Always accompany you dog or puppy to the great outdoors when he needs to relieve himself, especially in the early stages of training, and preferably by taking him out on a leash. That way you can a) ensure that he really has gone before bringing him back inside and b) you will be able to praise him to high heaven when he does go.
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A good rule of thumb to remember is that a puppy can hold its urine for one hour for every one month of life, plus one additional hour. So a 12 week old puppy can hold its urine for four hours.
Although this “rule” varies with puppies, its a helpful guide when housetraining.
Before confining your dog or puppy to its crate, take it outside to poop and pee.
Whenever an untrained dog cannot be supervised by a vigilent person, he should be confined to a crate. The crate should be only large enough to allow the dog to stand up, turn around, and stretch out. Anything larger will encourage the dog to mess in the crate.
Never allow a dog that’s not house trained, or is being house trained, unlimited access to you house. He must be supervised at all times while indoors, and if you cannot stay in one room with him, tether him to you so that you can keep an eye on him. If that is not possible, then crate the puppy until you can watch over him.