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The reason I suggested you get that book was because it answer's all of your questions and offers veryhelpful ways of potty training.
I don't think a puppy should have full run of the house until it is completely trained and not going to chew on things you don't want him to chew on.
Crate training is the best way to housebreak a puppy in my opinion. Does he sleep in a crate at night? If so, when you get up in the morning with him, take him immediately to the litter box and give him the "potty" command. I use "go potty". If he steps out of the litter box, pick him up put him back in the box and repeat the command. Once he does what you are asking, praise him like never before and maybe give him a special treat. Then he can play for a little while. About 20-30 mins after he eats, repeat the process. If he doesn't go after say 10 mins then put him in his crate for 20 mins and try again. You need to watch them CONSTANTLY. If you can't do that, then put him in an xpen with his litter box on one end and his bed on the other.
What is most important is consistency.
1. Feed the pup at the same time every day and when finished take him to the box. Take the puppy to the box immediately after he awakens from a nap and after a play time.
2. Keepthe pup in the same room withyou where you can watch him.
3. When you can't keep an eye on him, put him in the crate for no longer then 2 hours and then take him out immediately.
4. When you have to leave, put him in his xpen.
5. If you catch your pup in the act, don't spank, but tell him what you think and then rush him to the box.
6. Take water away 2-3 hours before bedtime at night.
7. Praise, praise, praise
8. Always use the same key phrase, such as "go potty", "hurry up", "business", etc.
I have taken these key points from the book HOW TO RAISE A PUPPY YOU CAN LIVE WITH. I works!!!!
What is hardest for all of us is being consistent. But is will work in time. Doing it this way, all of my dogs have been housebroken by the time they were 4 months of age. Hang in there, it is a learning time for everyone.