How to Teach A Dog to Roll Over

Roll over is a cute trick that is easy and fun to teach your dog. It is helpful if your dog knows the “down” command before you start teaching this trick.

  • Ask your dog to perform a “down” position in front of you.

  • Kneel beside your dog and hold a small, yummy treat to the side of his head near his nose.

  • Move your hand from his nose toward his shoulder luring him to roll flat on his side.
  • Try this a few times and praise and treat each time he follows the treat and lies flat on his side with his head on the floor.

  • 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.”
  • Gradually reduce the hand motion and treat lure, until your dog can perform the trick on just a verbal cue.
  • Remember to still praise and reward his hard work!