Default Hand Positions




When it comes to training your dog, one simple thing that will make a big difference is where you hold your hands by default throughout. Dogs can become distracted if your hands are constantly moving, or fixated if your hand strays to your treat pouch before they have completed their action.

To help your dog focus on the task at hand experiment with holding your hands in a set location between exercise repetitions and any time you are shaping a behaviour.

Not only will this be less distracting for your dog, it will help create clearer communication as hand signals will be more obvious and your hand positions will communicate when you are actively training or taking a break.

Find what works for you and be consistent.

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