him different toys but he just got frustrated. Then I figured out he wanted his round kibble dispenser... He immediately started playing with it, even if it was empty. Now "Eat Ball" means "Empty kibble toy" :)
I was blown away by the fact that he seems to have generalised "ball" to anything round.
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