Heidi Katzenbach

Psychologist, Educator, Dog crazy!
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My pup: Fergus, has been an instant button pusher, but lots to learn! Me: retired science teacher & Psychology professor. I love gardening keeping koi, & being outdoors with my dogs as often as I can. I love all living things!

Bored pup, please help!

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My Fergus has seven buttons and he’s doing great. He loves this talking game. He sleeps by his sound board. Yesterday he started doing something new. When he gets bored (usually evenings when I want to relax with hubby) he goes over to his sound board and presses all the buttons over and over again. He camps there just to do this. I know he’s looking for positive attention, but I don’t know what to do when this happens.Β 
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Moving buttons without confusion 😬

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Fergus and I started button training about 5 weeks ago, and he’s doing great with his 5 words. I hadn’t read anything about planning out tiles/button placement, and now that I have, I see that I haven’t done it right. How do I rearrange buttons without too much frustration and unlearning? See the photo. This is how I started us off! Yikes!
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When your pup is a little liar!

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What do you all do when your pup is dishonest, lol? For example, pushing the β€œpotty” button when he really just wants to go outside to find a really good stick. Or pushing the upstairs button so I take him up, and then he does this Β over and over like an intense little fitness trainer. I’m being manipulated by a 5 month old pup!
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Paw or nose?

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My learner started pressing buttons with his paw (after my modeling), but he quickly decided that he is better at pressing them with his nose. He’s doing great, and just put his first two words together. Is there any reason he can’t use his nose?Β 
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