I just got a 5yr. old Aussie. The dog is a great guy and will do a sit command in no time, but then rolls to his back without a command. I understand that he is showing submissiveness, but I want to get him there with first the sit, then down, then stay etc. How can I reverse what his previous owners have allowed?

Answer

He was probably given a belly rub and a lot of praise as soon as he went into the submissive roll onto his back, so at this point you need to teach him that it is not going to be praised. Look at https://pethelpful.com/dogs/overly-submissive-dog to figure out if he is submissive and https://pethelpful.com/dogs/teach-your-dog-impulse... for some more tips on training him. You can reverse that behavior but it is going to take some time and work since he is already 5 years old.

Updated on February 20, 2018

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