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9 Portuguese Dog Commands

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Having a dog as your pet is an interesting thing because he/she can be your best friend. You just need to ensure that your canine companion understands your commands to build such a bond. If you are residing in Portugal and want to train your dog in the native language, we have got you covered. Read on to learn several Portuguese dog commands that can be taught to your pooch.

Portuguese Dog Commands

According to learn-Portuguese, the following are some basic Portuguese dog commands which help train your pup.


4 dogs sitting in grass outdoors

Telling your dog to sit, is the basic behavior that you want from it. You can use the term ‘Senta’ (instead of the term ‘sit’) in the Portuguese language.

For realizing your pup, the meaning of Senta you will be needing some scrumptious food. You have to take that food in your palm. Try to place your hand in front of your dog and move your hand down slowly. Your pup will sniff the food and it will move in the direction of your hand then say loudly “Senta”. If your dog follows your instruction give it that food.

Anda cá

Shaggy white and brown dog running in grass towards the camera

Is it not amazing that you call your dog and it comes to you? In the Portuguese language, you can say come here by saying ‘anda cá’.

Gallant explains that you can teach your dog to come anywhere you want by using the following strategy. For teaching ‘Anda cá’, you should put your dog on a leash. Then, give a slight tug on the leash and say “Anda cá” to call your pup. When he/she obliges, give him/her a pat on its back and reward him/her with a delicious treat. You can repeat this several times to enforce grip on this command.

Deita (lie down)

Brown dog laying down

Dogs are aggressive and hyperactive animals. They should be taught how to stay stable and lie down for some time when the owner is busy. You can command your pooch to lie down by saying ‘Deita’.

You can make your dog realize this command by giving it a treat on the floor. Spread some food on the floor and say “Deita” repeatedly to teach this behavior.


Asking your dog to wait in Portuguese is very simple. You just need to teach him/her the word ‘Espera’. This term is a little tricky to teach because you will be needing two people.

Ask your friend or neighbor to go outside the house while you stay inside with your pup. The former should open the door and the pooch will start moving towards him/her. When it happens, you will say “Espera” and the person on the outside should close the door. Repeat it several times.


Corgi with tail facing camera walking away down a road lined with snow and trees

In the Portuguese language, the term ‘Vai’ is used for telling the dog to go. You can use this command when you want to send your dog to any place. For teaching this, you should set a target nearby. Then, ask your dog to go towards the target. It can be his/her favorite toy or any other object. When your dog goes to the assigned target, say “Vai” and repeat the process several times.


Person holding hand out to grey hound telling it to stay. Outdoors in grass field

Centro De Linguas suggests that the ‘Fica’ command is the counterpart for ‘stay’ in Portuguese. This command is instrumental because pooches need to be stopped (from performing an inappropriate behavior) many times.

This command can be taught by letting the dog sit in one place. Now, move away from your pooch. If the dog attempts to follow you, order him/her to stay at one. If they comply with the command and stop where they are, give them a tasty treat. Repeat multiple times to achieve perfection.


Bernese mountain dog  dropping tennis ball on sidewalk next to orange / red building.

Deixa in Portuguese means to leave it. If your doggo has held on to something in their mouth and is being stubborn, this command must be taught to your canine friend.

Hold two identical toys in your hand. Give one to your furry friend and keep the other one in your hand. Now, drop the toy in your hand in front of the dog and say “Deixa” to leave the toy. If the canine complies with your command, reward him/her with a treat. This training must be repeated several times to reinforce compliance.

Não Puxe

Chihuahua pulling on leash in grass outdoors

Não Puxe command in Portuguese means “don’t pull the leash”. This command is very useful because it’s common for dogs to pull their leash. Dogs usually pull on their leash when they are uncomfortable or excited. You must first use a harness that is not intrusive. For example, a full-body harness is a suitable alternative.

Take your dog for a walk. If he/she pulls on the leash, show him/her a tasty treat and while saying the command “Não Puxe”. If the dog comes towards you, reward him/her with the treat and lots of praise. This training must be repeated several times for reinforcement.


Chihuahua in foreground barking while owner (blurred in background) is on a laptop

In Portuguese, Calma is the word used for ordering the dog to stop barking. Canines love to speak but continuous barking can be very annoying. Hence, this command is used to put a lid on your dog’s mouth.

If your pooch is constantly barking, go near him/her and give a tap on the back. Accompany it with the command “Calma”, in a higher tone. If it complies and stops barking, give your pup a tasty treat and a pat on the back. Repeat it several times to teach this behavior to your furry friend.

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