This weekend my Maltese X shih tzu puppy will have been with me for 2 weeks now.
He's adorable but he's a real handful. Sometimes to the point where I'm mentally exhausted by him.
To bring you up to speed I've had a behaviorist/trainer come to my house for training. Plus he starts puppy pre-school on Thursday going for 4 weeks.
He's going ok despite the chewing and the occasional bout of biting/snapping when playing which is getting better because each time he does it I "bite" his neck with my hand (not hurting him but firm in the middle) until he goes limp on the ground (as instructed by the trainer) and after a few times he doesn't bite and only licks me.. for which he is praised greatly.
I think I'm starting to adjust to him properly and fully "get" how I have to be, EG I must be firm with him and I MUST give him structure and reliability. Always repeat behavior and make things clear for him.
Which is fine but I'm a little unsure of two things right now.
Jumping- He loves to jump up on you and things, puts his paws up on the couch etc.... and to be really honest, I don't mind it... it's not an issue for me. But everyone seems to think it's a problem (trainers other dog owners I talk to).. so i've been "biting" him when he does it until he stops, and he's kind of got the message. But I feel bad, because I actually quite like him jumping up and being excited so sometimes I get a bit lax with stopping him because i'd literally be "biting" him constantly which I hate because I don't want him to be a sloth that just lies there not doing anything.
But at the same time I can't be sending him mixed messages, otherwise he a) won't understand b)won't respect me
Toilet training- I live in apartment which I can easily get outside from but I work full time so face the facts he's going to need to wee/poo inside during the day. I've been putting down newspaper and he seems to like going on it (most) of the time now. I also try supervising him and locking him in the bathroom (with me in there as well) and then waiting until he finally goes then praising/giving him a treat. He still has the occasional squirt/poo though on the carpet in a weird area although I don't punish him, I just clean it up and spray the spot with white vinegar hoping he won't go back there.
I really would prefer him to go when we're outside on his walks (twice a day right now) But he just doesn't seem to want to.. plus i'm worried that I'm training him well to go on the paper in the toilet for when i'm away, how will he learn the difference???????
I'm really quite confused on a lot of things...
FYI, I know working full time is bad for a puppy but I'm literally with him every second i'm home and he gets plenty of varied training time and WALKS with a varied route every time and plenty of slow introduction to traffic, other dogs and people.
I am a very commited owner and life time animal lover so he is very well taken care of.