I just recently purchased a Daschund (around 3-4 months old I believe) for my girlfriend as an X-Mas gift. I don't have really much experience with pets, and she has some with another pet, but never raised it really. As you can imagine it's been a bit hellish these first few days. He's obviously teething so it will chew on anything. Also seems to be a pretty bad biter. I'll let him bite my arms/hands a little, but sometimes he'll really clamp down and actually hurt me. I've read a few different things I should do, reaction to that. Main one was to let out a loud "Ouch" or some other kind of cry and then walk away from him. Saw something else saying to let my hand go limp, after the bite. Neither has been successful thus far.
Potty training has been the other big hurdle. He absolutely refuses to go outside and do his business. At night I believe it's because it might be too cold for him so that's understandable. During the day, or after eating/napping though he won't do a thing. Just before I literally took him out after I woke up, we walked to the usual spots I'm hoping he'll use and nothing. Then I get upstairs, sit down at my computer, turn around and he squats and pees in the middle of the living room. Needless to say it's frustrating that I JUST took him out and he refused to go outside and waited until inside instead.
Sleeping, for us, has been a bit of a battle, though that's to be expected. First night he was in his crate/cage in the living room and us in our bedroom. He whined and whimpered all night. The following night (last night) I decided that we would bring the cage into the room so he knows that we are there with him. Problem is he had been sleeping in this little bed we plan on using for him, by my side for a majority of the night. So when I put him in the crate/cage and put him in the room he was none to pleased. I went to the bathroom to wash my hands real quick, came back and immediately smelled bad news. He pooped all over the cage and pissed in it. It was obviously due to nerves and not liking the situation. I want to put that bed he likes in the crate, but I don't want him to soil it. And I plan on that being his bed outside the crate for when I feel comfortable leaving him unsupervised.
Obviously he's got a lot to learn and I plan on being patient, with him. I've read up on numerous tricks/tips for various things and they don't really appear to be working. Definitely not gonna give up though because we do love him. Just gonna be a rough couple of few weeks/months.
TL:DR version: Got a new puppy, and need some tips/pointers that could work.
Also any suggestions for products is cool too. Thinking of getting a play pen for him. Also anything like reusable pee pads or something? We are running through those like they're going out of style.