Overview of Hand Signals

This week we are going to work on teaching strong, reliable responses to verbal cues and hand signals. Both are valuable and can be used at different times, in different circumstances. We are going to transition from using food as a lure to using food as reinforcement. Which means that up until this point we have been using food to help get the behavior. Now we are going to start to use food after the behavior has already been offered, to reinforce the behavior. While some dogs have prior experience with verbal cues or hand signals for “sit” “down” or “stay” it’s important to review the recommendations made here so that you, the human, can establish and maintain healthier habits in relation to using any type of training cue. Understanding certain key concepts here will help to yield stronger, more reliable responses that will ultimately hold up in the face of high distraction training scenarios.

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