Occasionally someone asks my Human why and how she taught me hand signals. The why is simple. She’s always used them with all her pawed companions.
The how is easy too.
If you have a puppy, you can use hand signals when giving a verbal command. Actually, when you were teaching your dog to sit or down, you used a treat in your hand to encourage your dog to move into position. This was the beginning of showing your dog hand signals.
Do you lean forward slightly, or a lot, when you want your dog to come? My Human does. When we were in advanced obedience I kept breaking my sit and running to her.
No one in the class could see it, but the instructor did. Just before my Human began to lift her arm she would lean slightly forward. I didn’t wait for the rest of the signal.
Here is a link my Human found with some hand signals that are easy for us to learn together.
Over the years the signals my Human gives have grown very subtle. She can lean her head, or crook her finger or just give me a “look” and I understand what she wants.
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