Pushing all my buttons: dogs with communication buttons (2023)

Summary: Communication buttons are increasingly popular among dog trainers, especially on social media. This article examines what these buttons can be used successfully for and where they might be less useful. It centers on a story about how the author's clients used operant conditioning to allow their beagle to communicate its needs.

There have been a lot of videos on the internet lately of dogs using buttons to ask for things. Dogs ask to go out, to the park, dinner, anything. First it was a dog or two, and now there's a whole industry of buttons you can buy to record words and dogs with dozens of vocabulary words.

I read a book years agomonster dogs lifeby Kristen Bakis. In it, a mad scientist learns to connect his hands where his paws should be and alters a dog's larynx so that it speaks human language. Unsurprisingly, the scientist was cruel to the dogs, which he traded until they turned on him, killed him, and moved to New York. (As someone who moved to New York as soon as I had the chance, that part is totally believable to me!) Every time I see a dog with a frame full of buttons and hear the conversations people have to guide them, I'm thinking about this book.

It's fuel for the imagination and the heart. Button communication is the next step for dogs to understand words spoken to them. Chaser was the border collie who could identify over 1000 toys and even knew that a new word would match a toy he didn't have a word for yet. Learning to respond to spoken words is pretty impressive for a dog, but learning to communicate your desires through words is a game changer.

My dog ​​currently suffers from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, which makes it impossible for him to settle down and sleep in my apartment. I had to send it to friends until I figured out how to help him. How much easier would it be if you had a special wired voice box or series of buttons?

As a foreign dog trainer I have questions. I have taught dogs to use their behavior to ask for things, communicate needs, and for their own amusement and that of their owners. ThisesFun and not too difficult at first, but you really need to break things down into small pieces of information and be extremely clear so that both species really know what they are saying and what is being said to them.

In some of the videos, guards gave their dogs buttons with larger conceptual words like "love" and "later." I have a hard time believing that a dog would understand communication of the "after" concept. When a guard presses a series of buttons to indicate that he is going to the "beach" "later", I cannot understand how the dog could have learned this concept. Doesn't the dog lose faith that the button really means he's going to the beach? Also, when you leave the house, get in the car, drive, maybe stop for gas and then have to go to the beach, does the dog know that one of those buttons means "beach" or does he think it means "beach"? 🇧🇷 drive" or even "off"?

A dog named Fleet took the stage.

Fleet is a beagle/hound mix that was rescued in the southeastern United States and placed in a foster home in suburban Long Island. During a rescue operation at a local pet store, a young Brooklyn couple, John and Jennie, fell in love and adopted him.

Fleet has been reported to love playing with dogs, being housebroken, enjoying people, having been exposed to children with no noticeable reaction, and generally being good company. He was very energetic and liked to sniff, but that was normal for a 7 month old puppy who had gone through so many changes in such a short time. Realizing they had work to do, John and Jennie put Fleet in the backseat of their car and headed back to the bustling neighborhood of Brooklyn.

I met them a few weeks later when they were looking for a trainer to help them with Fleet's unresponsiveness, his stalking of his two older cats, and most surprisingly, his inability to pee or urinate outside of his poop.

While we're here to talk about buttons, I'll give you a brief background on the next two years of training with the Fleet.

Fleet doesn't like to smell. His sense of smell is so good that he can follow the scent of a single bird for a city block until he can track where it has flown. Recently, he sniffed a runway on a street in Brooklyn and someone started a jackhammer next to him and he didn't react. When Fleet is faced with all the olfactory information in an urban environment, Fleet's other senses can completely shut down.

We start with classical conditioning and desensitization. Jennie's bag of treats became a legendary example of carrying treats with different values ​​for each possible stimulus. Added some Behavioral Adaptation Training (BAT) skills. Jennie took online courses on olfactory research and began collaborating with him. Jennie and John found a mix of dog play in the park, daycare, food puzzles, relaxation conditioning, and forced rest that made living happily with Fleet possible. However, when they didn't find the right balance, things turned sour.

When Fleet was overexcited, he still chased the cats, buried himself in the sofa, bit his ankles, buzzed around, and worst of all, if it happened outside, he bit Jennie. It was clearly a cry for help because he was overwhelmed, but it was painful and dangerous for both of them. So we trained Fleet to enjoy being muzzled, and after much thought, we consulted a regular vet and a behavioral vet to get the right behavioral medication.

