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He is so cute! To reassure you, he sounds like a really healthy, normal puppy to me. He’s testing the waters, exploring his surroundings, and actively trying to play with you, so in spite of mishaps, those are all great signs he’s settling in.
If the pig’s ear has any behavioral effect it’s likely to be calming because he can direct some chewing energy. I bet he loves it!
To me it sounds like insecurity around what is normal puppy behavior and what isn’t, and I think your trainer will really help to reassure you. In the meantime, remind your 8 year old that the puppy is really a baby. He has to be taught everything you want him to learn, and he wants to be good because he’s already becoming connected to your family. It just takes time to teach him to be an adult dog. Remind him when the puppy’s nippy that he’s trying to play, so his feelings aren’t hurt, but teach him how to respond by stopping play for a moment. It doesn’t mean the puppy doesn’t like him or wants to hurt him, but even my 11 and 12 year olds needed that verbal reassurance once in a while.
Regarding the bed, it might need to be treated with an enzymatic cleaner if it soaked past the sheets. If he’s peeing in the same spot, he might be able to smell it even though humans can’t. Anytime he is there, make sure he is being watched closely enough that you can interrupt him immediately if he starts to pee. If he can’t be watched that closely, give him a break in his crate or ex pen or whatever you are using for potty training.
It’s crazy, I know, but it calms down!