Thu 18 Jun 2009
Many of you know that I’m in the market for a pair of German Shepard sentry dogs to guard the property and protect me from all the crazy people out there trying to get me. Believe me, you don’t get this far in life without building up a sizable army of enemies both domestic and foreign.
Kidding! Paranoia aside, I’ve always wanted dogs* and German Shepard are very intelligent and friendly while sporting that, “mess with me or my master and I’ll bite your head off” look. It seems obvious to me that German Shepards should be spoken to in German. That’s why I’m learning hundekommandos (dog commands in german).
- Hier! / Komm! (here / komm) — Come!
- Braver Hund! (braffer ho ont) — Good dog!
- Nein! / Pfui! (nyne / pfoo-ee) – – No! / Bad dog!
- FuB! (foos) — Heel! Sitz! (sits) – Sit!
- Platz! (plahts) – Down!
- Bleib! / Stopp! (blype / shtopp) – Stay!
- Bring! / Hol! (brink / hohll) Fetch!
- Aus! / Gib! (owss / gipp) – Let loose! / Give!
- Gib FuB! (gipp foos) – Shake hands!
- Voraus! (for-owss) – Go!
* Wolves actually. A pack of wolves. Then I could say, “Smithers…release the hounds.” German Shepards are close to wolves while not actually being canis lupus.