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I adopted an 8 week old puppy from a shelter and had him for a month now so he about 12 weeks now. I try to train him everyday but he is getting worse instead of better. I got a gate to confine him to one area and he goes insane by barking whenever I leave the room. When I try to play with him, all he does is bite and jumps on me. I give him PLENTY of chew toys and I reward him for good behavior but it doesn't seem to work. I tried yelping, ignoring him, giving him time out.. nothing works....What else can I do?
 

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1) Give him more exercise. Several 5 to 10 minute walks are required every day. Or teach him to retrieve a tennis ball. Throw the ball for 10 minutes and you do not need to go outside to do that.
2) Read all the sticky's regarding early puppy hood training.
3) Crate train him.
4) Start teaching him that seperation is good. Desensitize the seperation anxiety by treating him when he is quiet after you leave a room. This is where a crate can be useful.
 

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Read these two free downloads: http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
Read the Sticky: The Bite Stops Here in the new owner section.

Your puppy is starting to teethe, and he's gaining some confidence, so he's looking for more interaction and for more independence.

Nipping - Assuming that you've read the Sticky: The Bite Stops Here. Rather than yelping, try saying Ouch! or Oops!. What you need is a word to mark the nipping in addition to ignoring him:

Read this and note the 3 days and the apology....

Some Tweaks to Bite Inhibition (to get him to stop biting when he wants to play):
1. When the pup bites, then yelp. It should sound about like what the pup does when you step on its paw... don't step on his paw for a sample :). When you yelp, the pup should startle briefly and stop nipping. Praise and pet. He'll bite.
2. When he bites the second time, Yelp. When he stops, praise and pet. He'll nip again, although it may be a little gentler. ...
3. When he bites a third time, Yelp (see a pattern?). But this time, turn your back for 15 - 30 secs. If he comes around and play bows or barks, then that is an apology. This is important. Accept it, praise and pet... and cringe in expectation of the next nip...
4. When he bites the 4th time, Yelp, then leave the area, placing him in a 2 min. time-out. It is better if you can leave, rather than moving him. Then, return and interact. (He's still hungry...)
5. When he nips the fifth time, yelp, and leave the area, stopping interaction for now.

Pups need to sleep over night in order to learn their lessons. So, keep doing this for 3 days. By the third day, you should notice signficant Bite Inhibition. He may still nip, but it will be softer and he won't draw blood. Keep up the training and make sure that everyone yelps.... Very powerful method.

If you learn the technique, then you can apply the "yelp" to other circumstances, also. I believe that "yelp" is "Please don't do that, I don't like it." in dog communication. I currently use the yelp when my dog plays tug, then runs with the toy, when he fetches and keeps it out of reach or when he takes a treat too quickly....
 

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I agree with NevAllen and hanksimon. Teething with my pup Tori has been a total nightmare a lot of things didn't work for her so we adjusted and found a way that has worked better than anything else. The most important thing to remember when getting a puppy is that it is far from an easy ride, you have to have endless patience and determination to work things through.

You mentioned you've been trying to train your pup everyday but don't actually mention what you're attempting to train him to do or how long you train him for per day. Short sessions are preferable at the beginning also rotate the commands he knows. For instance constantly saying sit will get a little boring for him, just imagine being told to sit all the time without a variation. With my admittedly low experience this works better and provides just a tiny bit more stimulation. For teething a fantastic thing to buy is a Kong get some of the yummy pastes you can put in it, freeze and then give to your pup. It can be absolutely invaluable for teething and as an added bonus provides your puppy with some mental stimulation.
I hope this helps a little.
 

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One thing I haven't seen said here is find a puppy play class to join or find another dog that is good with puppies. Dogs are WONDERFUL teachers. They also can play rougher and longer then we can so your puppy is tired out more often.
 

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Puppy classes and puppy social groups have been awesome for us. Time has also helped a lot with the craziness. Hamilton is 5 months tomorrow and waaaay more easy to live with than he was at 8 weeks. He's also graduated puppy class, and goes to social groups twice a week to help burn his energy and meet new people and dogs. He also has lots of "busy" toys like kongs and things to put treats and food in which keeps his brain going.
 

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Thanks guys for all the suggestions!!!! I am going to try them all and hope they work as my hands are falling off from all the biting haha :)
 
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