Dog Commands (or any other pet if you like!)


British English
Looking for Dog Commands - sit, stay, heel, down, lie down, etc.

Any inputs please?

I found a french thread, but people seemed to be disagreeing at bit... Then I realised I'll also need it in Spanish and German. And any other languages would be great!

I know there's variation in the commands used in English, so I guess it'll be the same in other languages...
  • My attempt.
    Some equivalent dog commands in Russian (this is not a full list, of course, just some basic ones, with my personal preferences):

    hereко мне!
    bark/ speakголос!
    stand / stay – стоять!
    [lie] downлежать!
    attackфас! / взять!
    give дай!
    waitждать! / жди!
    go aheadвперед!
    out! / no / leave it! don’t!фу!
    up / jump / hopап! барьер!
    bring/ fetch/ retrieveпринеси! (I personally don’t like ‘апорт!’)

    But actually, my 11-year-old Great Dane understands us with ease (just plain Russian and English) without any commands. When she wants. :)

    I'll also need it in Spanish and German
    For some German equivalents you can have a look here:
    well here in Algeria we have other ways or words to command

    for cats as an example we say


    go a way=kess

    for dogs we say

    lie down=coucher_vous it's a French word but we use it as well

    attack =a l'attack

    come=ici ici

    all the words we use approximately french
    Here are the Tagalog/Filipino equivalent for dog commands: :)

    bark kahol
    stand - tayo
    [lie] downhiga
    give bigay
    go aheadalis
    out! / no / leave it! don’t!labas
    up / jump / hoptalon

    But normally we are using english commands most of the times especially in urban areas.
    (based on experience; these are the most common but variants may exist. In particular all of these are informal/colloquial expressions. I don't know if professional pet trainers use different expressions in Italian)

    here (to a cat): "Qui micio-micio!" or "Micio?" (it literally means "here kitty kitty")

    (to a dog): "Qui bello!"

    let's go
    (to a dog): "Andiamo bello (alternatively: "andiamo" + pet's name)"

    : "Seduto!"

    fetch: "Porta!"

    play dead: "Fai il morto."

    give your paw: "Dai la zampa." / "Zampa!"

    roll: "Rotola."

    wait: "Aspetta."

    down, lie down: "Cuccia!"

    no, don't, etc: "No!"

    And when you want to praise your pet: "Bravo!"
    In Dutch:

    sit – zit!
    here – (kom) hier!
    bark/ speak – blaf!
    stand / stay – blijf!
    [lie] down – lig!
    attack – val aan!
    give – geef hier!
    search – zoek!
    wait – wacht!
    no / leave it! don’t! – hou op!/stop!
    up / jump / hop – spring!
    bring/ fetch/ retrieve– apport!
    play dead - speel dood!
    In Hebrew:

    sitשב (shev)
    stand - עמוד (amod) or לא לזוז (lo lazuz - don't move)
    [lie] downארצה (artza)
    attackתקוף (t'kof)
    paw - יד (yad = hand)
    heel - רגלי (ragli)
    come - בוא הנה (bo henah) or אלי (elay)
    go aheadחופשי (hofshi = free)
    out! / no / leave it! don’t!לא (lo = no)
    up / jump / hopקפוץ (kfotz) or אפ! (up!)
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    Here the mexican way of say it (spanish)

    bark ladra
    stand - párate
    [lie] downacuéstate
    give dame (someting)
    waitespérate/ aguarda
    go ahead
    out! / no / leave it! don’t!Fuera/ no/ déjalo
    up / jump / hopsalta

    Play the death/ házte el muertito

    ül/ülsz/ülj -sit
    pfujj -out
    fekszik/keküdj -lie down
    mész helyedre -to ur place
    hozd (ide)/hozod ide -bring/fetch it
    add ide/adod ide -give
    fogd meg/csibész -attack
    lábhoz -next to me/my feet
    keresd -search
    állj -stop
    hopp/ugrik/ugorj -jump
    maradsz/maradj -wait

    Calling a dog: pssz-sz(-sz-sz-sz), a cat: cic(-cic-cic)-cicc
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    In French, this is what I used for my dog (more or less successfully :D)

    sit – assis
    heel – au pied (supposedly). Personally, I said (allez,) viens ((come on,) come)
    stand - debout
    stay – Personally I said 'bouge pas' (not so grammatical for 'don't move')
    [lie] down – couché
    attack – attaque
    bring/ fetch/ retrieve – va chercher
    give – donne
    up / jump / hop – saute / hop
    play dead - fais le mort
    give your paw - donne la patte
    sit up and beg - fais le beau
    no, don't - non
    (used by me or by others with a dog or by shepherds in gos d'atura contests)

    sit - seu! or asseu-te!
    heel / here - vine! (= come!), vine aquí! (=come here!)
    bark - borda!
    stand - amunt! (=up!) or dret/dreta (=standing) or aixeca't (=stand up!)
    (lie) down - jeu! or ajeu-te!
    attack - ataca!
    give ... - dona'm ...
    give your paw - dona'm la poteta
    search - ves-hi! (=go for it) or cerca! or busca!
    wait - quiet! (=still)
    go ahead - endavant!
    out! / no / leave it! / don't! - no! or deixa-ho! or fuig! (literally, 'escape' but rather meaning 'don't touch it')
    up / jump / hop - amunt!, salta!

    play dead - fes el mort!
    In Polish:
    sit — siad!
    heel/here — noga/do nogi! (lit. "leg/to the leg!"), chodź! ("come"), do mnie! ("to me")
    bark — daj głos! (lit. "give voice"; we do have a separate word for barking too, though!)
    lie down — leżeć!
    stop — stój!, stop!
    roll — turlaj się!
    stay — waruj! (for staying while lying down, traditionally used with guarding in mind), zostań!
    attack — never really heard anyone using it, but I guess it would be atak/atakuj!
    guard — pilnuj!, waruj!
    jump — skacz!, hop!
    search — szukaj!
    fetch — przynieś!, aport! (when playing fetch)
    leave it/no — oddaj/puść! (for objects held in mouth), zostaw! (a more general "leave it"), fe/fu/fuj/ble! ("yuck!"), nie! ("no!"), stop/przestań! ("stop!")
    give your paw — (po)daj łapę/łapa! ("give [your] paw"/"paw!")
    go (ending the command) — various may be used, f.e. okej/dobra ("okay")
    praising the dog — świetnie/dobrze! ("great"/"good!"), super!, brawo!, dobry pies! ("good dog!")
    play dead — zdechły pies/zdechł pies! ("dead dog"/"the dog died!")
    For horses:
    prrt! ("stop/hold on!"), wio! ("go on/faster!", wiśta wio! is a more energetic version, should you get in spirit)

    Calling animals:
    cats — kici-kici, pspsps
    chickens, some other birds — cip, cip!
    ducks — taś, taś!
    rabbits and most rodents — the sound of clicking your tongue against the alveolar ridge
    squirrels — Basia/Baśka! (a Polish diminutive of the name Barbara; honestly, I have no idea why we call them so, but my grandma says they respond to it, so who knows... ;>)
    a bit oddly, we don't have a specific call for dogs besides a whistle.