i so agree with you,, Remy is going to be 11 months, and i did the same with him,, when i did have to leave him i was able to block off my kitchen, and put pads down in case ,, he never used them, he does not know what potty pads are for,, your comments make me feel better ,, i am doing good being a Corgi mom,,thanks
I would forget the pads and just take him out every 30 minutes or so. Don't expect him to tell you he needs to go out either at this point, just do it. Put the puppy on a leash, stand in one spot, and assign a command - "go potty" or whatever you choose. Treat and praise like crazy for success. At night we crated and if the puppy woke up crying, we'd take him out for a potty break but make it all business. No playing or cuddling. Potty and then right back to bed. I will say with Henry we were suckers and let him sleep out of the crate at night, and he peed on the floor every night until he was probably 6 months old because no one was there to correct him for it. Our fault, not his.
In the house, watch the puppy 100% of the time, he should not be able to sneak off and pee or poop without you noticing immediately. If he can't be watched, put him in the xpen or his crate. Potty training a puppy is 99% prevention IMO.