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Dog commands in different languages — Share what you know.

If you have no one to practice with, why not practice with your dog? You can teach them how to "sit" in different languages. You get to practice a foreign language and your dog may be able to pay more attention to words that are only used to address him.

Share the ones you know/use in your mother tongue or in the languages you know well.

These are the ones I actually say in my mother tongue:

European Portuguese:

  • senta - sit
  • deita - lay
  • dá a pata - "give the paw"
  • dá cá mais cinco - "high five!"
  • fica - stay
  • rebola - roll over
  • busca! - "go get it" (the ball, the stick, etc...)
  • larga! - drop it!
  • linda/o! - "good girl/boy!"
  • para! - stop!
  • anda! - come!
  • vem cá! / vem aqui! - come here!
  • dá (cá)! - give it (to me)!

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When telling a person to sit, you would say "senta-te", but for some reason when talking to dogs you drop the accusative pronoun and say just "senta". Careful, I wouldn't use this form with people.

Thank you all for your answers!

July 15, 2017


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    In italian xD:

    siediti! - sit

    sdraiati! - lay

    dammi la zampa! - "give the paw"

    dammi il cinque! - "high five!"

    stai lì! - stay

    rotola! - roll over

    prendilo/a! - "go get it" (the ball, the stick, etc...)

    lascialo/a! or even mollalo/a - drop it!

    bravo cucciolo! - "good girl/boy!"

    fermo! - stop!

    vieni! - come!

    vieni qui! - come here!

    You forgot give it to me: dammelo/a


    lol this is a cool idea just as long as you do not teach your dog to sit in like 3 different languages! Think he would be a bit confused. :)


    List of Spanish Dog Commands

    Muy Bien! - Good job! Sentado- sit Hechate- down Arriva- stand Queino- stay Junto- heel Grune- growl Veni- come Donde esta- find Solta- drop it Toma- take it Dejalo- leave it Trae- fetch Ladra- speak


    Where did you learn these? Do you use these with your dogs?


    I don't think some of that is Spanish...


    In Polish it would be:

    • Sit - Siad
    • Lay - Leżeć / Waruj
    • Give the paw - Łapa / Daj łapę
    • High five - Piątka / Przybij piątke
    • Stay - Zostań
    • Roll over - Przewrót
    • Go get it - Aport
    • Drop it - Puść
    • Good girl/boy - Dobry pies
    • Stop - Przestań / Zostaw / Nie wolno / Stop
    • Come - Do mnie
    • Come here - Tutaj
    • Give it to me - Daj / Oddaj


    This is a list of suggested commands for service dogs in Esperanto. I originally found this list on the Tradukado Yahoo group.

    bring item to me, alportu

    come here!, venu

    drop it!, faligu

    fetch!, ĉasu!

    food, (go eat your food), manĝu

    good, bone

    halt/stay, haltu

    heel!, post! take it, prenu

    help!, helpu!

    here, come here!, venu

    home, home command, hejmen

    hug, (give me a hug), karesu

    in, go inside, en!

    kiss, (give me kisses), kisu

    leave it!, lasu!

    left, turn left!, liven!

    let's go for a walk, promenu

    lie down!, kuŝu

    look!, vidu

    medicine, drogoj

    mobile phone, mobilo

    nite nite time or get in your doggy crate, dormu

    out! (also can be used for off or away), for!

    out, go outside, el!

    poop, go poop, feku

    potty, go potty, pisu

    pull! (a useful command for disability service dogs), tiru

    recall (a special command for if the dog runs away), al mi

    release, (the 'release command'), okej

    right, turn right!, dekstren!

    sit!, sidu

    stand, staru

    stay, haltu

    take it (relates to drop it), prenu

    turn left!, liven!

    turn right!, dekstren!

    up, supren

    watch me!, vidu min


    It's been a while since I've used dog commands, but I think the Finnish equivalents are something along these lines (explanations in brackets when the translation is not literal):

    • sit - istu
    • lay - maahan (a form of 'ground' from lay on the ground)
    • give me the paw - anna tassu / tassu ('give paw' / 'paw')
    • high five - (the colloquial Finnish translation 'yläfemma' isn't that common, I'd just use the English one)
    • stay - paikka (literally 'place' from stay in place; base form, unlike maahan)
    • roll over - kieri
    • go get it - nouda (literally 'fetch')
    • drop it - irti (shortened from 'päästä irti', meaning 'let go [of it]')
    • stop - seis (an interjection, not a verb)
    • come - tule
    • come here - tule tänne / tänne
    • give it to me - (you could say 'anna', meaning give, I guess, but I'd just use 'irti' here as well)

    Other good commands include:

    • leave (it) - jätä / ei ota (latter means 'don't take', but it's hasn't been conjugated to 2nd person; used when the dog has yet to actually touch it)
    • wait - odota
    • look - katso
    • look here - täällä (literally 'here', not the form you'd actually use with the verb look tho)
    • follow - seuraa

    and of course

    • good boy/girl - hyvä poika/tyttö


    When I lived in South Korea one of my friends gave what was obviously the command 'lie down' to his dog, but I could not find it in the dictionary, and he didn't understand me when I asked him how to tell the dog to lie down. Finally he figured it out and spelled it for me. When I looked it up I found that it literally meant 'prostrate yourself before your master'. 'Opdiliyuh'. So just a warning - translating dog commands literally from one language to another probably won't work very well.


    Brazilian Portuguese commands are very similar to European ones, but I think it would be nice to add my two cents by saying that we usually say "psiu psiu" to call a dog, which is something in the middle of a whistle and blowing air, while rubbing your fingers like if you were trying to snap them but quietly. (I don't know if that's also how people do it around the world)


    I was actually about to make a post asking about this recently, and I was quite surprised to find out that someone already did. Anyways, I don't really know any dog commands in other languages, but here are my best guesses. I'm not that confident in the translations below, so can someone please correct my mistakes?

    Русский ( Russian )

    • Sit : Сидейте
    • Lie down : Положится или Лейте
    • Give paw : Дайте лапу
    • High five : ---
    • Stay : Подождайте
    • Roll over : ---
    • Go get it : Поймайте
    • Drop it : Отлустйте
    • Stop : Остановить
    • Come : Прихайте или Возвращаться
    • Come here : Прихайте здесь

    Deutsch ( German )

    • Sit : Sitz
    • Lie down : Legt dich
    • Give paw : Gebt mir die Tatze
    • High five : ---
    • Stay : ---
    • Roll over : ---
    • Go get it : Bring es
    • Drop it : ---
    • Stop : Halt
    • Come : Komm
    • Come here : Komm her her


    I'm afraid the Russian ones are completely off. First, you used the formal/plural forms of the verbs and one doesn't use formal language when talking to a dog :) Second, for the commands the infinitive forms are usualy used anyway. Also some commands are specific words that you won't see in other contexts.

    Sit : Cидеть.

    Lie down : Лежать.

    Give paw : Лапу. (Can be дай лапу)

    High five : Дай пять.

    Stay : Ждать. (Or, maybe "жди". Some people just say "сидеть" and the dog is supposed to keep sitting until they return)

    Roll over : Поворот.

    Go get it : Апорт.

    Drop it : Брось or фу! (Фу! in general means "stop doing whatever you are doing, bad dog!")

    Stop - Стоять.

    Come here : Ко мне.

    Walk next to me: Рядом. (I don't know what is the English analogue of this one)

    Attack: Фас! (of course the regular training of a pet dog is not supposed to include this one :))


    It's fine, I openly asked for people to correct me. Thanks for the providing the proper translations. Спасибо!

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