i have a 9 wk old lab/german shorthair mix, my vet said he is a little to young to grasp housebreaking and others say the earlyer the better, so im not sure if i should be stricted or wait a few more weeks.
Also i live in wisconsin and theres lots of snow on the ground, an artical i printed from www.perfectpaws.com said that if a puppy starts going on grass that it will be a habit for him and he wount want to go on concrete or anything alse, so my question is will he be ok come spring to go on grass rather then snow (or must the time he doesnt make it off the deck)
Your pup may be too young to "get it 100%" right away but he is definitely old enough for you to start training. Grass or snow - IMO it doesn't matter. My pups were both trained during the summer because that just happens to be when i got them and they were just fine during the winter snow season.
I would ask that you be consistent with then "when" as well as the "where". If there is a tree or shrub nearby, have him go there. Winter or summer, pick a spot that will be his and if there is a "landmark" there then he will associate that with his potty. It's normal for them to be a little scared of going out in their first rain or first snow but they do get over it.
Keep working with him and by the time the snow melts - he should be very close, if not, fully trained.
I have a 9 week old american eskimo and she is doing very well w/ crate training. She never goes in her crate unless I fail to take her out when she needs to go (thats my fault). I try to take her out every hour and she pretty much gets it.
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