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Dog advice contradictions

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Posted here a while back about puppy selection (found a blacklab/mutt from shelter) and some bite advice (he was only 8 weeks old). Mostly going well, still working on the angry/sleepy/hungry snap or bite. It happens. Thanks for all the great advice.
Here are some contradictions I have seen, even on this website:
1. Maintain eye contact / look away when trying to stop biting.
2. Move to other room from biting dog / never leave dog unattended, not even a moment.
3. Say NO BITE / do NOT say NO BITE
4. Play tug of war/do NOT play of war
5. Try ONE technique and stick with it/List of 5 or 10 things to always do
6. Punish/don’t punish (I don’t need advice here – I will not physically punish the dog, no matter the opinions of many/few)
Also, a small loop I am sometimes in – dog eliminates in the evening, then wants to play, then has to drink…then has to go at 2am.
Or – dog eliminates, I refuse to give him water after 8pm, he becomes …desperate for a drink around 11, to the point of not sleeping/howling.
So – water, or no water, in the evenings? (Refusing to play after going out at 8 or so is not really an option – he’s wide awake and ready to romp.)
Thoughts? Thanks…
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A couple more: Collar or harness? Short leash or "spring loaded extendable?"

Finally - and off topic - this dog loves learning tricks. He catches on quick, and has excellent memory (so far). One thing he hates, though - ROLL OVER. He loves to do it on his own, he loves belly rubs, but he will not do it on command...?
Others have sufficiently addressed the "contradictions" part of your post so I wont go there.

Depends on how strong your dog is and how well you have trained him to walk on a loose leash. If he is constantly pulling your shoulder out of your socket, I would be fitting him with a Gentle Walker Harness and using a strong leash and actively training him to be more polite and walk with a loose leash.

If he walks politely and has a good recall, then a Gentle Leader Halter with extendable line would not be an issue.

On the roll over, go back to basics and shape it. Nice tasty rewards given for each step towards the final action. If he continues to be stubborn, when you have him lying on his side, with his head up and back looking over his shoulder, you can always grab a hold of the front leg thats on the ground and use it as lever to flip him over - huge rewards when he goes over.
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