Alisha (Frankie & Freyja)

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Hi! I'm Alisha, and my two dogs are Frankie and Freyja. They are littermate dobermans and life-long learners!

Trying Something Different...

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My dogs and I recently received our FP buttons and started learning. I had been in this forum for a couple weeks before our buttons arrived and noticed that a lot of people have had issues with consolidating buttons. After thinking long and hard about both of my dogs' openness to change, I decided I would try a different route with their soundboard.

We are not starting their buttons near the objects they represent.
Rather, we are starting each button on the fully assembled soundboard. We currently only have 3 tiles (Doing, What, and Where tiles) but we have been adding our new buttons directly to it. I'm not sure how it will work out long-term, but so far my dogs seem to be okay with it.

What I've noticed so far is that starting with consolidated buttons has, potentially, encouraged learning when they accidentally press the wrong buttons. For example, the Ball button is right next to the Outside button (Outside just means our patio). They don't care too much for the Outside button, as there's nothing too fun out there, but after accidentally pressing it a couple times when trying to get Ball, they quickly became more accurate when looking to press Ball, and knew for sure the button to the right of it wasn't the correct one.

Is anyone else trying this method?Β How is it going?
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Wall Mounted Soundboard?

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My learners use their noses to press their buttons more often than their paws. I'm almost considering mounting the FluentPet tiles to the wall once I consolidate. Has anyone done this before or considered it? Pros and cons? What are your thoughts and insights? Here's what I'm thinking so far:

Pros:
  • Off the floor (our apartment is only 900sqft, so not much real estate here)
  • Cleaner (less dog hair on the tiles and buttons)

Cons:
  • Learners would not be able to make eye contact with me/look at their subject when pushing the buttons. They would have to physically turn their gaze towards the board. Could this also be a Pro? Could this encourage more thoughtful button presses?

Frankie & Freyja

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Learner Names: Frankie & Freyja

Age:
3.5 years, born June 2017

Teacher Name:
Alisha

Started Learning Word Buttons:
December 2020

Number of Words
: 2

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Words

Where Tile:
  • Outside (12/14/20)

What Tile:
  • Scritches (12/14/20)
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