Management Vs. Training
Train now to relax later. Put them together for best results!
Owners often want to fix behavior problems that can be annoying, destructive, and expensive! There are generally 2 types of solutions to behavioral problems: training solutions and management techniques/tools.
Teaches your dog how to behave differently to fix the problem. This takes more work, but eventually can fix the problem for good.
Takes your dog out of the situation completely so they can’t do anything bad. This takes less energy and fixes the problem for now, but doesn’t change the bad behavior in the long run.
When you want to really fix a problem behavior, like jumping on people or pulling on the leash, you want to do a combination of Training and Management. This means training your dog when you have the time and energy, and taking making it impossible for them to do bad things when you don’t have time to work on it.
Behavior modification, for rude behaviors or fears, takes time and effort. Sometimes you don’t have the time to do training, so you should use management techniques and tools to remove your dog from difficult situations. This way they can’t repeat the bad behaviors and lose the good progress you’ve been making with training.
For example, if you want to have friends over, take the time to make sure your dog is rewarded for sitting politely, but if you don’t have the time to do that training, put your dog away as people arrive so they aren’t encouraged to jump up.
These are some common examples of Management used in dog training that you might be familiar with. The common theme here is that these solutions are fast, take little energy, and usually require some sort of management "tool", but don't ultimately teach your dog how to behave better.
The Management option here is to put your dog in another room when people come over. This may be the best option if there’s too many people to manage training your dog too.
For leash walking, tools like the a front harness or head-halter make it harder for your dog to put their full strength into pulling you. This is a good tool for when you don’t have time and energy to take treats and do leash training.
It’s best to teach your dog to not pee in the house as early as possible.In situations where you have to be gone for long periods of time, it’s good have a maintenance option to give your dog somewhere in the house to pee. These could be things like weewee pads or turf.
Here are some examples of training your dog how to behave better.The difference is that these solutions take a lot more time, but your dog learns how to behave better all the time from now on. These training methods go hand-in-hand with management solutions.
Teach your dog that sitting is the polite behavior that gets treats and attention, and jumping up will only lead to them being ignored!
Use treats to get your dog to focus on you while on walks. They will be calmer and walks will be more relaxed. You ca even teach them to wait for you to tell them to greet people and other dogs!
Use the potty training lesson to show your dog where they are actually supposed to go potty and how to hold it when they’re inside!
Management and Training aren’t two completely opposite approaches to solving problems. They should be used together. Use training when you have the time, energy, and patience for it. And use management techniques and tools when you can’t train, but don’t want to let the problem get worse.
Make progress with training, and use management to avoid falling backwards.
Lets say for example, one day you have just one friend coming over, then you can take your time to have your dog sit nicely for attention and treats. But what if the next day you’re having a party and you know there will be too many people coming over and you have to get everything ready for them when they arrive? You won’t be able to do training with your dog, so it may be best to put them in another room while your guests arrive.