Border Collie Puppy Learns Roll Over, Sunnyvale, CA
The Border Collie is consistently ranked as the smartest dog in the world.
Here you can see me working Albert an 11 week old Border Collie puppy. I am teachng the dog one of the easiest dog tricks to learn, how to roll over.
If you want to see my dog Sadie do a hand stand on a fire hydrant click here https://youtu.be/cBzUTDnFHTE
When I train tricks I only use positive rewards. I never try to push or force the dog into anything. If I ever get into a situation where the dog isn’t on the same page as me I just switch to a different trick or another behavior all together. I have found if you use pressure for the tricks it takes some of the luster out of it.
I usually break the trick down into about four or five component parts. The first part os to get the dog to lie down. This is not to be confused with teaching the dog “down” I just need the dog to lie down to get the trick started. Again no pressure, just fun. Once the dog drops down I pay the dog with a small piece of hotdog or whatever. After the dog is down I then work towards getting it to turn it’s hips one way or the other. I work the roll in the direction of the hips.
In this picture you can see the dog’s hips are leaning to it’s left so I would roll it clockwise.
After the dog lies down and points it’s hips one way or the other (for our example towards it’s left) get the dog to roll towards it’s left side. Once it’s on it’s left side pay it again with a treat. Do this several times until the dog nails it easily. Each time you do this just try to get the dog to roll a little further than the last time. Remeber the dog just follows the food. If the food hand is going in crazy directions then so will the dog. Keep your food hand right on the dog’s nose.
Eventually the dog will roll all the way over. When this happens throw your dog a party. Lots of happy voice and several treats jackpot style.