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There are a few reasons why you nay want to give out commands in german to your dog

You may have a german breed of dog (listed below), you may want to learn German and think it would be useful to integrate some German with your dog, you may pick a name that sounds like an English command so you can use German instead, you may think its just cool

List of german dogs

Here are a list of german dog breeds

Affenpinscher, Boxer, Dachshund, Dobermann, Eurasier, German longhaired pointer, German Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer , Great Dane, Hovawart , Keeshond, Large Munsterlander, Grosser Munsterlander, Grosser Munsterlander Vorstehhund, Leonberger, Long-haired dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Pomeranian, Rottweiler, Small Munsterlander, Standard Schnauzer, Weimaraner, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

German commands

Here are some commands, we have the English command, the german equivalent and pronunciation for the german command

English German Pronunciation
Good dog! Braver Hund! braffer hoont
Sit Sitz Zets
Down Platz plutz
Stand Steh shtay
Stay Bleib blibe
Take-it Nimm nimbi
release something Aus ous
Leave-it Lass es
Watch! Achtung Achtoong
Attention! Achtung Achtoong
Wait Warten Varten
Kennel Zwinger Zuinger
Go to Sleep Geh Schlafen Ge Shlaafn
Go to Bed Geh ins bett
Calm down Beruhigen Berhu-igen
Come Hier heere
Heel Fuss Foos
Back-up Zurückweichen Zuruk-vaishen
Search Voran Voron
Still Ruhig Rui
Fetch Apport ah-port
Fetch Bring brink
Stop Anhalten
Stop That! Pfui Foo Ey
Speak Gib laut Geb 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 Bauch Bauj
Left Links lins
Right Rechts Rexs
Jump or Up Hopp Hup
No Nein nine
Go Out Voraus ver-ous
Track Such soo-kh
Out/Let Go Aus owss
Find Such Sook
Dead Tot To-ot
Bad dog Schlechter hund sch-lek-ter hoond
Well done So ist’s brav Zo ists brahv
Quiet Ruhig Roo-ig
Eat food Nimm Futter
Kennel Zwinger



Learn the German words for the commands you want to teach your dog. You should master the pronunciation yourself before trying them on your dog, it will confuse your dog if you suddenly change the way you say the command

Puppies and dogs learn through repetition, and it's important to be consistent with the words, signals and rewards that you use

English to German

If your dog has already been trained to understand English commands first then here is a basic method to start moving over to German

To make it easier for your dog to understand that the German word is supposed to replace the English one, start by first saying the German word (in this case, platz) followed by the usual English word.

Say platz (German) and pause and follow up with down (English).

When your dog hears platz, it is more than likely that your dog will not react in the slightest but when they hear down, they will probably respond

Praise and reward your dog for successfully lying down.

You can then repeat this for other commands such as sit

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