We just got our yellow lab puppy last week. He is VERY cute and typical. I am already VERY frustrated with the potty training. I don't want to end up with a hyper lab. I've heard lost of stories, so I'm conflicted on how much I can actually keep him in the crate. I have two small kids so it's hard for me to "catch him in the act" or watch him when he is out of the crate. Any help or tips much appreciated.
Just be patient. It will come in time. Just take them out every hour or so. Tell them to potty or any word of your choice, once they go, tell them good potty praise and treat them. In time this will help them learn to potty on command. It comes in handy.
Now back to your main question. As far as crate training, I personally only use the crate at night or if I need to shower or something. If your dog is a non barker like mine give him a way to tell you he needs to go out. I was getting frusterated with potty training my lab, after realizing that he was just not a barker then I hung a bell from the door knob. It took him all of about 30 seconds to realize what it was for and we never had an acident in the house again.