At one point, as I was working to bring more choice and control into Fleet's life, I suggested that we skip the food puzzles so Fleet could choose his own. Jennie was rightfully skeptical. She already spent most of her Sundays preparing riddles for the week and was afraid he would solve them all in one day. We both even imagined the worst case scenario where he could do that in an hour. He's daring and has a high tolerance for risk, so he trusted me and gave it a try. He left plastic containers full of food puzzles all over the apartment and left. Fleet ate a lot of riddles in the first few weeks. Then he slowed down. He became more selective.

At this point, she left a few out, but kept most of the pre-made toys in a closet. Eventually, Fleet and his nose began to approach the closet, requesting puzzles with short beagle barks. At first Jennie walked over and gave her one, but soon learned to open the door and let her choose hers. He loved it! Well, he loved it, except when, after a few requests, Jennie told him the kitchen was closed and she wouldn't open the door anymore.

Jennie has helped with the classes I teach at PumpkinPups Dog Training and we often teach our clients to sculpt, giving the dogs buttons and table bells and working to get the dogs to skate them. So he bought a button and taught Fleet to press it for fun. He then placed it next to the food puzzle cabinet and asked him to push it before opening the door. When he got good at it, she let go even though she wasn't there and Fleet could squeeze him and she would come from wherever she was and open the door for him to choose his puzzle. If she didn't want to leave a mystery, she took the button.

There's the clarity my trainer brain craves for this button work. If the button is available, the button press sequence is available. If he kept the button pressed all the time, but didn't always press it, it might lose meaning to Fleet and would certainly undermine her trust in her.

There's a button video online that encourages a cute puppy to push a button that says "Couch." The human in the video praises her and gently leads her to the sofa. However, the dog does not jump straight onto the sofa. The dog faces the human and the camera, displays body language that appears fearful and shy, and with just a few more physical and verbal cues, the dog pulls up on the couch. Well, I don't know about this family or how they trained those buttons, but just from that video it seems to me that sometimes the dog pushes that button and can't stay on the couch. Even if I'm wrong about what exactly happened, the dog lacks clarity.

In the midst of this final practice work with the puzzles, John and Jennie found that they could take him to their room when Fleet was particularly out of control in the house (a small fenced area under the stairs, about the size of a box). - think Harry Potter for dogs) and he calmed down relatively quickly and even looked relieved. After a few weeks of Fleet arriving at witching hour and being led downstairs, they realized that when they got up to go upstairs, Fleet was walking ahead of them. Soon he ran to his small room and waited inside until the door closed behind him.

Since she bought a pack of three buttons, Jennie decided to design the next button with "Go to your room". She recorded herself on the button saying that phrase, used shapes to teach Fleet how to press the button, and set to work matching the button to her room entrance. She was very careful because she didn't want him not to like coming into her room. A safe place for Fleet to calm down was critical to her daily comfort with him. He placed the button outside his room and asked him to press it, prompting him to go inside and close the door. She released him immediately and did only a few reps at a time, and Fleet learned the trick from her in just a few reps.

The next step was to place the button near the living room, where witchcraft misbehavior usually began. Before long, Fleet would be pressing the button to ask to go to bed instead of digging into the couch, clutching at his clothes, or barking incessantly.

Still, Jennie was careful. He was worried that Fleet didn't like being locked in her room and wanted the freedom to get out. If that happened, all of your space button training would be wasted and your box/space training could be poisoned. She needed to be able to enjoy her safe space. Then one day Fleet pressed the button and Jennie went downstairs to her room. He went in and she left the door open and went back upstairs. Fleet came after him and pressed the button again. So he took it downstairs, locked it and fell asleep. He learned that closing the door was part of the deal, part of what that button meant, Fleet said.

Since the stuffed Kongs were kept in the freezer and not the puzzle cupboard, Jennie turned the third button into a Kong button. The three were soon available to Starfleet at different times of the day, but especially during the witching hour. Jennie and John began to notice that Fleet was asking about different things at different times.

