How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over – Professional Dog Training Tips
- Articles, Blog

How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over – Professional Dog Training Tips

– Roll over. Yes! Good girl. In today’s video, I’m gonna show you how to teach your dog to roll over. I’m also gonna talk about
a few common challenges that people face while
teaching this trick. My name is Kayl McCann, this is Bee-Line, welcome back to McCann Dogs. (gentle music)
(dog barking) So we are gonna get started with this. So I have Bee-Line’s dinner with us, which she is really excited about getting, but I’m gonna work a
little bit on the roll over with a little bit of use of her dinner. So I’m gonna grab a couple cookies here, and I am going to start
off simply by making sure she can go into the down position. So she’s moving at mach speed here, so we’ll try to do it a little bit slower. So I start with my hand on her nose. I have the treats in my fingers here. I’m gonna lure from her
nose down to her toes, to get her in the lying position. So that’s the easy part. This next part’s a little harder. What I wanna do is get her lying so that she’s laying on her side. So what I’m gonna do is lure her nose towards her shoulder blades, and hopefully encourage
her to flip onto her side, and as soon as she does that, I’m gonna say, “Yes,” to
mark her correct behavior, and then I’m gonna reward her. Yes, good girl. So not all the way quite over
as much as I’d like her to be, but we’ll– Yes! Chip– Yes! We’ll chip away at it here. Yes! Good girl, yes. Okay, good girl, try that again. So I’m turning her nose towards– Yes. You are very flexible. I’m turning her nose
towards her shoulder blades. Yes, so I’m getting a little bit far away from what I’m looking for, so
I’m just gonna start again. I’m not giving her the reward. She’s hungry, so she’s frantic
about the food right now. Down. Yes, good girl. So I’m gonna flip her over. Yes! There! Good girl! So because this dog is
so excited right now, what I’m learning very quickly is my movements of my hands
only need to be very subtle, very small movements at a time. Because she’s so excited to get the food, if I’m moving my hands all around, she’s just sort of flailing
her body any which way. So as I’m practicing this,
I don’t need to go for the entire behavior
right from the beginning, in fact a lot of dogs are
going to struggle with this, so the best way to approach this is by going in little increments. So trying to get first
her laying on her side. Once I’m successful getting that reliably, then I’m gonna see if I can get her to flip a little bit further over and then maybe to the
entire roll from there. So I’m gonna keep working
on simply getting her to go onto her side a little bit more, ’cause it’s not quite
reliable at this time. So another thing that’s
important to talk about is really learning which direction your dog is going to be
more comfortable rolling, because your dog actually
will be more coordinated and comfortable turning
one way to the other. So one of the ways that
you can figure that out is lure your dog into a down
position and (laughs) see which way your dog
naturally rolls onto the hip. My dog is being a little
bit nutso right now. Just lie down for a sec. So when I go to put the food on her nose, she is sort of laying in what
we call a sphinx position, so if I turn her nose to the right, she is slipping onto
her side really easily. Now let me see what happens if
I turn her nose to the left. Okay, so I’m getting her on her side, so I might even be able to get a dog that rolls both directions. Yes! So this might not happen
with your dog, though. When you try to the left
and you try to the right, one of those directions,
your dog is going to more easily flip onto that hip and whatever hip they’re laying on, that’s the direction you’re gonna go. Now the roll over trick
is a pretty common trick for our dogs, but for whatever reason, I actually haven’t taught
this to Bee-Line quite yet. Now it’s pretty funny,
I think she’s starting to really understand
it, but we specifically chose her for the demonstration today because she’s not that familiar with it. So I’m hoping she’s gonna make some pretty normal, common
mistakes, but let’s see how she does as I try to
progress a bit further. So I’m gonna lure her onto her side. Yes! Good girl! Good girl! Now I will admit I actually
have worked a little bit on this particular behavior. I will teach her an on your
side trick, and I’ll use that so I can examine her, clip her toenails. That type of thing has been
really handy for the vet. So this part we have worked on before, we just haven’t worked on
progressing any further. Now if I try to flip her towards me how she’s positioned right now, she’s just gonna hit me, so
I’m gonna just try to change my position a little bit
so she has room to roll. Yes! Okay, so she’s moving onto
her side really easily. So now what I’m gonna do
is I’m gonna take the food and I’m gonna turn her
head, so hopefully– Yes! Good girl! She just follows her body,
follows her head over and flips all the way. That was a good girl,
shall we try it again? Oops, I’m gonna just push
her bum away from me there so she’s in a better position. Good girl. Okay, so we’re gonna turn the head towards the, uh, what is this called? The… shoulder! (laughs) And then, yes… Yes! Good girl! Flip her the rest of the way. I think you’re gonna get this, missy! So head to the shoulder, yes! And turn the head all the way over. Yes! Okay, so she’s following
this really easily, so now I’m gonna go ahead and try to make this one solid motion and see if she can figure it out. Now I will say that you may notice that I’m not using any
