Difference between teaching and training phase

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Hi

I recently had a post up about correcting my 4.5 month old female dobie Phoebe.  One very wise poster told me that she was still in teaching phase as opposed to training phase.  Can you tell me the difference please between the two and at what to expect?

 

Thanks so much

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Have you heard people say things like, "My dog knows what I want him to do, but he just wont do it".?  When that happens, they have done a good job TEACHING, because he knows the command words, and he knows what is expected of him.

Getting him to obey those commands by TRAINING him to know the good things, the payoffs (treats, praise, toys) of obeying, and also the consequences of NOT obeying, no treats, no praise, no toy.  Dogs want to please.  They want their owners to be happy and in turn it makes them feel good, too.  Positive reinforcement is an excellent way to train behaviors that your dog knows but wont do unless he's in the right mood to do it.


Teaching your dogs tells them what to do. Once your dog understands what to do, it is your second job to follow through and make sure they respond. Repetition and consistancy can accomplish this goal. This is training your dog.

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Well said DJ's Dad  like button :))

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Hey there DJ's Dad, I was hoping you'd pop up!  thanks so much for that - perfectly clear

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Well stated! We are experiencing the "teaching" phase right now and moving into the training phase at 6 months! :)