Teach Your Dog To Roll Over Overview

Teach your dog to roll over with this dog training trick from the Dog Training Planner.

This is a cute trick that your dog can show off to your friends, which is a staple of dog training. Getting your dog to roll over is a fun thing to do. You will need plenty of treats and a clicker to teach your dog to roll over. Remember to be consistent when training your dog and ensure that you have good timing when clicking and rewarding.

Props: Treats. Clicker.

The 4 Steps 

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner! Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

To make this blog post a more visual experience for you, I’ve snuck in some dog art that I created, in Quentin Blake’s style (if you’re curious, you can take a look at all my dog art here).

Roll Over Dog Trick

Step 1: Lure Onto Their Side

Have a treat in your hand and put it on your dog’s nose, then lure your dog into the “down position”, give a treat and click. With a treat to the dog’s nose, lure your dog so they lift its head and shift its weight to the side. Give a treat and click. 

Step 2: Lure Onto Their Back

Lure your dog’s head further over until they are on their backs, give a treat and click. 

Step 3: Jackpot Treat

Keep luring your dog over with the treat. When they have rolled onto their other side give a “jackpot treat” and click (make sure you toss the treat a little away from them so they have to fully roll over to get it). The “jackpot treat” is when you dump the remainder of the treats on the floor for your dog to hoover up.

This jackpot will make a big impact on your dog, and they will know they did something really good. 

Step 4: Roll Over Command 

Eventually, your dog will do the movement in one motion and you can add the verbal command, “Roll Over“. With each practice, reduce how many treats you give.

Final Thoughts

This trick may take a long time, but keep practising and use high-value treats for the best results. If your dog prefers to learn with a toy – listen to your dog.

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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