Housetraining a puppy is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you bring home that cute little bundle of fur and energy. One way to do this is by using puppy pad training. Puppy pads are specially-scented absorbent pads (available from pet supply stores or online) that help draw puppies to them to eliminate.
Puppy pad training isn't for everyone, and some people feel that going this route makes the entire housebreaking process longer (since you'll be encouraging your dog to eliminate indoors for a while). It is often easier to housetrain your dog to go outdoors right from the beginning.
However, sometimes you can't be home - and your poor little puppy's bladder is full. Training your pup to use the pads is one way to help make sure your puppy isn't in agony if you don't get home in time; it saves your floors from inappropriate messes; and it gives you a little more freedom and peace of mind if you're late coming home.
Note: It's common for puppies to pee when they're excited. It's uncontrollable for them so don't make a big deal out of it (it's not one of the situations where you need to try to enforce the puppy-pad training). Just clean it up. Most puppies will naturally outgrow this in a few months.
Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way:
Most dogs do not like to eliminate in the same place they sleep. When puppy wakes up, hopefully he'll leave his kennel to relieve himself on the pads.
Remember, accidents will happen. If you don't catch him in the act, don't punish him (and never physically hit your dog for any reason). He won't understand since he's relieved himself countless times even before he met you! Just clean up the mess and move on.
If you do catch him in the act, firmly say no and take him back to the pads. Praise him when he finishes there.
Puppy pad training can be a useful tool, especially for people who aren't always able to let a young puppy outside for bathroom breaks as often as the pup may need. The pads are ultra-absorbent and protect your floors... so if it's something you have been considering, don't hesitate to give it a try.