When a dog arrives at the new home, its hygiene routines can be greatly affected. Even adult dogs or puppies who have already learned to wait for the walk to go to the bathroom make the mistake of arriving at their new home and leaving a "gift" for its owners. It is something very normal since in a new environment for the dog, the animal does not know where the limits are or what their walking times will be.
To this we can add the stress and discomfort of having left what was until now his comfort zone. He doesn't know the people who will take care of him now, all the smells around him are new and his litter brothers or roommates are gone. This tends to generate anxiety in dogs and can cause them to act differently than they used to, unable to contain their physiological needs at home due to insecurity.
On the other hand, we have puppies that due to their age have not yet learned what is called "potty training", dogs that still do not know how to contain their urge to urinate or defecate. In these cases, we will have to do more to achieve the results we want: to avoid dirtying at home. For this we must always keep in mind that until the dog reaches 5-6 months of age they do not have enough maturity and capacity to control their sphincters.
In order for your Australian Cobberdog puppy to learn to control the urge to go to the bathroom, we need two things: patience to teach him and time for his body to grow and gradually allow him to endure more and more. A 2-month-old puppy can last a maximum of 3 hours, so we cannot demand more. In addition, when he is still small and does not have all the vaccines, the puppy cannot go for a walk, so we must be aware that the first weeks we will have to teach him how to control himself at home, and then on the street.
Often, when a dog learns to relieve himself on the soaker, when we start walking, the dog waits to come home to relieve himself. If we see that this pattern is repeated, we must be patient and when we go to finish the walk and open the door of the house we must turn around and take the dog out again to continue walking. A dog that is taught that he can return to the house and relieve himself, will find himself unable to contain himself and will have to relieve himself on the street. That is when we must reward him.