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A 13 week old puppy who isn't potty trained shouldn't be allowed to run around the house, even if he's just pottied. Take him out very frequently, and if he doesn't go, put him in his ex-pen and try again in 10ish minutes. Once he does go, give him a little play time, but in a blocked off area with limited space before placing him back in his pen. Put gates up in the kitchen and play with him a bit or keep him on the leash, but don't take your eyes off of him and don't let him get more than 4 feet away from you. His crate should NOT have a pee pad in it, no matter how big. This will only confuse him. If you go a page or so back, there is a thread titled something like "Pee pad in crate - good or bad idea?" Read that for some explanation in why it is detrimental to training.
He is not potty trained, so he should be getting HEAPS of praise and a super yummy, high value when he goes in the right place. If you keep him close to you (like I said, within 4 feet), you should be able to see potty signs and get him out before he goes. If he does start to go inside, give him a quick but not too stern "Uh oh" and get him out as fast as you can.
At 13 weeks, looking for him asking to go out is very wishful thinking. Nino is a total anomaly in that he began signaling VERY early (4 months) and hasn't stopped since, but it isn't uncommon for dogs to not signal for the first year or two. To expect a signal out of such a young baby is unfair; it's on you to be vigilant and take him out incredibly frequently.
Last edited by KarMar; 10-13-2016 at 02:04 AM.