The difference between Obedience training and Behavioral modification.
We get lots of calls and email everyday from people desperately wanting us to train their dogs in obedience. We love building an understanding between dogs and their owners and are always excited to start working with a new team.
When asked what problems they are having we usually hear things like, jumping, chewing, ‘going’ inside the house, aggression towards dogs or people and being destructive. We hear, “My dog just doesn’t listen, she needs obedience training!” While we are happy to help, it is important that we point out the difference between Obedience and Behavioral issues. Obedience training teaches your dogs commands, or cues. These include commands such as to sit, stay, down, come, or heel. Obedience!
Behaviors on the other hand are things like, chewing, aggression, jumping and housebreaking.
Sometimes obedience training can help correct behavioral issues. Teaching a dog to sit, can redirect a dog who is jumping for attention, for example. Behavioral
The reason it is important to stress the difference between the two is while we can certainly train a dog to learn and follow commands. Behavioral issues can take more time, and consistent reinforcement. Think about any bad habit you may have, and how it may take you a long time and much willpower to overcome it.
Make sure when looking for a trainer to help with your dogs behavioral issues that you understand the methods used and that you are comfortable doing them as you will be needing to consistently reinforce the behavior you desire.
By Andi Cates, Global K9 Group Trainer