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Ultimate German Dog Training Commands List

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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About Danielle

I am the founder of PawLeaks where I share weekly tips on dog training and behavior. Sharing a passion for dogs and helping owners to solve problems through understanding canine behavior and modification is my number one goal.

Candace R.

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

what word would you suggest using in like a threatening manner? like, "threat" or "bite", what word word would you suggest and are there more that we can use/look at?

-Thank you:)


Saturday 4th of December 2021

Hey Candace, usually you'd use something like "Fass", "Beiß (Beiss)" for bite, and "Gefahr" or "Bedrohung" (might be a bit long) for threat.

Please note that I'd never advise to actually start protection training at home. You could technically use the word as a threat itself (which can be illegal too) but since you're presumably from a non-German country nobody could understand that anyway.

Protection training needs to be done with a professional who'll hopefully choose a command of your choice (can be an entirely different word) and evaluate whether or not you actually need and should have a protection dog in the first place :).

Charles Dixon

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hallo, just getting my AKC German Shepard and I'm looking forward to reading all you have on them and the German commands. Thank you for your efforts


Thursday 17th of September 2020

Hey Charles,

thanks for your interest, hope you'll have lots of fun with your new pup! I've got lots of articles that cover bringing home a new puppy as well, feel free to check them out.

Cheers, Danielle


Saturday 15th of August 2020

This article was very helpful. Can you break down the pronunciation of the "shake" command. Was having a little trouble with that one. Thanks!


Sunday 16th of August 2020

Hi David,

glad that this article was helpful to you! "Pfote" is definitely a difficult one. P+f are two different letters but when put together at the beginning of a word in the German language they become one and should be pronounced as such.

Focus on the f sound such as in forge but add a slight p such as in pod. The p and f should come out of your mouth at the same time. For better understanding, you can listen to some examples here. It's kind of similar to the sound a balloon makes when deflating.

Hope this helps!


Monday 13th of July 2020

Great list! And awesome to hear it from somebody who actually speaks German. A couple questions:

How do you pronounce “Warte”?

What would the command for “front” (like, sit in front of me) be?



Monday 13th of July 2020

Hey Lyndsie,

thanks! Just press the speaker button on this site to see how "warte" is pronounced.

The word "front" would be "vorne". Actually, we also use the word "front" but in a slightly different context :).

Cheers, Danielle


Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Very good info here. Going to start putting some of these commands to use. Thanks!