How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over

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A dog can learn to roll over by first mastering the "lay down" command and being rewarded for each increment of the desired trick. Help a dog learn to roll over for treats with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.

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Hi, my name is Dee Hoult with Applause Your Paws in Miami, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to teach a dog to roll over. And now, this is Sammy--she's one of my client's dogs--and she currently does not know roll over. Now, teaching a dog to roll over works best with dogs that already have a natural inclination for two things: food or a toy, and also to lay down. Some dogs actually don't like to lay down--they feel a little uncomfortable on their back--so this may not be a good trick if your dog is really nervous. But for a nice, confident dog like Sammy, teaching her to roll over should not be a problem. Now, the most important thing is to remember that when you're trick training with your dog, you want to be really motivating. Dogs work for you because you're exciting and they want to work for you. So it's important not to be silent during an exercise like this, and you'll hear me just talking up a storm to Sammy. So here we go. First, I'm going to lure Sammy using my food into a down position, which she already knows. Good girl. Yes. Good girl. I'm going to reward her, so I'm releasing one treat. Whoops. I'm releasing one treat for her to eat for just going into that position. Sammy, down. We're going to wait for her to go here. Come on, Sammy. So I'm just going to keep holding my hand here until she decides that she's going to lay down to get the treat. Good girl. I release one treat in her mouth, then I'm going to start luring her into the rollover position. So I'm holding it behind her. Good girl. She's on her side now, so I gave her another treat. Yes. Good girl. I'm rewarding her again at that point, and then I'm kind of switching so she has to look over herself Yes, good girl. Good girl. Yay, good girl. And then she hits the jackpot. Nice dirt today, too, which she doesn't care about. Good girl. Now, hopefully, the more times you repeat it, the quicker the behavior and response time will come and you won't need to be treating and luring at every internal. You should be able to ultimately just give a signal like roll over, roll over for the dog to go. But when you're first learning, you want to lure and reward--yes, good girl--at every step. This is Dee from Applause Your Paws. Thanks for watching.


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