So, usually we wake up at around 6:30 or 7:00am and take my oldest (and youngest) out right away.... however I have noticed if I lag (today I needed to use the restroom first, SUE ME! LOL) and Rowlf is forced to go in the house- he is usually great about going on the potty pad EXCEPT first thing in the AM- he finds a spot on the floor and today it was right in front of the bathroom door where I happened to be, obviously. Such a little stinker! After this happens, it takes him a few hours to really get his manners back in and outside of the house.
We just got our other new pup, who is regularly going on the pad (of course he still has a few mistakes at 10 weeks) but he often piddles on the pads and I kind of wonder if that is why Rowlf won't use the pads much anymore. If I am home, I just take Rowlf out but still use the potty pads with Fester so he knows where to go when we aren't home.
Can small piddles from the younger pup, Fester, be a sign of "marking territory" or is Rowlfy just displaying the last of his only-child mentality quirks? haha
I don't think this is only child mentality quirks OR marking. If the younger puppy has had accidents, the older puppy (who, at his age, is still VERY much a puppy still) may think these are "OK" places too. If the newer puppy HASN'T peed there, there are still good explanations for the behavior. First, making a puppy wait while you do something else, even go to the bathroom, maybe ESPECIALLY go to the bathroom, since that's what HE needs to do, (and don't think for a MOMENT that they don't know what you are doing!!!) is asking for trouble. Like toddlers, when puppies tell you they need to go, they need to go NOW!!! If You can't wait, with your much larger bladder, think of him.
If it is truly an emergency, and you HAVE to make him wait, leave him in his ex-pen with a pee pad, so he has an acceptable option close at hand. The fact that he peed right outside the bathroom door while waiting for you makes me think he was trying VERY hard to be a good puppy, and stay as close to the source of help as possible. You just weren't soon enough to "save" him from having an accident.
Puppies, and even adult dogs, who are not 100% reliable in their potty training need to be CONFINED in the morning until you can take them outside with no stops on the way. This is the ONLY way to avoid accidents, and create the good habits that will, eventually lead to reliable house training.