Hey there, congratulations on your new family member. Dogs are great. Start training him right away. Dogs minds are like sponges from now until 12 weeks and then they start knowing they can "get away w/ stuff". They will still learn after that, but take advantage of the very impressionable time you have now. The best way to house break a dog is to use a crate. Talk to your vet or pet store for details.... But basically, a dog's crate is like their 'den'. They won't soil the place where they sleep or hang out. Introduce them to the crate by luring them in there, closing the door and having them stay in there for short periods of time. Start at 30 seconds, next time 1 minute, next time, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, etc. It's also a good place to keep your dog safe while you leave the house (or simply need a break from him/her for a half hour - puppy's can wear you out). I know it seems harsh, but they will get used to it. It's better to do that than to let your dog get into something dangerous that he might find in the house. (Which could be anything from a q-tip to soap to electrical wires.) As far as behavior training - start training the basics. Sit, lay down (or "down"), walking in a leash, attention training and "come". I can't stress the attention training enough. Getting them to know and respond to their name is priceless and very helpful. If you can hire a trainer or go to puppy kindergarten, do so. If not there are some great books in positive reinforcement training. For instance. Call your dog's name. If he/she responds by looking you, turning their head to you, ears perk up: give them praise. A tiny treat or lots of pats/hugs. Tell them good girl/boy. They will respond to this. Keep doing it and they will learn to listen well to you. Walking on a leash. As much as dogs want to search out everything they encounter on their walks, they need to learn to walk well on a leash. Have fun time - when they can discover and then training time. On a leash, keep your dog close to you and have them keep walking next to you. It takes practice and sometimes some gentle tugs on the leash to keep them moving, but the sooner you start this and the more frequently you do it, the more you will enjoy walking your dog. (My dog is 6 months and she's just getting this now because we didn't practice this enough with her.) Just thing postive reinforcements and lots of praise and seek help from professionals or books if you can. Good luck!