Areas of Training:
Position Changes & Signals
In obedience, there are three distinct positions that I want my dogs to learn: sit, down, and stand. Position Changes is how I refer to the dog moving from one position to another. There are six position changes: stand to down; down to stand; sit to stand; stand to sit; sit to down; and down to sit.
Signals refers to hand signals, which according to the AKC regulations need to be done with one arm and hand as a continuous motion. The Signal Exercise is an exercise in Utility comprised of heeling, stand, stay, down, sit, come, and finish, all done with only hand signals. The Signal Exercise contains many pieces and takes most dogs a long time to master. There is a lot you can do to work on different parts long before your dog can do the whole thing. Start when your dog is young!
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