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If you’ve got a Borzoi, a Black Terrier, a Samoyed, a Russian Toy, a Caucasian Mountain Dog, or another Russian dog, you would probably want to teach him some Russian dog commands.

Russian commands for dogs are short and quite easy to pronounce and remember.

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First of all teach your Russian puppy several basic and most important Russian dog commands like “Come!”, “Sit!”, “Down!”, “Stand!”, “Stay!”, “Heel!” and “Out!”.

Here is your initial list (capitals for stress):

COME! – KO MNE (ko MNE, “o” like in “poll”, “e” like in “bell”)!

SIT! – SIDET’ (see-DET’, “e” like in “bell”, “t” palatalized)!

DOWN! – LYEZHAT’ (lje-ZHAT’, “a” like “u” in “sun”, “t” palatalized)!

STAND! – STOYAT’ (sto-JAT’, “o” like in “poll”, “t” palatalized)!

STAY! – MYESTO (MJE-sto, “o” like in “poll”, “e” like in “bell”)!

HEEL! – RYADOM (RJA-dom, “a” like “u” in “sun”)!

OUT! (Let go! Leave it!) – FU (FOO, “u” like “oo” in “book”)!

After that you can learn and teach your dog some Russian dog commands that he will definitely enjoy:

GOOD – HOROSHO (ho-ro-SHO, “o” like in “poll”)

GOOD BOY – MOLODETS (mo-lo-DETS, “o” like in “poll”, “e” like in “bell”)

GO OUTSIDE – GULYAT’ (gu-LJAT’, “u” like in “put”, “a” like “u” in “sun”)

GO HOME – DOMOY (do-MOJ,  “o” like in “poll”, “oy” like in “boy”)

If you want your dog to bark or stay quiet you can use the Russian commands for that:

VOICE! – GOLOS (GO-los, “o” like in “poll”)!

QUIET! – TIHO (TEE-ho, “ho” like in “holiday”)!

And finally here are some Russian dog commands for advanced owners:

FETCH! (Retrieve!) – APORT (a-PORT, “a” like “u” in “sun”)!

JUMP (over)! – BARYER (ba-RJER, “a” like “u” in “sun”)!

FORWARD! – VPERYOD (vpe-RJOD, “e” like in “bell”)!

GUARD! – OHRANYAI (o-hra-NYAJ, “o” like in “poll”, “ai” like “uy” in “buy”)

ATTACK! – FAS (FAS, “a” like “u” in “sun”)!

Russian commands for dogs sound unusual and will attract additional attention to your dog. Another reason to learn them is to make your dog more secure because he won’t obey English commands from strangers.

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  1. Alex says

    I’m a disabled veteran and currently trying to have my dog trained professionall. I want to have him trained in Russian but I can find an audio on how to correctly pronounce the commands. Any help is appreciated. Thank you

    • admin says

      Hi Alex,
      Thank you for your question. It’s time to attach some audio to this article. Please give us a few days for that.

  2. Anna says

    What would be the correct command for “Up!” (like when you give your dog permission to jump onto the couch) and “Be gentle” or “Be nice” (like when you’re playing and they start to become a tad bit too rambunctious)? Spasibo!

    • admin says

      In first case you would probably want to use the command FORWARD! – VPERYOD (vpe-RJOD, “e” like in “bell”)! or JUMP (up)! – PRYG (PRYG, there’s no exact match for this “y” in English, maybe the closest is “only”)!

      In second case you could use QUIET! – TIHO (TI-ho, “i” like in “teach”, “o” like in “Holland”)!

  3. Alaya Siberian Husky says

    Thanks so much for the commands! I would like to teach my puppy a few different commands as well… What is the correct word and pronunciation for “Roll Over”? “Hand Shake”? “Sneeze”?

    • admin says

      “Hand Shake” is usually DAI LAPU (daj LA-pu, “dai” sounds like “die”, and “u” like in “book”)

      “Roll Over” is PEREVERNIS’ (pe-re-ver-NIS’, “e” like in “bell”)

      “Sneeze” is not obvious, it may be CHIHNI (chih-NI, “i” like in “me”)

      Good luck with that!

  4. Lawrence says

    Wow! Articles like this who teach Russian dog command are very valuable indeed, I really have to spend some times and go deep into it, thanks so much.

  5. Daniel says

    Great web site! Thanks. You listed the translation for "Good Boy," but not "good girl." So far, I've just been saying "хорошая собака." What is the female equivalent?

    • admin says

      Thank you for your comment. You can say "Molodets!" to a girl as well. Translation for "good girl" is "ho-RO-sha-ya DE-voch-ka". Your girl will be pleased to hear that.

  6. karli allen says

    thank you very much this helped my little sister so so so so so so very much!!!!! she has horse lessons and her horse lessons teacher has a russian black terrier and the horse teacher is wanting her (but she made me do it) look up some russian dog commands in case a burglar comes into their house un-invited so this website is very halpful thank you

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