There is no better feeling than the one you get when you bring your new Dobie puppy home (well, almost anyway--there are your kids, your wedding, etc.). The only problem is that at 12 weeks of age, your newest family member has no idea that he isn't supposed to go potty in the house. The good news is that you can start working on potty training him from the moment you open the car door and let him out by taking him straight to the spot you want him to use for his potty.
Your first job as a new puppy parent is to teach your pup that the only place he is supposed to go potty is in his area of the yard. In the wild, a dog would be taught by his mother not to mess in the den. In your house, it will be your job to do the same thing. It takes time, effort and perseverance, but as long as you remain consistent, your pup will learn where he is supposed to potty and to let you know when he needs to get there.
While there are several different training methods to choose from, you need to decide where in your yard you want your pup to go potty before you get started. Once you choose a space on the lawn, be sure to keep using the same spot. This will help your pup to learn what is expected of him more quickly. Along with this, you need a few things to help out.
Of course, you are going to need plenty of time and patience to train your pup. The good news is that this will all be over soon enough, and you will have a hard time remembering when he used to make a mess in the house.