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Types of Dog Training Part 2

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Dog training is a vital aspect of pet care—without training, dogs may become unruly and even injure themselves or others. Training has other benefits as well, including vocational benefits—think ‘seeing eye’ dogs—and athletic and show benefits as well. It may come as a surprise, but dog training is actually a multi-faceted concept that includes not one, but four different types of training. The four different types of dog training are behavioral training, obedience training, agility training and vocational training. In Part 1, we talked about behavioral and obedience training. Now let’s take a closer look at two less common, but still important, types of training: agility training and vocational training.

Types_of_Dog_Training 2Tests of a dog’s agility and athletic skills, such as dog sports featuring obstacle courses and racing, are popular at dog shows and other dog-related events. Agility training is used to both increase a dog’s physical fitness and train them how to successfully complete ‘dog sports’ without the need for touching or rewarding on part of the owner. Agility training involves teaching a dog to respond solely to vocal commands and physical gestures, rather than the typical touch and reward system employed by owners for household commands and tricks. Although any dog breed can be taught with agility training, some breeds—specifically those with exceptional physical fitness and better intelligence. Dog sports, in addition to being entertainment, are especially beneficial for intelligent dogs that need to be mentally and physically challenged.

Like humans, dogs are capable of learning specific skills and tasks. Vocational training is training that is used to teach dogs how to perform skills, tasks and other jobs. Vocational training encompasses a wide range of vocational skills, including but not limited to: traditional skills such as hunting and herding sheep or other animals; performing search and rescue work for search and rescue teams; working and assisting law enforcement officials; performing various tasks for people with disabilities, including ‘seeing-eye’ dogs for the blind—and more. Most dogs can are capable of learning under vocational training—some breeds, however, are better suited to certain tasks than others.

Typically, vocational training services will select only the ‘best of the best’ dogs for their programs. This does not mean that a dog is incapable of vocational work, however, just that they may not be suited to a particular program or task. For example, golden retrievers are popular choices as seeing-eye dogs for the blind because of their intelligence, friendliness, and calm nature which is exceptionally useful during potentially stressful situations. They are not usually employed as hunting dogs, however, because there are other dogs—such as hunting hounds—that are better suited to that task.

All dogs are capable of learning under basic types of training—although they may not always be happy to listen to commands! In addition, most dogs are also capable, under the right hands, of learning well under more advanced types of training, such as agility training and vocational training.

Types of Dog Training, Part 1

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Dog training is a vital aspect of pet care—without training, dogs may become unruly and even injure themselves or others. Training has other benefits as well, including vocational benefits—think ‘seeing eye’ dogs—and athletic and show benefits as well. It may come as a surprise, but dog training is actually a multi-faceted concept that includes not one, but four different types of training. The four different types of dog training are behavioral training, obedience training, agility training and vocational training. Let’s take a more in depth look at the first two of these types of training, which are the most common types of dog training employed by everyday pet owners: behavioral training and obedience training.

Types_of_Dog_TrainingDogs are not born knowing what is expected of them around people, dogs, and other animals. Behavioral training is used to teach dogs how to behave well–in other words, how to make them good “citizens” in the eyes of society.Behavioral training includes training that targets unwelcome or unwanted behaviors in a dog and corrects them until the dog is capable of understanding the proper ‘etiquette’ in that situation.

A common example of behavioral training is housebreaking or bathroom training, which teaches a dog to urinate outside instead of inside of the home.  Bathroom training may differ depending on the specific needs of the dog and their owner. Some owners, for example, prefer training their dogs to sit near the front door when they need to use the bathroom; others may prefer training a dog to retrieve their leash and bring it to their owner—and so on. The goal of bathroom training is to take the dog’s unwanted behavior—going to the bathroom in the home—and replace it with the proper or accepted behavior, which is going to the bathroom outside. Behavioral training in general is about teaching dogs to replace unwanted behavior with wanted or expected behavior.

Both dogs and owners can benefit from a dog that is obedient to their owner. Obedience training is training that is meant to teach a dog to be obedient to their owner—and, in most cases, to anyone else in a position of authority giving a command. Obedience training includes training dogs to perform actions such as ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ ‘lay down,’ and ‘come here.’ This type of obedience is meant to both protect the dog and others from unintentional harm. For example: A dog that has gotten outside without their leash might attempt to run into the road—if that dog has had proper obedience training, their owner can command the dog to ‘sit,’ thus preventing the dog from potential injury. There is no guarantee that a dog will obey their owner every time, of course, but while a dog with obedience training will be likely to listen to their owner in a potentially dangerous situation, a dog without any obedience training at all is more likely to misbehave or otherwise pose a threat to themselves or even others.