Dog Training

Train Your Dog in German

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Choosing to train your dog with German commands can be a powerful training tool and has its advantages. German dog commands have long been considered especially effective because the words employed are short and forceful.

Training a dog in German is very popular. Schutzhund is a popular dog sport in the United States and many of these sport and working dogs are trained in German. All commands, whether they are working dog commands or basic obedience commands should be consistent and fit the needs and the relationship of the owner and their four-legged companion.

Training your dog in German is fun and will set you apart in an ordinary group obedience class. One of the advantages of teaching your dog German is your dog will only listen to your commands – unless your acquaintances are fluent in German!

Are you ready to brag to friends and family that your dog obeys German commands? Er Gehorcht Auf Kommando

Below are common German commands that trainers and owners use:

English Commands

German Commands


Watch, AttentionAchtungAhk-toong
Out, Drop It, Let GoAusOwss (rhymes with “house”)
Good DogBraver HundBraffer hoont
Fetch, Bring, Get ItBringBrrring (roll the “r”)
Attack, Bite, Take HoldFassFahs
HeelFussFooss (long o sound as in Moose) 
Bark, SpeakGib LautGib Laut
Here (or Front or Come)HeirHee er (Hang on the “eh” sound slightly longer than usual, roll the r if you can.)
Jump, Up, OverHoppHop
Pay Attention, Heads UpPass AufPahs owf
Shame, Stop That, Drop ThatPfuiFoo-ey
Hunt, Blind SearchRevier

Command for Schutzhund

Reh veer
SitSitzSitz ( rhymes with “fits”.)
Search, Seek, TrackSuch

Command for Schutzhund

Pronounced – Zook (Long o and soft k.)
SearchVoranFor awn
Go OutVorausFor owss ( rhymes with “for house”)

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