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When I first brought Jasmine home, I had the hardest time getting on the same page with her. I didn’t know what language(s) she knew or how to communicate with her.

She had earned her BH title in Germany about a year ago (BH stands for Begleithund and is the prerequisite obedience and temperament test for the sport of IPO), so I knew there was *some* training there…I just needed to bring it out of her.

After Jasmine and I got to know each other for a few weeks, we started training heavily. As you know from my earlier blog posts, I use German commands with her. I also teach her in English for general obedience so other people can communicate with her, but for her protection work and formal training I use German.

Because I’m teaching her in both German and English, some of my German commands are unconventional, and that’s because “Steh” (stand) in German sounds a lot like “Stay” in English. It’s all about that varie-tay!

 

German Commands

ENGLISH  

GERMAN 

PRONOUNCIATION

Sit

Sitz

Zits

Down

Platz

Plah-tz

Come

Hier

Hee-a

Stay

Bleib

Blibe

Heel

Fuss

Foos

Heel where she walks around my body (see video above)

Jump Up/Over

Hopp

Hup

Bite

Fass

Faas

Out

Aus

Owss

No

Nein

Nine

Stand Up

Aufstehen

Ouf-shtin

Competition Heel

Schwenken

Schvenken

I use the German word for “pivot” for the competition heel since she pivots to get into position rather than walks around me

Bring

Bring

Brrring

Speak

Gib Laut

Gib-lout

Watch

Pass Auf

Pass-ouf

Run Out

Voraus

Ver-ous

Don’t do that

Pfui

Foo-ey

Balance

Balance

Ba-lawnce

You can do it

Du kannst es tun

Do canst es tue-en

Search

Voran

Fo-rhan

Track

Such

Souk

Howl

Heulen

Hoilen

Growl

Brummen

Bromen

Crawl

Kriechen

Kirchen

 

English Commands:

Sit
Down
Stay
No
Shake
Roll over
Play dead
Other side (when heeling or I want her to give me her other paw/foot/etc.)
Touch

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