I am an experienced dog owner and have always had trained, well behaved dogs. Some even were Obstacle Course participants. I just got a new baby, a tiny 5 month old Maltese female. She is giving me the run around when it comes to house training. I know these dogs are reportedly hard if not impossible to train, but I can't stand the idea of living in a house covered in dog pee! Help. I need to have her wee wee pad trained (what a silly name, sorry) because I live in a climate that spends a large part of the year miserable outside. I have tried, restricting her to certain rooms. I put her on the pad every time she awakens and about every hour and she will sit on the pad, and then leave and promptly go. She does use the pad, some days, and I have even had full days where she has not had an accident. Some of the issue is I can't see when she is getting into position to go, as she has long hair that covers her and you can't tell if she is squatting, going potty or just standing. i am going to try leashing to me today, but I have a feeling she will just wait until I am not watching and stand there and pee and I won't know she has done it until she moves and I see the spot. I have been looking right at her and not known she was going potty until she walks away from the spot. ARGHHHH! I adore this baby, but I woke up this morning to putting my arm in a pee spot on my comforter. I have always used crates for my smaller dogs, but I have never had to use them for more than a day or two to housetrain. Can anyone explain how this works? Do I place her in the crate all day and take her out once an hour to potty and play and then put her back? Is the idea that she is to stay in the crate all the time unless she is out to pee and have supervised play? I feel like a newbie with this dog. Thanks for any help or suggestions.