I have a 7 week old lab pup I brought home this week. And need some advice on crate training. I am using this link as a guide to my crate training of the pup. http://www.retrievertraining.net/crate/kennel.htm
So far he has been doing great. Zero accidents in his crate at night( I take him out a few times through the night) and no accidents in the house. Here is my issue. I work mon- friday and leave the house at 7am and return around 5pm. My wife only works two days a week. But when she works she leaves the house at 7am and returns at 3pm. That leaves our pup in his crate for 8 hours without getting out to relieve himself. I know a puppy this age cannot be expected to hold it that long. THe link above mentions having someone help while you are at work to let the pup out during the day. I wish it was that easy but we do not have anyone who can help us with this while my wife is at work. So what should i do? I have an outdoor 12'x12' kennel which is covered on a concrete slab. Should I consider leaving him in there on the two days my wife works? I know whether in the crate or the kennel he wont be able to hold it for 8 hours. And Im assuming if he learns at a young age not to hold it in the outdoor kennel he may do that as an adult as well. So what do others do with young pups when they go to work if they dont have the luxury of help to come let them out during the day? My wife goes back to work friday so trying to come up with a plan.