Hello, First post and I'm after some experienced dog owner's advice with our new puppy! We have an 8.5 week old chocolate Labrador and we seem to be going backwards and forwards with toilet training. Of course, at this age I have no expectations of being fully toilet trained but I'd like some help to encourage him to get there. He has a crate but we don't lock him in it. I've read all about crate training and how this can help but he got very anxious when we shut the door, even after we'd gradually eased him into it. It wasn't normal whining but he was throwing himself into the door as he was so distressed. My husband and I decided to puppy proof the room it's in and sleep with him for a week to build his confidence with it and ultimately leave him in his 'room' with the crate door open. We now have him happily sleeping in it at night with the door open and not worried when we eventually left him at night. We've been getting up at 3 hr intervals at night to take him outside but also put down puppy training pads in case of accidents. At first he didn't like these at all and wouldn't walk on them. He's now ok going to the toilet on them but doesn't differentiate between going on the floor or on the pads. During the day we leave the back door open and I'm mostly at home and take him out regularly. However, the last few nights we've come down in our intervals to take him out to find accidents on and off the pads and he's not bothered about going outside (although we force him to follow us out for a wee). This then bleeds into the day and he seems to forget previous outdoor training and despite the door being open and encouragement to come out, he pees on the floor or mat again. We never tell him off for going indoors but simply ignore him and clean it up. When he goes outdoors we always praise him and now give him a piece of kibble as extra reward. Ideally I'm after some advice on -telling him the pads are the 'ok' place to go indoors and the bare floor is not -distinguishing day and night. Nighttime accidents are ok if he missed our window but daytime he should go outside -getting him used to us coming down in our intervals and trying to hold it until then I should add, he is very capable of holding it for 3 hours as when we were sleeping downstairs he would only wake us every 3 hours anyway. As I said before, I'm not expecting quick miracles but any hints and tips would be appreciated. Thanks Kate Photo of Monty the pup attached!