Learning to communicate with your pup using hand signals is a terrific approach to improve your relationship with your pet. When an aural command is combined with a physical signal, most pets are more likely to respond. Many pet owners begin teaching their dogs this at a young age, and it is a beautiful training strategy that gets even more valuable as your dog increases in years and experience. Pets can have some hearing loss as they grow older, which is why these hand signals can be pretty helpful! In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 commands you can teach your dog right now.


Your pet will need to get familiar with the relationship between the spoken command and the accompanying hand signals. Following these two steps will be the most efficient method of teaching your dog:

Top dog training hand signals

1. Watch

This is a crucial initial step if you wish to eliminate auditory orders in favor of purely nonverbal cues. For your pet to learn, they must first be able to ‘look’ so that they can see what command you want them to perform. Whenever they pay close attention to you, reward them with a tasty treat. When first teaching your dog, it is beneficial to have a little reward in your palm so that his attention is focused on the prize.

2. Come

An additional relevant command is to call your dog’s attention is “Come”. Start with your hand open at your side and bring it diagonally across your body to the shoulder on the other side. This will indicate your dog to come to you

3. Lie down

Laying down is another excellent signal to use to help soothe your dog. You should raise your finger to your chest and make a sweeping diagonal motion down with your finger for this order; when you have a reward in your hand while training, your dog’s nose will almost certainly follow!

4. Sit

This is the most commonly used command for any breed of dog. This is frequently the very first training session your dog receives. To make the gesture, hold your hand palm up to your chest with the palm facing the sky and move your hand upward in an upward motion. Keep in mind that you should pair the verbal instruction “sit” with the hand signal when you initially begin training.

5. Stay

Learning to teach your dog to stay or wait is one of the most crucial commands you can teach him. This nonverbal order is handy for maintaining your safety when you are out in public or near dangerous streets. You can train your dog with an audio command and hand gestures. You can test your training by stepping backwards with your palm facing outward at the level of your heart. Make sure that your pet remains until you ask them to leave.

6. Stand

Keeping your hand by your side with your palm open and facing forward will communicate to a dog that you have instructed to sit that it is okay to stand up. Then make a sharp motion with your hand, drawing it backwards.

7. Heel

If you wish to call your dog to heel, place your hand near your hip/coccygeal joint and either tap your hip or move your hand in a circular motion near your hip while holding your hand near your hip. Both of these actions draw your dog closer to you.

8. Free

As soon as you have finished giving your dog directions and want to let them go and do their own thing, wrap your hands around your shoulders, palms open and facing up and forward, and hold your hand there. If you look closely, it seems like a shrugging motion.

9. Take It

Hold your hand out in front of your dog with your palm open, then close your palm into a fist to urge them to take something out of your hand or something that is nearby.

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