I am a first time Lab owner that recently took home an 8 week old red female lab. She is very energetic and very driven. She's pretty smart too as she has already picked up here, sit, and down. There are a couple of things I'd like to have some help on and I want to be sure I'm doing it the right way to maximize my bond with her and to show her love and appreciation. I've done lots of research, watched lots of videos, but the training videos don't necessarily cover the things I have questions on. So here they are.
1. Puppy likes to play-bite. I've read various methods to control the biting but her biting becomes painful and gashes our arms. What's the best way to teach her not to bite skin? Methods I've found have been redirection (giving her something that is ok to chew on) while saying yours. Is it also ok to tell her no bite? Other methods are a loud yelp when she bites too hard, grabbing her muzzle and telling her no bite, or grabbing the skin on the back of her neck and telling her no. I've read from multiple places, especially here, that positive reinforcement is what the puppy should be getting this young.
2. How to properly house-train the puppy. We have a Boston Terrier that's 7 years old and we think the puppy is marking territory. She'll pee for about a second but it's not a complete relief. She does have accidents where she will soil and urinate. The muzzle in her accident method was something we used with our Boston but that is a negative type of reinforcement. We've also picked her up immediately as she starts going and then proceeded to bring her outside and tell her potty. At this point though it seems she's completely done as she doesn't go potty.
3. Crate training. She's a loud cryer at night and I've understood that we are not to let her outside of the crate when she cries. I schedule nightly potty times about 3 hours apart. When I take her out she doesn't go. She has not had an accident in her crate yet, as we have the divider put up to limit her space and we also feed her there. She does go potty the 2nd time, so I'm thinking she can hold it longer than is expected for a pup this age. Please correct me if I'm making a wrong assumption.
Lastly, I live in Oakdale, CA, and would love to become a part of a local gun dog club. I'm going to be training her myself and have bought the Jackie Merten's Smart Beginnings video and the Basic Smartworks system. When is the ideal time to introduce a bumper?
Thank you for your help and taking the time to read my post.