|Barked: Sat Jan 12, '13 3:11am PST |
|There are very few voice commands I have no hand signal equivalents. Alva can come to me, heel, bark, sit, lie down, stand up, spin, weave my legs, stand on her hind legs, limp, and roll on hand signals. Late Netta knew all these (except limp) and also "be shot", bow, crawl, and jump. The signals are actually what is left when I lured her to do these tricks while I taught them to her. When I fade a lure I don't do it completely but modify my hand movement into a hand signal. Then I connect it with a voice command and finally I remove the hand so that she also understands the command alone.
Alva also lies down when I pull a poop bag from my pocket. I taught her to do so.
I've read that it is more natural for the dog to understand body movements as commands than voice and thus hand signals would be easier for the dog.
I was once surprised how well a dog responds to my hands. I do not have a sign for retrieve. I was trying to get Alva to take my father's shoes for him. My mom didn't like the idea. I shut my mouth but instead I pointed at his shoes. Alva went and picked one up and then I pointed at the direction of their bedroom where my father was sitting at their computer. Alva took the shoe to him! That was not taught to her. Then she returned and repeated the same with the other shoe when I pointed it. All without a word!
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