Train your dog to roll a ball and you have a playmate for life. Your dog will also have a playmate while you are away. He can roll a ball around, entertaining himself for hours if he has the attention span. Teaching your dog to roll a ball is also a fun trick to show other people. Turn your dog into an entertaining pet by training him to do easy but fun tricks. Anyone visiting can play with your intelligent dog, who can roll a ball back to them. Stand back and imagine all the comments of praise and glory your dog will get when he is the cutest dog on the block who also knows the best social tricks. If you have more than one dog, you can train them to play soccer with one another. Or, take your dog to the park and play soccer with a net. The fun never ends once you train your dog to roll a ball.
Training to roll a ball isn’t hard but it will take some repetition and patience. You can train your dog to roll a small ball like a tennis ball or a larger soccer ball, or an even larger yoga ball taller than your dog. To do this trick, you will be teaching him to target. If your dog already knows how to target, this will be easy. If not, that’s okay, he’ll pick it up as you go. This is a fun playtime trick, so enjoy the time together and use these short training sessions to bond as well.
You can train a dog any age this trick, but dogs between four months and two years may be easiest to train. If your dog loves to play with balls, you may need to work harder to keep his attention. You may also need a ball different than the one he usually plays with so he can stay focused. Different styles of floor or ground surface will affect your training sessions, so be open to moving if necessary.
You will need a ball or several balls in different styles and sizes. A dog bowl is required for at least one method. Be sure to have fun with your dog. Keep your training short and simple. If your dog begins to show boredom, move on to something else or give him a break.