Commands in Different Languages


The specific command word is not important, but the consistency in usage is. There are certain commands that are accepted as standard and are commonly used.

Basic commands and advanced commands

(English and German)

Heel: Fuss(fooss)

Sit: Sitz (siitz)

Stay: Bleib (bly’b)

Down: Platz (plats

Come/Here: Hier(hee er)

Stand: Steh (shtay)

Retrieve/ Fetch: Bring (brrring)

Jump: Hopp

Go Out: Voraus (for owss)

Track: Such (tsuuk)

Guard: Pass auf/ Wache

Bite: Packen/ Fass

Out/Let Go: Aus (owss)

Speak/Bark: Gib Laut (gheblout)

Narcotics/Dope: Rauschgift

Findnarcotics: Such Rauschgift

Building/ Blind Search: Voran/ Revier

Kennel/ Crate: Zwinger Box

Go Outside: Geh Raus/ Geh Draussen

Go Ahead: Geh Voraus

Go Inside: Geh rein (gay rine)

What is going on?: Was ist los?

Good (praise): So ist brav

Correction Word “No”: Pfui (fooey)/ Nein (nine)

Don’t do that!: Lass das sein

OK: In Ordnung

Eat food: Nimm Futter

Helper Stand Still: Bleiben Ruhig/Steht Noch

Article Search: Such Verloren

Leave it: Lass es

(English and their meaning)

Sit: The dog is in a sitting position.

Down: A dog is typically down when its elbows (front feet) and hocks (rear legs) are touching the ground or floor.

Heel: The dog’s head or shoulder is parallel to the handler’s leg on the left side of the handler.

Come or Here: (referred to as the recall) “Call your dog” equals “come” or “here”.

Stay: The dog must remain in the position (sit, down, stand) and location under which the command was given until it is released by the handler.

Stop: a dog that will simply stop whatever it is doing and lie down on command no matter how far it is from its keeper is a dog that can be taken anywhere. Some handlers use the German word Platz (related to “place”, i.e. stay in position) for this action.

Back up: keepers of large dogs or dogs with a reputation for aggressiveness can make strangers more comfortable by teaching the dog to back up on command.

Growl: the inverse of backing up. Some owners teach non-aggressive dogs to growl on a subtle command – not the word growl, usually a small hand gesture – as a way of letting strangers know that you and your dog value being left alone.

Shake: Directs the dog to shake whole body. Generally used after bathing or swimming to prevent dog from soaking owner.

Shake Hands or Shake: Directs dog to lift paw and place it in the hand of the owner as if shaking hands.

Steady: keep near by. The dog can walk free, but not dash off.

Stand: dog stands still. Useful for grooming. Many dogs are groomed frequently and need to stand quietly during the process.

Go to bed, kennel, or get in: Directs the dog to go to its bed or its crate and to remain there until released. The dog has freedom of movement in that location to stand up, turn around, or lie down, unlike when placed in a Stay. Useful to keep a dog out from underfoot and safe in a busy or complicated situation.

Drop or drop it: Dogs pick up all sorts of things, some of which they shouldn’t have. A dog that drops anything on command, no matter how attractive (and “attractive” to a dog can be “rotten and smelly” to a human), is a dog under control that the owner can prevent from eating dangerous items or from destroying valued personal property.

Leave it (lass es): An adjunct to Drop, directing the dog to not touch an item. Also useful before the dog has picked anything up. Leave it is also used in conjunction with Take it.

Take it: The dog leaves a desired object, such as a toy or treat, untouched until given this command. Alternatively, the dog takes and holds an object which it has no interest in. This can protect an owner’s, visitor’s, or child’s fingers.

Give: The dog has an object in its mouth and “gives” it to its owner by releasing the object into the owner’s hand. Object of choice in training is usually a light-weight dumbbell or a glove. This is useful for when your dog has one of your belongings and you want it back before the dog hides it or chews it up.

Speak: A dog, when taught this command, will bark once (or more) when told to do so.

Roll Over: When taught this command a dog will lie down, roll over, and stand back up.

Attack: A dog will attack something (or someone) when told to do so. Common commands are either “Attack” or “Sic’em”.

Fetch: A dog will retrieve a thrown object (usually a ball or a stick) and bring it back to the one who threw it.