It’s a hot day and you’ve resorted to the house for cool air and a cold beverage, but your rather large dog is sat staring at you, demanding attention. Let’s be honest, he’s not going to give up until he gets it. So, why not make the most of that time and teach him something useful? Something fun, like a neat party trick for when friends and family come over. Why not teach him to roll over?
If you have a particularly large dog, then it’s an even more entertaining trick to be able to pull off. Nothing guarantees a giggle more than seeing a Great Dane or Newfoundland rolling across your living room floor. Plus, this trick is quick and easy to teach, so with a few simple steps, you’ll have a Snapchat story that will be watched by everyone.
The command can be given with just a couple of words and should see your dog take to the floor lying on its front. Then he should do a complete 360, taking to his back before returning to lying on his front again. The command actually consists of two steps. The first is getting the dog to lie down, the second being the roll itself.
The command itself is not overly difficult. If you can train your dog to sit or wait, then achieving the roll is definitely within your capabilities too. The very same day you start training, you could have a furry rolling pin for your floors! Some dogs pick it up in less than an hour, and from then you just need to regularly practice with your dog over a week or two, to ensure the command sticks. Dogs of all ages are capable of getting to grips with this trick, including puppies and older dogs with a silver lining.
Before getting started with training you need to ensure you have several things. One thing you definitely need, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, is food or treats. If you want quick and effective results, you need some tasty smelling food to act as an incentive. Alternatively, you could use a toy treat, such as a tennis ball.
You will also need a quiet room with some space that’s free from distractions. You don’t want your large dog rolling into a table and bringing its contents crashing down to the floor. Apart from that, just bring a ‘can-do’ attitude and patience!
Now you’re all ready to get started with the steps outlined below.