Kaitlyn and Indy

Service dog trainer/behavior nerd
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Hi I’m a mom and full time dog trainer helping people to train their own dogs to be service dogs of all kinds. I use clicker training. I also love birding and painting.

Switching back from the fluent pet buttons?

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So I started Indy out on the learning resources buttons and we got up to 12 and until the fluent pet ones finally arrived and I love that they are smaller and take up less space but everyone said they were louder and higher sound quality and I have NOT found that to be the case. Even when I’m almost shouting into the microphone. My husband has a hearing loss and he can’t hear them as well as the learning resources ones. Also I’ve now had 3 of them break, 2 of witch got a little drool on them. I already ordered a bunch more buttons but I’m thinking of just reselling and recouping my cost to get the larger tiles from fluent pet. I don’t really have the space to expand the buttons that much if I use the bigger ones. Can anyone help me with this dilemma?

Noun or verb?

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I’m setting up my fluent pet button that JUST came. I’m setting up the hex tiles and looking at the suggestions for where to put them but I’m so confused. Like it has walk as a location. I want to add an eat word and I’m not sure if I should add it to the β€œwhat” category like where they put food and water and toy or β€œdoing”. I feel like walk would be a β€œdoing”. And then Love you is social but I translate β€œlove you” to more like scritches or petting so would that be a β€œdoing” or a β€œwhat” category?Β 

Coincidence? Ice is Play?

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So after introducing a bunch of new words because I feel like Indy is struggling with all wordbuttons mean play one of those is Ice. I just added them on Monday and it’s been easy to model since he likes to go to the freezer drawer every time he hears it being opened and we give him a little piece and the buttons are immediately next to the fridge. But his play button is next to the ice button so when we give him ice he later focuses on a toy and doesn’t even want the ice. But just now he hit the ice button and i excitedly opened it and gave him a piece but then I realized that just a moment before he was trying to dig a toy out from under the fridge and the act of pulling the drawer open seemed to make it easier to get the toy. He did eat the ice but I wonder if A: he DID want ice. B: he wanted the toy since he’s clearly motivated by play and he realized that might be a great way to get access to the toy. Or C: he still just wants to play and he hit the ice button accidentally since it’s right next to the play button.
Side note: anyone know how long it might take to get the fluent pet buttons? I know it says ships in February but I just ordered them in February.... I think he’s going to need more.

Too fast or more buttons bring more clarity

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So I JUST joined this group and I’ve only been working on the buttons for 8 days. This is a question about if I’m going too fast. My 6m heeler puppy is SMART! He learned play in about 90 seconds and started using it just after I introduced it while I was folding laundry. He’s very very used to opperant training so it wasn’t a stretch for him to figure it out. And boy did he figure it out! Non stop β€œPlay!” Then he’d stare at the toy. If we didn’t respond fast enough he’d whine and smack it again. So I had to introduce the β€œAll done” button right away. I modeled it by hitting it and leaving the room( he’s gated off) he would still hit it at first but after another day he figured it out enough that we clearly had an argument where I’d hit all done and he’d immediately hit play again and then I’d hit all done again. Like 6-8 times in a row! Seriously this is in less than a week! So I tried to add outside and he mostly hit it accidentally and used it for real maybe a few times but he likes barking at me to go out better so he stopped using it. I did a love you button too to show that buttons weren’t just about play and then I was out of buttons. I was thinking that it may be better for him to add more buttons for other things he loves like ice and water for when the water bowl gets left empty and now and later. I already got another 8 buttons and put out 4 buttons next to the play button for ice, now, later, and love you and moved the outside and all done buttons close to the gate near our main door. Is this too much do you think or based on how fast he’s getting it to you think it will help him be a bit more thoughtful about hitting the buttons instead of just smacking play all day long?Β