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Crate training is an educated guess/trial and error. When you feel comfortable that she's able to hold it in your absence and doesn't have any accidents for a while, you can gate her in a smaller area (in case she does go potty). If she does well with that, you can open her area a little. If she does have an accident, go back to the crate training for a bit until you feel comfortable again and repeat the process.

Also, don't start off leaving her out "alone" for a long period of time. Start with short stints and increase it as time goes on. She'll begin to learn that you will come back and will take her out to relieve herself when you get home. Until that point she won't make the connection and will go where ever just because she has to go.

For the nipping, when she does bite you should let out a higher pitched "yelp" and ignore her for a bit. She'll eventually realize that then she uses her teeth playtime is over. Since dogs are social animals, she'll want to be interacting with you and won't want to do anything that removes that.
 
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