Sandra

Button Beginner
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Two learners, one button?

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I know, terrible title, but I wasn't sure what to name this lol.Β 

Bella is my main learner. Vaks is my secondary. I don't actually expect Vaks to use the buttons, I just assume he'll tag along eventually, since he is a demanding lil man.

Here's my problem. Our first button is "outside" and my dogs go on separate walks.Β  We don't have a yard, so I never let them out together.Β 
Vaks is an old (13Β½) and small dog, so he HAS to go first, so I tend to model the button with him myself.Β 

I also model it when I take out Bella after, but it seems like Bella isn't understanding that she can ask to go outside. I can get her to press the button and I think she understands the association, but she also knows that Vaks goes first, because he always does.Β 

Do I start adding play and all done buttons instead?Β 
She plays a lot, Vaks doesn't, so maybe that'd be better?Β 

Any other suggestions here?Β 

I don't have a yard.

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I have, like many others, started with the button "outside".Β 
It's only been a few days and I don't think they quite get it yet, which is to be expected!Β 

However, I'm unsure how to exactly model this.Β 
I don't have a yard that I can just open the door to. That means whenever we go outside, even if it's just outside for a little quick pee in the yard, I have to leash them up and go out the front door.Β 

So far I've been pressing the button AFTER I put on their harness and leash, but do you think it would be beneficial to do it before I do that?Β 
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