- Speech pathologists use recordable buttons to communicate with nonverbal individuals.
- These buttons that record and play sound can also help a dog to communicate their needs and wants.
- We chose the best dog buttons, including budget and light-up versions.
Cognitive scientists and speech pathologists use pressable buttons – each representing an action, place, or object – to communicate with nonverbal individuals. Dogs can use the method, too. By pressing buttons onto which a word or sound has been recorded, a dog can learn to “speak” in simple phrases like “play” and “outside.” Give them enough buttons and they can communicate their thoughts on almost everything. Get started with a beginner’s set of four to six buttons. For this guide, we’ve selected the best options, including budget, fully customizable, and light-up versions.
Here are the best dog buttons in 2021
- Best dog buttons overall: Fluent Pet Get Started Kit
- Best budget dog buttons: Learning Resources Recordable Answer Buzzers
- Best customizable dog buttons: Talking Products Talking Tiles
- Best light-up dog buttons: Ritioner Learning Answer Buzzers
- Best potty button: Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0
Fluent Pet’s Get Started Kit comes with six buttons and three nonslip tiles for organizing words and actions.
What we like: Fully customizable, comes with tiles to keep buttons organized, batteries included
Fluent Pet’s Get Started Kit was designed by a cognitive scientist to foster better communication between verbal and nonverbal individuals. The battery-operated system works for dogs, too, as proven by two canine learners, Bunny and Stella, who have amassed hundreds of thousands of social media followers. The kit comes with everything you need to teach your dog to “talk,” including six buttons that have microphones for recording words and 67 stickers to identify the buttons visually. The buttons fit into three nonslip hexagonal tiles: one for actions, one for objects, and one for places. The tiles can be put together in multiple configurations and easily disassembled or added to. The kit arrives ready-to-use with batteries and a starter guide.
The best budget dog buttons
Learning Resources Recordable Answer Buzzers are an affordable way to begin teaching a dog to use their words.
What we like: Includes four buttons in different colors, easy to press, comes with activity guide
Learning Resources Recordable Answer Buzzers, a tool that speech pathologists use to communicate with nonverbal individuals, are an affordable way to begin teaching a dog to “talk.” The set comes with four easy-to-press 3-inch-diameter buttons in four different colors. Each button is powered by two AAA batteries and can record up to seven seconds of sound. Batteries are not included, but the set arrives with an activity guide to help you get started.
The best customizable dog buttons
Talking Products Talking Tiles are fully customizable with transparent covers and up to 80 seconds of recording time.
What we like: Fully customizable, can record sound using a computer or smartphone, includes six buttons in different colors
The six buttons included in Talking Products Talking Tiles can be fully customized with audio messages and images. Each 4-inch-wide hexagonal button holds up to 80 seconds of audio recorded with a built-in microphone or via a smartphone or computer using the audio-input jack. Further customize each button by adding a picture or symbol underneath the transparent cover. Each button runs on three AAA batteries, which must be purchased separately.
The best light-up dog buttons
Ritioner’s Learning Answer Buzzers play sound and light up simultaneously each time they are pressed.
What we like: Light-up buttons, easy to press, records up to 30 seconds of sound
Ritioner’s Learning Answer Buzzers are durable plastic buttons that glow with LED light when pressed. While this feature can be a useful cue for teaching any dog to communicate, it’s especially helpful for those who are hard of hearing. For hearing dogs, these four differently colored, easy-to-press buttons can also record up to 30 seconds of sound. Each buzzer runs on two AAA batteries, which are sold separately.
The best potty button
The Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0 works indoors or out so your dog can communicate when they need to potty or when they want to come in.
What we like: Easy to press, 38 customizable bell tones, can be used indoors or out, 90-day money-back guarantee
Teach your dog how to communicate when they need to go outside with the Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0. The bell consists of a plug-in receiver and an easy-to-press activator button. The 2-inch-diameter wireless activator button can be placed anywhere within 1,000 feet of the receiver using a 3M adhesive strip. The water-resistant button can even be placed outside for dogs who need to let you know when they’re ready to come in. To adjust the sound of the bell, choose from four volumes and 38 different ring tones. The Mighty Paw Smart Bell also comes with a training guide to help you get started and a self-charging battery is built into the device.