hand signals for training a deaf dog

hand signals for training a deaf dog

To help, here are 10 handy hand signals to use when training your hard of hearing or deaf dog. #1 – Open Hand Down. This is has become one of the universal sign for a “sit.” #2 – Finger Pointing. #3 – Thumb Up. #4 – Okay Sign. #5 – Finger Pointing Down. #6 – Hand Flat Out. #7 – Time Out Symbol. #8 – Hand Out.
To start on different commands, give the command sign you want the dog to perform, lure the dog into place with a high value treat, (I use Light Bologna and cut it into very small squares) give a open flash of your hand when the dog does what you want (or a thumbs up sign), then treat. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
There are no “set” hand signals for teaching and training a deaf dog. This means there are no “wrong” hand signals. The key is to choose a few you will use, and .
Dog hand signals are a great tool to use with deaf dogs as well as in obedience competition where verbal commands might not be heard or are not allowed.

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