Ultimate German Dog Training Commands List

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Training your dog in German seems to be quite popular in the USA. You’ll also find the German Shepherd among the most popular dog breeds in the US.

Did you know that the German police had started professionally training their dogs in the early 1900s and have also used them in war? In some regions, they used Dobermans as guard dogs for tax collectors even earlier.

It can be really convenient to train your dog in another foreign language as he will not confuse commands when you talk to others.

For the dog, it could be any language used as words mean nothing to them and they only learn their meaning through you.

I am German myself and train my dog in German, so I thought that this would be a good fit and put together the ultimate German dog training commands list for you:

Disclaimer: Some websites suggest training commands that are not really used in Germany (they seem like a bad google translate), so mine will be a bit different.

Good boy!
Good dog!
Very good!
Braver Hund!
Sehr gut!
Leave itLass es
Take itNimm
Drop itAus
SpeakGib laut
Roller OverRolle
Shake/ PawPfote
Find/ TrackSuch
Go backZurück

If you are not sure how to pronounce the different words correctly, you can simply shoot me a message and I will be able to help you.

Also make sure to give your dog a fitting name.

Feel free to apply this to your regular training as well as recall and release command.

This will surely impress your family and friends with your training skills and knowledge of a second language.

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In love with dogs, their behavior and psychology. I am writing on this blog since February 2019 to provide you with valuable information on everything dogs. When I am not working on my blog, I study research articles and enjoy the time with my beloved Rottweiler Amalia.

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11 thoughts on “Ultimate German Dog Training Commands List”

  1. Valuable info. Fortunate me I discovered your website by accident, and I am surprised why this coincidence did not come about earlier! I bookmarked it.|

  2. Super insightful! My husband and I have a couple dogs, and lately we’ve noticed how it’s getting easy for them to mix up commands of who’s being asked to do what. I’ve decided I’d try this for my dog, since his dog knows the commands in English better! Curious- we tell our dogs “that’s enough” as a release from laying down.. what would you suggest using for a replacement in German?!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Sierra! We recently adopted a three-year-old dog from Italy and my first dog always mixes up commands. As a release command, I personally use “Okay” or “Los” (which means something like “go”). The closest replacement for “that’s enough” would be “Fertig”.

  3. Hello, my German Shepard will stay by her food bowl 75% of the day when we aren’t playing with her or have her outside. We follow the directions as far as how much food we need to feed her, can’t figure it out???

    • Hey Tony,

      do you have a clear feeding schedule? I always feed my dog at pretty much the same time twice a day (morning & evening).

      During the winter when the sun goes down earlier, she gets kinda jumpy because she expects her food. After a bit of transition, she understands that it’s still only food time if we say so.

      If you want to take it even further, you can use that opportunity of a hungry dog to train a bit of obedience before every meal, dogs love to work for their food and will appreciate it even more.