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Recordable Training Buttons

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Teach your dog, cat or bunny to talk with these recordable buttons!

If you've always wondered what your dog has to say, now is your chance to find out! Now you can teach your dog how to talk using buttons. Using recordable training buttons is a fun way to increase the communication that you already have with your dog. It is also something that, with a little bit of practice, every dog can use to communicate basic things like wanting a walk or to play.

  • 4x re-recordable coloured buttons, record messages up to 30 seconds
  • Requires 2x AAA batteries for each button (NOT included)
Recording messages:
  1. Slide the ON/OFF switch to the OFF position when replacing batteries
  2. Open the battery compartment and place your 2 x AAA batteries (NOT included) in the correct way before closing again
  3. Slide the ON/OFF switch to the ON position
  4. Press the black record button, positioned next to the ON/OFF switch until it makes a beep sound. You can now record your word or message (max. 30 sec), eg "sit", "walk", "toilet"
  5. Let go of the button once finished speaking. You will hear a short double beep.
  6. You can now push the button and your recorded message will be played
  7. Your message remains stored in the button, even when the batteries are removed
Training:
  1. Once you have your buttons, you will want to start teaching your dog to use them. The easiest way will be to pair buttons with things that are high value in your dog’s life. Examples might be playing, walks, going into the yard etc. Essentially you want to select words to start with that your dog already has an association with and that are things your dog enjoys. Struggling to come up with what words already have meaning for your dog? What about “Toilet, treat, walk, throw ball" etc.
  2. Once you have a button ready, it's time to start using it! At this stage, you will push the button every time you and your dog are about to do whatever is associated with the button. So, for example, every time you take the dog out, push the button causing it to say “toilet” and then you take your dog outside. The goal right now is not to force your dog to push the button or even to directly teach your dog to push the button.
  3. Over time, after watching you push the button, your dog will make the connection between the button and the desired activity. At this point, your dog will mirror you and push the button themselves. When your dog uses the button give lots of praise/treats and immediately give your dog what was asked for. So, for this example, when the dog pushes the button that says “toilet,” have a little party and immediately take them outside.
  4. As your dog masters understanding using one button, you can begin to add in more buttons for different aspects of your dog’s day. You can also introduce different toys or games in the same way, by rewarding your dog when they push the button for a specific toy or games which you recorded such as play fetch, throw ball, chase me etc.
  5. Think about how many words your dog already knows from cues for trained tricks and behaviours to people, objects, and experiences such as the names of toys, the park, the beach, etc. With this approach to training, all the words your dog already knows (as well as other objects and experiences) can be used for the buttons. And in time, your dog could, in theory, be able to use their recorded buttons to ask for those objects and “have a conversation” with you. Many people put a bell on their door and teach them to ring the bell when they need to go out.

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