Hi all, my first post to The Labrador Forum!! First some info about us and our home set-up. My questions are in bold. I hope this isn't too much at once... I am welcome to feedback if it is!! SLEEPING - My husband and I are on day 7 (as of Dec 19, 2019) of having our little lovebug Nelson. He is 8 1/2 weeks old. It is our first time raising a puppy. I am at home, while my husband works M-F. Nelson is pretty much house trained by some stroke of luck (he sits quietly at the door of his pen to signal he needs to go potty) We have been almost perfect in responding instantly so he doesn't have the chance to get barky. We have a crate and exercise pen combo in the kitchen of our open concept basement suite. He has slept in our bed the last two nights with no accidents. Is it okay for his crate training to keep letting him sleep in our bed? He has naps in his pen or crate. He willingly walks into his crate often. All meals are in a kong in his crate. FEELING ALONE - On day 3 he was in his crate starting to nap, we had just taken him to potty. He looked up and saw us on the couch and started crying. We thought the best course of action was to let him cry and fall back to sleep. 20 PAINFUL minutes of constant crying later and I caved. He paused for a brief moment to drink some water so that's when I jumped in. He didn't need to use the toilet, had just eaten, played, and he had water available. He settled right away into my lap and went to sleep. My gut is telling me this event wasn't helpful because he is so little still. So I really need some advice on AT WHAT AGE to start letting him cry it out. I keep reading that up to 12 weeks puppies still have the "fear being alone because i'll die or get eaten" mentality... Can anyone confirm or deny this? Am I creating an anxious dog by being home all day and responding to his every need? DRIVING - We have an access cab tacoma (small back seats with the suicide doors). I built a platform ffor behind the drivers sear for him to have an appropriate amount of space to lay down. We were thinking to use a harness and a seatbelt type attachment to keep him safe. However, if I drive him alone, he gets super upset and it just isn't safe even if he is tethered. Any suggestions for how to make him LOVE driving?? as we plan to go on lots of longer trips when he is older. I am guessing crate will be the next logical step. But how to get him enjoying it in the car? PLAY JUMPING - He loves to jump up and opening his mouth on your face when wrestling. This can hurt. Is playing low on the ground with him and wrestling going to teach him to jump at people's faces? Or is it benign as he's playing and we can train to no-jump later on? BITING - He seems to LOVE biting clothes and hair. I say "ow"/"ouch"/"Owwwww", but he only understands about 50% of the time. Is there a way to stop him biting/liking to bite clothing? Or is this just a phase and keep doing the "ouch" technique? CHEWING - He isn't chewing his kong as much as he is licking it and rolling it to get the kibble out. He got super frustrated when I have him his lunch in a frozen kong, and I worried it would turn him off the chewing train, so I went back to non-frozen kibbles. Any insight into this? GUARDING? - Right from day 1, after a chase the toy type game, he takes his toys into a corner of the pen or into his crate and chews on it. He doesn't mind at all when you go in and take it away. In one play session he can end up with all his toys in the crate.. He doesn't guard his food. But this behaviour seems a bit odd to me.. Should we be concerned and intervene? Does this mean he isn't going to like to retrieve?! We WANT him to love playing fetch (who doesn't?!). BATHING - He loves the bath! What I did: I started him very slow by just playing in the bathroom and treating (with kibble). A couple hours later went back and I sat in the tub with him on the floor, and fed him kibbles. Next, had him in the tub with me, played with toys and fed kibbles. Next day, I repeated all of the above in one session and then I left tub and placed him in the tub with already about a cm of water. We played with toys and lured him towards the water. He was doing well, so I turned on the tap and kept playing and feeding. Couple hours later, I filled the tub with about 2 inches water and placed him it in. He was a bit confused, but we distracted him with kibbles and lots of vocal encouragement. No soap used yet, but hand spooned water onto his back while my husband played and fed kibble. He started to get anxious so I jumped into tub with him. He calmed down once sitting in my lap and being fed kibbles. Kept spooning water until he was sitting calmly for a moment. Took him out and celebrated with a fun play and towel dry. Next day I filled up the tub couple inches, got him inside, played, turned on the shower head and began showering him gently. He was happy to eat kibbles one by one slowly. I used soap on his back legs only (so as to not overwhelm him). Once rinsed we had another towel play celebration. Its been a couple days and when he comes into the bathroom, he jumps up on tub so as to get in!! Hope this gives some insight into getting puppy to love bath time!! Hoping to phase out so many kibbles, since he had his entire dinner/lunch each time. Thanks for reading!!!