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Types of Dog Training, Part 1

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.

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