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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I would start crate training him. It will help getting him used to being away from you, and it will help with the house-breaking.
Taking him out every 10 minutes is great, I admire your dedication! It will take a few days for you to get his potty schedule so you can set him up for success. There will be a period of hit-and-miss at first, don't get discouraged.
I would start a schedule and stick to it whether you are at work or at home. Feed at certain times, take out at certain times, crate at certain times, exercise and play and train at certain times. He is insecure right now, being in a new home, so a solid schedule will help him understand that the world is a safe and predictable place, and he can trust you to be there for him and provide him with what he needs.
With feedings on schedule, his potty routine will get on schedule too. It will take a few days for his system to get on schedule, so be patient. Once you have a pretty good idea of how often he needs to go, and when, you can build his potty outings around that. I would try and spend more time outside, not bring him in as soon as he pees. Get him running and playing, and then take him for a walk - that should stimulate him to potty. If he does not, put him in his crate. Do get him used to the crate gradually, start feeding him in there to associate the crate with good stuff.
Thanks for adopting! He looks gorgeous! It's a shame that his previous owners could not take the time and effort to house-break him, but with consistency I'm sure he will be fine.
Edited to add: Ha! Everyone else posted while I was typing up my response!! Great to see that everyone is on the same page with this!
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