Puppy Training Tips for Kennel Training and Potty Training

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: April 5, 2018

In this Omaha puppy training session we worked with Archie, a nine-month-old Pomeranian who needed help with potty training and kennel training.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Archie’s guardian about her main puppy behavior concerns. One of her concerns was that Archie was still going potty in the house. We chatted about using positive reinforcement to help Archie learn to go outside and if he didn’t use the kennel to restrict his freedom so he didn’t’ sneak off and go inside of the house.

You only want to wait about 30-45 minutes between letting him outside and using the kennel to contain him between potty breaks until he successfully goes outside. To see how I built up a positive association between the Archie and his crate training you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video, at first Archie was a little hesitant to go inside of his kennel. An important thing to do at this point is to be patient and let Archie choose to go into his kennel on his own instead of trying to force him in or rush him. That way he makes the choice on his own and he will be more and more likely to go into his kennel quickly moving forward.

By the end of the session Archie was learning to go into his kennel on his own and use a release word to come out of his kennel to build up self control. To keep up with this good behavior Archie’s guardian will want to continue to use our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward him for good behavior and keep up with the rules and structure that we discussed in our session. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Archie’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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