Teaching your dog hand signals

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Have you ever considered teaching your dog hand signals? It’s a great way to communicate, especially since dogs are all about body language. Plus, hand signals can be seen from a distance, which is handy for those deaf or easily distracted pups.

You might already be using some without even realizing it! Ever watch an agility show? Trainers there rely heavily on hand signals. And hunting dogs? They’re all about those gestures too.

By teaching your dog to interpret hand signals, it opens up a world of possibilities. Whether it’s turning left or right, speeding up, stopping, sitting, or staying, your dog can learn to do it all without a spoken command.

When it comes to teaching your dog how to follow hand signals it’s important that they understand your verbal commands clearly before you begin. If they don’t follow and fully understand your verbal commands, then trying to add in hand signals may only confuse and frustrate both of you.

Ready to give it a shot? Here are a couple of dog hand signals you can start with:

Down command: Lower your hand, palm facing down towards the floor, while saying “down.”

Stay command: Extend your arm with your palm facing out, like a traffic officer stopping traffic, while saying “stay.”

Consistency is key, so make sure everyone in the house is on the same page. And when your pup gets it right, shower them with love, treats, or a good belly rub. Positive reinforcement is the way to go!

Teaching your dog hand signals can really strengthen the bond between you and your dog, and it’s a practical addition to your training routine. With a little patience and a lot of love, your furry friend will be fluent in hand signals in no time.


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