My puppy is a weimaraner, he is 7 weeks old. I know it's natural for puppies to bite, due to teething. How do I get him to tone it down? I yelp,redirect him to toys, it's not working. Does anybody have any ideas? Also, when will he start getting the potty training down?
Teething is a work in progress, what you are doing is going to work, but, like ALL training will take time. If he was removed from his mom and littermates already that is part of the problem, they learn much of their bite inhibition from them, which is part of the reason they should not be apart from them until at least 8 weeks.
Potty training also takes time, puppies dont have full control of their bowel and bladder until about 6 months old, so its gonna be a while. I recommend buying a crate for him and using it when you can not watch him 100%, and when he is out he is with you so you can watch what he is doing. If he starts sniffing like he is looking for a spot scoop him up and take him out. The kennel needs to just be big enough for him to go in and turn around and lay down, not big enough that he can mess in one end and lay in the other.
Like Ruffian commented it does take time, at 7 weeks he would still be learning bite inhibiton from his littermates and also a good breeder would be teaching him it is not ok. When you do the YELPING, it needs to be IMMEDIATE, as SOON as his teeth touch your skin you need to let out a loud and strong YELP loud enough to startle him, this is what his littermates would do, like to say hey that hurt, then they will draw back and know it was to hard, you also need to STOP ALL PLAY and ignore him TOTALLY for about a minute, then resume playing, then if he does it again REPEAT the SAME THING, at this age it will probably be a few weeks before you will notice, NO ONE ELSE in the house can let then CHEW ON THEIR HANDS period, if you do this then someone else lets him get away with it it will not work EVERYONE in the Home needs to be on the same page :) Good luck.
Also, this works the best.... When he bites you, firmly, don't squeeze but firmly hold his muzzle shut for about 3 seconds, give it a shake, and say NO BITE in a loud, low pitched voice. This is what his mother would do, and it teaches him that YOU are alpha over HIM. Just yelping puts you as his equal...not a good place to be with your dog.
Just to amplify re: potty training. Your pup is going to need more-or-less constant supervision for many, many months to come. As a rule of thumb, a young dog can be expected to hold its bladder/bowels for a maximum of hours equal to its age in months -- so he won't be ready to last an entire workday without a walk for seven or eight months at a minimum. Best of luck!