I just got a new puppy and I was hoping I could get some advice from you guys about potty training him. I had another Boston before, so I'm by no means new to this--however, Cooper (that's the puppy) is very different from my old dog. Cooper does not want to go outside, period. I don't particularly blame him, given that I live in Albany and it's freezing and there's snow on the ground. So we go outside and just stand there and he basically just sits on the ground and stares up at me and whines. He has not gone to the bathroom even once outside. He is still just 9 weeks old and very small, so he shivers while he's outside. I started with the crate training, but he actually goes to the bathroom in his crate. The second I put him in his crate is when he will finally go to the bathroom. So, I'm just wondering if anyone had any advice for me. Do I paper train instead? I really don't want to do that forever, but maybe I should do that until it warms up and he gains some weight?
Also, one more question--Cooper, unlike my old dog, does not really want to play. He just wants to sit with me and be held. I found this really surprising since my old dog would play all day long with me if I let him, even when he was a puppy. He was bigger than Cooper when I got him, although I got both of them at the same age. For people with smaller Bostons, is this typical? Do they get more playful when they get a little bigger? Cooper's not interested in toys at all, and unfortunately I can't just hold him all day long!
I'll try to post pictures soon!