ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to train a dog to roll over

Updated on June 26, 2009

So you have already trained your pet to follow your come, sit, stay, heel and lay down commands, you can now teach your dog some cool tricks. Teaching the dog to roll over will be a good bonding time for you and your pet. Aside from building the confidence of the dog you will also have a pet that you can be proud of. 

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Things you will need

Arm yourself with an ample supply of the dog’s favorite treat or a toy to be used to lure the dog to respond to the obedience training. You also have to select a location that has few distractions. Remember, you are going to make your dog roll over so a comfortable place is a must. The grasses in the yard would do well. If this is not possible, a carpeted room or one that has a padded mat is a good alternative.

Get the attention of the dog

To get the dog to the desired mind set you can play with the dog for a while and lavish the dog with verbal praises. Because dogs are easily distracted you have to get the dog focused before starting the training. Call the dog’s name and maintain eye contact. You can talk to the dog in an upbeat voice or clap your hand to hold his attention.

The sit and down commands

Stand in front of your dog and give the sit command. Once it is sitting, you can hold the treat in your hand at the nose level of the dog and then give the lay down command. The objective is for the dog to follow your hand holding the treats.

Helping the dog to roll over

The dog should lie down with one side of the body touching the ground. But if the dog has its belly flat to the ground you need to gently push the dog onto the left or the right side. Which ever shoulder is down will be the direction of your hand.

The roll over command

Move the hand holding the treat to the side of the dog’s nose to the back. Give the roll over command. The dog, following the smell of the treat will roll over until it has made a 180 degrees roll over. Praise the dog and give the treat as a reward as soon as it has followed your command. The reward, the petting and the praises has to be associated by the dog to rolling over.

Practice makes perfect

Repeat the training sessions regularly. As the dog masters rolling over, you can gradually do away with the food treats. You can also substitute the verbal commands with hand signals. Wouldn’t it be more entertaining if you can make your dog roll over simply by the clockwise movement of your hand?

How to Train a Dog to Roll Over

Basic Dog Training Tips : How to Train a Dog to Rollover


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)