It is quite often confusing to know whether it is training or behaviour modification that you require for your dog’s behaviour issues. So, what is the difference? To try and explain as simply as possible, the two are connected but there are different applications and methods used for differing behaviours a dog may be displaying. Thankfully both apply modern day positive reward methodology.
Training may often be utilised by a clinical behaviourist as part of a behaviour modification but behaviour altering is looking to change a pre-learnt behaviour which is most often the result of a negative happening or a lack of early socialisation with other animals and humans.
Behaviour modifying works on a psychological level and in most cases looking to change the dog’s emotional response from a negative to a positive resulting in the undesirable behaviours becoming less or eradicated. Whereas, training is teaching a new behaviour from scratch or using a new taught behaviour to replace an undesirable one.
To give some examples of the difference, your dog may walk perfectly on the lead, sit nicely and stay on command but cannot be left alone without a full demolition happening in the home, therefore this would be a case of separation anxiety.
You may have two very well trained and obedient dogs, but when left to their own devices they do not get along with each other so there are issues within the family order between the two dogs.
Your dog may love you and it’s other family dog members but not like strangers or new dogs.
To help to decide whether your dog may require training or behaviour modification below is a guide of the most common concerns. If you wish to discuss further then please contact me through the contact page and we can decide the best way to move forward for you and your dog.
- Basic lead walking *this issue can sometimes be linked to an underlying anxiety problem
- General obedience commands
- Jumping up
- Focus and impulse control
- Anxiety issues
- Lead reactivity
- Excessive barking
- Hype excitability
- Persistent jumping up
- Destructive behaviours
- Chasing behaviours