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01-23-2014 01:16 PM
A few different

I use many that are listed already. In addition I use:

Hand extended and horizontal, palm towards body, a sweeping motion away from my body means go away.

Arm at my side, palm to the rear, sweeping motion up means Off. (Patio, deck)

Arm lifted horiziontel from body with index finger pointed means Out. (Shop)
01-23-2014 12:10 PM
Cassidy's Mom I start training a new puppy with treat lures, and my hand signals for each behavior are a faded version of those lure motions.
01-23-2014 10:39 AM
ssalvato These are all really useful posts, thanks so much!
01-22-2014 09:13 PM

I think using both verbal commands and hand signals together are best. When our dogs get older and start to lose their hearing,
they will always remember the hand signals.

We use most all of the commands that have already been posted-- they are fairly universal in dog training circles. But one other that I use is the index finger over my lips which means QUIET.
They know exactly what that means and they stop any barking.

Another command is the WATCH ME command-- along with saying those words I point to my eyes with my index and middle fingers together. This signals that I want them with eyes on me/FOCUS ON ME and ignore everything else.

It is amazing how smart they are.
01-22-2014 09:02 PM
loulabelle23 I used hand signals with jake but now im trying to get him use to words without signals hes doing so good

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01-22-2014 04:59 PM
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I use a few basic hand signals and also hand gestures too.

Open hand palm up - sit

Open hand palm down - down or lay

Open hand up and palm out towards dog - wait

Hand out with index finger - stay

Open hand flat and gesturing direction or go.

Open hand patting my chest - come.

I will slap my thigh with my hand to get him to stop and look. We're still working on whether thats a good one or not. It can be confusing if someone else around is doing it.

Some of those are not probably regular hand signals, but it's just what I use. It works for me.
01-22-2014 04:47 PM
Originally Posted by ssalvato View Post
I've got an idea of a few hand signals that work in training but am trying to get a better idea of the hand signals commonly used. What works for you?!
I most likely do not use "proper" hand signals but they all work for the result desired.

A fist = sit

An open hand with a slight lowering motion = down

An open hand held in front of face or extended from my body = wait

On one knee with my forearm across my body in front of me = perch

One hand making a motion like somebody is always yapping = speak

Both arms wide open = come

Most any dog is smart enough to equate a body gesture or hand signal to whatever desired result you want.

Have fun,

01-22-2014 04:30 PM
What hand signals do you find most useful in training?

I've got an idea of a few hand signals that work in training but am trying to get a better idea of the hand signals commonly used. What works for you?!

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