Words & Phrases: Now - How to teach your dog to talk with buttons
"Now" is best taught alongside "later," as the way the two words work together helps your dog to associate appropriate meaning to each of them.
Now: What does this word mean for my dog?
Your dog will likely be quite confused by the "now" button until they have learned the "later" button. Then, they'll learn it to mean the opposite of "later"—that they will be getting their request, without having to wait.
Now: How can I teach my dog?
- After telling your dog that they will have to wait until "later" to have their request met—to "play," as an example, press the buttons "play now" when it is time to play, or to have any other request they've made met.
- Whenever your dog makes a request and you're ready to meet it, press the button for their requested thing or activity, followed by "now." For example, if your dog asks to "play," respond with "play now" to let them know they get to play right away
- If they ask for something you can't give them at the moment, like a walk— suggest an alternative. For example, you could press the button for their favorite toy then press "now," followed by "walk later." This tells them that they'll be able to go on a walk later, but in the meantime they can play with their toy.