35 German Dog Commands
to Train your Dog

Using German dog commands to train your pet can be both effective and fun. You get to practice a foreign language and your dog may be able to pay more attention to words that are only used to address him.

German is the most popular foreign language to use for dog commands. This may be due to the fact that in the early 1900s, in Germany, there were great efforts to train dogs for police work and also to be used during the war. And many of those projects were very successful, so much that even today we want to keep using that language to communicate with our pet dogs.

It doesn't really matter for the dog, though. You can choose any foreign language, not just German dog commands. What matters is that you are using sounds that are unique and appear only when talking to your canine best friend.

If you want to learn how to teach your canine friend an obedience command find all the information you need here "Dog Training Commands".

Why use German dog commands to teach your dog obedience?

See more commands on the list below.

Make your commands stand out for your pooch!

Even though we can teach our dogs some words in English, verbal language is not their strength! Using a command in a different language like German, will make it easier for your hound to hear it out from your day to day words.

For example: if you teach your pet the command "sit" but you also use the word often to ask your kids to "sit" at the table! your furry friend will learn that "sit" is not always a reliable word to respond to.

Using German dog commands will make them clear and your puppy will know to respond to them!

Show-off with friends and family!

Impress your family and friends with your dog's skills as well as your knowledge of a second language!

Imagine your furry friend trying to jump on your sister in law as she enters, and you confidently saying "Fido setzen". It will blow their mind away!

Have more fun telling them about other German dog training commands they can try on your pet!

It's fun!

Your training sessions will be fun! This is a key element of a good dog training session. When you are having fun, are relaxed and paying attention to your furry friend, he/she will learn faster! And both of you will enjoy the time together as well.

List of German dog commands

English German
Good dog! Braver Hund! (braffer Hoont)
Sit Setzen (zet-zen) or Sitz (Zets)
Down Platz (plutz))
Stand Steh (sh-tay)
Stay Bleib (blibe)
Take-it Nimm (nimbi)
Drop-it Aus (ous)
Leave-it Lass es
Watch Achtung (Ahktoong)
Wait Warten (varten)
Kennel Zwinger (Zuingr)
Go to Sleep Geh Schlafen (Ge Shlaafn)
Go to Bed Geh ins bett
Settle (Calm down) Beruhigen (Berhu-igen)
Come Hier (heere) / Komm
Heel Fuss (Foos)
Back-up Zurückweichen (Zuruk-vaishen)
Search/Find Voran (vo-ron) / Such (sook)
Still Ruhig (Rui)
Fetch Apport (ah-port) / Bring (brink)
Stop Anhalten
Stop That! Pfui (Foo-ey)
Speak Gib laut (gib-lout)
Howl Heulen (Hoilen)
Growl Brummen (bromen)
Crawl Kriechen (Kirchen)
Attack Fass (faas)
Shake (Paw) Pfote (fote)
Touch Berühren (Begrurhen)
Target Zielen auf (Zeelen Auf)
Roll Over Umdrehen (Umdre-en)
Belly/ Dead (Play dead) Bauch (Bauj) / Tot (To-ot)
Left Links (lins)
Right Rechts (Reg-ts)
Jump or Up Hopp (Hup)

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Don't know how to pronounce the words?

If you are having some difficulty with pronunciation, you can try the "pronunciation dictionary". All you have to do is copy the word you are trying to learn and then paste in the dictionary. Then you can hear how it sounds!

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