04-27-2014, 06:57 AM
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Since you've only had him 8 hours, there is a chance he won't have a bowel movement until the next day (depends on the dog). Some dogs and puppies get stressed about moving to a new home which throws off things like their desire to eat and normal bowel movements.
I assume that who ever you got him from paper trained him. The good news is, you don't have to worry about the transition as much because it won't really be a transition. Your home is an entirely new place for him, meaning that any potty habits he had before are most likely out the window. Just follow the guidelines in the housetraining sticky and he'll soon understand.
Don't wait for him to have an accident in the house. The key to potty training (successfully) is to prevent accidents from happening inside in the first place. Take him out to potty, give him ten minutes or so. If he doesn't go come back in and either crate him or hold him for 5-10 minutes, then go back out until he does go. It might be useful to teach him a potty command. I taught one for pee and another for poop, but you can decide what works best for you as you get to know your puppy.
Keep eyes on him at all times and when you can't crate him. I would suggest tethering him to you with a leash so you don't have to chase a sprinting, peeing puppy.