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Do you want to know why I hate hand signals?
There is a few reasons why I hate using hand signals in dog training, and I’m going to go over the biggest two. I always get push back from owners on, but my dog listens really well to the hand signal. I know they do! I know they learn faster through using hand signals (also understand them when teaching all behaviors we lure with our hand, and develop a hand signal with every command. However, I do immediately get away from using the hand signal when I feel like the dog has an understanding of the word. Let’s go over why.
If you don't believe me, I want you to try training your dog on all of their commands this week without moving your body at all. Film yourself, and watch. See if your dog can listen to only with your verbal cue, and see if they listen quickly. If they're not, we need to go back to the basics. I want you to tag yourself while training your dog with the #Sayitoncehandsfree Tag me in it, and let’s see how you train without your hand signals!
P.S. I teach all of my dogs and my clients dogs on hand signals, the dog understands and very quickly, but I get away from them immediately because I want to focus more on my verbal cue. That doesn't mean I will never use a hand signal, it just means that I need to put more emphasis type my words need power.
10/7/2022 10:36:22 pm
Hey Vinnie, I found this to be very interesting. I have always found I was very pleased when my dogs would do everything by just hand signals and no verbal. I It seemed much easier for the verbal commands to stick. Interesting tho!! I like your videos. Congrats on your successful business!!!!
11/29/2022 06:55:35 am
I like to retain hand signals for some basic commands, but you do have to continue to use them through the years. That’s work for the lazy human.When the dog gets older and hearing deteriorates a bit, those basic directions can be communicated when needed; like traveling or vet care when they are unsure of the setting or physically having issues with body strength (like hips and legs). Their needs change and we adapt to what works for them best as they age into seniors or have more medical issues. Currently exploring the idea of the audio/vibration collars compared to stem collars as some senior dogs hear a particular range of tones, but not others. Seems like a possible alternative when using long lines for hiking.
1/26/2023 08:17:55 am
This is a good point! I think too often people rely on hand signals and forget about the power of their voice. Dogs are incredibly attuned to our vocal cues and can pick up on a lot of meaning that we might not even be aware of. So, while hand signals can be helpful, they should always take a backseat to our verbal commands.
3/24/2023 05:48:35 am
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