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Dog Training Hand Signs:

Dogs are one of the most commonly found pets kept in houses today and are one of the most significant possession of a house. While picking or choosing a pet, the owner must consider the ability of the dog to respond and comprehend to the command given by the master. Educating a dog can be done both ways that is verbally and by using hand signals. It is a more effective way when both are combined as dogs are extremely good at reading and understanding body language. Dog training hand signals are very easy to teach and most of the times are enjoyable. The very first thing you need to keep in mind while teaching hand signals is by gradually repeating the given command. Later the verbal command can be removed as hand signals are more accomplishable.

There are no official signals on educating dogs but the most commonly used commands are to teach the dog to sit, heel, stay and come. Initiate by getting the pet’s attention and once this is achieved point the index finger towards the pet and say the command ‘sit’. This command can be used when the dog is a couple of inches away. If the dog doesn’t respond hold on to his collar and gently make him sit pushing his rear into a sitting position. Repeat the command and let the pet get used to the command. Once he does it without the physical contact, give him a reward. The command for heeling is by extending the arms in front of the body with the palms extended forward. Similarly, the command for stay is to stretch out the arm with an open palm right in front of the dog’s nose, without touching it. Finally, the dog can be taught how to come by stretching the arms and then bending the elbow to move the arms towards the chest.

Continue to repeat these commands till the pet gets used to the hand signals and then try them without the verbal commands. If the pet responds to only the hand signals, then the pet is ready for advanced training. While teaching hand signals for dogs training one should always remember to keep rewarding the pet after it obeys the commands as the rewards work as motivation for the pets to respond during the training. To be equipped for training one should read books on pet care, look up for sites on the internet or even speak to experienced dog owners and trainers.

 
  Submitted on May 7, 2010  
 
 
 
 
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