How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over
Rolling over dogs aren’t only cute but they can perform tricks that are fun and entertaining to watch. Not to mention, they provide an interactive pet experience to your canine pals. If you want your dog to roll over, start the process with simple commands. Train them to sit, stand, come, and lie down.
Start with the Basics
Ensure that you have your dog’s favourite treats like our Kangaroo or Duck Tasty Chews with you and a clicker if you are using it for training. Train your dog in an environment where he or she feels relaxed and comfortable.
- Start with the “down” command and once they are lying down, your next goal is to get them to roll.
- Keep the treat close to the nose and then pull it from the tip to your dog’s shoulder that will lure your dog to follow it.
- Continue to pull the treat around the shoulder if your dog is following the treat so it lies down on the side.
- Now, keeping the treat close to the nose, pull it all the way through so your dog has to roll over to follow the treat. If you’re successful, provide positive feedback and give them the treat.
Break the Trick Down into Smaller Tricks
If your dog can learn the trick using the above method, that’s great. However, many dogs will struggle to do so. They may move their head around, wiggle, or randomly jump to catch the treat. If it keeps happening, use the following method:
- Command your dog to lie down and hold the treat close to the nose and move it along the dog’s shoulder. As your dog turns its head, provide positive feedback and give them the treat. Practice this part of the trick multiple times.
- Once your dog has mastered it, it’s time to stop treating him or her for head turns. Only give them one when they bring their head closest while lying on their side.
- Then only give them the treat when they have learned to roll over to the point where they lying on their side completely. This will allow you to make adjustments as you go and modify your dog’s behaviour accordingly.
- After you have succeeded in getting your dog onto its back, it is quite easy to lure him or her over to the other side.