Words & Phrases: Later - How to teach your dog to talk with buttons
"Later" is indeed an abstract concept, but it is one many dog parents using recordable dog buttons have gotten their pets to master. When taught together with "now," your dog can more easily associate meanings to both words.
Almost every dog knows the word "no," and at first they might associate "later" with a similar meaning. Over time, they'll learn it to mean "yes, but not just yet."
Later: what does this word mean for my dog?
As stated above, "later" will at first be largely synonymous with "no." It is also possible that they will at first learn it to mean "calm down."
These associations can be unlearned quickly.
Later: How can my dog use buttons to say it?
- "Later" is a good word to introduce when your dog has learned to use their words to request things. For example, they might use their "play" button, perhaps even followed by the button corresponding to their favorite toy.
- When your dog requests something like "play," but you are busy (or you are pretending to be busy for modeling purposes), respond to your dog by pressing the buttons "play later"
- At first, plan to meet your dog's request no more than 30 minutes after pressing the "later" button so as to avoid them forgetting and thus not making the proper association.
- "Later" is a good word to pair with "now." After waiting a bit, and it's time to do what your dog is asking to do (in our case, "play"), press "play now."