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.
Teach your dog to roll over
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.
Watch My Labrador Fetch Her Breakfast Bowl, Sunnyvale,CA
Fetch is a great trick to teach your dog, it’s fun and it can be practical as well. Like in this dog training video where I ask my labrador retriever to fetch her dog bowl because I am too lazy to walk down the 4 steps of my school bus to go get her food bowl. Luckily when it comes to food my dog can be a little bit more ambitious than me.
If you are a pet dog owner like most of my clients at some point training behaviors like “sit” and “down” can get a bit boring. These dogs don’t have to be as precise as if they were competition dogs. So to keep the motivation going try training dog tricks. One of the most complicated is the “fetch” or the “motivated retrieve” This is where you tell your dog where to go, once there it picks a specific pre-determined object and puts it into it’s mouth, the completes the rest of the task with the object still in it’s mouth, then releases it on command.
Sadie doing tricks for the audience
I would suggest trying to teach your dog lot’s of tricks. They can usually be accomplished in large or small spaces, indoor or out. This is perfect if it rains where you are. A great place to learn the steps or to get ideas is of course youtube. I learned a ton of stuff there.
Here are some basic starter tricks
- Roll over
- Shake/ High Five
That should get you started. Good luck and keep it fun!
If you have questions regarding your dog feel free to call me and ask. 408-455-1503
Here is why teaching your dog to do tricks is a great idea and why you should do it.
Let’s face it, although necessary just teaching you dog to site or other various basic commands can be a bit boring after a while, for both you and your dog. So I would suggest either move on to more advanced concepts of dog obedience and/or have some fun with dog trick training. The thing I love about training tricks is that it is all positive and I get to give my dog lots of treats so it’s very low stress for all.
When starting out pick something super easy for both you and the dog. My first trick was spin, then shake. My first big trick was roll over. It’s cool because they are all like little puzzles you have to try to figure out. So sometimes you will see your dog responding well and moving forward then other times you dog will look at you like “what”? So then you know you need to try a different route.
Youtube is a great resource for getting tips on teaching your dog how to do dog tricks. They have youtubers who make their living on teaching you how to teach your dog tricks. Best of all it’s free.
As a San Jose dog training professional I can tell you this, when you train for tricks it will make you a better dog trainer because you will learn maybe the most important skill of all, learning how to read your dog. You will come to see very quickly signs of stress, enthusiasm, confusion and the like and this will be super beneficial in other more pragmatic areas of dog training. Also if you get a second dog down the road you will be faster at training the new one.