Words & Phrases: Want - How to teach your dog to talk with buttons
"Want" would definitely be considered a more intermediate word, but if your dog has already learned "outside," "play," "water," and the names of individual toys, proper modeling should give them a solid understanding of the concept.
Want: What does this word mean to my dog?
Your dog will use the "want" button when they want something (shocker!). To them, it means "give me what you have," regardless if there is a button for it. "Want" is most often used together with other words.
Want: How can I teach my dog?
When your dog has learned words for their favorite things, like the names of their individual toys, treats, activities, or places, use "want" when they press the button.
For instance, if your dog presses the "outside" button, repeat back to her "want outside." Especially in the beginning, your dog is already communicating their wants most times they use their buttons. It is your objective to associate the word with requests.
If they press the name of a toy, for example "bunny," repeat "want bunny." with your dog's buttons.