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New Puppy Owner--- HELP!
We got our Havanese puppy 4 weeks ago and she is now 14 weeks old. We have ever owned a dog and are in need of some expert advice. For weeks before we brought Pixie home I read and studied, thought I was well prepared, but now I sometimes feel lost.
At this point she has learnedl sit and leave it, she knows her name, came home crate trained at night and doesn't mind it in the day too much for the short times I have her in there. SHe's met quite a few people from kids to adults and a couple of dogs. She gets along with everyone just fine and loved playing with my sister's dog. I'm home with her all the time, so she has our kitchen and family room to roam, and I do watch her VERY closely. She is at the point that she'll go for 45 - 60 minutes without having to go potty. She will ring the bell to go out, but I sometimes don't wait for her to ring it when I think it's "that time".
The issues we're having are:
1 - She'll go for 4 - 5 days without any accidents, then have 1 or 2 in a day. She only goes outside, no newpapers or potty pads. Is this just that she's still young and still learning??? And if so, what is an average age for a Hav to be housebroken?
And 2 - When she gets the zoomies or just excited and playful, she tries to bite.... clothes, fingers, socks, feet. Also when she's done her business (even when it's VERY cold and windy outside) she acts like she wants to come in but kind of growls and jumps around like she doesn't. For her biting I've been reading on these boards that some have had sucess with looking her in the eye, and firmly saying "No bite". We've tried that and when it doesn't work we repeat it and then leave the room for a minute or two. What are we doing wrong???
Sorry this is so long! Any advice will be greatly appreciated.