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Command training is an excellent activity for dogs and their owners. Sit, stay, come and lie down are some of the most popular teaching commands.

Command training is stimulating and engaging for your pet, and it will help you control your pup when needed.

After training your dog to follow basic commands, learning how to teach a dog to roll over is a logical progression.

The great thing about this trick is that it looks impressive, but it's so simple to teach. Your dog will need to know a few basic commands before you can move on to more advanced tricks like rolling over.

Make sure he already has a complete comprehension of how to sit and lie down before trying to teach him to roll over.

If he has these two basic commands down, you can learn how to teach a dog to roll over in 4 simple steps.

As with any command training, you'll need something to motivate your pup. Treats work well, but you could also use a favorite toy.

If your dog is energetic, it's best to work with him when he's a bit tired. He will be more focused and concentrate better if he doesn't have a lot of pent-up energy.

How To Teach A Dog To Roll Over

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As you'll notice in my video above, my Labrador is EXTREMELY food motivated. That's why I chose to use treats while training her.

Saddie is a pretty silly girl, as you'll also see in the video, but I think she did an excellent job for her first effort.

If you choose to use a food motivator, make sure that it is low in calories. Lean lunch meat or healthy, safe commercial dog training treats would both work well.

If your dog isn't a picky eater, some dog-friendly veggies would also make fabulous, all-natural training treats.

Each treat should have less than 10 calories, but less than 5 calories are ideal.

Once you have your motivator (treat or toy), it's time to begin learning how to teach a dog to roll over. Find a space with a large open area.

You'll also want to limit distractions, so keep other pets and unneeded family members away from the training area.

If your dog is easily distracted, it may be best to start the training indoors because many uncontrollable distractions are outside.

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1. Start with Lying Down

Start with your dog lying down. That would be even better if you could get him to lie on his side. This will help him initially learn to roll over.

Close your fist around the treat and show it to your dog. Allow him to sniff your fist so he knows the joy is in there.

2. Move Hand Around Dog's Head

With the treat enclosed in your fist, move your hand up and around your dog's head.

As I demonstrate in the video guide above, you'll want to repeat this motion while saying the command “roll over.”

As your dog moves his nose to follow the treat, his body will likely follow.

I had to help Saddie roll over the first few times, and you'll likely have to do that with your pup as well.

Keep the hand with the treat repeating the motion, and use your free hand to help push your pet's body over.

Once he's completed the roll, be sure to use a lot of praise and give him his reward.

3. Practice Frequently

Continue practicing frequently. You'll be able to gradually reduce the rewards as your dog gets the hang of it.

When teaching a dog to roll over, you start by using lots of treats and then gradually reduce the frequency.

4. Switch to a Hand Signal

After Fido has learned the basic rolling-over movement, turn your closed fist into a hand signal.

You can still use a fist, but I suggest opening one or two fingers into a point. This way, your dog will know that you aren't holding a treat, but he's still expected to obey the command.

Continue working and practicing until your dog has it down. Once he understands the command and performs it on cue, you can add distractions like other pets or people.

You can even take him outside to practice rolling over in the grass or fall leaves.

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