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Knock on Wood - what's the next step for housebreaking?

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Good morning - hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Yesterday we finally had a day with no accidents in the house! Our puppy is 11 weeks old and we have had him for 1 1/2 weeks. He's had approx 3 accidents (pee or poop) each day until yesterday. The trick for us is to tether him or crate him when in the house. He doesn't need to be tethered to me but he is tethered in the same room. He will not go in the go in the house if tethered or crated but as soon as he has a tiny bit of freedom he takes advantage of it as we've learned.

We will continue as we are and hope for more success. My question is this: what is the next step and how do we start to give him more freedom from being leashed in the house? When do we know he is ready for less leash time? I was thinking of doubling the length of the leash first, but then what? I don't want him tethered in the house forever. I feel quite bad that he can't run around when we are home (but I do realize this is part of training).

Thanks everyone!
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Eleven weeks is young to expect him to be perfectly clean, but you know that. I've had dogs who figured it out instantly, and then there was Chouette, who seemed to take longer than usual. What appeared to make the difference was catching her in the act and descending on her with firm "No"s. Before that she knew it was good to go outdoors but maybe wasn't too clear on how un-good it was to go inside, and the immediate relief was so reinforcing! And usually I wouldn't realize she'd gone until I found the puddle, and then it was too late to say anything.

I would keep tethering him to you or to something else in the house. We had friends who kept their German shepherd crated most of the time until he was housebroken, although I'm not sure how they knew when that was! Probably the trick's going to be to establish a schedule and lengthen the time between visits outside, and then you can try a bit more freedom. I always took Chouette out right after she was released from the crate, had been playing hard (that usually seemed to trigger piddles) or had eaten a meal. And I also took her out every hour or so just to make sure.

Lots of luck, and this too shall pass!

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