Our Jug (Jack Russel/Pug mix) is about 4 months old and we are still having a ton of problems housebreaking him. What we are doing now is leaving him in our confined kitchen while we are away at work (about 6 hours a day) and when it is time for bed. We originally started taking him outside when he did his usual sniffing around and that was working pretty decent. But recently the weather in Pennsylvania has been pretty horrible with lots of rain and some really cold mornings. So we figured we might want to start pad training in preperation for the cold winter months. When we are gone and during the day and night he has been pretty good about urinating on his pad. But when we are home he will try to go about anywhere else in the house. We cannot really block of certain areas of the house since our entrances into rooms are pretty big and we cannot setup pet barriers to confine him. And when we are able to confine him to a carpeted area we are in, even if we have the pad in the room he will go anywhere but on the pad (I think he likes going on the carpet). Am I supposed to put him in his confined area in the kitchen when I think he is supposed to go, or am I supposed to let him go outside? I don't like leaving him in the kitchen all day, but I can't stay in there all day with him since we have other things to do during the day. I guess what I want him to be able to do is when we are home be able to go to his pad from any part of the house. Is this possible or am I just hoping too much?