Before teaching the roll over command, your dog should already know the “down” or “lie down” command. Have you got your yummy treats ready? Ok, let’s go!
First, give your dog the down command. Wait for him to shift his hips to the left or right, this will tell you which way it will be easier for your dog to roll over.
Put one of those yummy treats in your hand, but keep it closed. Let your dog smell it and know that it is there. Then slowly rotate your hand around your dog’s head toward his tail. He will naturally roll to the side to get the treat.
Once he is on his side, keep rotating the treat around his head until he rolls over. Praise him and give him the treat.
Note: For larger dogs, you only want to do this one time, as it puts a lot of pressure on their hips. With little dogs, you can do it 4 or 5 times.