Using German Dog Commands

Using German dog commands when training is popular with many dog owners and trainers, especially those who own German breeds such as the Rottweiler and the  German Shepherd Dog.

If you’d like to use the correct Germanic words when you’re training your Rottweiler, I’ve put together this page to help you get started.

You’ll find a list of some of the most common German language dog training words/commands, what they mean in English, and a guide to help you pronounce them properly. In fact, everything you need to turn your Rottie into a bi-lingual dog is right here!


German Training Commands – When & Why To Use Them

In sports and activities such as Shutzhund, Tracking, Advanced Obedience and so on, many dog owners and trainers like to use German dog commands – especially if they own GSD’s, Rottweilers or other similar breeds.

German dog commands

German commands are generally short and distinct, and because of the ‘sound’ of the language, they can seem more forceful than their English counterparts….

You can train your Rottweiler equally well using either language, but don’t try to use both languages though, pick one and stick with it!

Your pup is very intelligent, but he is likely to get confused if you switch back and forth between languages/words.


List Of German Popular Commands


English Command German Command Pronounciation
Bad dogSchlechter hundsch-lek-ter hoond
Bark or SpeakGib LautGeb-lowt
CrateBox– as in English ‘box’ –
FetchBring or Bringen– as in English ‘bring’ or ‘bring-en’ –
Go OutVorausfor-owss
Good dogBraver HundBrahver hoond
Good/Well doneSo ist’s bravZo ists brahv
GuardPass AufPass Owf
HereHier– as in English ‘here’ –
Out/Drop ItAusOwss
Pay Attention/WatchAchtungAhk-tung


Some General Dog Training Tips

Puppies and dogs learn through repetition, and it’s important to be consistent with whatever words, signals, rewards and corrections that you use.

If you’ve bought a Rottweiler puppy who was imported from Germany, he will already have heard the German language and commands.

If you’ve bought an older, adolescent or adult, import then chances are good that he will be very familiar with German dog training commands and bonding/training will be more straightforward if you ‘speak his language’.

Puppies and dogs bought from the USA or the UK will most likely only know English words, but they will be able to learn German if you take it slowly and carefully.

If your dog is a pet, and isn’t going to be taking part in advanced obedience work, Shutzhund or any other formal activities, feel free to use whatever language and commands you prefer.

BUT, if you’ve got big plans for your little Rottie, or are serious about involving him tracking, shutzhund etc., it’s a good idea to train him using German dog commands from the beginning.

Rottweiler training is easier, and less stressful for both dog and owner, when you have the right equipment.

You can also check out these pages for lots more tips and advice on training your Rottweiler puppy..


Whether you use English or German dog commands, make sure that you train your Rottweiler using only positive, reward-based training. Give him plenty of praise and/or treats when he does well, and correct him firmly, but lovingly, when he makes a mistake.

Your Rottie is intelligent and sensitive, and he won’t respond well to harsh or punitive training methods. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that big dogs need you to use a loud voice, or physical reprimands – they DON’T!

Rottweiler training should always be done with love and respect…. you’ll get it back in bucketloads I promise! Good luck and have fun, whichever language you choose to use.


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