Dogs are wonderful companions and they are generally eager to please. So what’s a dog to do when you teach him to “stay” and then use “stay” in conversation over and over with your parents? Did you talk to your dog? Should they stay? A good solution is to use German dog commands!
A simple way to avoid this problem is to use a different language for your dog’s training. Since a lot of dog training is done in German, it’s an ideal language for your dog to use, although any different language will do.
Why the German language?
Some law enforcement agencies use German breeds like German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, which are trained overseas, often in German, and imported. It is easier to learn German commands than to retrain the dog. It also contrasts well with everyday conversation in many other languages, including English.
German preeminence in dog training
German is the most popular language for dog training, perhaps due to Germany’s history of training dogs for the military and law enforcement since the early 1900s. 1900. Many of these projects were successful and German is still used in many training programs.
7 essential commands
- Come (Yesterday, pronounced “hee-r”): This is one of the essential commands for your dog. Your ability to recall your dog on command greatly benefits the safety of your dog and others. This one is easy for English speakers because “yesterday” sounds like “here”.
- Sit (Sitz, pronounced “zitz” or “zit-zen”): Getting your dog to sit at attention is a good starting point for other commands. All English speakers need to do is add a “z” to “sit” to get it right!
- Stay (Bleib, pronounced “blibe”): when you want your dog to stay in one place.
- Down (Platz, pronounced “plah-tz”): Sometimes you want your dog to settle down for a long time while still being comfortable. This command can be followed by “Bleib” to settle down with your dog for a quiet and friendly moment.
- Drop it (Aus, pronounced “ou”): Sometimes your dog grabs something you don’t want, whether it’s harmful to your pup or endangering property. A quick “Aus!” is a great way to get their attention.
- Talon (Fuss, pronounced “foos”): Train your dog with this command to keep your dog by your side and under your control. This command is worth teaching if you want to show your dog at a competition.
- No (Nein, pronounced “nine”): Sometimes you want your dog to stop whatever he’s doing, and “no” is a wonderfully adaptable command for doing just that.
Police and army commands
There is a long list of commands used by police and military units. Since many dogs used for such purposes are bred and trained in Germany, a list of German commands is useful for those who work with these dogs.
|To jump||Hop (hop)|
|To go out||Voraus (for-owss)|
|guard alert||Pass Auf (pass-owf)|
|Look for||Voran (for sure)|
|Getting out/Letting go||Aus (owss)|
|Calm down (calm down)||Beruhigen (berhu-igen)|
|Always (silent)||Ruhig (rui)|
|Target||Zielen auf (zeelen auf)|
|jump or ride||Hop (hop)|
|Pursue||Geh raus (gay rouss)|
|go inside||Geh rein (gay rein)|
|What is going on||Was it lost? (go ist low-s)|
|Good (praise)||So it’s brav (zo it’s bra-v)|
|Narcotics/drugs||Rauschgift (roussh gift)|
|find narcotics||Such a rauschgift (zook roussh-gift)|
|Building/blind search||Voran (for-ahn)|
|To eat food||more|
|The assistant stands still||Steht noch (shtayt nock)|
|Search for articles||Such a verloren (zook ferloren)|
Along with the essential commands every dog should know and those meant for a working dog, here is a list of commands that you may find useful for certain breeds or situations or just plain fun:
|To scream||Heulen (hoilen)|
|Speak||Gib laut (gib-lout)|
|Take it||Nimm (nimbi)|
|Go to bed||Geh Schlafen (ge shlaafn)|
|Go to bed||Geh ins bet|
|Shake (Paw)||Pfoté (foté)|
|To touch||Berühren (begrurhen)|
|To roll||Umdrehen (umdre-fr)|
|Belly/ Dead||Bauch (bauj) / Tot (to-ot)|
The last word
When all is said and done, and your dog has behaved admirably (as we know), there’s nothing better than ending up with a hearty “Brave Hundor “good dog!”
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