Puppy potty training confusion
Just adopted an 8wk old lab mix (small, currently 6 lbs). Been taking him out every 2 hours to go pee and poop in our backyard. Currently husband and I are on summer break but will be returning to work in about 2 weeks. He will be left alone for about 6 hours. Unsure how to proceed with the potty training since we've been taking him outside, don't want to confuse him by placing newspaper/peeing pad in a confined area.
Current idea: set up a confined area in the patio area w/his crate at one end. The other end, will place a patch of grass which will be his bathroom. This way, he will (we hope) continue to associate grass w/bathroom.
Concern about idea: He's outside, which I don't know if he should be since he would have only had his 2nd set of shots. Also, the grass is in the patio area, not further out. Will that confuse him?
Any other suggestions/ideas? I know I can't lock him up in the crate for 6 hours because he's only 2-3 months old, but there is no way that either of us can come home to take him out to elminate.
1st time pet owner, a lot to learn.