Training a Puppy: Input From Respected Trainers

Training a Puppy: Input From Respected Trainers

It’s National Train Your Dog Month, so we hope that our place on the calendar brings a heightened level of awareness to the necessities of giving your furry loved one the best possible start in its life with you. Puppies are truly bundles of joy, but they obviously require a lot of work and should only be given the proper amount of attention and dedication in order to get their training handled. Assuming that’s happening with your situation, we’d like to be the first to congratulate you on your new addition to your pack. Your new friend will provide you with years of memories, companionship and happiness. Secondly, we’re sure you’re already looking into the best ways of training a puppy, and KONG Box is here to help.

KONG Box not only provides solutions that help with training a puppy, such as a dog separation anxiety box, a dog teething box and others, but for the nearly 50 years we’ve been in business, we’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of high-quality and widely-respected dog trainers. Recently, we asked a few of them about some steps to consider when training a puppy, and you’ll find some of those answers below.

  1. Dog chewing is a common challenge for people who are training a puppy. What do you recommend new owners do to combat the problems that arise from dog chewing?

I hear so often of puppies that don’t understand the appropriate things to chew, but they are babies after all. I always recommend games of trading them for what they should chew on and rewarding them. An easy way to do this is ensuring that they have a loaded KONG at their mouthiest times of the day. Take a KONG and fill it with a little peanut butter, yogurt or goat milk and some tasty treats, mix it all up and let your pup enjoy. It will feel good to chew, it’s great for sharp puppy teeth and they get rewarded with everything you place inside the KONG at the same time.


This also gives pet parents a nice break mentally too. While their dog is learning to stay focused and isn’t chewing items they shouldn’t be, parents can take a nice breath and relax for a moment.


Pro tip: Get a few ready at a time and freeze them. So no matter if it’s a reward after training or something for your dog to focus on, you have it ready. 


Nicole Ellis, Certified Animal Trainer & Pet Lifestyle Expert


  1. Training a puppy takes time. A lot of people don’t think they have the time necessary to do this properly. What do you say to that?

Over the past 3 decades training dogs, and more importantly their owners, I hear one thing over and over again: “I don’t have time to train my dog.” I get it – time is a very precious resource. Being a Mom of 2 human children as well as a dog and cat mom and a business owner, I completely get the no time thing. So the less I have to do, the better. Full disclosure, I am also the laziest trainer ever. That’s why I love KONG so much. I make the KONG toy do all the training. Instead of me doling out the treats, I make the KONG do it.


The #1 cause of bad doggie behavior is boredom. Especially young adolescent dogs who have way more energy than they know what to do with. When they get bored, they get into trouble. We foolish humans have a tendency to ignore a well behaved dog and only give them attention when they bark, jump, or dig. New dog owners need to be PROactive and not REactive.


Get your dog tired mentally and physically with some training sequences. A five-minute training session done 2 or 3 times a day really helps to wear out your dog. Five minutes of mental exercise is worth about 20 minutes of physical exertion. There are countless benefits to mental training sessions. Your dog will learn to listen to you better and commands proficiency will increase. When your session is over, give your dog a delicious KONG stuffed with his meal. No need to add potentially high-fat and high-calorie treats to your dog’s diet. Just use his meal. Take away those food bowls and make him work for his meal by using treats for training and what’s left over, put in a KONG.


Cindy Scott, Certified Master Trainer
The Dogs Etc

KONG Box Is Here To Help

Yes, training a puppy takes time, but if it’s done right and efficiently, it won’t take as much time as many people would otherwise think. With the appropriate toys and schooling, problems like dog chewing that mostly relate to dog teething and boredom can be handled. KONG Box offers a plethora of solutions for just that, and as you can see from above, even the best dog trainers out there depend on the KONG brand to help them achieve the results they desire not only for their clients’ dogs, but for their own.

You don’t need to be a professional dog trainer to make headway when it comes to training a puppy. You just need the right mindset, the right level of commitment to getting it done and of course the right supplies to help you along your way. For generations, KONG Box has been the provider of those supplies, and we’re always ready and excited to work with new dog owners who want to handle training on their own. We tend to tell people who work with us that training a puppy really is like an investment, in that the more you put into it, the more reward you’re going to ultimately enjoy. That investment only takes weeks or perhaps a few months, but the benefits last for years. Please take a look at our offerings for help with training a puppy, and we’d like to sincerely thank the trainers above who contributed to this informational article.

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