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Potty training without a crate

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Okay so call me crazy but I have chosen to house train my puppy without using a crate but rather a playpen and was wondering how long can I expect to have to take him out every hour or after every nap, playtime, or meal? He is 12 weeks old and is a Brittany. He’s been pretty good about starting to indicate when he has to go, but I’m scared if I miss the cue, he’ll may have an accident in the house.
I have recently found out that our provincial government has decided to reopen the schools in September so I will have to go back to teaching then and am worried that Jedi won’t be able to hold it until the dog walker comes at 11:30 after I leave at 7am. He is kept in a playpen for the day even when I am home unless we are training or playing. I’m trying to keep him to the same schedule during summer vacation as I would have during the school year with some added training with my trainer and on my own.
Does anyone have any idea how long it may take to get him used to going only outside and not in the house?
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The best way is to let them go out more often than they need rather that keep them hanging on. So after they wake, before they go to sleep, after each meal, after each playtime etc.. praise like mad when they do go.. They then learn whats expected and when..

You do have to realise that just like human children puppy muscles have to get strong enough to be able to 'hold it' and that might take a little bit longer.

I have to say Murphy was trained at 8 weeks when we got him and never had a accident in the house.. But we used the schedule as described so we didnt set him up to fail.
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