Alright, so I'm not sure how to really word this. I'm not trying to write a novel, and I'm sure these problems have been addressed on here already. But maybe you guys can offer me new suggestions? Or encouragement.
We just recently adopted our 5 month old (Roman) for a local shelter. And he came somewhat trained. He knows Sit, Down, and Wait. Currently learning "Drop It" - And he's showing signs of previously being housebroken... unless he just learned in a matter of days...
And I've read that these pups are stubborn... and very smart. We're seeing it now.
At the moment, we're just having one issue with him. And that's his little nipping (teething?) issue. He loves to nip. At our hands, arms, elbows, legs, feet, and his favorite... our butts. Every time, I firmly tell him "NO BITE" and try to redirect him to one of his toys and he'll mouth it for a couple seconds until he realizes he's not as interested in that at the moment and he comes back to us. We've tried the muzzle grabbing thing, again, firmly say "NO BITE" but as soon as we let go, it's like we're saying "GAME ON!" and he acts like it's a game. Some times when we try to grab his muzzle, he runs away like "aaahh haaaa, can't get me" which makes him more playful and more nippy. Seriously, once the toys and muzzle thing don't work... we bring the cat out. The cat (Leeloo) has never struck Roman, just hisses and poofs up and he's somewhat intimidated by her... but we place her in her bed under our coffee table and he instantly calms down. Weird huh.
And I almost feel like every time he nips at us and we give him a toy, does he think it's a reward? Orrrrrr? I mean, I clearly make it known by my tone that biting is unacceptable and when I hand him the toy... I make it known that the toy is good.
And I wanted to address the housebreaking. I take him out frequently and he's actually getting quite good. No messes since yesterday! Yaayy! He pees when he's excited and we've come to terms with that, we're working on keeping him calmer when it's appropriate. But we noticed how he likes to try to trick us. When he goes outside, I will give him a treat when he goes "potty" - and he'll pee as soon as he goes outside. Great! But then he'll "pee" again... he'll squat like the first time and come running over for another treat. But nothing comes out. And oh boy, he's so proud of himself. He'll do this several times. Do I give him a treat for pretending that he's peeing? Each time?
He gets tons of play time when dad gets home and once he's healed up from getting "fixed" I'll be able to walk/jog with him (maybe you'll find me in a heeling thread soon). Unless I'm able to now? He was fixed on the 11/18/12. We'll be taking him to obedience classes soon as well. It's still our first week together, ya know?
Anyway. Thank you for reading this, sorry if I'm all over the place. Any suggestions are appreciated. And we're so in love with this puppy and breed, we know this phase is a tough one... and we're just trying to find the best way to deal with it.