I'm a new dog owner and I just got an 8 week old pug from a breeder about 5 days ago (last Saturday). he's a very sweet and friendly puppy, and has been very good in social situations. we had a family gathering the day after we got him, and he was really good.
I took the day off on monday and took him to the vet to get him checked up to make sure everything's in order, but then I had to return to work on Tuesday, which meant that I had to leave him alone in his crate for a good part of the day. I live close to work so I could come home during lunch to let him out and feed him and my wife leaves a bit later than I do for work so she'd walk him before she left for work. That first tuesday I came home during lunch and noticed that he had wet in his crate, so we had to adjust and make sure someone was able to take him out every few hours so now I'm coming home during lunch and around 3pm to let him out and then let him out again once I get home at 530.
he still fusses a bit everytime I put him in his cage/crate, but I'm now feeding him in his crate to make it more homely for him. he hasn't had an accident in his crate since the first day we left him alone (altho that has only been 2 days ago!) but that was also the only time he's had an accident in there, probably because we left him alone for too long and he couldn't hold it any longer.
so, the last couple of days, he's started to bite at our fingers, toes and clothes. he never did that the first 3 days when someone was able to be with him most of the day. I tried to calm him down by letting him play in my lap with a toy, but he'd bite at the toy for a sec and go back to biting at my socks, or pants. once he did that, I tried putting him on the ground instead, but he'd rush back and bite at my clothes again. I tried leaving the room for a sec, but that didn't work either and he would run off and pee on the ground somewhere when I did it (even tho I had taken him out less than an hour before that!). I was finally able to calm him down by carrying him in my arms and walking around almost cooing him like a baby (while fighting off his bite attacks at my shirt). so I guess my question is, how do I stop this? is he acting up because he's being left in a crate for so long during the day?
also, I can't always calm him down before I put him back into his crate, is there something I can do to calm him down quickly? and should I not put him back into his crate if he isn't calm? I have been giving him a treat to coax him into his crate, but then he whines for a short while as I'm leaving to get back to work.
thanks for any help you guys can provide!