House breaking a puppy should start immediately, just after you bring him home.
Even at only 7 or 8 weeks old, he wants to eagerly follow your lead…. It’s important to use puppy house breaking training that will help him develop the acceptable behavior. He will have no trouble deciding where to eliminate if you don’t choose for him.
This, of course, is unacceptable. It is up to you to communicate what his only option is. Puppies will learn very quickly when they are clear about what they are to do
Dogs have a natural instinct not to eliminate in their den area and, because of their strong sense of smell, are drawn to go in areas where they or others have defecated or urinated before. You can exploit these natural tendencies in several ways.
Puppy crate training is undoubtedly the best way to take advantage of these natural instincts and basically involves using a plastic dog carrier ‘crate’ as the pup’s den or sanctuary. You should get him used to being secluded in the crate for short periods of time so that he comes to think of it as his refuge and is comfortable sleeping there.
The second way to use his instinctive tendencies is to read the signs that he wants to go, i.e. your puppy is circling and smelling around, and then to react immediately by taking him to the usual spot.
He will recognize the scent in the designated area and your persistence in getting him there will help him quickly understand. You will be even more successful if you are observant and pay attention to when he is most likely to go.
Be ready to take him out when he wakes up, after playing or exercise, and after he eats or drinks