How to teach a dog to roll over

Leash Dog Training Lesson


The English language is not a good way to teach a dog to roll over, and neither is the Internet.

Learning how to roll over is hard work. It requires that you be able to stop time and concentrate on the task in hand. But just as important, it requires that you understand what you are trying to do and why—and then do it well.

Training a Dog to Roll Over

Learning to walk is a skill. Learning to roll over is a skill. Getting a dog to roll over is the same as learning to walk and rolling over.

The first step in getting your new pet to do what you want it to do is to learn how it works (just like learning how a car works). It’s not enough for them just to understand the commands — you need to teach them that rolling over is one of those things they can do, and will make them feel better about themselves when they do it.

To make this happen, you need a lot of patience, repetition and practice. You may have noticed that your pet seems reluctant at first, but you know it’s important; that it relaxes people and improves their moods. Once you start doing this regularly, your dog will start rolling over more often — looking forward to doing so!

One way of helping the dog learn this skill is by using treats (and eventually other rewards) along with your voice or sound cues (like “lo-lo-lo”) as they would while playing with toys or balls. You might also try some different types of games early on: spinners, balls or ropes are great fun for all sorts of dogs, but who doesn’t love chasing something round?

You may also find yourself giving the dog things like small pieces of string (“roll-in”) which means it has just the right amount of training going on; or perhaps using claws or teeth (“pull up”) which keeps working until they get the hang of it; or even just playing with lots of toys at once (which makes them wiggle and wiggle!)

This will take time — especially if you want a long-term commitment from your new pet — but we suspect that eventually we will all be quite proud when our dogs roll over when we ask them nicely!

Taking Your Training Outside

It is difficult to teach a dog to roll over. Rolling over is a very complex behavior and it can be difficult for even the most experienced dog trainers to teach. It’s not just a matter of teaching the dog how to move—it’s also about teaching the dog what it should feel like once it has moved.

Even with prior experience, dogs are not always cooperative. Some dogs will just sit down next to you and wait patiently while you do whatever you need to do to get them to roll over—and some dogs will be so angry that they will scream at you and try every trick in the book before they give up, including rolling over on their own (this is known as “doggie yoga”). This can be frustrating and may even be dangerous in some cases, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

There are lots of ways to train your pup when he refuses or is too aggressive for you. You can use positive reinforcement or ignore him altogether until he does something desirable (like stop barking at people) or try several different methods until you find what works best for your pup (and maybe even start out with a new method each time so that he learns something new). Sometimes you might have success with one method but the best way isn’t clear from the start, so keep trying until you find an alternative method that works better for your pup’s personality.


This is an old post, but it’s worth revisiting because there is a lot to learn from the way things are done in the startup world. We are in (or very close to) the second phase of product-market fit, and we need to learn about what happens when things don’t go as planned.

In this post we will look at:

The fact that mistakes happen. That it’s ok. It’s OK to make mistakes. How to tell when a mistake has been made, why you made it and how you can still be right. How company culture affects your ability to learn from mistakes and avoid them in future situations. How you should react if you make a mistake, how not to react and what you should do instead of reacting at all.


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