Frequently A sked Questions (FAQs)
How did you teach Stella to talk? / How can I learn to do this with my dog?
I used language facilitation strategies to teach Stella words in a similar way to how I teach young children to talk as a speech-language pathologist. I’m writing a book where you’ll be able to learn more about Stella’s journey, and what strategies you can use at home with your dog!
Where can I buy the buttons? / How are they secured to the board?
We use “Recordable Answer Buzzers” from Learning Resources. You can purchase them on Amazon by clicking the link above! We use Velcro to attach the buttons to a piece of plywood.
What words should I start with?
The first words I introduced to Stella were “outside”, “play”, “water”, and “walk.” Beginning words should be highly motivating and frequently occurring for your dog to learn best.
How long will it take for my dog to learn?
Just like humans, every dog is different! Progress is not always immediate, and is dependent on a variety of factors. My advice is to have patience and give your dog time, attention, and believe in their potential!
Can my small dog press these buttons?
Yes! With time and practice, I’ve seen puppies as small as five pounds activate the buttons.
What kind of dog is Stella? / Is her breed special?
Stella is a Catahoula / Australian Cattle Dog mix. While cattle dogs are known to be an intelligent breed, many different dog breeds are learning to talk, not just Stella’s breed!
Can cats or other animals learn to talk too?
I can’t wait to find out! As of now, I only have experience working with humans and dogs. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible!