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My Loki is now 12 wks old and I crate him at night , and recently fenced off the yard so during the day he can play out there while I am sleeping or making supper . My son still watches him during the day so he isn't out there more than 2 hours at any one time .
He does well 90% of the time , but he still has had an accident every 2 -3 days . He seems to go to a rug or my son's room which has carpet so I am wondering if he is confusing carpet with grass ? Yet , once he squatted right in front of the t.v. on the hardwood floor so I am wondering how best to approach it .

When I have caught him , I just tell him no and take him outside . If he has already finished I just take him outside and clean up the mess . I suppose its normal for accidents , but I sometimes feel he really hasn't grasped the concept of going outside solely. He seems to be holding it , but I just don't really see him give cues. Mostly what I have been doing is when I know he has recently eaten , drank or woke up I take him outside immediately and tell him to go potty . I then wait till I visually see him go before I let him back into the house .

I think part of the trouble has been when he has been outside for a bit and noone is sure when he has gone last , so maybe I have just answered my own question as I was thinking about it . I need to make sure he goes again before I let him inside the house or immediately crate him . Does that sound about right ?
 

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Twelve weeks is still really young. Loki most likely doesn't have full control over his bladder yet, so he doesn't always know when he has to go. Dogs like to pee on things that are absorbant (they don't want to walk in it or lie in it, either!), so that's why he's peeing on the carpet and rug. What you're doing is right on, though: taking him out after eating, drinking, playing, napping and making sure he relieves himself before you let him in. Not watching him relieve himself every time could be a minor set back because you're missing many opportunities to praise the crap out of him when he does right. :) Just keep being patient, and he'll get it soon!
 

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Thanks Leann , my other dog was already 15 wks old by the time I adopted him so I am treading unknown waters with a young pup :)
 
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