The rule with puppies is that they will always need to go after eating (within 20 minutes), drinking, playing or sleeping. These first few weeks, he may need to be taken to the puppy pad every half hour or more. As Emelina said, he really doesn't have much control of his bodily functions yet, so he will basically just go whenever he needs to. Think of him as a small toddler in that respect. He is not doing any of this to defy you. He doesn't understand what you want yet, and even if he did, he's not able to do it unless you help him.
To enourage him to use his puppy pads, you can rub a little pee on them. Dogs instinctually want to go again where they have already gone. For that reason, I would cover the floor in thick paper or similar, so that pee and poop doesn't get on the carpet. That smell will make it a lot harder to make him understand not to go potty there. If pee or poop gets on the carpet, make sure to use an appropriate cleaning solution that really removes the scent. There are specific kinds that deal with dog urine.
Whenever he goes on his pad, be ready to praise and treat lavishly. Praise has to happen immediately afterwards - like within a couple of seconds - or he won't be able to make the connection. Dogs always think you are commenting what they're doing at that very moment. Never punish or scold him for having an accident. It's pointless and may even make him associate pottying with discomfort, which in turn may make him hide from you when going to the toilet. (My strong advice would be never to punish him at all, for anything. It's a poor training tool compared to other available methods.)
Setting a tighter schedule will go a long way towards avoiding accidents, but still be prepared for accidents. No matter how ambitious you are, they will happen. Even though we took Winston out into our backyard a million times per day (or so it seemed) we still averaged one or two indoor accidents per day the first month. That's just life with a puppy.
Last edited by Hellas; 09-30-2013 at 01:16 AM.
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