We got our sweet girl from a breeder at about three months. She was crate trained, and also went through 5 weeks of training since the first customer backed out. She's a great dog!
We didn't crate train her that long when we brought her home since she'd been crate and potty trained by the breeder, and she's been great. We usually keep her on our side yard/dog run with our other dog when we're not home, and when we're home we alternate with the dog run or in the living room on her pillow (leashed) with some bones to chew. She very rarely had an accident in the first few months, and when she did it was usually our fault.
She's peed in the house at least three times in the last week or two. It's really pissing us off! (no pun intended)
It's usually after she's been on the side yard for a while, and has been a pretty small puddle, which tells me she doesn't really even need to go. So, back to crate training. We do crate her in the living room so that she's still part of the pack, not away from the family in another room.
Since we didn't crate train her much, she really hates her crate (except for at night, for which she'll usually go in on her own), and barks constantly. We got tired of it so we bought an e-collar and spoke to the folks at the pet store on how to use it. It's been working, and we can control her barking.
I would be interested in any input, but am probably more venting at this point. I feel bad, because she had it going pretty good. She wasn't in her crate much at all, and had a pretty good little life for a puppy with some freedom and lots of interaction with our other dog. Now, she's kind of in solitary and is getting the treatment when she barks, so I might feel a little bit bad for her. But, peeing in the house is a no no, so she's going to have to work her way out of it.
I'd like to teach her to ring a bell to go out, so will do a bit more research on that.
Thanks for listening!