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Dog Training Sign Language

 Submitted by Michael Adams on April 21, 2010

Imparting proper training is the primary responsibility of any pet owner so that their pet is well behaved and obedient to the master. However, most people may wonder how communication may actually take place between animals and human beings as the way both communicate is completely different. However, it is not as difficult as it seems and if the right technique is mastered, it is very easy.

Dogs are very affectionate and friendly animals which simplifies the training process. Dog training sign language is an easy method of teaching your dog to listen to you and obey your command. There is a little ground work that you might have to do so that you become aware of the common hand signals that are used to give certain commands.

The key is that your dog should be able to associate the particular behavior to the sign language and thus, it is important that you are consistent with your sign language. If you keep changing them constantly, your dog will end up getting confused and will not be able to understand what you trying to tell him.

Dog training hand signals are very effective and the best way to help your dog get used to your hands is by giving him treats each time he behaves in a desired way. It is said that dogs are able to understand body language much better and faster because of which teaching them through sign language becomes easier. The basic dog training commands are sit, stay, come and lay and can be taught to your dog without much effort. While doing this ensure that you maintain eye contact with your dog and also use your voice to tell the command. The hand signal to teach your dog the command come is given by snapping your fingers a little above your thigh in the air and then tapping your thigh. The sign for the sit dog command is done by taking two fingers of one hand that come down and on top of two fingers of the other hand. The sign for the command stay is shown by closing your fist with your thumb and little finger out and pushing your fist towards the dog. You need to be very patient while you are training your dog as it may take a while till your dog gets accustomed to the sign language but once he learns it, it will be a great experience for both you and your dog.
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