MORE TRAINING TIPS
|* Start taking the pup in the car with you whenever possible.
Exposing him to new situations is important to building a well-rounded dog that
thinks, "oh yeah, this again (yawn)", vs one who panics. Expand
his frame of reference as best you can.
* Don't forget to expose her to different surfaces. A pup that's perfectly comfortable on carpet or cement may become terrified when they first feel a slippery linoleum or polished hardwood floor under their feet. I know it seems silly, but if you've ever seen a formerly confident pup suddenly splay-legged and refusing to move on a slick surface, I promise you won't be laughing.
* And don't forget that dogs don't think as we
do. 5 seconds after she ate the couch, your pup's on to the next interesting
thing. She'll watch you yell and talk about the months you spent finding
that perfect couch. And she'll look appropriately cowed. But she
ENJOYED tearing up that large stuffed toy, and she's really only reacting to
your anger. If you catch her in the act, go ahead and yelp loudly...it can help mark inappropriate behavior. But if it's 2 hrs later,
consider that she's not old enough to be left alone with such temptations.
Punch a pillow instead of your dog, and let it go. The damage is done and
you goofed in your assessment of what your dog was ready to handle.