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The Difference Between Obedience and Behavior Training for Your Dog




Training a dog is one of the most important things you can do as a pet parent. It helps keep your pup safe and provides the foundation for a strong bond between the two of you. When it comes to training, you might have heard about both obedience and behavior training. But what’s the difference? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the difference between obedience and behavior training for your dog and why each one is important for your pup’s development.


Wait! There’s a difference?

When it comes to training your dog, it’s important to understand the difference between obedience and behavior training. A well-behaved dog is one who understands what is expected of them and follows instructions without being asked. Obedience training, on the other hand, is when a dog is taught specific commands and behaviors in response to those commands.


A well-behaved knows and understands what you want them to do without being asked.

Teaching, notice I didn't say training, your dog to be well-behaved is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. This focuses on teaching your pup proper manners and appropriate behavior in all situations, as opposed to obedience training which focuses on teaching specific commands. With well-behaved training, you are essentially teaching your pup to be self-directed and respond to your cues without prompting.

To have a well-behaved dog, you must be patient and consistent and above all calm. A well-behaved dog is allowed to learn as well as problem solve and understand how and why to make the proper choices. You need to ensure your dog understands how to respond to a wide range of cues, and this takes time. Additionally, you need to be sure that your dog is not only responding to what you are teaching but also understanding the meaning behind it. Dogs that are allowed to understand the intentions behind each cue or command are more likely to behave as expected, even in new and unfamiliar situations.

This type of training requires consistency, patience, and time, but the rewards will be great! Well-behaved dogs learn how to behave in different settings such as around children or other pets, or when visitors come over. They will also understand and respect boundaries, such as not jumping on people, chewing on furniture as well as good social behavior.

The key is to begin this early in your pup’s life so that it becomes a natural part of their behavior and doesn’t need to be enforced later. You can use positive reinforcement, such as praise and treats, to encourage good behavior, or use distraction techniques when they misbehave.

The rewards for having a well-behaved dog can be immense. Your pup will be happier and healthier, and you won't have to worry about embarrassing or potentially dangerous behavior in public. Plus, the bond between you and your pet will only strengthen as you work together on behavior issues. It may take more patience and time, but the rewards are worth it in the end.




An obedient dog does what you ask them to do.


Obedience training is all about training your dog to do what you ask them to do. This means that when you give your dog a command, they are expected to obey it, regardless of its desires or opinions. This


Obedience training can be used to train basic commands like sit, stay, and come, cute tricks as well as more complex behaviors like agility courses and trick routines. Many owners find that teaching their dogs to obey commands is a rewarding experience that strengthens the bond between them. Obedience training usually takes place in a controlled environment, such as a class setting, and involves teaching your dog to perform certain commands on command. Obedience training is typically done with treats or rewards, and is often used to prepare dogs for competition or performance events

This type of training requires more structure and repetition and consistency than behavior training, and it can often be difficult for owners to stick to the same methods and commands when training their dogs new tricks.

Unfortunately, most pet parent have been taught that their dog must be obedient and take obedience classes, so the dog is missing out on being well rounded and often develop behavioral issues later. Not to mention commands can be overused or used in a manner that confuses the dog this frustrating both the dog and the pet parent. How many times have you heard someone say sit, sit, sit, SIT. Each time seems to get louder and even faster.


Dogs are learning every day. What the learn, well, that is up to us.


Teaching your dog to be well-behaved takes more effort and consistency than training an obedient dog. Obedience training typically involves teaching your dog to respond to specific commands, such as “sit”, “come”, “down”, or “stay”. On the other hand, when training a well-behaved dog, you’re teaching them to understand their environment and the cues that come with it.

For example, when teaching a well-behaved dog not to jump on people, you must be sure to address the underlying issue of why they are jumping. This could include teaching them proper greetings or finding other ways to give them attention that doesn't involve jumping.

In addition to taking longer and requiring more patience, teaching a well-behaved dog also requires consistency. You must be consistent with your expectations and use positive reinforcement to reinforce good behavior and discourage bad behavior

Ultimately, the goal of both types of training is the same: to help your dog become a well-mannered pet. The main difference is that a well-behaved dog has been taught how and why to behave and problem solve as well as to respond to specific cues, while an obedient dog has been trained to respond to commands. Both types of training can help your dog become a better companion and provide the structure they need to lead a happy and healthy life.

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