Potty Training Your Puppy: Make sure you feed your dog at regular times every day as this makes bathroom breaks regular as well. Feed your puppy 2-3 times a day. As soon as he is finished eating, take him to a grassy "potty area". Speak words "go potty" or "go in grass" before and while he is eliminating. Be sure to praise him when he is done.
What you are doing is building word associations with dog that will allow you to encourage his potty activity on command. This comes in handy when you and your dog are at unusual locations and at pit stops during long haul travel. It also saves you from cleaning unwanted fecal material off carpet at home.
It is a good idea to train your puppy to use a place where you can easily clean up and dispose of droppings into sewer. This is because worms that infect dogs and make them sick get spread around through eggs or larvae found in feces. Some, like roundworm, can also infect children.
Reprimanding Your Puppy: Talk to puppies like you would to children when they do something wrong. Tell them "no" and show them immediately what correct behavior should be and reward them for doing it right. After a few times they'll know how to do it right.
For example, tell him "NO" when you catch him chewing shoes. Then immediately give him his own toys to chew and cheer him on to chew on toys. Praise him for doing so.
Use sparingly those reprimanding words like "No," "Stop that," "get off" and "bad dog!" Instead use more praises to reward good behavior in your dogs, this way reprimands will take on stronger meaning. A correct reprimand is short, sharp and immediate. Only reprimand when you catch your dog doing something wrong, and punish only with your voice. Hitting, kicking, slapping or spanking your dog can create more problems and usually makes existing problems worse. You may just end up with a barking and chewing dog, one that is leery, hand-shy, fearful or aggressive. If you really have to spank one with your hand, just slap him across behind.