^^^^ Nmbr1Ballr - congrats on puppy !!
a) Basic commands come easier once the fun loving bond is established.
I do this by daily playing, sitting on the living room floor...first I want the pup to respond to my voice and keep eye focus on me.
I avoid treats for training, so I will gently guide a pup into a sit with my hand & use a hand signal for stay...tap the floor with my hand to get puppy down.
- with loads of love and praise
b) If you don't want pup up on the couch, shouldn't let it be there, in the first place / mine sure loves furniture, and is respectful of its own leather love seat.
- my pup earned privileges when its good / learn to listen to me, it can even go out the side door ahead of me & I feel they sense the cause & effect relationship
c) I use the word "ITCH" to discourage puppy destructive chewing...in a stern voice / love and praise immediately following compliance.
d) A few days to a few weeks, pup should know basic commands...other than a solid recall.
After I train inside the house, than I redo exercises outside where there are many more distractions and I can proof our lessons.
See my puppy training post:
A good training website:
Normally, when you buy from an ethical, reputable breeder, they have already taken care of that for you.
I dont think getting a decent crop is ever a waste of money, no matter what. Sometimes if you search for someone else to do something when you KNOW there is someone who will do an excellent job because you dont want to "waste" the extra money, you get what you pay for, and the poor dog suffers for it.
No offense, but if you cant afford that then why do you have a puppy in the first place? If you dont think they deserve the best then your priorities might need revamped.