You’ve successfully taught your Golden Retriever to 'sit', 'stay', and respond to recall. But what about getting your dog to roll over? Teaching your Golden to roll over can be a fun trick and promote a stronger bond between owner and pup. It’s also a useful skill for your dog to acquire should you need to examine his belly for injuries or parasites. Overall, teaching your dog to roll over will result in fun for both of you.
Golden Retrievers are an energetic, smart, people-pleasing breed. Their happy-go-lucky attitude and boundless enthusiasm make them a quick study when it comes to learning tricks and skills. Your patience and consistency combined with your Golden’s inherent eagerness to learn and love for you will have your pup rolling over in no time at all!
Although training your Golden Retriever to roll over should not take long, it’s important to remember that for some Goldens, rolling over requires an already established trust with their owner. Being on his back is a vulnerable position for a dog. This position communicates subservience, especially in the presence of other canines.
Other dogs just aren’t comfortable on their backs at first. Pay attention to your Golden’s body language and attitude during training. Keep sessions short and fun, and your dog will soon realize that rolling over is a blast and ends with a tasty treat as a reward.
This training process also further solidifies your relationship with your Golden Retriever. The breed thrives on human interaction and approval, so in all likelihood, your Golden will jump--or roll over--at the chance to learn a new trick for you.
Start the training process in an area where your Golden Retriever is comfortable, preferably one without distractions or other dogs. Make sure the area that your dog will be rolling over in is clean of debris or items that could cause discomfort. Your dog will be much more agreeable to learning this process if he is trained ion an area that is not cold or hard, so try for a spot that is carpeted or that has a rug.
Have some of your Golden’s favorite treats on hand, and make sure you have an upbeat attitude and plenty of patience on hand before you begin the training process. When trained correctly, your Golden will quickly pick up on what you’re asking and will soon be rolling over on command.