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i got my puppy at 3 weeks, not knowing that was too early, because this is my first dog. he is 15 weeks now

im trying to start training him but im not sure where to start. He starting to chew on everything and im not sure what to do, i been told many things and im starting to learn that hitting him is not the way. potty training going well. but that's the only thing.

I notice if i raise my voice at him hell stop doing what he' doing but he'll go back and do it again.

he is really playful and i love it. he jumps on everybody that passes, he seem to picked up more of his lab traits, but he also always wants be under me. He will whine all night when i put him in his cage. I would leave him out but he's up all night getting into stuff.

My boyf is very patient but starting to get cranky because he cant sleep most nights. my puppy seem to be more taken with me and wont listen to my boyf. i think its because my boyf always plays with him and let him do what ever. then comes tell me when he do something bad.
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i got my puppy at 3 weeks, not knowing that was too early, because this is my first dog. he is 15 weeks now

im trying to start training him but im not sure where to start. He starting to chew on everything and im not sure what to do, i been told many things and im starting to learn that hitting him is not the way. potty training going well. but that's the only thing.

I notice if i raise my voice at him hell stop doing what he' doing but he'll go back and do it again.

he is really playful and i love it. he jumps on everybody that passes, he seem to picked up more of his lab traits, but he also always wants be under me. He will whine all night when i put him in his cage. I would leave him out but he's up all night getting into stuff.

My boyf is very patient but starting to get cranky because he cant sleep most nights. my puppy seem to be more taken with me and wont listen to my boyf. i think its because my boyf always plays with him and let him do what ever. then comes tell me when he do something bad.
For future reference and for anyone reading your post that may not know, 8 weeks old is the very youngest a puppy should be when it's adopted, it's best to wait till 12 weeks old.

Never hit or smack a puppy it doesn't teach them anything but to fear you, and can cause them to become hand shy. If you tell us what he's doing that you don't want him to do we can help you.

Lab pups LOVE to chew. For the chewing put up everything he's not supposed to chew and keep a supply of things that he can chew, when he goes to chew something inappropriate, gently lead him away from it and give him one of his chew toys, you can also try spraying stuff you can't move like furniture with a no chew spray, they sell those at pet shops and the pet section in Wal-Mart.

Try clicker or marker training him. It should be fun for both you and your pup. A clicker is a small box that you press on to make a clicking sound that lets the dog know it did right, a marker is a special would that you say to let the dog know it did right. You'd load the clicker or marker word by pressing it / saying the word and giving him a treat do that over and over till when he hears the sound / word he's excited because he knows he'll get a treat. Then you start training him and he's not to young to learn basic obedience like sit, down, come etc, and every time he gets the command right you'd click as soon as he does the command and give him a treat.

Here's some sticky links that should help you train him:

Videos and articles on how to train different commands~ https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...rticles-11426/

How to properly train with treats, yes there is a right and wrong way~ https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...ing-food-1219/

Explains what I mean when I say hitting and yelling do not work~ https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...-fallout-4776/

The reason he stops what he's doing when you raise your voice is that he is curious why you are making that loud sound, he does not know what you mean, or that he shouldn't be doing what he's doing.

How did you crate train him, and where is his crate? How tired is he when you put him in it? Do you go and comfort him and let him out when he cries in the crate? Are you getting up at least once during the night to give him a potty break? Here's a sticky thread on crate training~ https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...ning-faq-3974/

Once you teach him sit then I'd start training him to not jump on people. A cute little puppy jumping on someone is generally not a problem, a full grown large dog jumping on someone could knock that person down. What you'd do is get some friends to practice with you. Tell them to ignore the puppy jumping on them until the puppy sits, then walk up to them with the puppy, tell the puppy to sit, and when it sits it get a small treat and the person pets it. If he jumps up no treat, and no attention, everyone ignores the puppy till he's calmed down, then tell him to sit again.
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Ditto above.

What is his routine like? How often do you play and train with him? What kind of exercise/activities does he do everyday?

For chewing, what do you have for him that he can chew? There are so many puppy and adult chews that are available that he can entertain himself with. Also consider some treat dispensing toys that you could feed him a couple of his meals from. (He should be eating 3-4 times a day still.) This will keep him busy/entertained for awhile.

Take a look at the threads Rain linked! Also, it sounds like The Puppy Primer by Pat McConnell would be a huge benefit to you. This is also a great resource with some quick, easy to read help sheets: Sirius Dog Training

Where are you on deworming and vaccinating this puppy?

You really, really should enroll him in some puppy playgroups/socialization classes with a trainer who does positive training. Use this site: Home to find a suitable training center. This will help him learn very important dog social skills that he has missed out on by being taken from his litter way too early.

ETA: I want to emphasize the "no hitting or yelling." It's absolutely unneccessary. Also, labs are typically very food motivated, so use that to your advantage! Read the link of Training with Food from Rain's post above and consider clicker training.

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