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Old 01-08-2013, 09:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Do you know of any websites with hand signal examples?
You can use any hand signals you like. When I teach sit, down, and stand, I will initially lure with food. My lure motion (without food in the hand), will become my hand signal for that behavior. Often it will be faded - a flat hand brought all the way to the floor for "down" is eventually a finger pointed down.
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I use okay as my release word and yes as a marker...never had a problem with those. I really don't use the come command often, but I do use the front command. Down and off can be a mess and so can stay and wait. I think that any errors with the commands will fall on the handler, so I teach the same commands for every dog and haven't confused them yet I only use hand signals for sit, down, and stay.
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Oh down vs. off...hardest part is teaching the other people who interact with my dogs to use those commands correctly!

I was always taught in both horse training and dog training that the most important thing is the end of the word...so with horses, you wouldn't use both "whoa" and "go," because they're two opposite words that end in the same sound. Animals have a hard time distinguishing between those.

I have also developed a very informal language with my dogs. I routinely tell them to "knock it off," which they respond to by settling down even though I never actually taught them that. "C'mere" is one I use too, as an informal command. They come and check in but don't wait for me to release them like they do with my formal recall command, which is "[name], come!" or "Dogs, come!" if I'm calling them all at once. I never taught them that one either, not on purpose (c'mere, not recall). I think if you spend a lot of time working your dogs, that sort of informal communication just develops naturally, and it's really cool.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've chosen to use mostly German words for Maja!. Works for me....... and her!
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Well, by the time I keep getting off work it is too dark to record. But here's what I use:

Sit- Pointer finger straight, pointing up, with the rest of the hand balled in a fist (like a "wait a second" motion)
Down- Point at the ground with right hand
Shake- Hold right hand in sit position, put left hand open palm-up in front of her
What time is it?- Tap left wrist twice with right pointer finger after getting her attention
Hug/Adventure Time- Both hands up in the air like a "Y"
Stay- Hand flat and vertical, with palm facing her. Finger position doesn't matter
Come- Sweeping motion with left arm (vertical)
Away to it (away from me, to a target or in general)- Point at her with right hand, then move the arm swiftly out and point away from and in front of me
Speak- Right hand, thumb against middle two fingers from beneath with pinky and pointer fingers used as "ears" so it's like a dog... then move thumb up and down so it is "barking"
With Me/Heel- Tap thigh with left hand (she walks on the left of me, always)

Any others you'd like to know I can say. There are just too many to list. LOL
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How do you teach protect to your gsd and get him to know what it means


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Old 01-11-2013, 09:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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i use hand signals and english. i also use "no", "ok",
"come on", "get off of (insert word)", "get down",
"don't do that", "what are you doing" and a host of other
words and phrases. my dog isn't confused by my language.
they understand what you want. they know how to react
to certain situations. i rarely if at all have to raise my voice
when giving my dog a command or directing him.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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How do you teach protect to your gsd and get him to know what it means


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Wildkats, for this subject , you'll probably get better answers in the forum section:

Schutzhund/IPO Training - German Shepherd Dog Forums

It depends on exactly what kind of protection you're asking about. Whether its the sport of SchH or a true PPD dog.

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I use yes for when he completed the task one second before giving a treat...and good for when the task is still ongoing but he's doing well
I use phooey when he messed up and a loud "HEY!" when I need him to stop doing something IMMEDIATELY

I am going to be transitioning to all German soon though.. have to memorize these commands first.
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Avery's obedience commands are all in German Sitz, Platz, Fuss, Aus and Here all others are in English. We do not teach the command stay, our trainer say's that if you put your dog in position he should stay there until you release him. We do have hand signals, finger pointing up is sitz, finger pointing down is platz and I usually clap my hands or pat my legs for here. Now that his here is most solid I'm going to throw in a more silent way to have him recall.

His release is usually ok or ok go play and he understands the tone in which I use it in; a bright happy fun tone, and doesn't get confused when I use it in a conversation with someone.
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