Teach your dog to ROLL
Rover demonstrating ROLL OVER.
ROLL OVER has always been a favorite!
Directions: You start with Rover in the DEAD DOG position. It is best
taught when you both are in a happy mood, best at play time.
is in the PLAY DEAD position gently grasp both the front and hind leg that
are at the bottom. Gently pull Rover over. Now let go of his legs and let
Rover jump up and play with Rover, praising Rover for being such a good boy!
Rover doesn't have to stay in the DEAD DOG position, but make sure Rover ROLLS
OVER all the way before jumping up.
a couple of times, making sure Rover stays in an up beat mood. As Rover starts
to get it, you won't have to use as much force to pull Rover over. Say ROLL
OVER every time you roll Rover over.
can also use a hand signal , instead of the word command.
If Rover doesn't like you holding and pulling him, let go of Rovers legs right
away! The last thing you want is Rover struggling to get up while you are
Rover legs. This will just give Rover a ROLL OVER phobia!
for the food crazy Rover: Have Rover in a PLAY DEAD position and take
out that yummy piece of food! Now hold it in front of Rovers nose. Rover will
smell it and probably try to eat it. Don't let Rover eat it, but move it back,
past Rovers front legs and then up. This will make Rover turn his head and
look over his shoulder.
will now ROLL OVER all by themselves, but some will need a little help from
you to get over all the way. Once Rover sees the connection between the food
and the rolling over, it will take a lot less time.
for the Rover who won't ROLL OVER: Sometimes you'll get a Rover who just
doesn't like ROLLING OVER! Maybe it's a back or leg problem or because of
an earlier bad experience with it. First, look for the problem. If Rover is
in obvious pain, stop teaching ROLL OVER! There are tons of other tricks you
can teach Rover instead! If your Rover is just afraid of anyone holding onto
his legs and pulling him over, evaluate, how did this happen? Did someone
mistreat Rover, not letting go of his legs when he was struggling? In this
case, you'll have to start from the beginning.
I find it easier to teach roll over on a bed or couch. I have a dog who really
doesn't like being rolled over on the ground, but is okay with it on my bed.
I take it
that Rover is not aggressive about you touching his legs. If he is, what are
you doing teaching him tricks anyways? Start by playing with Rover. Wrestle
around a little, play fight. Now get Rover into the PLAY DEAD position. Still
play with him, but keep Rover from getting up. Let Rover stay in the PLAY
DEAD position for a minute or two and then let Rover get up. Praise Rover!
You want to get Rovers confidence!
In the next
session go a step further. When petting him all over, touch one of his legs.
If Rover gets up (boy, he really does not like ROLLING OVER!!!) start again
at the begining. This may take a long time! So be patient!
In the next
session touch all legs, but do not attempt to hold on to any!
can start gently holding on to one leg for a second. Do this a couple of times
and then proceed to holding each leg separately for a few seconds.
doesn't complain, go on to the next step. Make sure you praise him until the
cows come home!
move one leg at a time. Now you can start pulling the front and back leg just
enough to pull Rover up a quarter of the way. Gently return Rover to the original
position. If Rover gets scared, let go of his legs immediately! If Rover is
okay with it, praise Rover! Now you can roll Rover over all the way, and your
job is done.
Now you could
also try the other method above with the food.