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He sounds like he's a bit overwhelmed. That's perfectly understandable. Over the next few weeks, he's going to be trying to figure out how best to get along with everyone. Now is your chance to set him up for success.

To stop the nipping at feet when running. Don't give him the opportunity. Is there any reason anyone needs to be running around while he's out? I don't think he's trying to trip you when he gets in front of you while you're walking. He's probably trying to get your attention or maybe he is trying to get you to slow down so he can hump your leg. Both behaviors are most likely caused by some anxiety. Teaching sit as a default behavior is a great idea. Giving him the opportunity to get your attention and praise by good behavior can trump his need to nip and mount for attention and to relieve stress.

You're very fortunate that he's food motivated. That's going to be the key to being able to reward the behavior you want to see repeated. If you're reading the Yin book (yay!) you've already read about using his daily ration of kibble as training treats. Reserve some super special treats for behavior that you really want to mark. Dogs do what works and if nipping and mounting get your attention, it's working for him. Capture moments when he's not doing these things and he'll start to make the connection.

No need to be petting him at this point if he's not comfortable with it.

I would direct you to look at the video of how to teach a positive interrupter. It's posted in the training and behavior section or you can google kikopup and that term.

Also look at the stickies on keeping dogs and kids safe. I think you're wise to limit his interactions with the kids at this point.

He is of an age when many dogs end up in shelters and rescues. Be consistent with rewarding what you want and ignoring behavior you don't want.

Many stressed dogs won't play with toys. He may never have had the opportunity before now. In time, that will probably change.

Be prepared to see some changes as he settles in with you and the family. Give him lots of down time so he can learn to settle on his own. You might want to look at the separation anxiety stickies. Avoiding this by being proactive should be on your top five things to do with him.

You're doing great. Keep reading through the various training articles on this site.
 
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