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I have a similar family situation as you, and found that Jango rarely had potty accidents when I was home, and lots when I was gone. Basically, my teens and husband just didn't focus on him, and I would frequently come home to find a pee stain or poop pile next to the door where we let him out. The poor puppy would go wait by the door, but no one would pay attention to him, and eventually he just couldn't hold it in anymore. I eventually instituted a "Mom's gone" rule: when I left the house he needed to be leashed and one of the kids or Kevin would either put the leash under the chair they were sitting on, or just loop it around their leg, so that when Jango would get up to move away, it was easy for my family to see that he had to go out. That helped a lot. When I was home with him, I kept a log of each time I took him out and what (if anything) he did. If he didn't anything, I kept him leashed next to me, and would take him out maybe 15 minutes later. Honestly, until he was about 7 or 8 months, it seemed like every couple of hours he would have to go potty. Hang in there!