Puppies that are bored stiff or are just left alone for far too long develop negative behaviors. If you start correcting the negative behaviors from the start, then you will have a really nice dog on your hands!
Deal with puppy bad behavior as soon as you bring your new puppy home. Training an older pup to behave properly is much harder than training a young puppy.
1. You Cant Get Me: Some puppies wont come to you or scoot away from you if you want to pick them up. If puppy allows you to get close, give him a treat and give those darling little ears a scratch. Human hands will be the good guys, not the bad guys.
2. My Food! Some pups will become very upset if humans get next to their food dish. You need to stop the guarding of the dish. Drop just one bit of food at a time, not dog food but a tiny piece of cooked chicken breast or hamburger, into the dish using your hand to do the dropping. Puppy will associate your hands with a good thing since those hands tasty things to eat. Then, after the puppy gets used to you dropping tasty morsels in his dish without growling or snapping, use your hands to move the dish over a bit with your hand. Finally, pick the dish up with your hand and put it back down. If puppy growls at you while you are doing the treat drop, touch and move, and lifting of the dish routines, just give a really loud No! to reprimand your pup for the growling.
3. Separation Anxiety: Just dont take off and leave your new puppy and hope for the best. Your puppy will suffer great anxiety and fear if he is left in the lurch. You have to be at home when you teach your puppy to be comfortable with being alone. Wherever you choose to put your pup when you leave him alone, put him in that chosen place when your are at home for a few minutes at a time. When you leave your pup in the area you have chosen, show no emotion, do not pet him, and always use the same words upon leaving, Ill be right back. When you greet your puppy upon your return, give a loving greeting mixed with a little petting, and move on with others things you have to do. A crate is a great place for a new puppy to reside when you will only be gone for an hour or two. If you will be gone for more than a few hours, your puppy will need an area that is larger than his crate to wait for your return. Make sure your puppy has a place to for his elimination needs and also make sure the place he will stay is safe.
4. On no! Digging!: Dogs were born to dig. They have the need to dig. Provide a dig area that is fenced off in your yard to serve as the doggie-digging place. If puppy starts digging in your no-dig zone, bring the little rascal back to his personal digging spot. This method works too, but it is a bit gross, but does stop the digging problem. Bury a little of your dogs feces in a hole they have dug, then cover the hole with dirt. No way is puppy, or any dog, going to dig in that spot. Digging loses its allure when feces are involved.