some of you may know that my new stafy came home on saturday, a beautiful 8 week old pure bred....now im askign for some advice.
firstly, im am trying my best to toilet train him, but obviously he is gonna have accidents etc, which im not to fussed about.
during the day he is inside in a play pen attached to his crate, im usually out of the house for about 9-10 hours a day, so understandably he will need to wee during some stage of the day, as soon as i take him out he does another one usually followed by a number 2.... lots of praise is given and all seems well..... now during the night he is in his play pen and crate too and i usually wake up to find a wee on the floor again..... not to worry, i take him outside, he does a #1 and #2, again lots of praise, a quck play and then back in the crate and play pen and off to work.....
now my question, during the night while he is supposed to be sleeping, is it ok to shut the crate doors and leave him in there all night?
second question is about his biting, being only 8 weeks old its understandable that he want to chew, and i have toys for him to do so, its when he starts chewing hands it becomes a problem.... he teeth are so sharp that it does start to hurt at times, esspecially with a 8 year old aroudn the house too, its gonan hurt her more.... now ive read that we should push our hands furster into his mouth when he bites, to make him wanna spit our hand out, however all that seems to do is knock him over and then he sees it as a game...... any ideas?
thanks in advanced