Sometimes they would open the closet door and Fleet would smell each puzzle very carefully until he found the exact puzzle he was looking for. When he couldn't get to that puzzle, he would watch them until they moved a box or cube until he could reach what he wanted. He would occasionally sniff and walk away without a puzzle. Nothing seemed to please him. On one notable occasion, he sniffed out all the offerings, then turned and looked at an empty pizza box on the counter. So Jennie made a puzzle out of the pizza box and offered it to Fleet, who took it and ran off to work on it.

Jennie and John knew Fleet was asking for things based on what they really needed at the time. If he wanted to tear something apart, or chew and lick something, or lie down and rest, he had a chance to ask. He didn't just play around and wait while people offered him things that might or might not meet his specific needs at the time. Some nights he would ask about riddles, a Kong and his room and still couldn't come to an agreement. Apparently, he was still occasionally overstimulated and needed more help.

After much observation, Jennie thought that part of his behavior suggested interacting with her and John. He likes to play tag, so that was the next agenda. The first time Fleet successfully used his fire button, I got three videos of Fleet and John dancing around the room on a 15-foot rope, playing fools. Both are shaky and happy and Jennie's laughter is the only thing on the audio. It was a great success!

However, while we were all focused on the shooting button, Fleet had other challenges in mind.

John gives Fleet his last pee before bed. Fleet's little room is near the front door. Fleet sleeps in her room or on a dog bed or couch, depending on her preferences and behavior. One night, Fleet pressed her room button. Jennie took him to her room, but he didn't want to go in. He went back upstairs and stopped in the bathroom where he had a direct line of sight to where John was sitting and looked over at him.

Jennie walked back into the living room and sat down. Fleet pressed the room key. Rinse and repeat, do not go into his room and go upstairs to stand on the dog bed and look at John. John took Fleet out for a walk and Fleet went straight to bed when they got back.

This behavior continued until our weekly training call. I laughed and cheered when Jennie told me about Fleet's new use of the bedroom button. Jennie was less pleased. He didn't like the lack of clarity. It's when you know you've trained a client well when they are more disciplined in their training than you are.

Jennie doesn't like that the room button means two things. It's not clear to Fleet and it's not clear to her and John. There's a lot of room for error in a puppy that we're still figuring out at 3 years old. Then he orders another pack of buds and the next one is out.

What I find fascinating is that the Fleet has been communicating all along. We knew it. We knew that biting Jennie, digging up the couch, and running around in circles was communication. However, it was not clear. It was a very general request for help and we couldn't respond adequately because it was highly unlikely that whatever we offered was exactly the right thing at the right time. There were many variables. To be clear, Jennie and John Fleet really get to where he is with what he needs in the best possible way. This skill develops.

That kind of communication works for Fleet, sure, but it also works for Jennie and John. It's exhausting to live with a dog that plays most of the day because he doesn't know what to do with himself or doesn't have access to what he needs.

From the videos we see online, I'm not sure the buds meet the dog's needs. People like that and dogs do sometimes, but I don't know if that counts as communication. If the button sequence is vague, I don't understand how the dog perceives it. For example, if my dog ​​pressed a button with my name on it, how would he react? When I look at my dog, does this button mean KIZZ or LOOK AT ME? There is nothing wrong with my name meaning "look at me". We teach our dogs that their names mean "search me for more information" but I want to be clear that when my dog ​​learns something like this it means an action and not a concept by a human named Kizz. They are two very different buttons and I only know how to train one of them.

To be clear, I love it when people try to communicate with their dogs, and I love it even more when people give their dogs the choice and control to ask for things. I feel a little greedy. Now that we've made the concept relative to the mainstream, I want more. This means we need to do a lot more experiments with a lot more dogs to learn more about what our dogs want or need. This must be great!

In my opinion, to really understand, we need to be very clear about our training and care for our dogs. I don't want this communication to be frustrating for them. To that end, here's a primer on how to teach your dog to communicate with a button:

  • Choose a consequence for the button. Make it tangible and something you can quickly hand over, like throwing a tennis ball or pulling a toy. Make sure it's something your dog likes.
  • Teach your dog to press a button through freeforming (a process that rewards successive approaches to an end goal).
  • If your dog happily pushes the button in exchange for treats, you can add your chosen consequence right after the treats.
  • After a day or two of practicing with the combo, you should be able to remove the treats and increase your button presses with just your chosen sequence.
  • Every time your dog presses the button, you provide the fun consequence.
  • If you can't handle the consequences, put the button away so your dog can't press it.
  • If you leave the button on a normal day, will your dog press it? Gather some facts and let me know!

