List of dog commands and hand signals

list of dog commands and hand signals

Do you know the list of dog commands and hand signals, that are used by most canine owners?

This is the first and foremost question that arises in your mind when you start the training your pooch.

Everyone tries in his own ways but there are some common and acceptable commands and hand signals which are essential if you want to train your canine effectively.

What commands and hand signals you have taught to your canine?

Anyway, I am here to tell you about the list of dog commands and hand signals, which are applied by contemporary dog owners.

So, let’s start and learn these skills step by step but first of all, I will tell you some important aspects which you have to focus on before you start training your dog commands and hand signals.

Does your pooch understand your commands and hand signals?

This is really an important thing which shows the bond between you and your best friend. I think this is the major reason that affects your dog’s training.

You should notice yourself, if you want to train someone or especially your canine, you and your pooch must understand each other otherwise training may be a disgusting experience for both of you.

In fact, it is common sense, if your canine doesn’t understand your daily commands and routine gestures, how could he understand specific commands and hand signals of yours.

 Does your canine obey your command to “SIT” or not?

Do you think it is very difficult to teach your dog commands and signals?

If you are thinking that it is a very difficult process then you are at a mistake. In fact, it is a very easily applicable process that can be utilized by anyone and anywhere whether he is at home in a rural area or in a professional training institute.

I personally saw a boy teaching a handshake to his pet. He was just showing a treat to it and then closed the treat in his fist.

His dog tried a lot to catch the treat and when he raised his hand and put it on the boy’s hand, the boy simply opened his hand and gave the treat to his pooh.

Then he kept up that training and his dog became habitual of the handshake.

This is the mechanism, this is the psyche behind the dog training for commands and signals.

Have you tried that method at your home with your best friend?

Is the reward technique effective for your dog in commands and hand signals training?

Obviously, yes. If you encourage anyone with a treat, no matter if he is a human being or a pet, what will be the results? You will get positive results. You may try at your home.

Give your canine a treat at any command and the corresponding act, you will see it will become its habit.

One more thing, you should keep in mind is the complete knowledge about your pooch because some dogs are treat motivated, some are verbal praise motivated and some are physical encouragement motivated like rubbing. You must do what he likes.

Does your canine like a treat or verbal praise?

Hand signals and dog commands

Now I am going to introduce you to some important hand signals and verbal commands.

Mostly when you teach your dog, there is a mixture of verbal commands and hand signals. But for me, I think it is very easy to teach your dog through none verbally than verbal cues.

 I know you are very much anxious about teaching your pet his first command. That is great! But first, you must make the bridge of communication between you and your canine.

So, first of all, you have to teach your canine the basic commands then you should go step by step towards advanced commands.

I am also starting with some basic commands and we will move towards other commands till the send.

So, here we go:

Good dog!

This is a word or sound you will use to tell your canine when he did something right, like “good dog!”.

Basically, you must say this word followed with a treat. Repeat this word with a treat until your pooch becomes excited about this word.

When your friend becomes habitual to this word, you may use this word in training and as a reward because it will make your pooch happier and will become a part of its behavior permanently

What is the basic word your pooch familiar with?

Naming your dog!

what is the name of your best friend?            

It looks very strange to teach your dog its name, but this dog training command can be very useful to get your dog’s attention.

The importance of that command can be understood when you are in a crowd.

Bark or Speak

This is also a dog command but usually, dog owners don’t use that trick. It is used to scare off people.

Quiet

This is a crucial command for your canine if he is habitual of barking. Barking dogs become a panic for the owners. So, in this situation, the “QUIET” command can be like a blessing.

How you stop your dog from barking?

“NO” command

This command is very essential for your canine because sometimes you have to prohibit your dog from doing something.

You can teach that command to your canine very easily. Just place a treat on the ground, your canine will surely go towards it and at that time pull the leash of your dog and say “NO”. and then show a treat in your hand and say “YES”.

If you repeat that method for some days then your dog will become habitual of that particular command.

list of dog commands

“Sit” command

It is a basic command. Every dog keeper wants to teach this command. You can see its importance as it helps to keep your pooch in one place.

