Hello My dog Sam is 10 months old now. He is my first dog, a Pomeranian. I'm a cat person. We had dogs when I was younger but my dad took care of them, trained them, etc ... Anyway, I made the mistake of treating him like a cat, who are easy to train and I spoiled him way too much! He's had table food because he was so picky, I had given in (now he eats dog food only). A friend told me to train him on the peepee pads and now it's a nightmare to teach him not to pee on a rug, etc ... His personality: he's a very happy dog. He loves other animals, cats, dogs. He loves kids, women, anybody really He can play rough but if I tell him to calm down, he does. He clearly loves me. When he wants something he "sneezes" (yes I know, weird lol). Where I'm at: - I walk him in the morning and 2 or 3 times in the evening and praise him when he pees outside (he knows "promener" and "pipi" which means lets go for a walk and lets go pee). - He eats his dog food (sometimes if i don't pay attention he steals the cat's bowl) - He walks fairly well on the leash but gets distracted if he sees another dog or a kid, or anyone for that matter. He is VERY friendly, gets along with everybody. - He doesn't really bark (unless someone is at the door or if he sees something he wants, like playing with another dog then he goes berserk!). But no barking "just because". - I tried off the leash he will NOT listen to me at all. Nightmare, about got run over by a bicycle! Back to leash. - If i raise my voice, he'll get on his belly. But only indoor. But actually I dont yell at him, I say "oh! no no no" but not yelling. What I'd want: - Him to pee outside all the time - Him to listen when I call him That's all. Don't care if my dog sits or not, give the paw, etc .. just want him safe, imagine if he runs toward a big mean dog ... :cursing: I can't afford training. I got Samie and a couple months later I was unemployed. Now I'm working but still can't afford a trainer. I'd like to start with one or two simple command to begin. I'm a cat person but I'm in love with my dog! Thanks! PS: I am out of the house for 10 hours when I am at work, I don't think I can crate him for that long, would like your imput. Would a big kennel with a pad be ok? Or would we be back to him thinking he can pee on the rugs?