I don't know why you say crate training is not an option. Crate
training is the best, quickest, and most humane way to train a
puppy. It follows the way the dog would live in the wild with
the mother. The puppy won't go in the den because of part
instinct and part what the mother taught when weening the
puppy. If you crate train, the puppy will be in its most
natural environment and the whole bathroom issue will be
solved. The book The Monks of New Skete; The Art of Raising A
Puppy gives an excellent rationale for crate training, the
procedure to follow, and some sample schedules depending on your
work schedule. I highly recommend you get it right away and
jump to Chapter 11.
As far as the nipping at the ankles and ripping the clothes-that
is not the puppy's "way of playing." He (She?) is trying to
assert *** and the puppy will do the same thing with the
mother and the other puppies in the litter. How would the
mother of this puppy handle it? She would bite the puppy firmly
between her jaws and hold him to the ground until the puppy
started the scream and cry holy ***. She would let him go
and then probably catch him again and do it one more time to
make sure he got the message. What would the puppy do? Act
like it was being ***ed and then, three seconds after its
released, start wagging its tail,***ing the mother's face, and
go off to play with the other puppies.
You need to begin discipling that puppy right away before it's
too late. When the puppy nips at you or other people, grab it
(don't lift) by the back scruff of the neck, shake the puppy
strongly, and make a very loud noise or a loud "Hey!" (avoid
saying 'no' it becomes over-used). The puppy will act very
scared, cower down, and look hurt (almost enought to break your
heart), but I guarantee you, about three seconds after, the
puppy will be back to being happy and won't hate you for the
discipline. The puppy will love and respect you even more.
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