If you want to teach your dog a fun and easy trick, rolling over is a great option. It’s not only cute to watch, but also a good way to exercise your dog’s muscles and flexibility.
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to teach your dog to roll over in no time with some simple steps and tips.
Step 1: Get some treats and a clicker.
You’ll need to reward your dog for doing the right thing, so make sure you have some tasty treats and a clicker handy. A clicker is a device that makes a clicking sound when you press it, and it helps your dog associate the sound with a reward.
You can also use a word like “yes” or “good” instead of a clicker, but make sure you say it in a consistent and enthusiastic tone.
Step 2: Ask your dog to lie down.
Before your dog can roll over, they need to lie down first. If your dog already knows how to lie down on command, great! If not, you can teach them by luring them with a treat.
Hold the treat in front of their nose and slowly move it down to the floor, then towards their chest. As soon as they lie down, click and treat.
Step 3: Lure your dog to roll over.
Once your dog is lying down, hold the treat near their nose and slowly move it towards their shoulder, then behind their head.
This will make them turn their head and follow the treat with their eyes. As they do this, their body will naturally start to roll over. As soon as they complete the roll, click and treat.
Step 4: Add a verbal cue.
After repeating step 3 several times, your dog will start to anticipate the treat and roll over faster.
This is when you can add a verbal cue, such as “roll over” or “roll”. Say the cue right before you lure them with the treat, then click and treat when they do it.
Step 5: Fade the lure.
Once your dog responds to the verbal cue reliably, you can start to fade the lure by moving the treat further away from their nose, then holding it in your other hand, then hiding it behind your back.
Eventually, you’ll be able to ask your dog to roll over without using any treats at all, just using your voice and hand signals.
Congratulations! You’ve taught your dog to roll over in no time. Remember to practice this trick often and keep it fun for both of you.
You can also try teaching your dog other tricks, such as shaking hands, playing dead, or spinning in circles. The sky’s the limit!