Dogs Don’t Speak English: A List of German Dog Commands


Training a dog in German is a popular thing to do as German commands are used in the popular sport of Schutzhund. Deciding to train your dog in German has its advantages, the main one being that the dog will listen to only your command unless someone else around you speaks German. Training your dog with German commands is no different than training them in English. All you need to know are the German words and how to properly pronounce them. The following are a list of commands in English followed by German.

Lie down and lie still – Ablegen [ab-leg-hen]

Lookout, Watch, On Guard – Achtung [ahh-tuunk]

Fetch – Apport [ah-port]

Up – Auf [auwf]

Out, Let Go – Aus [aous]

Stay – Bleibsitzen [blieb-zit-zen]

Down – Daun [down]

Attack – Fass [faa]

Heel – Fuss [fuus]

Speak – Gib laut [gib-laout]

Come – Hier [here]

Good – Gut [guut]

Forward – Gradaus [graud-ous]

Up, Over – Hopp [hup]

Crawl – Kriech [creekh]

Let Go – Lass [laass]

Lie Down – Legen [leeg-en]

Take It – Nimm [nim]

Watch Out – Pass auf [paas-ouwf]

No – Pfui [pfooee], Nein [nyne]

Seek – Such [zukh]

Go Ahead – Vorwarts [forr-vehrts]

Trail – Zur Spur [tsuhr-shpur]

Sit – Sitz [sits]

Shake Hands – Gib fuss [gipp-foos]

Go – Voraus [for-owss]

Dog Training Resources

How To Train With German – A guide on how to train your dog using German commands.

German Commands – A list of German commands along with their English translation and pronunciation guides.

Commands In Several Languages – A list of resources to information on learning common dog commands in several different languages.

Positive Reinforcement Training – An article from the Humane Society for training your puppy or dog with the positive reinforcement technique.

Obedience Training Tips – A list of tips and resources to help in obedience training.

Dog Training & Behavior – A large list of resources with information on dog behavior and training.

Cesar Millan – The official website of Cesar Millan, the well known dog trainer referred to as the Dog Whisperer.

Dog Potty Training – A step-by-step guide on how to train your dog to go the the bathroom outside and not in your house.

Crate Training – An article from the Humane Society on how to successfully crate train your puppy or dog.

Obedience Training – An in-depth guide to obedience training including techniques, equipment needed, how to choose an instructor, and more.

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