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Hello. I have two dogs. They are both rescue dogs, and I have had them about 4 years. They were both puppies, but almost adults when they were adopted. They were adopted by myself and my ex-wife, and I kept the dogs when we separated. That was almost a year ago. (You can see details of that if you can look up my posting history on this forum).

One is very shy. I taught her to roll over back when we first got her. She was so good at it, she would even try to get a treat by doing it before being told to (that never worked for her).

The last couple of months, she has stopped rolling over. She simply refuses. She won't even do it for a treat as coveted (and rare, for health reasons) as a bite of barbecued chicken skin. She goes nuts wanting the treat, but she just won't do it.

Her behavior had started to bother me enough to write this post. There are so many details, I wouldn't know what to post. I am happy to answer any questions from anyone who thinks that they can help me figure this out.

Thank you to all who take the time to reply.
 

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Thank you for the suggestions, LeoRose. I feel you deserve a reply.

If there was a true medical problem with one of my dogs, then I would do whatever it takes, and "all bets would be off". Unfortunately, I am a victim of the current pandemic, and I have not worked since March. I just can't afford vet bills right now just because my dog refuses to roll over.

(By the way, she acts perfectly normal physically in every other way.) I hope my explanation shows you that I really do appreciate your reply!
 

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It's true, I have been testing her daily, and being pretty pushy about it. ("Come on; roll over! Roll over!...etc.)

I will tone it down to maybe trying just once a week or so. Maybe she'll start doing it again.

In the meantime, any other ideas are appreciated.

EDIT: Does anybody think it may have anything to do with my being home all day every day lately? As I mentioned, I have been on COVID-19 layoff from work since March.
 

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I can try that. Thank you.

I know that "Roll over" is just a trick; strictly for fun. It's not important in life. But I am wondering: Right now, she is just mysteriously refusing to do it. Could she end up forgetting HOW to roll over?
 

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The picture may be a bit misleading. They are 32 and 42 lbs. However, she is the bigger of the two.

That doesn't mean at all that you might be right. I was kind of wonder something like that myself.

Thank you for the thought, parus.
 

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Thanks, Lillith. Actually, both dogs have an appointment on June 13 for the second half of their annual Lepto treatment. They won't see the vet, but the techs are medical professionals, too. I will ask about this.
 
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