Whenever you start paper training a puppy, restrict the dog's area to about
the size of a smallish kitchen. There should be enough room for sleeping,
separate from eating, separate from the paper. Use the treated puppy pads
or hospital underpads with drops that will attract the dog to the area. Do
not allow your puppy to roam around a large area too soon. Also, when you
are ready to allow your dog out into the rest of the home, keep the place of
his paper consistent. You wouldn't like to have someone move your bathroom
around, would you? Puppies also have a tendency to play a lot and then
suddenly realize that they have to go. If they run to the spot they last
remember their paper, and it isn't there, there isn't time for the puppy to
look for his paper -- and then you've got a mistake.
I've got six of my own Maltese, and I am a breeder. Usually the puppies I
sell are 95% paper trained. What does that mean? It just means that dogs
will have accidents occassionally.