Puppies are just like our newborn babies. They keep on learning different things from their environment and surroundings. In this blog, we will know the life skills to teach your puppy. It is very important to teach the puppy different life skills, as it will help the dog live a happier life. Moreover, the best way to train a puppy is to use positive reinforcement techniques.

A dog owner or a dog trainer can simply use different positive reinforcement techniques while training their dog. One of them can be using toys, food, treats, etc. that are liked the puppy. 

Let’s learn about some essential life skills that you need to teach your puppy while training.

3 life skills to teach your puppy through training

1. Crate Training

Train your dog in such a way that they can see a crate or their cage as their den. They should be able to sleep, relax, and feel safe in their crate or cage. This is what crate training is.

Crate training is a very beneficial part of training a puppy. It will benefit both, you and your puppy. There will be a situation where you will be enjoying your “me time” and, on the other hand, your puppy will be enjoying his “me time” in his crate or cage. It will also prepare your puppy to adjust when you are working or socializing. 

Here are a few points that you should consider while crate-training your puppy.

  1. Never punish your puppy locking him in his crate. Do not use their crate as a medium for punishment. 
  2. Provide your puppy with a spacious crate. Make sure you do not end up suffocating your puppy. 
  3. Do not leave your puppy in the crate for a long time.
  4. Do not get fooled or blackmailed those puppy eyes or cute howling. Don’t let out your puppy just because he is continuously whining. 

The age at which you should start crate training your puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks.

2. Toilet Training 

Puppies have very small bladders. It takes a lot of time to get them completely housetrained. Be patient with them. Your puppy’s body and organs are still growing and developing. Toilet training is without doubt the most difficult. But once you have achieved this target, the feeling is incredible. It’s similar to a one-time investment of time that has long-term benefits.

The age at which you should start toilet training your puppy is between 6 and 8 weeks.

3. Important Commands

It is very important to teach your puppy some important commands. This will help in getting them more disciplined. Also, they are surely going to enjoy this part of their training. 

Some important commands may include the following.

  • Sit
  • Stand
  • Jump
  • Yes
  • No
  • Okay
  • Wait

The age at which you should start crate training your puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks. Start teaching a combination of commands when your puppy is between 3 and 4 months old.


Puppies are eager pupils. They are new to this world. Puppies are not aware of anything. Everything is new to them. They are trying their best to understand and learn about the things around them.

But the thing is that they get easily distracted.

Hence, make sure that the training sessions are short and fun. Just try to be consistent. Also, always use positive reinforcement techniques. Appropriate techniques for training them can make training sessions fun for you and your puppy as well. 

Always remember there are always some Dos and Don’ts while training your dog?

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