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 dog Schlechter hund sch-lek-ter hoond
Bark or Speak Gib Laut Geb-lowt
Bite Packen Pakken
Crate Box – as in English ‘box’ –
Come Komm Komm
Down Platz Plotts
Fetch Bring or Bringen – as in English ‘bring’ or ‘bring-en’ –
Go Geh gay
Go Out Voraus for-owss
Good dog Braver Hund Brahver hoond
Good/Well done So ist’s brav Zo ists brahv
Guard Pass Auf Pass Owf
Heel Fuss foos
Here Hier – as in English ‘here’ –
Jump Hupf Hup-f
No Nein Nine
Out/Drop It Aus Owss
Pay Attention/Watch Achtung Ahk-tung
Quiet Ruhig Roo-ig
Sit Sitz sets
Stand Steh shtay
Stay Bleip Bl-eye-p
Track Such Sook


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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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone


  1. >especially those who own German breeds such as the Rottweiler and the German Shepherd Dog

    Umm… I do hope these people know that German Shepherds don’t actually speak or understand German… lol 😉

  2. While the German words are mostly correct, the pronunciation guides are quite ambiguous and downright wrong in several places. For example, “Geh” does not fall of like “gay” does. “ch” is not pronounced as “k”.

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