I would definitely not go back to puppy pads. It just confuses them because they think that they can go in the house. Finley is still young. Daisy is 7 months old and still occasionally has an accident. At Finley's age, I was taking Daisy out every hour basically on the hour when she was awake. Now, I can stretch it to 2 hours or so, but she still signals to go out more than any other dog I have ever had.