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48 German Dog Commands

Are you learning German and looking to learn and practice new German words with your dog?

If yes, then we have great news for you—and Rex or Fido, too!

In this post, we’ll show you exactly how you can learn German with dog commands, Hundekommandos,  and teach you 48 of the most common commands.


1. Fetch — Bring / Apport

If you throw a ball for your dog and want him to bring it back to you, then the German dog command you need is bring. This word comes from the German verb bringen which, you guessed it, means “bring,” or in this case “fetch,” in English.

You can also use the fancier version apport, which comes from French.

2. Drop it / Let go — Aus

In German, aus is a preposition meaning “out of.” As it tends to be used to get a dog to stop clinging on to something with its teeth, you can think of it as asking your pooch to let said object go “out” of its mouth. 

3. Sit — Sitz

To teach your dog this German command, just add a z to the end of the English verb “sit” to make sitz. Sitz comes from the German verb sitzen which means, you guessed it, “sit.”

4. Stay — Bleib

When your dog should stay put, use the German dog command bleib. This command comes from the German verb bleiben which means “stay” or “remain.”

5. Down — Platz

Platz is a noun that means “town square,” “space” or “seat.” In this case, it’s short for Platz nehmen or “take a seat.” You can use this when you want your dog to lie down.

6. Go to your place — Auf deinen Platz

With this one, you can direct your dog to move to its bed or designated spot. This command combines auf (to) with deinen Platz (your place). 

7. Heel — Fuß / Bei Fuß

Fuß is a handy German dog command to use while working with your dog on his or her leash-walking skills. Fuß or bei Fuß is a noun that literally means “foot,” as in your pal should walk by or behind your feet, not charge ahead!

8. Here — Hier

When you want your dog to come over and give you some love or come back if he or she has run off to greet another dog with a friendly sniff, then shout hier. 

9. Come here — Komm

Here’s another one whose English counterpart is similar in both meaning and pronunciation. Kommen is a verb that means “to come.”

10. Wait — Warte

Signal your dog to pause momentarily with this command. Warte instructs your pup to wait, derived from the German verb warten or “to wait.”

11. Go — Los

The command los motivates your furry companion to start an action. Los is often used to mean “let’s go” in German. With your dog, you can go use it before going for a walk, for example. 

12. Go / Run — Lauf  

Want to see your dog take off like a streak of lightning? Lauf comes from the German verb laufen which means both “walk” and “run.”

13. Speak — Gib Laut

If you want your dog to bark, then learn the German dog command Gib Laut. Gib is the imperative version of the German verb geben, “to give,” and Laut is an adjective that means “loud.”

14. Quiet — Ruhig

Command your dog to stop barking or remain calm. Ruhig instructs your canine friend to be quiet or composed, derived from the German adjective for “calm” or “quiet.”

15. No — Nein

When your dog is being bad—or obviously thinking about it—sometimes all you have to do is say a quick nein (no) to bring him back in line.

16. Yuck — Pfui

What about those times when they’re determined to put something super gross in their mouth as though it were a piece of tasty candy? Teach your pooch the German command pfui, which is an interjection similar in meaning to “yuck,” “ugh” or “eww.”

17. Stop — Stopp / Halt

Stopp and halt are both common German interjections for “stop” and “halt,” more words that are similar in English. The verb forms are stoppen and halten.

18. Enough — Genug

Use genug to indicate that your dog should stop doing something, like perhaps jumping up on a stranger. The command conveys a clear boundary and is a German adjective meaning “enough.”

19. Treat — Leckerli

After all the training you do together, don’t forget to give your furry friend plenty of Leckerlis (treats), not to mention a ton of praise—but in German of course!

20. Search — Such

Looking to train your German-loving dog to search and rescue or maybe to just help you find your keys? In that case, train him or her with the German dog command such, which comes from the German verb suchen (search/look for).

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21. Onwards — Weiter

You can use this one when your dog likes to stop and sniff around a lot. Instead of pulling or jerking the leash, try using this command. Weiter literally means “further” or “continue.”

22. Left — Links

Instruct your dog to move to the left with the command links. This straightforward direction utilizes the German word for “left.”

23. Right — Rechts

Guide your dog to move to the right using the command rechts. This command uses the German term for “right.”

24. Paw / Shake — Gib Pfötchen

Pfötchen is the diminutive form of the word Pfote (paw), which means that the literal translation of this command is “Give me your little paw.” Awww, thanks, buddy!

25. Gimme five — Gib fünf

Every cool dog knows a trick like “gimme five.” Teach your bilingual dog to high-five using the German dog command Gib fünf. Gib is the imperative of geben, or “to give,” and fünf is “five.”

You’ll also hear German dog owners simply using the English “high five” too. 

26. Good dog — Braver Hund

The German phrase for “good dog” is braver Hund, or you could go for braves Mädchen (good girl) or braver Junge (good boy).

Curious as to why the ending to the word brav (good/well-behaved) sometimes ends in -er and sometimes in -es? Don’t forget to go back and review the rules for German adjective endings!

