Top 7 Essential Dog Sign Language


Hold your hand flat, palm facing up, then fold your fingers down. It resembles the position a dog takes while sitting.


Raise your palm facing outwards, as if signaling someone to halt. This universal sign is easy for dogs to understand.

Lie Down

Point your index and middle fingers down, palm side up, and sweep them down towards the ground.


Extend your arm out with the palm facing up, then pull it in towards your body.


Display a firm thumbs-down. This simple gesture communicates disapproval.


Give a thumbs-up, your dog will learn that this indicates praise and approval.


Mime eating by taking your fingers to your mouth as if holding an apple.

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