Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

Get your dog to lay down in front of you. Once he is down, encourage him to go to a hip (whichever side your dog favors).  Now take a treat, show it to your dog. Keep the treat close to your dog’s nose and move the treat slowly over the dog’s shoulder towards his backbone. Your dog should turn his head to follow the treat. At first you may have to place your other hand on your dog’s back to prevent him from standing up.

The further back you move the treat, the more your dog should twist his neck to follow the treat.  If the neck twists far enough, the body will follow.  Once his legs are in the air, continue using the treat to lure him all the way over.  Remember to label the command with one word such as ‘over’ or ‘rollover’. Be consistent with the command you give every time you work with your dog on roll over. Until your dog knows what is expected by the command, only say it as the dog is doing the trick. Always give him the treat when he is all the way over.

With practice, your dog will no longer need you to lure him all the way over. You will be able to say your command and make a rolling signal with your index finger to cue your dog to roll over.

Teaching your dog to fetch

Teaching your dog to retrieve a toy is an easy game to play inside.  Start by getting two toys that are similar i.e. two tennis balls, two squeaky balls etc.  Toss on ball across the room or down the hall.  When your dog has picked up the ball, praise him and call him to come.  As he turns to you show him the second ball.   This will encourage him to drop the first ball when he gets to you.  Say your release word each time the dog spits out the ball and goes for the second ball.  When he released the first ball throw the second ball.  Continue playing fetch with the two toys until your dog has learned to bring back the ball and drop it for you.
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