am I doing something wrong?

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Emerson is my first puppy so I'm not sure what the proper way to potty train him is. He is 16.5 weeks old and still having regular accidents in the house... at least every 2 days. Right now his free time is really controlled, because I am trying to get the accidents under control. I have been taking him out each time before he has free time, when he wakes up and right after he eats... When he has an accident he only will go into my boys room to go. He pooped twice this morning in their room about 15 mins after he was outside where he went both pee and poop. Is it just because he can smell that he has been in there before, or am I doing something wrong? Is this normal?

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I think it could be several things.  When you take him outside after he eats, does he regularly go?  If he's not pooping outside but then pooping in the house several minutes later, try leaving a bit more time between when he eats and when you bring him out for potty.  15 minutes after eating is a good time frame, and you can adjust that to more or less time depending on what his bowel schedule tends to be.  Always watch him in the house and if he drinks any water make sure to bring him out 15 minutes later. 

When he does do his business outside, give him TONS of praise like he just won a nobel peace prize!  If he has an accident in the house don't scold or punish him, just clean up and move on.  If you catch him in the act of peeing/pooing while he's in the house, give an ah ah ah and rush him outside. 

If he can smell that he's done his business in your boys room before, it can definitely attract him to go there again, so try and get the smell out as best you can. 

This too shall pass!  :)

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Everything Sweetpea said!  If there's any chance that he can smell where he's gone in the past, I suggest going to Petsmart etc. and getting a spray bottle of Nature's Miracle, to get rid of the traces of his past accidents.

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Also, watch for subtle sign language he might exhibit right before doing his thing inside.  Ziva used to walk in a small circle, very quickly, right before an inside accident.  So subtle, that I didnt even notice that was her thing she did to let me know she had to go. I was clueless for a while.  When I noticed that she ALWAYS did the circle thing before stopping to leave a package, I watched for that specifically and that made life a lot easier on both of us.  Not all dogs will give you a 'sign', but many do, and develop habits or rituals before going.  I can tell when Ziva is about to poo even when we are out for a walk just by the way she changes her style of walking....but to someone that doesnt know her well enough to pick up on the difference, it would come as a total surprise when she stopped.

roll up some newspaper and hit yourself over the head with it while repeating "I was not watching the puppy!!"

He is waaaay too young to allow him free roam of your home.  Many puppies really don't "get" housebreaking till they are between 5-6 months old. They kinda get it but it is not really in their heads yet. Don't set them up for failure. 

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@Fitzmar: LOL

 

It does take awhile, be patient!

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Fitzmar beat me to it.  A 4 month old puppy should not be walking around by himself.  The best way to stop things like this is to never let it happen.  If you can't keep an eye on him, he goes in a safe place, and then this doesn't happen.

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I get it..... lol... so what I have learned on here today is its not bad puppy... its bad owner!lol... I am so glad I am a part of this forum, because these are things I dont think I would be learning if I wasn't a part of it (Thank you guys!) I have been hearing from family and friends that he should be fully trained by now, so I was giving him more freedom, and thinking that he was just a bad pup. I feel so bad now, he was just being a baby:( How much time is he supposed to spend in his safe zone?

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Think of them at 16 weeks as a crawling infant...you wouldn't just go watch TV or read and leave them to crawl around the house free.  So don't let your puppy either.   Some dogs get it faster than others...

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In the evenings when Jake is loose, the only rooms he has access to is the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The other doors are shut. Should I forget to close the bedroom door, the will remind me by proudly prancing in, head high with a sock or underwear in his mouth, he is so proud of his trophy. He leaves the T-Shirts alone because they tend to trip him.

I have part of the living room barricaded off to limit his access to areas where I can watch him more easily. Of course if he is not visible for more than a few seconds, I go looking for him. They have been described as little monsters and devils at that age, and they can be.

Right now he is having the time of his life. I am visiting with friends for a few days who have Min. Schnauzers and he has been playing with them. They wear each other out, and then it is time for a nap in the crates.