I have a Jack Russel Pup of 8weeks of age.He's very good,and behaves well,the only problems are:
He 'bites' you when you walk
'bites' your clothes when you try to get dressed.
Does anything to get hold of the toilet paper an mess the whole house up with it.
Last,but certainly not least, he has a doggy bed beside ours,and sleeps on it,but whenever he wakes up and doesn't see us,he starts howling and barking until we pick him up and put him in bed with us.
I know he still needs that motherly care and comfort,but I'm scared that this will never stop.Please help!Thanx.
It sounds as though your pup is displaying pretty normal puppy behavior. Both these problems are common, but that doesn't make them any less irritating or worrying for you!
As far as the biting goes, this sort of nipping and biting is often called 'mouthing' and almost every puppy in the world does it. Some breeds (Shepherds and Terriers are some of the worst!), tend to do it more than others though.
It can also depend on how early the puppy was removed from it's mom and siblings, as 'bite inhibition' (learning just how much biting, and how hard, is allowed) is learned mainly through playing with litter mates.
Puppy biting is generally an attention seeking behavior, but can also be a sign of potential dominance. As your pup is only 8 weeks old, it's most likely that he's just trying to 'play' with you and is looking for attention.
Firstly, whenever he starts to bite or nip, say "Ouch, no bite!" or something similar, loudly and firmly. Don't shout or yell, but make it loud and sharp enough to get his attention, it should startle him at least the first few times!
Next, make sure to withdraw your attention whenever he starts biting and mouthing. Stop whatever interaction you're having with him (playing, petting etc.), avoid eye-contact, cross your arms and ignore him for a few minutes. If he keeps biting at you, walk away or leave the room if necessary.
After a few minutes, resume whatever it is you were doing, but repeat the same procedure if he starts biting again.
Puppies learn through association, so you want him to associate his mouthing, with losing your attention and approval. Although it may take several days (or even weeks if he's very stubborn) for you to notice an improvement in his behavior, if you're consistent and patient he WILL get the message!
To help even more, you can also spray your hands, arms, pant legs etc. with a product called "Bitter Apple' (find it in any petstore or online). It tastes very bitter and dogs usually hate it. Your pup will not be inclined to 'chew' on you so much if you taste nasty.
Howling at night
Your puppy is still a tiny baby, and you're right that he does need lots of love and 'mothering', BUT he also needs to learn that he has to sleep in his own bed, not yours!
It's natural for him to want to snuggle up with you, and of course you love him lots and so want to comfort him when he's howling and crying. However, when he's been given his own comfy bed he needs to associate that with sleeping, and not be allowed to decide where he spends the night.
Although I know how difficult this will be (trust me, I've had to do this before), you need to refuse to pick him up and put him on your bed when he wakes up and cries for you in the night.
It's okay to reach down and pet him briefly, adding a few quiet, reassuring words, so that he knows he's not alone. But that's all, don't pick him up. He's already learned to associate his howling with getting into your nice warm bed, so you're going to have to be patient while he re-learns that this behavior is no longer rewarding.
Again, it could take days, or weeks, depending on how stubborn he is, but do not give in, it's very important that you win this battle of wills. It'll be repeated over and over again with different situations as your puppy grows up, and he needs to consistently be reassured that you're in charge, not him. It makes for a happier, more secure dog eventually.
I know it's terrible to listen to him cry, and very frustrating when you're exhausted and have to get up for work, but it's vital that you stay strong! If you give in just once, you'll have set the whole process back all over again.
The good news is, that if you're consistent, loving, and patient, he will soon understand what's expected of him and everyone will be able to get some sleep!
Congratulations on your puppy, best of luck on your puppy-parenting journey.