Training your dog is always a challenge. Do you only use verbal commands or also physical signals? Unknown to many people, even when they believe they are only giving verbal signals they give their dog even more input with their head tilts, the movements of their bodies, and even minor hand movements. For the best training, it is good to use dog training hand signals and to stay with the standard signals used by dog trainers around the world.
One of the first commands most owners want their dog to understand is sit. This command actually appears a bit odd, but you’ll understand why in a minute. To perform this hand signal bring your forearm and hand up, but keep your palm turned upwards. Your forearm should be at approximately a 90-degree angle from your body. The odd part to most people is the palm being turned upwards.
The next command many dog owners wish to train to lay down. This command is with your arm extended, straight and downwards, at about a 30-degree angle from your body. The palm is facing downwards. The palm down signal is part of the laydown signal, which is one of the reasons it is not used in the sit command. You do not want confusion for your puppy or dog as you start using dog training hand signals.
If you can make your dog sit, or lay, the next obvious command is to have them stay. What use is the sit or stay command if they just jump back up and take off right away? The stay command is similar to the laydown command, but the arm is raised a little more, and the hand is turned up like a policeman’s stop signal. This universal command to stop is easy for you to remember, which of course makes it a great signal to use with your pet.
Once you have mastered making your dog sit, lay down, and stay, you might want to learn how to make them come. The universal dog training hand signals for come are by putting your arms straight out to your sides, like welcoming someone into a big hug. Then you fold your arms at the elbows bringing your hands to your stomach, palms inwards towards your stomach. The signal is one of the larger signals used since it is a very important signal when your dog has strayed far from you. It will be a signal they can see from long distances, and will joyfully come running to their master.
These few signals can help you get started and show you the power and ease of using dog training hand signals. They help to eliminate the confusion between the trainer and the dog. Most dogs are much more responsive to these physical cues for action than to verbal commands. Hand signals work great even when you are in a noisy environment, or there are many other voices interfering. You are going to love the new control, and enjoyment you can have with your dog.