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She'll almost certainly get to the point that she will prefer to go outside. I never worry about training one to the outside. They'll always get that when they're ready. People who have the most accidents, are ones who expect outside only at an early age.
She's still a baby, so continue to let her use the pad. Restrict her freedom some when she's out of the expen. You have to go up in available space gradually. Open the expen all the way up, so she can get back to the pad, and play with her nearby the expen. The reason for those kinds of accidents is always too much freedom. Probably the last ten we've kept ourselves have never had a single accident in the house. All ours prefer outside, but will use a litter box if it's the better option. There is no confusion on using different surfaces, but they do need to develop the habit of knowing what the right surface is. A number of our older ones with not only go outside, but will use litter, pad, or newspaper, or go somewhere we tell them to.
It sounds like she has a real good base in her potty training to start with. You have to control the amount of free space she has, and only when you can watch her fully.
We do the best we can at training them to start with, but just can't make some people understand how closely you have to watch them with they have freedom. At this young age, don't expect any reasoning on their part.
My rule of thumb for the young ones, is that they have free space the number of feet away from their spot equal to the number of weeks old they are. At some point you will know when she's reliable, but it'll be a good while yet.
I agree with letting her sleep in a crate. We find they can hold it all night starting at about 8 weeks. They always have to go when they first wake up, so this gives you the ideal oppourtunity for any kind of potty training. This is when I start teaching going on command.
Last edited by Tom King; 01-29-2013 at 07:37 AM.