Your puppy should be in his crate or domain when you can't watch him closely. Not watching your puppy and letting him wander in the house by himself is asking for trouble. You can't blame a dog for his mistakes if you're not doing your part.
Furthermore, if you're not watching him, you can't catch him in the act. This has two consequences. Remember that dogs learn by repetition and association. Consequently, every time your dog eliminates at the wrong place and you're not there to teach him the right thing to do, what happens? 1)He thinks that it is ok to eliminate there since no one seems to mind and that creates a major setback in his training. 2) You miss a perfect opportunity to teach him what he's supposed to do. The more perfect opportunities you get, the faster he'll be housetrained.
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