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I had the same struggle with my girl. She finally got it when she was around a year old (it was a gradual process up to that point). She hasn't had an accident since before Christmas and i'm being less and less vigilant and watching her and she has more and more freedom in the house!
Don't scold her when she has an accident, just ignore it and clean it up without any reaction. If you scold her then you will just make her afraid to poop in front of you and you will miss her signal to go. If she does her business where you want her to, then reward her like she just did the most brilliant thing in the world, lots of love, pats, treats, etc. She will soon learn that pooping in the right place is a good thing to do.
At 4 months of age they don't have a lot of control of the bowels (think 2 year old child). They are smart little dogs and really want to please you, so don't take their accidents personally.