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So I've had my [male] beagle puppy for about a month now. I love him to death, but training him has been extremely frustrating and I feel like I've gotten no where. On top of that, I'm starting to get increasingly irritated with other peoples misplaced remarks/comments about him. To give you a little bit of information about his living situation, he is crate trained, I live in an apartment, I have a little play-pin area for him, I feed him 2x per day (morning/night), I bring him to the park for 2 hours in the morning and then again for 2 hours at night after dinner.
The good (including but not limited to):
Extremely playful Goes to bed in his crate without a bark and sleeps through the night without a peep Goes potty almost every time I bring him outside Trained him to sit Doesnt howl/bark (unless he thinks i'm getting/giving him food and he thinks im taking too long to do so)
The Bad (or atleast what i'm getting frustrated with):
He doesn't know how to play without biting I'm having trouble teaching him any other command other than sit (which is shaky at best) I can't seem to teach him to let me know when he has to go to go out to go potty (he still pee's inside, the only reason I think he even pees outside is because I bring him out every 30 minutes) He doesn't listen to me
Now, I know a lot of the "bad" that I listed is completely normal behavior for a puppy, but I'm getting a little disappointed with how much time/effort I've been putting in to try to train him and I feel as if my progress is little-to-none. I always have my eyes on him so I almost always catch him when he pee's inside so I pick him up, carry him to the door, say "potty" while touch his paw to the door. Then, I proceed to take him out, usually he has a little left in him so he'll finish outside. But, then he thinks it's playtime and gets distracted with anything and everything outside (dirt, sticks, bugs, BUSHES) and getting him to come back inside can be very draining… especially when this is happening every 30 minutes – 1 hour.
He isn't listening to my commands and when I try and use training treats he looks the other way and proceeds to do whatever he wants. I try to tug on his leash to at least get his attention, show him the treat, but nothing. Or, sometimes I'll retrace my steps but he's not even paying attention to me, his mind is too busy trying to smell or eat a bush/stick.
The biggest issue right now is that I cant play with him without him biting. I've looked up every video and tip, but he has SO much energy when he's playing that nothing seems to distract him. He goes a million miles an hour and is hyperfocused on getting those teeth on fingers, legs, feet, toes, hair, noses, anything at all. He has a million toes, raw hides, bones, sticks, you name it, but he seems to want to bite anything and everything besides what he's allowed to bite. Granted, I know he's teething and I dont suspect that it's aggressive biting, but with the amount of energy he has the effects of the bite feel as if it's aggressive biting. I try to tell him to sit or distract him but he has a mind of his own and rarely listens. How do I train him to not have his first instinct be to open his mouth at someone when they're just trying to play with him. Sorry if these are all normal things that should be happening, I'm worried i"m doing something wrong and I want to make sure to give him the best training possible. I've been thinking about putting him in training lessons, but I'm trying to avoid that if possible given that I'm a law school student and I have limited income. I have the means and I wouldn't have gotten a puppy if I didn't; however, I have the type of personality to at least try put some effort in on my own as I'm generally a pretty capable person. Any and all advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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