Teaching your dog to push a button can be beneficial in many ways. If you are training a service dog, a therapy dog, or just your family pet to help out around the house, pushing buttons is a chore you can give him that he can handle. Dogs can push buttons on elevators if you teach them how to do it. This is certainly beneficial if your hands are full. Dogs have been known to push buttons on telephones to speed dial. This can be beneficial if you have a medical condition and your family pet or service dog can help you call assistance. Dogs have even been taught to push buttons on remote controls. Once your dog knows how to use a remote control, you may give up all rights to TV watching or at least choosing the programs. But if you teach your dog to push buttons, he may also be able to open up window blinds or turn on ceiling fans using remote controls, and do other things around the house.
Training your dog to push a button takes a lot of time and patience. Depending on the kind of button you would like your dog to push, it may take more or less time. Teaching your dog to push buttons will require repetitive training in very short sessions. You do not want to lose your dog's attention. You’ll want him to remain focused and learn during each session. Repetition is the biggest thing that will keep your dog in a constant state of understanding during these quick training sessions. Be sure your dog has basic and advanced obedience training, such as heel, before you begin to teach your dog how to push a button. Because this is an advanced task, he will need to understand basic commands before you teach pushing buttons.
To get started teaching your dog to push buttons, have the buttons you would like pushed in mind and ready to go for each training session. For instance, if you are teaching your dog to close or open doors on an elevator or to push the button for your particular floor, your training sessions will probably need to take place in that elevator. High-value treats for teaching your dog to push buttons will be beneficial during the short training sessions. Entice your dog with treats that are different than the ones he gets for everyday good behavior and obedience.