Alright, so far we have basically covered when the pup is good to leave it's mom and litter mates, kennel training, and punishment. When I discussed punishment I sincerely believe you should not do any form of punishment when teaching commands until the dog is around 5 months because you want that dog to realize that it's fun to do what you ask of it not to fear you. Punishment for things such as chewing on items that are not theirs is a different story. I believe I made the mistake of using physical punishment when it was unwarranted so I warn against this. I'm not saying that a dog may not need a good little reminder every now and then but it's how and when you do it. Minor infractions shouldn't be dealt with in a physical way. Again, do not punish your dog unless you catch them in the act because they simply will not understand what they did. The dog can read you and they will be able to tell you are angry but they will not understand why unless it is as they are doing it. My biggest problem was trying to punish Trigger when he was a puppy because as soon as I raised my voice Coda would come slinking over and roll onto her back or lick my face as if saying 'I don't know what I did but I'm really sorry.' She just didn't understand that my anger wasn't directed towards her. I think my punishment on Trigger when he was a puppy was to harsh too. I use to spank him for his bad behavior(chewing, clawing the wall, etc) and he would collapse like he had been shot. He was a sensitive puppy compared to Coda because when she got spanked she just looked at me like 'that's all you've got.' The other problem is that it didn't stop Trigger from doing it again so physical punishment was almost completely detrimental to his training where as it worked great with Coda. My point is that in the future I will not be using physical punishment unless it is a serious offense such as barking at a guest, biting, or aggressive behavior. There are just better ways to train.