It may look easy, but this advanced dog trick is actually a pretty difficult one to master!
If your dog knows the command ‘lie down’, you’re starting from a strong position. Get your dog to lie down and arm yourself with plenty of Bakers Reward treats. To teach your dog this trick, you’ll be using treats as a ‘lure’ in three stages.
Step 1: Use a treat to get your dog to lie on one side. Try holding the treat very close to your dog’s nose, and then using it to encourage them to lift their head higher. This should get your dog to shift their weight onto their side.
Step 2: Encourage your dog to start rolling by doing a half roll. Hold a treat close to their nose and move it slowly toward the opposite side. Once your dog begins to move their body as well as their head, so that their back lies flat on the floor, reward them with the treat.
Step 3: It’s just a short step to a full roll! From their previous position, take another treat and encourage your dog to look all the way to the other side. Hold the reward slightly further away from their face, on the floor, so that they have to roll over to get it.
As they perform the full roll, make sure you say ‘roll over’. Slowly reduce the use of treats until they can roll over on commands – but remember to still give them the odd reward every now and then!