You can train your dog “SIT” command. You must take the treat high enough as your canine will go in sit position as the sit position gives extra height to your pooch then in standing position right at that moment say “SIT” and give the treat to your canine.

Then if you repeat the steps consistently, your pooch will become familiar with sitting position at the “SIT” command.

“Stay” command

Stay command is also very important when you want to keep your pooch calm in the crowd. You can also teach that command using a treat in your hand. Just give him positive reinforcement.

 Does your dog stay in the street or run away when you want to keep him stay?

“Take” and “Drop” command

 Does your dog take away your shoes far from you and you remain to chase him? If yes, then you must train your dog “Take” and “Drop” command.

You can also teach that command by using a treat or reward method. Just take in your hand a favorite toy of your canine. He will definitely try to catch it and when he will try to take it, just say “take” and give him a treat.

You must take another his favorite toy and call him to take it with a treat. When he will leave its own toy then say the command “Drop it”.

 If you repeat that training daily then you will get better results.

“Come” command

You can make your dog come to you by showing him a treat. At that moment you must say “COME”. It saves you from chasing up your puppy.

Have you noticed that every command depends upon treat or reward? This is because it is the most effective method so far in order to train your pooch.

Hand signals for train your Canine

Have you noticed that all the signals that I have told you, are almost verbal commands? But now, I am going to tell you some important hand signals and commands to train your best friend.

So, let’s go!

Note: Let me clear your mind that hand signals can’t be applied separately. You must use verbal commands accompanied by hand signals.

You must also use the reward technique here so that you will get better and faster results.

You must use:

  • Treat or Reward
  • Practice consistently
  • A positive tone

Three steps to teach your canine hand signals

  • Firstly, Teach verbal commands.
  • Secondly, Teach hand signals accompanied by verbal commands.
  • In the third stage, you will be able to use only hand signals.

This is the basic criteria or procedure of training your pooch hand signals.

Whatever your hand signal is, you should use it with verbal commands at first. When your pet would understand your hand signal then you can use it separately.

Now, let’s have a look at some crucial hand signals:

Look at me ( Finger towards your face)

This is a significant nonverbal command. In fact, you must teach your canine that command at first because it makes your friend attentive to yourself.

For each training, attention towards yourself is very important. So you must do it first.

For that purpose, just hold a treat in your finger and raise it to your face. Your dog will see the prize as well as your face too and say “watch me”.

 You must repeat that training again and again, until your canine familiar with your hand signal.

Sit ( Swing palm up)

This is a basic hand signal. You have to swing your palm up with the open hand.

But firstly, you must use it with a treat in your fingers with the open hand and then repeat that training several times, and your dog will familiar with only your hand signal.

 How do you make your dog sit?

hand signals to train your dog

Stay or wait ( Palm up)

This is another basic skill. You can teach that skill using a treat or reward method. Just raise your hand opened and palm outward towards your pet and each time when he stays at your hand signal, give him a treat.

Lay down (Finger downward)

Hold a treat in your hand and signal with your finger downward accompanied by a verbal command. Very simple method. You can easily try at your home.

Come ( Sway your palm towards you)

If your pooch knows the verbal command “come”. Just use swaying palm towards you accompanied by a verbal command.

If you repeat that training several times in the day then he will gradually understand your hand signal. But keep in mind if you want a faster response, then you must use treat in each training.

 So, This is the list of dog commands and hand signals. I think now it will be clear in your mind that how to train your canine in a sophisticated manner.

Some key points in dog commands and hand signals training

  • Be patience
  • Don’t make any rush as they are not human beings to understand your commands quickly
  • Make the steps easy and simple
  • Always use a treat or reward in each step to make him learn faster
  • Make the training process like fun and entertainment as both you and your pooch may enjoy this.
  • Don’t give punishment and avoid harsh words to your puppy as it will weaken your relationship with your puppy
  • Find a calm and quiet place at first before trying in public place because focus and attention is crucial in this process
  • Take part in the practice like a friend with your canine because it depends upon your relation with him.
  • Don’t force your friend at any point. If he doesn’t understand try again and again but let him understand on his own.