To teach a dog the “roll over” command, you will need to put the dog in a “lie down” position, then coax the dog with a treat to flop onto its side. Then, repeat the process to complete the full roll. You need a dog, treats and patience.Continue Reading
Move the dog to a room without noise or distractions. You want to have the dog's full attention.
If the dog does not know this command, kneel in front of the dog, and coax the dog to lay on its stomach. The dog should be comfortably lying on its stomach before you move on.
Use a closed fist while kneeling, once the dog is lying down on its stomach, showing the dog that you have a treat. The dog should be able to smell the treat. Do not let the dog eat the treat.
Move your fist half way over the dog’s head as you say “roll over”, making the dog roll its head to follow the treat. Be sure to always use a calm and happy voice when issuing commands.
If needed, with your free arm, help move the dog to lie on its side.
Once the dog has flopped on its side give a treat and lots of happy praise.
The dog should, again, be comfortably lying on its stomach before you move on.
With the treat in hand, move your fist in a full arc around the dog’s head.
With your free hand, as your other fist moves around its head, help your dog if needed to complete the full roll.
Some dogs do not like their stomachs exposed. If the dog does not want to complete the roll, do not use force or harsh tones. Dogs do not respond well to negative treatment.
Be sure to practice often with the dog. Once the dog can do the full roll on command, move to a new room, or invite a friend to watch. Slowly add new distractions to reinforce the command.