Elizabeth H. "Kizz" Robinson, CDBC, CPDT-KA, has been training dogs since 2014. She and her terrier mix Eddie live in Brooklyn, N.Y. She serves private clients through her own business,2B dog training, and teaches as part of the teamPumpkinPups dog training.

ZITIEREN: Robinson, E. (2021) Pushing All My Buttons: Dogs Using Communication Buttons. IAABC Foundation Magazine 21, doi:10.55736/iaabcfj21.4

(Video) Learning to speak: A dog communicates with buttons

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    Barbara Dornon September 18, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Kizz, I loved reading this article, what an achievement for you, Fleet and your family. Thank you very much!


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    wild karenon September 19, 2021 at 9:51 am

    This is a fascinating piece, thank you for sharing your story. Now I'm super inspired to teach my advanced classes some "button sequences" - how exciting! karen


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      Kizz Robinsonon September 21, 2021 at 3:09 pm.

      This is exciting! I would like to see what they do. Thanks for reading.


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    (Video) Dog Tries Talking Buttons and Uses Them to SWEAR!

    I disappearon September 21, 2021 at 5:38 pm.

    really inspiring. Thank you very much. I have several buttons that are not used. I think they're coming out this week. Think about which concept to try first.


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      Kizz Robinsonon September 21, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      I can't wait to learn more about the concepts you're working on. Thanks for reading.


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    Courtney Goodmanon September 21, 2021 at 10:18 pm.

    This was a very interesting read. I am a board certified behavior analyst and dog trainer and have recently taught my own dog to communicate with buttons. After teaching him the first button, I taught him to "wait" so that he would not immediately wait for the order. After about 30 seconds of waiting, I taught her the "take no" to make sure she understood that if she pushes a button and I don't give it to her, that doesn't mean the button isn't working, I mean, I I heard her ask, but I can't have it right now. I used a process similar to the one we use in my work with people with autism who are learning to communicate using PECS. At first this was met with an Obliteration Push, where he kept pressing the button and pushing it across the room, but eventually got the hang of it and chose something else or walked away and sat down. I'm worried that if she grabs the buttons when they aren't an option, she'll get frustrated at not being able to communicate, which is what she's used to communicating now, and that this could lead to some aversive behaviors such as B .Asking to go back to their inappropriate methods before getting the buds.


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        Courtney Goodmannon September 22, 2021 at 7:06 pm.

        This is the description I have for clients who want to train and are in the no phase:

        “Teaching the dog to accept one is not an important part of communication training. If you don't teach your dog to accept no, he'll end up hearing his favorite button being pressed multiple times throughout the day.

        Make sure your dog knows what your button means before teaching him to accept no. One way to tell if they understood the effect of the button is to press it at the appropriate times and continue looking at the element/activity after pressing the button. When teaching your dog to accept a no, say "____ done" (or some variation) and offer him a selection of highly reinforcing alternatives. Be sure to use the word they asked for when you say it's all done so they know you know what they said. This tells them that they cannot have what they are asking for, but you are acknowledging receipt of their communication. It also gives them an alternative behavior they can use to distract themselves when they are told no. An example is “Ready sweets. Do you want toys or bones? while offering a toy in one and a bone in the other. At first, your dog may have an extinction period, which means he will push the button repeatedly to get you to give him what he wants. This is similar to a person in an elevator pressing the button once and then waiting a bit and then pressing it again and a few more times until they accept that the elevator is not coming and go up the stairs. During this time it is important not to deliver reinforcement, otherwise your dog will learn that repeatedly pressing the button sometimes works and will prolong the extinction burst.

        When working to not accept first time use, use it sparingly so your dog isn't frustrated that the button has stopped working. Once your dog consistently accepts no when offered a strong reinforcement alternative, you can start saying "done" without offering an alternative and allow him to find his own. Now that your dog knows how to take a no, you can leave the communication mat out at all times."


