Hi thanks for the replies and reassurance. Just reading them helped. I really love this puppy. He's so incredibly sweet. I want him to be the best dog he can be, but I do not want to fail him as an owner.
He's from CB Kennels and Ranch in Eugene, Oregon. Show lines, imported. The parents are just lovely dogs. Mama is very calm and one of the things I liked was that she adjusted so quickly to everything. (I didn't meet daddy in person because the breeder took her to outside stud.)
He is crate trained and one of my issues was feeling guilty that he's in there so much. Example: 1-2 hour out, then he gets put back in for an hour or two. We breathe a sigh of relief when he does settle down and that is only in the crate.
He IS sleeping through the night and not needing to go out.
The peeing is when 1. He meets someone, he does an excited/submissive pee. No one can touch him. ( I have started telling people, sorry, he's an excited peeing puppy, please don't touch him.) 2. He gets too excited, he pees. 3. He holds it too long and runs to the door, but pees on the way. Everywhere.
Needless to say, we will be getting new rugs.
Yes training at our Petsmart and that trainer is great, REALLY great, she helped me with some issues with my other dogs, but I don't think the group class is working. I'd happily pay for a private trainer but not sure if we have that in this area. (Very Eastern WA) ....and can't ask the breeder for recommends since we are 5 hours away.
I was reading a lot of threads and trying to get a sense of the best videos / books for training a dog like this. I'd love advice. He goes ballistic when he sees other dogs, cats, bicycles, pedestrians,
Unfamiliar coat on the ground, box on the porch, leaves..... you get the picture. Barking and barking, and hair up all over.
Oh! He has a NOSE. Never had a dog who would stop mid-anything, catch the scent of something, and go off running, nose to the ground, oblivious to anything else.
Thank you again so much, I just need to be pointed in the right direction.
Hope I remembered everything asked!