If my dog/puppy isn't reliably house trained (and if the puppy is marking, he's not), they don't get the opportunity to be out of my eyesight. I need to correct the problem while it's happening. If you're not watching the puppy to correct the behavior in the moment, he won't learn. When I crate train a puppy, the puppy is in the crate if I can't watch him. Unfortunately, you can't forgot to close the gates if the puppy isn't completely housebroken. I've raised two male puppies from 8 weeks and I've never had one of them mark in the house. They were lucky if they got to mark outside. LOL
Now that he's going in those areas, you have to completely eliminate the smell of the urine or he'll keep marking those areas. I didn't leave mine out of a crate while I wasn't home (or couldn't watch them) until they were 1 1/2 to 2 years old. They never got the chance to know they could mark.
I'm not of the belief that you can expand the no pee zone (someone feel free to correct me). Either the dog is housebroken or it's not. So, in your case, I wouldn't even leave the dog out of a crate in the living room whether he's going to bathroom there or not.
Last edited by IllinoisNative; 02-22-2017 at 01:58 PM.