I've tried to imagine it will go away in time as my puppy gets more familiar with situations, people, objects, etc., but I'm going to just come out and admit it.. My dog is timid. I don't mind that she gets scared of objects laying on the ground and won't go near them. If she hears a loud noise she usually runs the other way. And the most important of all, which is the reason I am writing for suggestions will follow. When I originally found this site I started reading the training pages looking for a nice spot to start. I read everything from the beginning, and decided to start at the "Lure", and "Stand". I skipped the part about how to properly have your dog accept a treat, which I just decided to go back to since my pup wasn't accepting as nicely as I wanted. When my dog doesn't accept properly I give a sharp "OUCH!", remove my hand from the area quickly, and walk about 5 feet away. When I walk back (probably 15 seconds later) to make another attempt, my dog wants nothing to do with trying to get the treat. I really have to coax her to even keep her from lying down and looking ashamed. Am I going about this wrong? If there are any tips for my general problem with her being timid I would greatly appreciate your advice as well. My dog is a 5 month old female Golden Retriever.