Maizie (learner) Jo (mom)

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I am a golden doodle who is ready to learn to talk!

Modeling Buttons by Other Dogs - it finally clicked!

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Hello! Our nearly 2 year old Goldendoodle, Maizie, has been using a SmartBell by MightyPaw doorbell to tell us she wants to go outside since she was 10 weeks old. She loved (smiles, wags, excitement) the FluentPet buttons the first day and readily pushed 'outside', 'play' and 'food.' The next day, she would not go near the buttons. She understood what they were and wanted to use her button - ONLY her button.

I tried for a couple of weeks to get her to push the FluentPet buttons - she goes to her SmartBell instead. I have modeled and modeled and modeled.Β  After trying to get her to push a button this past Saturday, I decided to watch Bunny and other fluentpet pup videos with Maizie. Maize was so focused -intense- on watching Bunny and other pups pushing buttons. After we watched videos, I went over to the button area and tried the same things I had tried before and BAM - it was obvious it had 'clicked' for her and she no longer backed away from the new buttons.

I incorporated the button into a game that we play. I put a treat back and forth in my hands and then have her pick which hand it is in. She paws the correct hand (90% accurate.) I created a 'push' button that is seperate from the other buttons. Once she is using her paws in this way, I have her shake, high five, do other paw engaging activities, and then ask her to push, while placing the individual button in front of her. After watching other dogs, it took her a few minutes to get it. After we finished she pushed 'water' and then went for a drink -- we are not sure if she accidently pushed water and then thought, 'hmm, yes, I could use a drink' or if she did it on purpose. She has used 'love you' multiple times since Saturday. I played a game where I hit 'ball' or 'tug' button and she paws a ball or a rope. I click 'Play' & 'Ball' to indicate that we will play catch. Β 

I think having other dogs model the buttons helped Maizie let go of using her one button and embrace using the FluentPet buttons. Engaging her in a game activity that uses her paws helped her associate it with a game, not just a treat.Β  Β 

Thank you all for posting ideas, tips, and your videos here and on social media!

Maizie, Jo & Robb
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