Next Steps

1.   Choose the next words you want your pet to learn. Introduce 1 button at a time until your pet has successfully achieved pressing the button correctly, at least 3 times.

2.   Our buttons have non-slip feet, to help word button placement consistency. Remember to keep the button in the same place so the pet can find it again easily.

3.   Try to predict and support the use of the correct word, from the context, as standing on the wrong words accidently, may be a problem at first. Ignore the mistakes and praise the correct word being used, as you would do with a child. [E.g. child: ‘I eat pasghetti.’ Adult: ‘Oh, you are eating spaghetti, great talking!’]

4.   If you do not understand the word your pet is using in context, still acknowledge it as they might be trying to tell you something more complicated. Talk about it – ‘You said water, I don’t understand. You have water. Let me look at your water. Is it too warm? Is it empty?’ If you work it out together, praise your pet for their talking!

5.   With time, you will be able to use 2 words+ together from the buttons with your pet e.g. ‘Rover. Want. Outside’.


‘Immediately Belle enjoyed using the buttons, she was proud to tell me what she wanted. I can’t wait to see how many more words she can learn. She always communicated well, but now it is even better!’

Aidan McIvor

‘I was sceptical at first, but my teenage daughter was desperate to try the buttons with our dog Alfie. It was amazing to watch. He responded really quickly and it has become helpful to understand more clearly what he wants.

Gregory Woulahan

Learn More

There are many videos online of dogs and cats using speech buttons
successfully to talk and express their wants and needs.

For ideas and inspiration, visit:

@whatabout bunny