Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: LonG Island, New Yawk
1. Yes, mostly. She's primarily going to like interacting with people, and can busy herself with toys but they have to be interesting. The filled Kong, well that's food. Food is ALWAYS interesting to a dog but you don't want them to get fat. You can always take a portion of her food or the whole meal and hide it in spots or get one of those puzzle toys and fill it with her kibble. That's a good distraction. An empty plastic water bottle makes a fun crunchy noise that she'll like and will satisfy her teething urges.
2. I don't know what makes Dad a fun target. Wild guess... she associates him with food, so if she bites, it means feeding is gonna happen soon? Dad will have to redirect her to toys. Or walk away if biting starts. Or, show her that biting means she has to go in the kennel for 5-10 minutes. repeat as needed. You can start teaching your pup what "toy" is. Also, if she's excited enough to bite Dad, maybe she's interested enough for some training? Good opportunity for reinforcing basic commands, learning "go find it", etc.
3. When my dog (1 yr old) gets overly excited his ears shut down too. This issue takes time to solve, including more maturity on the dog's part and patience/persistence from the trainer. Most people say if their dog has great recall as a pup, it goes out the window around 6 months when the dog starts getting into "teenager phase". She's a 10 week old pup, the equivalent of a human toddler. Be patient. She will not be ready for off-leash in public activities until you train a solid no-fail recall and that's a ways off. ENJOY YOUR PUPPY while she's still a puppy.
4. Try getting her to crawl under your leg. That may get her into a "down" position. Click as soon as she's down and shape the behavior that way. Lots of great videos on YouTube for positive training.
Puppies are EXHAUSTING, but this is THE TIME to start building the foundation of trust and loving patience that will turn your pup into an awesome amazing dog.
Biting... that's what they do as pups. They're teething. People call them "landsharks" because of biting biting biting. You have to redirect and kennel if redirection doesn't work. Just NEVER hit the pup or frighten it too much for what it feels an urge to do naturally. You have to show it more appropriate ways of satisfying the urge to chew and play and be a puppy.
Do not be shy about kenneling the pup when you guys need a break! Better than getting angry at the pup. Don't forget that toddlers never want naps but need them anyway, and your pup is a toddler.