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          Kizz Robinsonon September 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

          Thank you very much! Jennie and I talked about this a lot today. This is very interesting.


          (Video) Is This Dog Talking With Buttons?!

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    eileen andersonon September 24, 2021 at 5:59 am

    Thank you thank you! A sensible and well thought out training plan for buds!

    I completely agree with keeping the buttons if they are not "available". And I love your point that the dog has already communicated these things.


    eileen anderson


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      Isabel Robinsonon September 26, 2021 at 11:53 pm.

      Thanks for reading! I love hearing who else thought about these things.


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    Deb Mannheimon September 26, 2021 at 00:55

    I compare it to clients teaching their service dogs to ring bells to go outside and use the restroom and I can't count how many times it "doesn't work". Human error: leaves doorbells hanging every time owners leave. As you said, knowing exactly the behavioral response to cue is very important. Well done Kizz, well thought out article.


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      Kizz Robinsonon October 5, 2021 at 1:15 am

      Sometimes "going to the bathroom" doesn't mean "going to the bathroom!" Thanks for reading.


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    cyndi dayon September 28, 2021 at 1:37 pm.

    This is a great read with helpful suggestions for those considering bud training.


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      Kizz Robinsonon September 28, 2021 at 5:11 pm.

      Thanks for reading!

      (Video) Stella the dog learned to 'talk' and she will change the way you think about pets l GMA


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    Adrian Sulewskion October 1, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I agree with Courtney Goodman. Setting boundaries is important. Removing buttons is basically saying to the student, "Yes, you can talk, but shut up now." Having limits, like accepting that everything is done. It's a much better way to handle the situation.

    "Yes, later" seems difficult to teach, but when you do, connect it with the word "now." That's how they say and model Beach Later. So before heading to the beach say and shape the beach now. Some dogs have shown that they understand these concepts by saying "later now" as in "It's time to go!" Now it's later!" Even when teaching concepts like the beach, don't stop first to refuel. You go straight to the beach. When I teach you the first time, I take the new button with me to the new location. Some people may have to do that this more than once. Even if I have to refuel, I say something like "car wait now, beach soon" We don't have a button anytime soon and I'm still working on my definition of this and verbally modeling it.

    As for your request for clarity, sometimes you need to be flexible and listen to what your dog is trying to say rather than the strict meaning you've given the word. My student asked for a ride. After walking she said "walk crazy water".https://www.instagram.com/p/CN-liOKhXEq/She wanted to go to the beach. Probably 6 or 7 of her buttons now are words ME told you needed when matching buttons. Removing buttons limits your ability to solve problems and be creative.

    Also, I wouldn't teach a meaningful word with treats. I recorded "Beep Boop" on a button and used it to teach him how to press buttons.https://www.instagram.com/p/CIrg_gegW-U/After that, you don't have to teach them how to press a new key again. If they're working on their first beat and you can tell from their body language that they want to do something (eg play), you can encourage them. But never force them to do it.https://www.instagram.com/p/CIynbbHBjcA/

    Dogs learn things like their mother because long before you push a button on a concept, you're speaking to them in words. "Okay mom, dad, tali outside" and then the three of us left. Or "Mom doesn't want to go out." By the time you present this abstract button, you've verbally generalized it to your student.https://www.instagram.com/p/CLNKlfEh_9D/

    I am a test pilot for fluid pets. Feel free to scroll through my Instagram and see the formation process and my notes from the beginning. If you are interested in purchasing the buttons, the link is clvr.pt/taltalks. If you also want to see the data I collect, here is the easy to use dashboard.https://datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting/0456ceeb-769b-4bf7-9fc5-bd9d9ff6df7e/page/KM8qB
    And here is the Google spreadsheet where I keep track of all your printers.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TZTuVhjJAFFErdwxI5EyX9uaQoPqfmu1KHm0CV2yxWM/edit#gid=985791933
    Please note that the dates are a little incomplete as life happens sometimes and I just cannot capture all your impressions. She is also chatty at times and I can't get her to connect fast enough.


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      Kizz Robinsonon October 5, 2021 at 2:32 am

      I am very interested in verifying the data. Thanks for sharing!


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    Danielon October 19, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for the great article! Button work can work very well to establish "socially responsible" communication channels. Let's try! A hug from Spain.


