ACCIDENTS HAPPEN: If your puppy eliminates when you are not looking, do not punish him in any way. If you did not catch him eliminating in the house, he will not associate you being angry with him after the fact. Therefore, if you cannot supervise him, put him in his crate until you can watch him like a hawk. You MUST catch him in the act and interrupt him, take him outside and let him finish. Do not yell at him or hit him. This will cause him to go hide next time and go potty in another room. He will learn that when he wants to relieve himself in the house, he will get interrupted and taken outside, and when he relieves himself outside, praise and treats happen! Food to puppies and adult dogs are the best reward you can give him. If he does not like treats, you can give him hot dogs, luncheon meat or cheese. If he simply is not food motivated, then play a game of ball or tug, or a smooth belly rub. IMPORTANT: If you puppy eliminates in the house, you must clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner which you can only buy at pet stores. The enzymatic cleaner will get the order out of the spot that he can still smell. Our household cleaners do not get the smell out. If he can smell it, he will eliminate there again. You can say your puppy is potty trained when he does not have an accident in the house for several weeks. If he goes potty in the house once or twice a week, he is NOT potty trained. Remember, if you cannot supervise him, put him in his crate with a “settle treat” (ie., a Kong filled with treats and peanut butter) while you do what you need to do.