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You might want to look up crate games on YouTube to help your pups develop impulse control. It helped us alot. We make our dogs work for most things, like they have to sit quietly to get their meals and be seated and calm before the crate doors are opened. We use the word "settle".
Putting them on leash may signal them to get their morning business done and you have better control going solo. We don't reward treats for doing their business, but we reward for the command "come" about 90% of the time when outdoors. I try to mix it up, keep them wondering. This helps you have better control when off leash.
I'm not a pro trainer, lol, but I would think that if you can work with your older pup, this will help with the younger one, as the babies emulate the older dogs, good and bad, so try to establish good habits with the senior.
My last tip is to try to feed them first and then take them out, so you only have one early outdoor session and they can get all their business done at once. This may not be possible until the 4-month old gets a little bigger, but we switched to this order and it helped with our routine.
Leslie, Mom to Gracie (Noblegold Saving Grace) and Angie the HavaShih Rescue