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Update on our Sonny boy...
First 3 days have gone pretty smoothly considering he's only 9 weeks old tomorrow (8/25/15).
He has done very well with potty breaks outside, and fortunately I work from home so I'm able to take him out several times a day to prevent mistakes.
We have a playpen set up in our main living area and a crate in our bedroom. He spends most of his time during the day in the playpen but I take him out for about 15-20 minutes after potty breaks to play fetch or do some clicker/treat training. He's done very well in the crate at night and only needs to go out once in the middle of the night. I haven't been able to put puppy pads down anywhere without him trying to shred them up, so we don't really use them.
He has plenty of chew toys that he likes, but is easily distracted and turns to my feet/toes, the carpet, furniture, curtains, and wooden handles on the fireplace screening. I always redirect him, but sometimes he refuses to take the appropriate chew toy, so I put him in his playpen for a timeout and he doesn't fuss about it much. I think he actually likes it in there and is slightly overwhelmed when there are too many options. He has already started to hump one of his toys - a stuffed duck about the size of him, but I have not attempted to correct or prevent this behavior yet.
Overall it's been fun watching him explore and learn!