I try to keep my recall signal out in front of me, so it doesn't look anything like my jump signal. trying to think of how to describe it....not easy!
OK here goes....your dog is in his sit, whatever distance you're working....pretend you are reaching your open right hand (relaxed hand) towards your dog's nose....palm towards the dog, almost looks like a gentle "stop" signal. Then pretend you are quickly closing your fist around an imaginary line and quickly bring your hand towards your forehead, right between your eyes. Signal ends with your hand closed, thumb near your forehead. The actual signal has some snap to it. (visual snap, not audible.)
This signal is taught on a line, where you hold the end in your left hand and the line is over the thumb of your right hand. When in the early teaching phase, the signal is paired with a verbal and a light pop on the line. Both the verbal and the line are faded out quickly. If you "lose" your signal, remember to pretend there's a line there, and you're "snapping" the imaginary line from the dog towards your forehead.
Hope this makes some sense! YES the signal is in front of you, but the dog definitely sees it....and it doesn't look anything like the jump signal.
--Regina and the GSDs:
UCDX von Sontausen Holy Grail (The BUNNY!) HGH, UD,RA,BN,GN, ASCA UD RAX High in Trial
PAM Monster Mike SchH2,UDX,OM1,TD,RE,VER
PAM FGDCh Ianna von Sontausen UDX,BH,TD,RE,PT (4.26.1998 - 2.11.2013)