It doesn’t really matter whether we want to train the four-legged friend to be a hunting companion, a master of the agility course, a tracking dog or simply a four-legged friend who can be relied on in every situation. In any case, he needs one thing: solid basic training. And for this it is necessary that he understands us, knows what you want from him. But: Our dogs do not understand human language and do not have a language of their own. That is why the means of communicating with our dog are limited. One possibility is to use visual signals. For example, our call or whistle can be visually supported by tapping lightly on the thighs with one or both hands.
Or: with a raised index finger emphatically with the command “Sit!” connect. The same position of the index finger can induce the dog to sound, only the index finger is moved to the rhythm of the barking. The dog is made to sit in front of us and then, combined with the rhythmic movement of the index finger, on the command “Give it a sound!” made to bark. It is also a good idea to combine “space” with lowering the arm. With “Here” you could, for example, extend your arm upwards, a signal that can be seen from afar. The connection between the raised arm and “Here” works particularly quickly when you hold a treat in your hand and give it to your dog as soon as he comes along. In this way, he not only connects the hand signal with the command, but also with the fact that he is about to pick up something nice. The more he prefers to follow the command.
Of course, these are only examples, which visual signals you use for which command is ultimately up to your imagination. If you consistently underline your commands with visual signals – of course, they should always be the same – your dog will soon understand the connection and in the future will follow the pure hand signal.
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