Kaitlin & Mazikeen

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Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlin, I work in finance, specifically with mutual funds. I live in Kansas City with my husband and two dogs, a Great Pyrenees and a Catahoula X. Mazikeen our Great Pyrenees is almost 2 years old and is our learner!

Consolidating Buttons

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Hi everyone!

So my question surrounds consolidating buttons, I’ve gone through the early learning stages multiple times but question myself when I go to consolidate.

So when she appropriately uses the button on her own and has demonstrated she can multiple times that’s when I consolidate?

For example right now she knows Outside, water and food. She is working on Play, Love You and Help. They are all scattered into their appropriate locations(I did consolidate food and water today). If she does okay with food and water being on one board is that when I should just attach the hextile β€œOutside” is on and centralize the board somewhere?

And then when she picks up another button appropriately I add that to the board too?
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Transitioning Buttons

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So we ordered more buttons in late October and I’m not sure when they will be delivered. I know there’s delays with everything going on and 100% understand.

Our girl has made so much progress this last week I’m scared to stop building on it and we don’t have any extra buttons. For example, she just used Outside to let me know there was a dog outside rather than asking to go Outside. I would like to add buttons to build off that so she can use Outside in more ways but am scared if I don’t have those buttons available she won’t use Outside to describe things anymore because it’s not being reinforced.

So we ordered those cheap big buttons from Amazon to at least keep the ball rolling. I know most people start out on those then transition to FluentPet buttons. My question is did anyone struggle from transitioning from those buttons to FluentPet buttons? Not necessarily because of the size but just because your dog may think they’re different now?
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Slow and Steady

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For everyone getting discouraged in the beginning process, please keep going!Β 

This Thursday will be four weeks we’ve been training buttons and I started to lose hope that she would make the connection between pressing the buttons and getting what she wants.

Mazikeen is a Pyrenees which is a very stubborn breed, so she was definitely resistant to changing her method of just smacking the blinds to go potty.

Today we got our first β€œOutside” unprompted though and she proceeded to poop outside. So stoked! Keep going, keep working at it, they can do it!
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Teaching β€œPlay”

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We just got our two buttons to test if this is a concept our girl can grasp before ordering more. I chose to start with β€œOutside” which should be an easy concept for her and β€œPlay” which I think should really test her.

My struggle is I’ve been pressing the button when she is playing to kind of make the connection but she’s so amped up from playing I don’t think she’s even paying attention to me.

How did you guys teach Play? I read the Where-What thread about hiding a toy but then I would think I’d need to make the word toy instead of play? I think I’m overthinking this.