Dog training with hand signals can help your dog easily grasp what you want him to do by giving him both an auditory and visual cue.
1- Open Hand Down – most common hand signal.
- As you say, “sit” move your hand towards the floor palm down.
- This natural movement is picked up by your dog easily.
2- Finger Point – An excellent hand signal to use together with commands like “kennel” or “mat.” It can also be used for agility training.
3- Thumbs Up – Just like with people, this hand signal, together with a click or treat, lets your dog know he did a good job.
When you phase out the treats for the other hand signals, you can use this one as praise.
4- Finger Point Down – Finger pointing down is used to give a visual cue to the “lie down” command.
5- Palm Out Hand – Putting your hand out, palm forward is a cue to pair with a command like “off”, “stop”, or “freeze”.
6- Time Out – The time out cue used in sports makes an excellent visual signal for your dog for commands like “leave it”, “drop”, or “quiet”.
7- Hand Out – This hand signal is commonly used for the “shake” command, can also be used to come here command.
8- Two Fingers Pointed at Your Eyes – A hand signals for dogs to get your pooch to watch you. This can help signal to your dog that you want his eyes on you.
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