27. Jump — Spring / Hopp

Prompt your dog to leap with the commands spring or hopp. Both words convey the action of jumping, with spring from springen (to jump) being more commonly used in standard German and hopp being a colloquial variant.

28. Go potty — Mach Pipi / Mach Geschäft

Instruct your dog to relieve himself with the command Mach Pipi or Mach dein Geschäft. Both phrases, translating to “go pee” or “do business,” are commonly used to encourage bathroom behavior.

29. Spin / Twirl — Dreh dich

Guide your dog to rotate, twirl or spin around using the command Dreh dich. This phrase combines dreh (turn) with dich (yourself).

30. Stand up — Steh auf

Prompt your dog to rise to a standing position with the command steh auf. This command combines steh (stand) with auf (up).

31. Give a kiss — Gib Küsschen

You can encourage affection from your dog with this one. This phrase, translating to “give a little kiss,” invites a sweet and loving gesture from your furry friend. Küsschen is a diminutive of kuss (kiss). So sweet!

32. Attack — Fass

Ok, so you probably don’t want to go around encouraging your dog to bite people, but this dog command could still come in handy for German guard dog breeds.

Fass can also be used for more harmless occasions, like when you want your pal to bite a stick for a good old game of doggie/owner tug of war. Fass is the imperative form of the German verb fassen (bite/grab).

33. Find the leash — Such die Leine

Motivate your dog to search for and bring back the leash with the command Such die Leine. This phrase combines such (search), from suchen (to search), with die Leine (the leash).

34. Back / Back up — Zurück

Guide your dog to move backward with the command Zurück. This term, meaning “back” or “backward,” encourages your pup to take a few steps in reverse.

35. Stand up — Aufstehen

Prompt your dog to rise from a sitting or lying position with the command Aufstehen. This phrase combines auf (up) with stehen (stand) and literally means “to get up.” 

36. Roll over — Rolle

This simple command instructs your pup to perform the playful trick of rolling over. It comes from the word rollen or “to roll.”

37. Crawl — Kriech

This command asks your dog to crawl under an obstacle of some sort. You can instruct your furry friend to move forward in a low position, perfect for navigating under barriers like fences. The full verb kriechen means “to crawl.”

38. Through / Weave — Slalom

Named after the alpine sport, this term can be used to guide your pup through openings or obstacles, including between your legs!

39. Play dead — Peng / Tot stellen

Teach your dog to lie on its side as if playing dead with this command. Peng is an onomatopoeia referring to the “bang” sound a pistol makes when going off. So be sure to dust off your “hand” gun to teach your dog this trick.

Alternatively, you can do without the hand theater and simply use the far more literal tot stellen, which means “play dead”. 

40. Gentle — Vorsichtig

Encourage your dog to be gentle in its actions with the command vorsichtig. This term, meaning “careful” or “gentle,” is useful for promoting a delicate touch.

41. Outside — Raus

Signal to your dog that it’s time to go outside! This straightforward term instructs your pup to head out.

42. Inside — Komm rein  

Getting late? Time to get your dog back in the house with this command. Komm comes from the verb kommen, or “to come,” and rein means “in” or “inside”.

43. Watch out — Pass auf  

Alert your dog to be cautious or attentive with this command. This phrase, meaning “watch out” or “pay attention,” prompts your pup to be vigilant.

44. Be nice — Sei nett

Encourage friendly behavior towards people or other animals with this one. This phrase, meaning “be nice,” reinforces positive social interactions. Sei is the imperative form of sein, or “to be,” and nett means “nice” or “kind.”

45. Howl — Heule

Encourage your dog to howl with this one, which comes from the word heulen. It literally means “to howl” or “to wail.” It taps into your pup’s vocal abilities and adds a fun element to your interactions.

46. Slow — Langsam

Guide your dog to move slowly with the command langsam. This term, literally meaning “slow,” is useful for controlling the pace of various activities.

47. Quick — Schnell

Encourage your dog to increase its speed with the command schnell. This term, which literally means “fast” or “quick,” is handy for activities that require a quicker pace.

48. Off to bed— Ins Bett

Signal your dog to rest or sleep with this command in German. This straightforward term instructs your pup to head to wherever they tend to sleep. 

Why Train Your Dog with German Dog Commands?

  • If you train your dog with German commands, you’ll be repeating the commands over and over, which will help you memorize German words, especially verbs, which you can use later at places other than the dog park.
  • German dog commands are also great for building up your grammar skills. Since commands are always given in the imperative, you’ll naturally practice this verb form while telling your dog to bleib (stay) or bring (fetch).
  • German dog commands are short and sweet and easy for dogs to understand, so both you and your dog will become bilingual with ease.
  • Training your dog with German dog commands sounds darn cool. Speaking in German to your dog will impress your friends, not to mention that cutie—canine or otherwise—while out on a stroll!
  • Many of the world’s most popular dog breeds come from Germany. German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinscher, Schnauzers, Dachshunds, Great Danes, and yes, even Poodles and Pomeranians among many others, all originally came from the country. If you have a German breed or mix, then why not be authentic and train them using German dog commands?


And there you have it: 48 German dog commands you can use with your pooch. The next time you’re at the dog park, you’re sure to be the envy of every canine owner around!

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