3 Uncommon Tips To Help Train Your Puppy

Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! If this is your first dog/puppy, welcome to the incredibly fulfilling world of dog ownership. Puppies can be a lot of fun, but they do take quite a bit of work. There are various things your puppy needs to become the best version of itself, and proper training is one of the most critical factors.

Puppy training can appear overwhelming because there is so much for them to learn, but don’t you worry! We’ve provided some uncommon tips that can help you navigate a training regimen that will allow your new puppy to become healthy and happy as a new member of your family.

Crate Training

Crates are used for confining your puppy when you are not able to watch them. If your puppy is given ample time to become comfortable with their crate, it may become one of their favorite spots. Crates are great for the prevention of developing bad habits like inappropriate soiling or chewing.

Crates are great tools for house training too. Most canines won’t go to the bathroom in the same area that they sleep. If you puppy us in the crate when he isn’t outside or under supervision in the house, you may be able to prevent or avoid the habit of them going to the bathroom indoors.


Puppies should not be confined to a crate for more than a few hours, but this doesn’t mean they should have full access to the whole house. There are far too many things in your home that a puppy will chew on and potentially destroy, or worse, harm themselves. Simple solutions such as a baby gate can go miles in preventing unwanted behavior or developing bad habits.

Keep in mind that when a puppy gets the chance to do something it enjoys, such as chewing on furniture, they are more likely to repeat the behavior. Confinement in a small, predesignated room can keep them away from these opportunities.

Positive Reinforcement

During training, dogs respond to positive reinforcement better than punishment. Punishment may prevent unwanted behavior, but it does not teach your puppy what you actually want them to do. Extreme punishment can even lead to negative behaviors such as fear or aggression. Positive reinforcement during dog training makes your pup strive to do more of the things you want them to do.

It’s simple to get your pup to repeat the behaviors you want by rewarding them with treats, praise, and playtime. Redirect or ignore your puppy when they misbehave and reward good behavior. In no time, your pup will be exemplifying good behavior regularly.

Aldens Kennels provides award-winning 2-week board and train programs, that incorporate at-home strategies ensuring you can continue implementing effective training when returning home with your pup.

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