Proper potty training is a necessary step in creating a happy bond between you and your pooch. Teaching him to relieve himself on command allows you to get him to go in just the right spot, rather than him having an accident in the middle of your living room floor. Be patient during training -- he may have accidents -- and make sure everyone in your home is consistent, otherwise Fido just gets confused.
Put Fido on a regular feeding schedule. If he feasts from his dish all day, you'll never know when he has to go potty. Feeding him at the exact same times throughout the day lets you know when he might have to relieve himself -- generally about half an hour after he eats.
Watch for behavioral cues. Standing near the front door, barking at you and walking in circles let you know that Fido needs to do his business. You'll have to show him where to go right away, before he potties right on your living room rug.
Hook Fido's leash to his collar and take him outside. Walk him over to that far area away from your patio where you'd like him to always relieve himself. The potty process isn't always quick. Some canines sniff around for a while and need a little walking around before emptying their bowels.
Have a mini "potty party" when he goes -- after he's all finished of course. Get excited, scratch his head and offer him a treat. He'll start figuring out that going party in the corner makes you happy and gets him the attention he craves.
Continue taking Fido to the same spot in the yard or same path when you walk. Every time he potties, he's leaving his signature scent. He'll smell where he went before, signalling to his brain that this is where he's supposed to relieve himself.