Today’s article is on a fun subject. Have you ever wanted to train your dog like a police dog, using commands in a Foreign language? Perhaps you want to train a schutzhund dog with commands in German (a schutzhund is a ‘protection dog’ with special training commands, although it also refers to a German training sport.) Maybe you simply just enjoy the idea of using something besides English when training your dog. Whatever your reasons we are here to help! Today we are going to discuss dog training commands in different languages and give you a few training tips to go with them as well. Let’s discuss training your dog with commands in different languages!
Advantages of training a dog in multilingual commands
Are police dogs really trained in German or French? Well, sort of. What actually happens is a lot of these dogs are trained in German, French, Czech, or Dutch commands because they come from Europe. It is simply easier for the officers to learn the commands in a foreign language than it is to train the dogs further to respond to English. It also has the added bonus of criminals not knowing what has just been commanded. As for training your own dog this way, it’s mostly a novelty although it also lowers the chance of someone else trying to give your dog commands (unless they use the same ones that they know you’ve taught your dog and your animal responds!). The training language that you use for your dog just sets up the command cues.
Training your dog in different languages
If you would like a more extensive list of commands in different languages, you can go to Google and search for ‘dr p dog commands’ to find a list of dog training words in German, French, Czech, and Dutch. For this article we have compiled some for you in German and French as well as some steps for the actual training. Enjoy!
German: Sitz French: Assis
Teaching your dog to sit is fairly easy. Simply keep some treats ready and when your dog sits, say the command and give them a treat. Later, try the command, holding the treat in view and not giving it to your dog until they sit. After awhile your dog will associate the command with sitting and you are good!
German: Hier French: Ici
This ia another easy command to teach your dog. Hold up a treat and use your command. When the dog comes to you, give them the treat and repeat this several times a day. Soon your dog will know that ‘hier’ or ‘ici’ means that they should come to you and they will respond immediately.
German: Bring French: Rapporte
If your dog already knows how to take an item that you have pointed out then learning to fetch is pretty easy. Present the item that you want them to fetch and command them to take it. Play tug of war a little with it to get them excited and then toss the item away from you a short distance. Issue the fetch command and if the dog brings it back to you for more ‘tug of war’ then give them a treat. Repeat on occasion, training in 3 to 5 minute sessions at a time until your dog has learned the ‘fetch game’!
German: Gib Laut French: Aboie Parte
This one takes a little patience but it’s a cute trick. Use one of your dog’s usual barking triggers to get them to bark. Ring the doorbell, for instance. When your dog barks say
“Don’t be stingy with those treats!”
your speak command and give them a treat. Repeat a few times and try without the trigger, only the command. It takes a bit of patience but after awhile you can associate the barking with the command and your dog will speak whenever you tell them to, just don’t be stingy with those treats!
German: Hoppe French: Saute Aller
If you would like to teach your doggy to jump over something, start by placing a stick across something and low to the ground. Have some treats handy, as well. Get your dog to ‘stay’ and walk over the stick yourself. Call your dog and when they cross over the stick, say your command and give them a treat. Next, slowly raise the stick and coax them to you. Try to distract them a little by holding up the treat and if the stick is low they might jump it. Reward this and repeat, raising the stick a little higher. At this point, only reward them if they jump. Limit the sessions to 3-5 minutes at a time so your doggy doesn’t get bored and practice this throughout the week. With a little patience you can teach your dog to jump the stick and consequently other things as well!
If you have already taught these commands in English
If you have already taught these commands to your dog in English you can still teach them in a foreign language but you will need to be very patient. Repeating your original training but substituting the foreign words will work but keep in mind that it may take awhile if your dog is already used to the English words. Alternately, you can keep the English commands and simply teach some new tricks in a different language if you like. As we mentioned previously, using a different language is just for fun but it is a great excuse to teach your puppy some new tricks!
In this article we have discussed training your dog with command words in German and French. For proper pronunciations, try typing the words in Google translate. There is an audio option that will give you the pronunciation perfectly so that you can practice until you’ve learned it. We hope that you and your fuzzy friend have a great time learning exotic commands together! Good luck!