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    Barbarianon October 20, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Really fascinating, Kizz. Our Piper is a beagle/dog mix. Maybe I just need to add a button to my pet list.


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    Is it over thereon February 1, 2022 at 1:29 am

    The problems this dog started out with are not uncommon and have not been complicated. Seems like they really got worse after you started. Why couldn't you handle him and had to resort to gagging him? And you were his trainer for two years or more?! Don't impress me. He didn't bite other dogs or other people. The fact that it bit its owner is telling and you could have taken care of it. Something is weird here. All that energy and time teaching him how to use the buttons, and yet his rather simple problems weren't solved?!


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Almost all dogs responded to their own name and basic commands like: come, down, stay, wait, no, okay and leave it. Most of the dogs would wag their tails when hearing treat-seeking phrases like "good girl" or "good boy", while only a small minority would respond to less common commands such as "whisper" or "loud".

How dogs say I love you? ›

Your dog shows you love them through body language and behavior. For example, they will stare at you and make direct eye content. This is their way of saying they trust and love you. They will also have obvious signs like a big smile, a wagging tail and a bottom-wiggle.

What do most dogs love? ›

They love to eat, sleep and run around outside. Interestingly, dogs have preferences unique to canines. Most people are not aware of these particular tastes. Dogs, like humans, enjoy certain activities, mostly related to their breed, instinct, temperament and personality.

What are the 7 lucky dog commands? ›

From there, McMillan explains his playful, positive, and kind approach, starting with his 7 Common Commands: SIT, STAY, DOWN, COME, OFF, HEEL, and NO.

What are the 7 essential dog commands? ›

More specifically, a well-behaved pup should respond to seven directions in order to become a good canine citizen: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off, and No.

What is the most important dog command? ›

Stay. Arguably the most important command to teach your dog, “stay” will come in handy daily. For their safety and the safety of others, “stay” needs to be taught at an early age. To teach it, have your dog start by sitting.

What is the hardest thing to train a dog to do? ›

The “Winner” is

The hardest part of dog training is doing nothing. It's standing like a statue, not saying anything, not doing anything, while your dog acts a fool. She's barking, jumping, biting at the leash. If you're in public, it's embarrassing and you want to make her stop.

How do I teach my dog to come no matter what? ›

You need an incentive to encourage your dog to come back - a really tasty treat or a fun game with a toy. Show your dog the toy or food. Run away a couple of paces then call your dog's name and say "come" in a friendly, exciting tone - getting down low can also encourage them to come back.

How many commands can a dog learn in a day? ›

The quick, intense lessons will help your dog learn, and sticking with just one command or behavior will help the dog stay focused. You can train them on more than one command in a day but try to stick to just one for each session.

What is the best age to teach a dog commands? ›

The Best Time to Start Training

Most start around twelve weeks, but the truth is that you should begin at about eight weeks instead. As soon as they open their eyes, puppies start to learn about their new world and how to navigate it. The best way to help them is to be their guide!

How many commands can a dog remember? ›

This varies slightly depending on what expert you ask. According to psychologist Stanley Coren, “The average dog can learn 165 words and dogs in the top 20 percent of dog intelligence can learn 250 words.” Coren lists the top 10 most intelligent dogs as: Border collie.

What are the 6 dog commands? ›

When you get a new dog, whether it's a puppy or an adult rescue, she probably needs some obedience training. More specifically, a well-behaved pup should respond to seven directions in order to become a good canine citizen: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off, and No.

What is the dog using buttons to talk TikTok? ›

Flambo, a pup who lives in Houston, has gone viral on TikTok for his ability to “talk” with his owners using a series of buttons. He started learning in 2020 and now uses dozens of buttons to talk. “When COVID hit and we had lockdown, Flambo and I were both extremely bored.

What are release words for dogs? ›

Commonly used release words are “okay,” “break,” and “free.” Often a release word is followed by another command such as “come.” When teaching stay, you should have already chosen a release word.

What are the words dogs can understand? ›

Altogether, there were ten words or phrases specifically recognized by more than 90 percent of all the dogs. These common words and phrases included the dog's name, as well as 'sit', 'come', 'good girl/boy', 'down', 'stay', 'wait', 'no', 'ok', and 'leave it'.


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