Dog Hand Signals
Schnauzer Obedience Training with Signals
Using dog hand signals is another great way to command your Miniature Schnauzer. It is especially useful if you or your dog is deaf. And although you can train your Miniature Schnauzer to respond to any cue you wish, Schnauzers Rule has put together this easy-to-train picture and description guide to show you how.
Training your Miniature Schnauzer to respond to hand gestures:
SIT Hand SignalDog Hand Signal for SIT: Teach your dog to SIT by using a quick flip motion of your hand from palm facing down to palm facing up.
With your Miniature Schnauzer in front of you and a piece of kibble in your hand by your side, bring your arm up to a 45 degree angle, with your palm facing downward. Next flip your palm up and move your hand slightly over your dog’s head. Because your Schnauzer is following your hand holding the kibble, his bottom will hit the floor. Command SIT. When he does reward him with the kibble.
STAY Hand SignalDog Hand Signal for STAY : Teach your dog to STAY by raising your arm up straight and palm facing forward.
Once your Schnauzer is in the SIT position, hold your palm in front of his face and say STAY and take one step back. If your dog does not move treat him. Start again but take 2 steps back. If your Schnauzer still does not move, reward him again.
Now go 5 feet away and raise your arm up with your palm facing your Schnauzer and say STAY. Wait for a count of three and if your dog does not move, go to him and hand him his reward.
COME Hand SignalDog Hand Signal for COME : Teach your dog to COME by using a sweeping motion with your right arm going across your chest to your left shoulder.
Have your Miniature Schnauzer in front of you and at least 3 feet away. Next, with your hand by your side, show your dog that you are holding a piece of kibble in between your index finger and thumb. Next sweep your arm across to your opposite shoulder and say COME, and at that exact moment take one step back. Once your Schnauzer comes towards your praise and reward him with the treat and begin again.
DOWN Hand SignalDog Hand Signal for DOWN : Teach your dog to lie DOWN by bringing your arm straight down, pointing to the floor.
Have your Miniature Schnauzer sit in front of you. With a piece of kibble in your hand, slowly squat down while lowering your arm towards the floor. Say DOWN while passing the kibble in front of your Schnauzer's nose. One he goes DOWN praise and reward him.
If your Schnauzer does not go DOWN, while you are in the squatting position, place the kibble up under your leg and as soon as your Schnauzer goes down to get it say DOWN and then reward.
HEEL Hand SignalDog Hand Signal for HEEL : Teach your dog to HEEL or walk nicely next to you by using a lowered arm motion and a pat to your leg or hip.
In an open area of a large room or outside, begin by slowly walking around with a treat in your hand and your arm lowered to your side. Lightly pat your hip or upper thigh and say HEEL. Your Miniature Schnauzer will follow you closely to get to the treat.
This one will take some practice so plan on having lots of treats available. You can also teach this command on leash, too.
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