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Training Drills With Buttons

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Hi there, I wonder if anyone has successful training sessions with buttons. I know that technically we are not supposed to use treats so they will not be food motivated and would understand the meaning of each button. However, I wonder if anyone successfully used "what is it?" (showing object), "use your words" sequence, so the dog would understand the connection between the meaning of the object and the button name. I guess any types of drill experiences would be curious to know

Major regression in buttons training

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Hi there,Β 
I wonder if anyone experienced this. My dog Sancho started buttons training several months ago. It went so well, that I even ordered the special Fluent Pet kit for him to switch from sturdy buttons from Amazon.Β 

We were at 5 buttons: "Play", "Potty", "Water", Ball", "All Done". Sancho used "play" and "potty" consistently, and we were moving toward better understanding between others.Β 

Suddenly, he started to behave like he never used buttons at all and doesn't understand any of it. There was no stress or any event prior to this that I can think of that would influence his behavior.

If before when I say "use your words", he would push a relevant button or even a wrong button but the one that is located on the same hexagon, now the most he can do is to approach the board. I wonder if I should just take a step back to square one and remove all of the buttons from a platform and start again pushing the "potty" button every time we go outside, or should I keep trying to use all the buttons he used before?
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In what order should I add more buttons?

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We have been training for a couple of months, so far he definitely knows the word "play", kinda knows "potty" and "water" and recently I added, "all done".Β 

I wonder if the next buttons should be a priority of the words he knows, or what I would want him to know. For example, he knows different words like "ball", "sleep", "let's go". But I wonder if I should start to introduce first the word "want" and his name so he can create sentences. For example "Sancho want play" etc

When the dog doesn't like buttons and doesn't push button until it makes a sound

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Hi there, I wonder if anyone has this problem.Β 

My dog Sancho does understand the meaning of the buttons but just doesn't "like" them. Only a few times he by himself pushed "play" and "water" buttons. We only have one more button "Potty" which he never pushed by himself.Β 

As we started training him recently when he is already 2 years old, we had our own dynamic of communication that doesn't look like he wants to break. Any tips to motivate him to actually communicate with me through the buttons?

The second question is when he touches the button, very often he does it so gently so it actually doesn't sound at all, I wonder if it's temporary or do I have to correct him somehow?
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