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Dog Training - Hand Signals for Training Dogs

Jul 2, 2008
What makes pet owners go crazy about their dogs? Why are dogs the most popular pet among all? The answer to that is not only because dogs are lovable and love you unconditionally, but it also has to do with the fact that dogs are trainable. To train a cat or a bird is not as easy as to train a dog, and training a dog could definitively be a lot of fun. One of the reasons why dogs are so easily trained, it's because they understand both, verbal command and hand signals. When both types of commands are used properly in dog training the dog great results can be obtained.

So what are the official hand signals for dog obedience training? The truth of the matter is that there are no official hand signals for training a dog. There are some hand signals that are used more frequently by dog trainers, but no specific standards have been approved or created. This might leave the dog owner with freedom to use their imagination freely, when it comes to using dog hand signals. There are some hand signals for dogs that are used more often than others. When you start training your dog to sit using hand signals, the first thing you need to do is to place your arm at your side, and then move your hand toward your chest facing your palm down.

Next thing to do is to train your dog to understand the stay command. To do this place your arms straight facing the dog with your palm lengthened forward. You'll be able to then say the command to stay and gradually extend your arm and your keep your hand perpendicular with the palm right adjacent to your pet's nozzle without any form of contact.

If by any chance when you are placing your hand on front of the dog's nose, he tries to snuffle it, stop him at once, but do it in a gentle manner. After you teach your dog to sit, you want to teach him to lay down. To accomplish this, give the command "down", at the same time take your hand with the palm facing down and parallel to the floor. You might need to teach him what the command down means, by teaching him how to lie down. Also, keep in mind that the dog might be a little resistant to lying down.

There is a great benefit to using hand signals for training dogs, especially if added to the already familiar verbal commands. The dog will be familiar with the hand gestures and will expect them from you when you are training them. When you use dog hand signals in addition to verbal commands the dog's comprehension will increase and it will make the training of your dog a lot easier, and therefore faster. Once the pet get used to the hand signals and associates it with the right action he will follow the commands more consistently and therefore learn faster.

When using hand signals for dog obedience training the owner needs to be aware of the fact that using positive reinforcement in addition to the dog hand signals is the best way to train the pet. Not all dogs are motivated by the same things; some dogs get more motivated by toys, others by food, and others by praise and love. If you learn your pet's motivating factor prior to starting to use dog hand signals, you will be a step ahead of the group.

If your pet made significant improvement with the hand signals for dog obedience training then your pet is very practically prepared for the an advance and complex tasks. If you feel that you need to learn more about this subject, you might want to do a search on the net under dog training books + hand signals.
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