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9 Turkish Dog Commands

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Dog owners use a variety of languages, other than English, for training their canines. Several dog breeds hail from different countries and training them in their native language can result in progressive learning. With time, many foreign languages are becoming increasingly famous and quite a few trainers are using Turkish dog commands.     

Turkish Dog Commands

If you want to retrain your dog by using a different language, Turkish can be a good alternative. Several Turkish dog commands can be quite fun to teach to your dogs. This article discusses some of the most important ones among them.

Otur

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This command is used for directing your pooch to ‘sit’. The very first step for teaching the Otur command is to lure the dog into position. Hold the treat closer to your dog’s mouth and let him/her sniff it. Then, say ‘Otur!’, and slowly start moving your hand above his/her head.

To follow the treat, your dog will shift his/her weight onto the back legs and sit. At this point, reward with treats and a lot of praise. By practice, you can eventually eliminate treats from training.

Yanimda Yuru

This command is the Turkish equivalent of the ‘Heel’ command. It is a very specific position in which your dog’s front paws need to stay behind your left heel. The first step is again to lure your pup with a treat. Now, slowly move your arm in an arc that curves towards your back and say, ‘Yanimda Yuru!’. While doing this, keep the treat closer to your dog’s nose so that he/she can follow the movement of your hand. When he/she reaches the desired position (near your left heel), reward him/her with the treat and appreciation.  

Yat

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Yat command is the same as the ‘lie down’ command. To teach your dog to Yat, you first need to ask him/her to Otur(sit). Once he/she settles down, hold the treat closer to your dog’s nose and slowly move your hand down. In this way, your dog will spread his front legs on the ground and lay down. As soon as he/she does that, praise him/her verbally and give the treat. Practice this command daily to strengthen the understanding of your pooch.

Bekle

Bekle is used to make a dog ‘stay’ in place. Before teaching your dog this command, make sure that your dog can Otur(sit) when asked. Begin the training by making your dog sit asking the dog to sit first. Then, say ‘Bekle!’ while keeping strong eye contact, and move a step back. If your dog holds his/her position for 4-5 seconds, reward him/her with a treat.

It’s better to add a hand gesture, like palm facing your dog, for the Bekle command. Gradually, start increasing the distance between you and your dog. If your canine does well, you should start increasing the duration of stay as well before rewarding. Patience is the key because this command will require a lot of practice.

Gel

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This Turkish command is synonymous with the ‘Come!’ command and is one of the easiest commands to teach your pup. To teach this command, you will need some treats to lure your pup. Sit on the ground (at some distance from your dog) with your arms open. Show the treats to your furry friend to get his/her attention.

Maintain focused eye contact, call out his/her name delightfully, and say ‘Gel!’. If your dog comes to you, reward him/her with a treat and lots of love.

Kalk

This dog command is equivalent to the ‘stand’ command in English. The understanding of the Otur command is a prerequisite for teaching your dog to Kalk. Start by telling your pooch to sit down. Shorten the leash and hold the treat closer to your dog’s muzzle.

Now, say ‘Kalk!’ and slowly move your hand away so that your dog must stretch to follow the treat. This will urge him/her to stand. If he/she does, reward the good work with the treat. Regular practice will allow you to eventually eliminate treats and leash from the training.

Getir

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Getir is the Turkish version of the Fetch command. Teaching this command is equally enjoyable for the owner and the dog. However, it can be a little tricky to teach your pup to Getir. Before going for the actual training, you will need to practice a lot on the give and take command.

Make your dog hold on to the object you give and then ask him/her to give it back. Eventually, you can add distance and the Getir cue. You need to be generous at rewarding your dog with treats and it is important to progress at your dog’s natural pace.

Atla

This Turkish command is used when your want your dog to jump. Jumping is a highly zestful game for dogs and they enjoy it a lot during play sessions. Begin the training by holding the favorite toy of your dog in your hand.

Place a low hurdle in front of your dog and throw the toy on the other side of the hurdle. Now, say ‘Atla!’ to command your dog to jump over the hurdle. As soon as your dog obliges, award him/her a treat. Repeat the procedure from the other side to complete the process. Practice this command daily to strengthen this behavior.   

Yapma

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Yapma is the equivalent of the ‘stop’ command. This is a very important command for improving your dog’s behavior as you stop him/her from doing undesirable acts. You will need a lot of treats for this training.

Stand in front of your dog while holding out a treat in front. As soon as your pooch tries to get the treat, say ‘Yapma!’ in a loud and clear voice. If he/she pauses even for a few seconds, reward him/her with the treat. Gradually, increase the duration between stopping and awarding and schedule regular practice sessions. 

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