The puppy pads didn't work well for me with Amber and Ruby; they decided to rip them up and eat them so that was no good. We had a large pen we put them in during potty training and while we were at work. If we were home then the puppy was with one of us at all times; we had eyes on them at all times until they were house broke which meant one of us was on puppy patrol all the time. We took them out at first every 30 minutes and when they did something we gave them bacon bits for a treat. Bacon bits are high value treats mine will do back flips for, real attention getters. Their bladder grows with them so it takes some time but within a couple of weeks we were up to going outside every hour and then every hour and half and so on. It takes time and patience but if you do not have your eyes on them I would recommend a crate or containment area until they get the idea. Both on mine were full house trained around 8 months old and have freedom to run in the first part of the house now. Amber is two and Ruby will be a year old in a few weeks. There is still the occassional mistake but that is usually the fault of the humans for not getting home on time or something.