commands at this point, I’m not saying “Roll over”. The only thing I’m really
saying is the word ‘yes’, because when we’re teaching
the dog something new, we first want to get
the behavior understood physically by the dog before
we start giving commands, because I don’t want to
say the word “Roll over” and then have her do a bunch
of different behaviors. So until I get her going
really reliably, I’m gonna save the step of adding the
command to a little bit later. Alright, so I have a handful of treats, we’re gonna try this again. So I get her down. Yes! Good girl! So I try it again. Yes! Good girl! So she’s going really easily now. Yes! (laughs) So I think I probably can
go ahead and add the word. Now before I go on any
further, I wanna talk about some of the problems that may occur when you’re practicing with your dog. Now having a dog lie on their back or flip over on their back
is not very comfortable for all dogs, so you may
want to first consider the surface that you’re practicing on. So I’m practicing on
matting with carpet on top, so it’s pretty comfortable to move around. You may not want to start this on your hardwood floor or your
kitchen tile, for example, because it’s not very
comfortable to flip over. So start on something that’s
very soft and inviting, that’s the first tip that I would suggest. And the second tip I have for you is, be patient with your food. It’s very common for us to
move our hands incorrectly when we’re first starting
this, and typically wherever we move our hand,
our dog just happens to go at the same time, so a common
mistake that will happen– Oh my gosh, you almost
went there, good girl! A common mistake that will happen is that people will often
lure their dog’s head too high and then the dog starts standing up and then people end up
feeding like I just did. And if I do that too many times, I’m gonna start getting further
away from my ultimate goal, so I’m gonna create a bit
of a gray area for my dog, because I’m feeding so
many different things. So if your dog happens to
spiral out of position, don’t worry, simply withhold
the food and try again. And just try to reward smaller increments, try to reward them for
smaller behaviors at a time. If they get out of position,
you’re just gonna stop that particular attempt, and
then simply start again. Roll over. Yay! That was a good one! Down, good girl. Roll over. Yes! Good for you! Lie down. Roll over. Yay! Good! So you see now I’m able to say
the word and then show her, and because she’s starting
to get the hang of it, my movement of the food to her shoulder is becoming less and
less and less each time. Ready? Roll over. Yeah! Good girl! Now remember, as you’re continuing to get to the point
where you want your dog to do this on just a verbal command without a hand signal, it’s imperative that you are isolating the
word, the command, ‘roll over’, whatever you’re saying,
apart from the hand signal. So you need to first say the command and then one second later,
maneuver your dog into position. If you’re doing all of those
steps at the same time, your dog will start to
depend on the hand movement and they will not be able to
do it just on the word alone, so that’s extremely important
as you’re moving forward. Now if your dog is struggling,
so as Bee is right now, she’s just gone so well
through all the stages, we’re hitting a little bit of a bump here. So what I’m gonna start to do, is rather than take the
signal away completely, I’m going to try to wean off of the signal so it’s not so big. I’m just gonna move as– give her as much help as she needs and then try to take some of it away. So I’ve noticed that as I lure
her nose towards her head, once I get her started,
she tends to be able to do the rest on her own, so that’s as much as the
signal I’m going to give her. But again, keep in mind, watch my timing and note that I’m saying the command first and then I’m using that
physical action to help her. Roll over. Yes! Good! So rather than continuing
my hand all the way through the roll, I let her sort of finish the behavior a bit more on her own. (Laughs) Hold on, lie down. Come closer, lie down. Good. Roll over. Almost. Lie down. Roll over. Yes, good girl! Okay. Lie down. Roll over. Yes, good girl! Okay, lie down. Roll over. Yes! Good! That was a bit more on your own. Lie down. Okay, roll over. Yes! Okay, here. Lie down. Down. Roll over. Yes, good girl! She’s almost got this. Okay, lie down. Roll over. Yay! Good! Okay, lie down. Roll over. So close. Lie down. Come here, come here. Lie down. Roll over. Lie down. Roll over. Yes! So she tried two different behaviors rather than the one that I was looking for so I don’t wanna keep letting her get further and further away
from the final goal, so if I see she’s struggling, I need to get back in there with my hand signal. So obviously I have a little
bit of homework to do, but hopefully you have an understanding of how to actually
progress to get to the part where your dog can do
this just on the command, without needing the hand signal. Now you may have noticed
that as I was practicing, Bee-Line was offering
some different tricks, like spinning and backing up. Now if you’d like to teach
those tricks to your dogs, click the playlist beside me. Now if this is your first time with us, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We post brand new videos
every single week to help you to have a well-behaved
four-legged family member. And on that note, I’m Kayl McCann, this is my border collie pup Bee-Line. Bye for now. Happy training.

