Using German dog commands when training your dog has many advantages, the most important one being that there is little chance that your dog confuses an everyday word with a command. Imagine you have trained your dog that 'OK' means he can go up and run around freely and you have a conversation with a friend that asks you 'Would you like to go to the movies this week?' and you say 'OK!' Your dog might mistake that for 'Hey, s/he said I can run around now ;-)' If that happens at home or in the yard, no harm done, but imagine it happens close to a busy road! You get the picture ... By using words in dog training that you don't use otherwise, you can really fool proof yourself against such mistakes. So here my list of German dog commands and just in case you wonder, I am a native German speaker ;-)
German Dog Commands
A list of the most common German dog commands, with pronunciations and examples.
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Basic German Dog Commands
Sitz, Platz and Komm!
- Sitz (Sit) - Pronounced 'sitss' with a nice long 's' at the end.
- Platz (Down) - Pronounced 'plutz' with emphasis on the 'u' like in the English word 'under'.
- Komm (Come or Here) - Pronounced 'kom'
- Hier (Here or Come) - An often used alternative to the above, pronounced the same way like the English word 'here'.
The German video above gives you also some idea of the correct pronunciation. Just remember, even if you speak German to your dog to keep your voice happy, they might be called 'commands', but your dog will work with more gusto for you if you don't yell at him ;-)
Oh, and in case you wonder, you can still also speak English, or any other language for that matter, to your dogs as they learn words / commands, but they don't 'learn' a language. So no need to fear that you could confuse your dog by training him 'bilingual'. Just make sure that you use different commands for different things, a favorite mistake is, for example to use 'Down', or the German equivalent 'Platz' for both laying down and getting off the couch and to the dog's place ...
More German Dog Commands
- Fuss (heel) pronounced 'Fooss'.
- Bleib (stay) pronounced 'Blyb'.
- Bring (fetch) pronounced 'brrynk' or Apport pronounced 'Ahport'.
- Aus (release something) pronounced 'Owss'.
- Pfote (shake hands) pronounced 'Phota'.
- Voraus (ahead) pronounced 'Forouss'.
- Rechts (right) pronounced 'Rexs'.
- Links (left) pronounced 'Links'.
- Hopp (jump) pronounced 'Hop'.
- Such (search) pronounced 'Sooch'.
- Pass auf (keep guard) pronounced 'Pass Owf''.
- Gib Laut (bark) pronounced 'Geb Lout'.
- Nein (no) pronounced 'Nine'.
German Dog Commands
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So, now you know how to train your dog in German to be a 'Guter Hund! - a Good Dog ;-)
Other Advantages of Using German Dog Commands
Apart of avoiding confusion and misunderstandings with everyday words, using German dog commands can also help to avoid that another person handles your dog too easily. That can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how you see it. So if you rely on other people, like dog walkers or dog sitters, you either have to teach them German or stick with English only ;-) If, on the other hand you want your dog only listening to you and nobody else having a common 'secret language' between the two of you can help with that!