How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over

Kneel down, and get your dog in a ‘down’ position in front of you. Hold a treat close to their nose with your palm facing up. Turn their nose towards their shoulder by rolling your hand over so your palm is facing downwards, while arching your arm over their head.  As your dog’s nose follows the treat, they’ll become unbalanced and flop onto their side. At this point, reward them with the treat and plenty of praise.

Is your dog still following? Great! When you’ve reached the floor, slowly begin to pull your hand back toward yourself until your dog stretches out and collapses into a down. Mark the moment that body hits the ground with a “YES!” or a clicker and release your treat.

Start training your dog to roll over by giving him the “down” command. Once he is lying down, the next step is to get him to begin to roll. Hold a treat by his nose, and then pull the treat from the tip of his nose toward his shoulder. Your dog should turn his head to follow the treat. If he does, you can continue to pull the treat around his shoulder so he will have to lie down on his side to follow it.

Now continue the movement of your hand, holding a treat, once he is lying flat, from his shoulder to his backbone. This should cause him to roll onto his back. Continue the moving the treat hand so he rolls onto the other side. When he is consistently following the treat all the way around in a “roll over,” add the verbal cue “Roll Over.”

For some dogs, it’s about confidence. If they don’t trust you fully, or don’t like to be handled, than they aren’t not going to feel good about exposing their belly to you. So, if you have a dog that is nervous about handling or doesn’t like it, work on this first.

For other dogs, it just about figuring out what you want. It’s unlike any other behavior you ask them to do, and so It can be confusing to them. This is where patience comes in. Your dog will get it! It just may take longer than you expected.

The easiest way to teach rollover is using a lure. Though you have to fade the lure eventually, most dogs don’t offer anything close to a rollover enough to make shaping (rewarding your dog for making small movements toward the desired finished behavior) possible.

Yes, your dog may already shower you with kisses on a daily basis, but now you can actually teach them to kiss you on command. This video walks you through the training process step by step, showing you how to eventually work up to the final kiss. For this trick you’ll need something sticky like tape or a post-it, treats, and a clicker. The dog in this training video not only learned how to kiss his owner, but he even learned to kiss his cat friend!

If your dog is clicker trained, you can use the clicker in place of the treat to let him know when he’s got the right idea. Take this training as slowly as your dog needs. Have patience, and don’t train for too long at once. Usually, a 5-10 minute training session 1-2 times per day is sufficient. You may need to move quite slowly, gradually moving in tiny increments toward having your dog roll completely over.

In this article, we will break down the steps involved in teaching your dog how to roll over, and explain in simple terms how to do it. Read on to learn more. To teach your dog to roll over, you just need to get to grips with the basic steps that make up the command and know how and when to introduce them to your dog. Use treats to keep your dog’s attention and break down the different stages of the command for them, and this will help your dog to understand what you are asking for them and repeat it, as a form of chain command.

Slowly lure the treat in a C-shape from your dog’s nose over one of his shoulders. As his nose moves towards his shoulder he should naturally cause him to flop onto his side. Immediately capture this with the clicker or a ‘yes’ and reward your dog with the treat. Repeat step 3 until your dog is responding readily to the luring gestures. Start to say the command ‘roll over’ at the same time as using the gesture. After some practice, you should be able to eventually drop the luring gesture altogether and just use the verbal command.

Rolling over is a fairly natural behavior for dogs much like lying down or sitting. In the animal world, rolling over is used to express a playful emotion or to convey submission in the presence of a more dominant dog. Since this “trick” is already a behavior that is instinctual to your pet, it makes training them to do it all the easier. You just have to coax them into responding correctly to your spoken “roll over” command. The following steps will help guide you through the process

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