Dog training

Learning Resources Recordable Buttons are great for dog training

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Soon your dog will be sharing his deepest secrets with you. (Photo: Amazon)

Like many dog ​​owners, I’m a bit (ok, many) obsessed with my pooch. During the pandemic, I taught Edwin to crawl from the army and give me a high five, but lately I’ve been wanting to find more ways for us to have fun together. When I came across the Instagram account of a woman who taught her dog to talk using recordable buttons, I had to try it.

It may sound crazy, but once you watch the videos on YouTube, you’ll think you can do it too. It’s not that dogs learn to verbalize their thoughts. Instead, they learn to push buzzers that say things like “treat”, “play” and “out”.

The first thing I needed to train my pup was large plastic buttons that allowed users to record words or phrases of their choice. I ordered the Learning Resources Recordable Response Ringtones from Amazon, which have over 12,000 five-star reviews and are only $20 for four (down from $25 previously). Buttons were originally designed for use with preschoolers, but many reviewers have used them for their pooches. After all, aren’t dogs essentially furry little ones?

The buttons were shipped for free since I got Amazon Prime, and they arrived in two days. If you’re not a member yet, you can sign up for your 30-day free trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

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Four recordable response ringtones from Learning Resources.

Who knew recordable buttons meant for toddlers could be used to train dogs to talk? (Photo: Amazon)

Then I had to decide which words to teach Edwin to “say” and then save those words to the buttons. The idea is that the dog can press the button that corresponds to his need or desire. Instead of scratching at the front door, he politely presses the “outside” button. Instead of standing by the pantry and giving me his best puppy eyes, he’ll press the button that tells me it’s dinner time. I chose to start with a word for a request that I could easily deliver once Edwin hits the button – outside.

Learning Resources Recordable Answer Ringtones are easy to program – just hold the red button on the side to record a word or phrase. It took me a few tries to figure out how far I needed to hold the button from my mouth to produce the clearest sound. Fortunately, saving over earlier versions is as easy as saving a word for the first time.

Once I had the first button ready to go, I pressed it as we went for a walk. Edwin seemed troubled by the sound of my voice coming from a plastic button, but he also seemed intrigued. I pressed the button every time we went out, but he quickly started ignoring the button.

After a few days of unsuccessfully trying to grow it “outside”, I decided to add a word for Edwin’s favorite activity – “eating”. He’s more interested in that button and sniffs it fervently every time I press it. He pushed it on his own for the first time last night, but it felt more like an accident than anything. That doesn’t mean I give up, though. I’ve already recorded “love” – ​​hopefully his desire for pets is what convinces him to use the buttons.

Brown and white dog on the porch.

When you look this good, you don’t need to learn any new tricks. (Photo: Westry Green)

While my pup may not be the next Mr. Ed, many dog ​​parents have had great success using Learning Resources Recordable Response Ringtones with their dogs. Their reviews list the many benefits of these buttons for dog training.

Setup is simple

“These. Are. Awesome,” reported one buyer who gave the knobs a five-star review. “If you’re looking to use them as a simple and economical way to train your dogs, they’re perfect!! I bought my first box and gave away two of the four buttons to friends because we were so excited about how easy they were to use. use. They are quick and easy to program (literally press and hold a button and talk into them). Since then I have purchased another box.

They work for small and large dogs

According to reviews, the buttons work for all sizes of dogs, from tiny Chihuahuas to large Labradors. Some people even use them with their cats!

“My dog ​​can talk to me now!” says a happy reviewer said. “We use them to give my dog ​​a voice. He’s a nine-pound Chihuahua with arthritis in his front paw and has no problem pressing buttons to make them talk. Great purchase. I want to buy more and add more phrases (like “play”, “car ride”, “bedtime” and “hugs!”). I am 100% satisfied!”

“I bought these as a gift for my best friend…He has a Great Dane, and the pimples held up really well on his big feet pressing them all the time,” another reviewer said. “

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They resist rough puppies

“My dog ​​as he learns is giving them a beating and no issues so far,” says another reviewer. “It’s really fun and challenging for my dog ​​to learn to tell me what he wants.”

But be careful what you wish for

One owner had so much success with buzzers that she had to hide the “treat” buzzer. “I unboxed the buttons, installed the batteries, recorded my voice on one of the buttons. Now that my dog ​​knows how to use them…she can’t stop jumping on them like it’s a game of Whac -A-Mole. let’s say, she’s not allowed to press the “deal” button anymore. I know I’m partly to blame, but instead I choose to blame the company for making those damn long-lasting batteries and the button tough enough to withstand the pounding of a hyper young shepherd ready to continuously dive-bomb a button for a treat at 2 a.m.

$20 $25 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.

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