Posted : 5/20/2006 7:50:13 PM
The only time I've had a dog pee one me was in a pet store while I was playing with a puppy(no, I wasn't going to buy him, he just looked really sad and lonely). We never allowed our puppy to go upstairs to the carpeted areas and we never allowed him on furniture until he was completely potty trained.
Make sure you use an enzymatic cleaner made for pets to completely eliminate the odor. You can also try soaking up his pee and poo in paper towel and put them in a certain spot outside where he's supposed to go. Sometimes puppies will be encouraged to go if they smell pee or poo.
There are certain times puppies really need to go, like after a meal and right after a nap. If you play with him for a while outside, he'll probably get tired and take a nap, then take him out immediately after he wakes up. More often than not, he'll squat down and pee.
You can also try hanging a bell on the door for the puppy to ring if he wants to go out. We found this very useful with our pup. Start by pushing his nose into the bell and say out. Then open the door and let him out and praise him. Ours got it within a few days.
I dont know where you live, but I wouldn't feel safe leaving such a small dog outside most of the time. First of all it would be easy for him to crawl out under small spaces. Also, where we live, pets have been known to be killed by coyotes. Such a small dog would be easy pray for a coyote.