How Japanese dog commands work?

Japanese dog commands work in different ways and signs. When reading through this list of Japanese dog commands or instructions, you’ll notice that their meaning is comparable to what we’d use in English-speaking nations. This article provides you with information about Japanese dog commands.

Osuwari means “sit” in Swahili

The “sit” (oh-soo-wah-ree) order is the go-to when it’s time to bring peace. A dog taught to sit may readily focus on the following order and usually demonstrate a calmer feeling about it rather than when on all fours. A dog’s ability to sit is one of the most fundamental behaviors, making it a simple teaching order. Once your dog is seated, you may include more tricks and instructions into your routine. Although “stay” is a common second instruction, “shake” comes next.

Handshake/Paw – Ote

Teaching a dog to shake is one of the many possibilities after training it to sit. It’s simpler for a dog to reach out and give you a nice shake while already sitting down since it’s more natural from that stance. Though it’s more uncomfortable for the dog, you may train it to shake while standing on all fours. Training a dog to shake with its other paw is accomplished using the command kawaii (pronounced oka’war’i). In the non-dog training world, this identical expression is used to ask for seconds in Japan. If you’re out to lunch and want a second dish serving, you’d attract the waiter’s attention and say, “okawari.”

Two separate orders specify whether the dog should shake with its left or right paw.

Yoshi says, “Just Do It.”

The Japanese word Yoshi (yoh-shee) signifies “go” or “all right.” Often, this would follow the “mate” order after the dog had waited long enough to accomplish a job or grasp a source of interest- a handful of food, for example.

“No” – Dame (ダメ)

The Japanese term for “no” is Dame (pronounced date), which conveys a far more emphatic rejection in Japanese. To get their dogs to stop doing things that may go against their breed’s nature, many owners start by teaching their puppies the “no” command.

“Stand Up” – Tatte (立て)

The order to educate a dog to stand on its hind legs is “tatte,” pronounced “ta’te.” Not the most important command in the world, but it is a lot of fun when used as a more lighthearted command.

Down – Fuse

In Japanese, you would say “fuse,” pronounced “fuse,” to tell someone to sit or lie down. Larger dogs, especially, need to learn the down command so they won’t accidentally bump into things or grab items they shouldn’t (such as countertops, bookcases, etc.). It’s also a good command to keep dogs off of humans, often extremely young or old. It is a fantastic “laid down” command for when the dog needs to chill down and realize that it’s not their big moment yet.

Dakko  means “cuddle.”

The Japanese word for “cuddle,” “Dakko” (pronounced “Dak’ko”), suggests that dog training in Japan may differ from the norm in places where English is the primary language. Pet parents often let their pets cuddle on their own own. There is, however, nothing wrong with giving a dog specific instruction to snuggle so that it may determine whether or not this behavior is suitable. It can come in handy in offices or homes with plenty of foot activity.

“High Five” – Tacchi ( タッチ)

Tacchi (pronounced ch’i) is derived from the English word “touch,” used for a high five instructions. You could as well teach your dog “tacchi” in addition to “ote” (shake) or “kawaii” (shake with the other paw).

High-fiving is the next logical step after a paw shake, at least from the dog’s perspective. Teaching it to give high fives should be a breeze if you teach it to shake hands.

Have you packed your bags? – Ikimashouka

Ikimashouka (pronounced like-ma-shou-ka) is a command that lets the dog know that it’s time to either wrap things up or it’s time to get things started, meaning “Ready to go?” or “Let’s go.


There are many benefits to training your dog to respond to orders in a variety of languages, but you must maintain consistency throughout the process. Remaining constant in one language can assist the dog in learning, comprehending, and remembering commands better, rather than getting confused by using too many terms for each command. There are other Japanese dog commands for teaching your dog additional tricks or instructions. However, these 13 are the most common and easiest to teach, making them perfect for a puppy’s first lessons.


What kinds of dogs are illegal in Japan?

No canine breeds are prohibited from entering Japan, and the nation has no breed-specific regulations.

Can a dog forget commands?

Your dog may “forget” to come when you call him because of external factors outside the trainer’s control.