Article by Peter Wendt
Many pet owners believe it is important to put their dogs through some sort of dog training. The different types of dog training include behavior, obedience, and activity training. A brief description of each of these types is included below.
The most common and sought after instruction is probably behavior training. Behavior training is basically a course to teach dogs how to have “good manners.” This type of dog training typically includes house training, respecting other people and pets, and how to behave while leashed. Although this is the most basic course, these behaviors are necessary to make a dog a pleasant companion. The lessons learned in this course can also serve as a stepping-stone to more advanced courses, such as those involving obedience or activity training.
Obedience training involves much more specific behaviors. While behavior training teaches dogs how to be polite in many different situations, obedience training teaches dogs to respond to specific commands in a prompt manner. It is also focused on teaching the dog to respond to specific prompts such as “heel” or “fetch.” The purpose of this type of instruction is not to produce good behavior, but to instead teach the dog to respond to promptly and precisely to owner commands. These are more advanced than behavioral training courses. Additionally, dogs involved in obedience training should already exhibit good behavior. The benefit to this type of teaching is clearly limited. However, this can be a rewarding activity for dogs to complete with their owners.
Like obedience training, activity training is designed to teach a dog to complete specific tasks. However, activity training typically involves much more complicated tasks than the one step commands learned in obedience training. For example, activity training may include teaching dogs to hunt, herd, pull dog sleds, or even play Frisbee. This type of course is very advanced, and results in a very skilled dog with valuable talents. Dogs engaged in this type of training must have very good behavior and have completed other training courses before. Specific breeds are also more suited to some of these training tasks. For example, Huskies will be more effective sled dogs, while bloodhounds will be better hunters.
No matter which of the three basic types of dog training is chosen, this can be a valuable experience for the dog and owner alike. Dog training can be an excellent hobby that results in close bonding with a pet. Further, the results can lead to fun interactions with the dog now and into the future.
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