Teaching Your Dog to Roll Over

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When you start training your dog to roll over on command, you use a lure to guide your dog. You will most often use a treat as a lure.

  1. Start with your dog in theĀ Down position
  2. Kneel beside your dog and hold a treat in your right hand, close to his nose.
  3. In a circular movement, bring the treat along your dog’s body toward the hip that is up.
  4. As your dog turns his head to follow the treat, say the command “Roll Over.”
  5. Continuing the circular movement, bring the treat up around your dog’s head, keeping the treat close to your dog at all times.
  6. As your dog twists his head and shoulders to reach the treat, tickle his abdomen.

Note: If your dog does not roll over, turn away from your dog for five seconds and then repeat steps 1 to 4. After three unsuccessful attempts, return to training the “Roll Over” command with a treat lure.

After your dog responds reliably to the “Roll Over” command, you can stop using the treat to guide your dog. You use a treat only as a reward after your dog rolls over.

  1. Kneel beside your dog.
  2. Say the command “Roll Over.”
  3. With your right hand flat, your palm facing in, rotate your wrist to make a circle with your hand in the direction you want the dog to roll. This is the hand signal for “Roll Over.”
  4. Your dog rolls over.When your dog rolls over, give your dog a special food treat and praise him.

Note: If your dog does not roll over, turn away from your dog for five seconds and then repeat steps 1 to 4. After three unsuccessful attempts, return to training the “Roll Over” command with a treat lure.