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I kenneled my pup whenever I couldn't watch him closely - this included when I was home but otherwise occupied (ie making dinner). My breeder was awesome and had him kenneled trained when I got him. I just always gave him a treat when he went in. I also was careful to distinguish going out for a walk or playtime vs potty time. I used a different leash, if I had the option I would have used a different door, and went to a specific location. We would go out to potty for 15 mins - if he didn't go, back in the kennel for 45 mins, then try again; if he did go, it was super fun play time, special treats etc. I think I only had to put him back in the kennel once or twice. He caught on quickly. The only accidents we had were 100% my fault. If you listen to Cesar Milan, done right you can have a completely accident free puppy.
I got him at 4 months, accident free by 5 months (again mostly my training), and by 7 months, I quit crating him altogether - he's got the run of the house whether I'm here or not (I did a lot of short trials to make sure i could trust him).