Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: LonG Island, New Yawk
Puppies have tiny bladders and will need to pee often. As they get bigger, the duration that they can "hold it" will increase but get used to monitoring the time and getting the pup out for bathroom breaks. They have to go out about every 30-60 minutes as a default. They have to go out immediately after eating, waking up from a nap, or after 15 minutes of play.
You must, whenever possible, go out with him and watch him pee/poop. Say something like "hurry up" as you wait. Say it as he eliminates. Then after he goes, it's important to praise like crazy (for housetraining). Being outside with you gives you peace of ind that yes, he did go and didn't just chase leaves the whole time.
Tire him with short training sessions ( a minute or so, several times a day) and gentle play. Take him out after play. Take him out after he wakes up. When in doubt, take him out.
I tried filling a sock with rice, tying it off and putting it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, then I put this in the crate. It was like a warm body for the pup to lay against and I thought it would help him sleep. It did the trick once or twice but then I've come to learn that my guy tends to prefer cool sleeping conditions. We had to take the blanket and pad out of his (plastic) crate. Then he was more comfortable.
You will have to get used to the pup crying and getting used to amusing himself when alone. Most recommend a puppy-sized Kong toy stuffed with treats or frozen puppy food. If the whining and howling bothers you, move the crate where you can't hear him as much. You will still have to get up every few hours to take him out. NO way around that. If you don't, house training will take a lot longer and involve more heartache and aggravation.
Hang in there!