About James Carlton

Read All Posts By James Carlton

40 thoughts on “How To Teach Your Dog To Roll Over – Professional Dog Training Tips

  1. It was a lot of fun watching little Bee-Line learn this trick:) If you're looking to teach your dog some different tricks, check out this playlist from different trick training videos on our channel:
    Thanks for watching! Happy Training! ~Ken

  2. Hi Kyle. Thanks for making this video. My kids are so enthusiastic about training our puppy Daisy so everyone is watching, applying and practicing ! I have a request. Could you do a video on how to stop puppy eating everything on the floor? A friend of mine had to take his dog to an emergency room after his dog eating something from the street. The dog nearly died. I am sacred.

  3. I can't help but laugh at this puppers excitement and willingness to repeat the behavior! Would be interesting to see a dog who is less excited and willing, but that makes a more boring video! 🤣

    My sighthounds have a 3 repeat max before they tell me they don't need my stupid treats! 🤣🤦

    This gives me a good starting point for teaching one of them to roll over. He's very uncomfortable upside down, so this may not happen…. But we will both have fun trying! Maybe this will give him some more confidence. 💖💖 Thank you for reminding me that I've been meaning to try this!

  4. Trying to see if my smart little jack will do this. I’ve tried another way and HE BEAT THE SYSTEM! Hopefully this will work! ☺️

  5. Nice video. Broken down into manageable steps. After one session our 4 year Affenpinscher is already on his side. Taking it slowly.

  6. Do you give her the food every time she rolls over ? or do you keep the food in your hand and then try again till she completely understands it, and then you feeds her?
    And another question, necessarily has to be hungry?

  7. What about lazy/stubborn dogs who don't want to use any energy to roll over (to the point of either losing interest in the treat or standing up & biting at your hand)?

  8. There's a key point in this video at 1:35. "She's hungry." It's sad to think that some dog trainers almost starve dogs just to teach them a trick or two.

  9. I have a puppy Chihuahua. I can lure her 2 lay down. After tat she has a hard time no mater how slow i go. She wont turn her head 2 her sholder she just gets up. What can i do

  10. I like that you mentioned the fact that dogs have a certain side that they will prefer to roll onto and that you mention luring the treat toward their shoulder. I notice that my friend's dog naturally rolls onto a certain side. Although I don't necessarily feel great about using mealtimes as a time for training, I like the video and the positive style being used and the extra details like the nose to shoulder and the preferred side.

  11. My dog is a puppy I can't give my puppy cookies so what can I use else😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀 I want something else I can cook you just a song😭😭😭😭😭😭 I will use hotdogs for a sept crumbs of cookies

  12. What do I do with a dog that KNOWS rollover, but tries to trick me into the treat? She will get onto her side, then go as fast as she can around the other way, without rolling. Getting her to actually roll is almost impossible. She has been taught how and did it a few times with proper praise and treats, but now it's just about the food and she tries to get it without performing the rollover. Should I start training her for it again, or is my piggy pup too food focussed? She's not even 2 yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *