Taking the Puppy to Use the Restroom
I have a 9wk old puppy lab and I don't know the first thing about taking care of one! I was told to feed him and then take him out! So I feed him, wait and then I take him out! But I do this three times a day?
I wake up and I take him out in the morning, but sometimes he just sits there and whines and then wait longer and he finally goes! I just need help on training the poor guy! I'm scared to train him inside, I bought puppy pads and I bought the spray to spray on the pad so he can sniff it and then he can pee!
Xander is adorable, look at that face!
I know it can be stressful at first when there's so much you don't know, but a lot of it is just setting up a routine and using common sense. I'd recommend that you read all these pages first, and then you will be in a much better position to train your little guy...
Potty Train A Puppy
Crate Training A Puppy
New Puppy Care
I'd recommend training him to potty outside from day one. Personally I don't like puppy pads, they confuse the pup and are often seen as toys rather than a toilet! Unless you live in a high-rise or have a very tiny pup and the temperature is 20 below, then it's not a good idea to use pee pads in my opinion.
Labs are very smart, and very eager to please the people they love, if you follow the guidelines on the pages above and are patient and consistent, he should 'get the message' fairly quickly.
At 8 weeks old a pup needs to go outside every 30 minutes to an hour, and usually at least once during the night. A crate is the best way to housebreak a pup and I'd strongly recommend it. Also make sure to set up a routine in terms of feeding times, potty breaks, playtimes and naps. This helps your pups' internal 'body clock' get set up and his bowels and bladder get in line too.
A puppy needs food, water, health care, exercise, sleep and love. If he gets all of those and you are patient in teaching him what you expect he will do just fine. They are creatures of habit, and setting up the right habits early on will get him on the right track for a lifetime.
I hope this helps. Best of luck to you and Xander.