Have you ever wondered why wild dogs stay together as a pack, while dogs in households tend to escape from homes or during walks? Have you been to a factory or industrial site and observed that the off-leashed dogs there are generally calm and well-behaved? These observations are due to their needs being fulfilled, both physically and mentally, which are not commonly incorporated into a household dog’s routine.
A well-trained dog does not necessarily mean a well-behaved dog. Being well-trained commonly includes dog obedience and dog agility. Being well-behaved includes having a calm, stable temperament such as walking with a loose leash, approaching other dogs respectfully, being comfortable around visitors and free from any behavioural issues. Most times when a dog is behaviourally too fearful, anxious, excited, aggressive or territorial, they ignore treats and commands like “no”, “sit”, “stay” and “leave it”.
A dog can obey you, but not respect you. A dog can be commanded to heel with treats, but pull on the leash during walks. A dog can sit and stay, but still exhibit resource guarding. A dog can “leave” food in your presence, but steals food in your absence or picks up unwanted items from the ground.
With the above mentioned, it is crucial to have an equal balance of both well-trained and well-behaved aspects. Just like a kid that does well academically (well-trained aspect) is also needed to be a responsible citizen by displaying ideal and expected behaviour in public (well-behaved aspect).
Check out the videos below of Vera, Xavian’s (Our Trainer) dog displaying both well-trained and well-behaved aspects.
Well-trained aspect (Obedience trained)
In this video, Vera displays her ability to obey basic commands and tricks. Her high level of focus is regulated, being evident only during obedience training/playtime, and not during any other activities throughout the day.
Well-behaved aspect (Behaviourally trained)
In this video, Vera demonstrates ideal dog-to-dog interaction, by seeking permission before proceeding to interact, and respecting the other dog's personal space. Her excitement is also consistently controlled throughout.