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How Do You Say That Again???????

Smile!

By Britt Coffman

By request, I have compiled a list of commonly used German commands. In this first part we will take a look at those used in the Obedience phase. If you notice any commands that are missing, please contact me via email.

Part I - Obedience

English

German

Pronounce

Come

Hier

Hee-aaw

Down

Platz

Plots

Fetch

Bring(s)

Bring(s)

Finish

See "Heel"

 

Go Out

Voraus

For-ouss

Heel

Fuss

Fooss

Jump

Hopp

Hup

Out

Aus

Ouss

Sit

Sitz

Zits

Stay

Bleib

Blipe

Part II - Tracking

This one is easy! There is really only one command for tracking and that is:

English

German

Pronounce

Track/Search

Such

Soochh


Note: When you pronounce the 'ch' of the word "Such", you should try to make a hissing sound from the back of your throat (Similar to a cat's hiss)!

Part III - Protection

In the protection phase, we use many of the obedience commands to control our dogs, but listed below are the other commands you will encounter:

English

German

Pronounce

Bite

Fass

Fusss

Grab Him

Pack Ihn

Puck Ean

Grab

Packen

Puckin

Out

Aus

Ouss

Revier

Voran

For-unn

Part IV - Miscellaneous

Here are a few more commands you may encounter or want to use in your training. Or perhaps you've simply always wondered what they mean…

English

German

Pronounce/Usage

Good Dog

Braver Hund

Brawfer Hoond

No

Nein

Nine

Used instead of "No", but the exact translation is more like "Yuck"

Pfui

Pfooey

That's good

So ist's brav

Zo isst's brawf

Sometime you'll hear people say "Pfui ist das!" in an attempt to translate something to the effect of "Bad Dog" into German. Though relatively widespread, this sentence is none-the-less completely wrong. The word "Pfui" is an interjection, such as "Oh" or "Oops". Therefore it can not be used like an adjective such as "Bad". Aside from this error, the sentence structure is wrong. If "Pfui" were actually an adjective then the sentence would have to read: "Das ist Pfui". So you see, either way, this is not a sentence you would want to use.

Many people are unsure as to how to properly pronounce the German Training commands. If you ever have a question in this regard, please feel free to write to me and ask. I was born and raised in Germany and would be more than happy to help you!

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