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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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We got Lucy when she was 11 weeks. We started with using gates so that she only had access to one room. If she had an accident inside (it's very important that you catch them in the act) I would give a firm NO! and immediately take her outside. I would also be sure to take her out at least once an hour and after hard play, a meal, or if she had been in her crate. It's time consuming at first to be so attentive but she was completely housebroken within about 3 weeks. When she did go outside I would always give her a treat and tons of praise and call it by name. She will now poop or pee on request which is helpful before a walk or if we have to go somewhere and I know she will be in her crate for a bit. She was gradually given more rooms to explore although she still does not have access to the upstairs. Too many things in kids rooms to tempt her! Best of luck. It will come (pardon the pun :) :) :) )
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