The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Many people will use German commands for formal obedience, and English commands for everyday obedience.
For example, I have a Foos command for formal, eye-contact heeling, and a "Walk Nice" command for on or off leash relaxed walking by my side. I use Platz for a formal down, which means "hit the deck, and don't move until I say so", and a "Go lie down" which means find a comfy spot, lie down, and chill. My dog usually chooses one of his blankets to go to when I tell him to go lie down.
So for good house-hold manners, you can all use English commands, and you can use the German commands for formal training.
But really, there are only a few german commands that would be used in everyday situations, like Fuss (formal heeling), sitz, platz, heir, so it's not like you need to learn a second language.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015