First, I currently have a 2 Ĺ month old yellow lab thatís crate in a 6ft sq play/exercise pen inside and Ĺ acre fenced back yard. While he was very easy to house break, stays in the crate at night with no problem but has started barking during the day while in the play/exercise pen. He is let out twice at night and several times thru ought the day but when placed back in the pen heís constantly barking and jumping. Iím not a big fan of just letting him run free in the backyard and wanted to avoid putting him in a large yard kennel. Whatís my best options to control the barking & jumping while inside?
Second, Iíve just started throwing a few bumpers and keeping him on a check cord but heís constantly biting on the cord. Whatís my best option to reduce the biting or in due time heíll leave it alone.
This is my first lab and any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.