Fun and Cool Dog Tricks
How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over
Dog tricks are a great way to spend quality time with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of behaviors and tricks, you’ll make him more likely to want to spend time with you. When he wants to spend time with you, you become valuable, and in turn, your dog is much more likely to follow through with his obedience skills. Yup, it’s all about dog games and dog tricks.
Today’s cool and easy dog trick is how to teach a dog to roll over. Okay, it may not be the easiest trick for all dogs, but it is, by far, one of the most requested tricks.
A few things to consider before teaching your dog to roll over:
- His medical condition. If your dog has a medical condition such as bad hips, back, or neck, this may not be the best trick to teach him. Please speak with your veterinarian on safe alternatives.
- Location. Teaching him to roll over on a carpet or grass would be much more comfortable than on a slick floor or cement.
- Trust. This fun dog trick really has a lot to do with a dog’s trust in you and his environment. If you are in dog training class and he’s a bit nervous, this may be a difficult behavior.
Teaching a Dog to Roll Over Training Steps:
- Grab a handful of healthy dog training treats.
- Lure your dog into a down position. Do not say “down,” because you don’t want your dog to end up rolling over every time you say “down.”
- Once he’s in the down position, hold his dog treat between his front toes and allow him to sniff and lick the treat. Watch his hips to see if he rocks them to one side.
- If he stays in a sphinx position and does not rock his hips naturally, take the treat and slowly move it toward his back end while he smells and tries to eat the treat. Wait for his hip to rock. As soon as his hip rocks, say YES and provide him the tasty treat.
- If this step seemed challenging, repeat from step 2. By repeating from step 2, you are helping train your dog’s body to get into that position more easily and quickly.
4. Once your dog is easily getting into sphinx position, take your hand with the treats and slowly lure your dog’s head up and over his shoulder. Your goal in this step is to get your dog to lie on his side comfortably.
- If you notice your dog getting stiff or his paws and toes get really wide, he is getting a bit stressed or uncomfortable. Take the pressure off and don’t lure quite as far. You want your dog to be relaxed doing this behavior.
5. Once he is doing step 4 easily, it’s time to up the game. With your dog on his side, continue to lure your hand with the treat just behind his back. This is the part where your dog rolls over! Praise, treat, and tell him how smart he is!
What is your pet’s favorite trick? Tell me in the comments.
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