Command dog training requires that we understand the dog commands before we can expect our dog to understand them. This means we must use any dog command consistently.
In principle, you can of course make up your own dog command list, and indeed in different geographic regions the dog commands vary more or less, even in the same language. However, consistency is necessary for the dog to be able to comply, and if you are ever going to choose dog training by professional dog trainers you should use the same commands as they do.
Conversely, if you aim to perform your own German Shepherd dog training or German Shepherd puppy training - ideally with the guidance of a TOP trainer - and you realize how important consistency is, then you may find the following dog command list useful.
We have broken down the dog commands in 1) those for leash training a dog, 2) those for off-leash training, and 3) those that apply to both situations.
Most dog commands can be considered dog obedience commands - in the end, you probably expect your GSD to 'obey' them. For the problems of Obedience Training make sure you memorize our public article on Obedience Training word by word.
The majority of dog commands are classified as basic dog commands, meaning that your German Shepherd will principally learn these commands within a week (max). After that, occasional re-training of the basic dog commands is all that's needed.
A few commands however are advanced dog commands, they may take a month or longer to get a consistent response from your dog, and they normally require retraining every couple of weeks as a minimum. Even for a German Shepherd with its intelligence above average, this type of command dog training is demanding.
Basic Dog Commands
Basic dog commands that apply to both situations, leash training a dog and off-leash training, are primarily the following:
- NO or STOP to make your dog stop doing whatever (s)he is doing right now
- SIT to make your dog sit at the current position
- DOWN to make your dog lie down at the current position
- STAND to make your dog stand up when (s)he is in Sit or Down position
- OFF to make your dog get off the item (s)he currently occupies
- STAY to make your dog stay at the current position
- GO to make your dog start walking or running
- FOCUS to make your dog focus on you and not be distracted
- SPEAK to make your dog bark
- QUIET to make your dog stop any whining or barking
- HEEL to remind your dog to walk next to you, on either side, at your pace
- BITE to make your dog bite into a given object
- OUT or DROP IT to make your dog release onto the ground any item (s)he has in the mouth
- HOLD to make your dog hold in the mouth whatever (s)he is biting on
- FOLLOW to make your dog walk slightly behind you
Basic dog commands that only apply to off-leash training:
- COME to make your dog come towards you
- GO OUT or OUTSIDE to make your dog leave the crate, kennel, room, or house
- GO IN or INSIDE to make your dog enter the crate, kennel, room, or house
Now, on to the advanced dog commands!
Advanced Dog Commands
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