Dog training: 13 simple hand gestures

The best technique to increase your interaction with your dog is to teach him hand gestures. When an aural instruction is combined with a hand signal, the majority of animals can respond more effectively. This is a terrific training method that many pet owners start their dogs with at young ages, and it only gets better as the dog gets older. As animals age, they may experience some hearing loss, so those hand signals can be very helpful!

How to Begin Teaching Your Dog's Hand Signs


To get someone's attention before using hand signals, make eye contact with them first. Only then should you start using hand signals. The purpose of using hand signals for dogs is to teach your dog to connect a hand gesture with a particular one of your vocal cues. The purpose of using hand signals for dogs is to teach your dog to connect a hand gesture with a particular one of your vocal cues. Put a precise motion with a specific vocal cue, such as putting a piece of food up to the nose of your pet and saying "sit." The next step is to practice and repeat until your dog responds to your hand signal alone.

Let's assume that your dog is already aware of the connection between the visual signal for "sit" and the behavior you desire (sitting). The next step is for you to establish a new link between a fresh verbal cue and a well-known visual cue.

Start by combining the hand signal with the verbal cue. Reinforce the right behavior as soon as your dog demonstrates it. To make sure your dog makes the connection, you will need to say this again.

Eliminate the verbal signal gradually while continuing to use the food reward. After a while, you may only use the hand gesture or voice indication half the time.
When your dog accurately responds to your silent hand motion while holding food, you can gradually take the food out of the scenario. Your dog will soon respond to a simple hand motion by sitting, lying down, or coming.

Dogs' simple hand signals

1 - Sit


This is a fantastic place to start because it's probably the cue that your dog uses the most frequently. Keeping your palm pointing up, extend your hand forward in front of you and raise it up towards your shoulder to sit.

2 - View Me


You want your dog to be observing you and paying attention if you want to give them a sequence of hand signals as commands. To communicate this and maintain their attention, point with one finger towards your eye.

3 - Lay down.

Cute Dog

Both in terms of behavior and the hand signal, lying down is essentially the reverse of sitting. Starting with your hand by your shoulder, flick your wrist to cause it to descend to the floor.

4 - Stay


Possibly the most crucial command, alongside sit, this one is crucial, especially if you're walking your dog on the street. Hold your hand, this time in place on your chest, while looking downward at your dog and away from yourself.

5 - Come


Among the most crucial abilities your dog can possess is recall. Begin with your hand by your side with its palm facing up, then raise it to the shoulder on the other side to make a hand signal.

6 - Stand

Pug Dog

Hold your hand by your side with your palm open and looking forward when you want to signal to a dog that it is time to sit or that it is okay to stand up. After that, quickly draw your hand backwards.

7 - Wait

Golden Retriever

Waiting is an excellent way to restrain impulsive behavior and keep your dog calm among stimulating stimuli. Hold your hand extended in front of you around waist level, palm facing front, to indicate "wait."

8 - Heel


Hold your hand close to your hip and tap it, or shift the hand in a circle close to your hip to command your dog to heel. The dog is drawn to you in both situations.

9 - Spin


Spin may keep your dog glued to you even when other distractions are present, making it more than just a great party trick. To indicate spin, extend your hand in front of your face and make a circular gesture with a pointed finger.

10 - Leave It


Hold a hand extended in front of your dog in a fist, then raise your palm to command them to drop whatever they are holding in their mouth.

11 - up

German Shepherd

Tell your dog to sit back on its rear legs and lift up its front paws. Move your extended hand forward from about the waist towards your shoulders, palm upward.

12 - Take It


Hold a hand extended in front of your dog with the palm open, then tighten your fist to urge them to take something from your hand or something that is close to you.

13 - Turn around


Another hand gesture that closely mirrors what you'd like your dog to do is roll over. To instruct your dog in the direction you want him to go, extend your arm out in front of you while pointing your hand in that direction.

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