If you can, the best thing to do is establish a strict schedule.for elimination and very closely monitor food and water intake. Start out by taking the dog out every couple of hours. Lots of walks and frequent trips outside will give Aleks lots of opportunities to do what you want, so you can praise him and reinforce the outside behavior. Pretty soon you'll learn Aleks bathroom schedule and start to adjust for that.
Also he thinks pooping in the crate is OK. So he probably won't cry if he needs to go out. If possible keep him in the crate where you can watch him. If he starts to go to the bathroom in his crate, you need to interrupt him and take him right outside. When he completes his business outside you can praise him for that.
Constant monitoring is going to be your best bet.
However, if that is not possible I had a friend who adopted a shelter dog that had learned to be a mess. Unfortunately she had a job, and could not go through the intensive schedule. Crating the dog meant that she had to give the dog a bath every day when she came home. When left out in the house the dog would actually go into the crate to go to the bathroom. What she ended up doing as a management solution was to give the dog an appropriate place to potty in the house- sort of like paper training. The dog was confined to a room that was dog proofed and given pee pads. This kept the dog from being dirty in the crate so she could learn to be clean again, kept the mess to an isolated area that was easier to clean up, and was slowly transitioned outside in much the same way that people do potty training. Although that took almost a year and wouldn't be my first choice if you can manage the more intensive time outside.
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