Well Bunky I had great luck with my last dog it only took about a week but I was there the entire time. First thing is don't use newspaper, they get the idea that it's ok to go on the newspaper instead of outside. If you watch them you can usually tell when there looking for a place to go, I frequently took the dog outside just so she didn't have a chance to go inside. Of course your going to have accidents, a firm no is usually good enough. They say dogs are well aware of your emotions and I firmly believe that.
Which brings up another point about training, keep the commands as short as possible. Sit, come, heal.... Repitition when there small is the key. I had my dog trained enough within a 2 months....she even knew the command to fall over and play dead.
BTW one of the biggest mistakes I've seen people make
is let the dog bite at peoples ankles. It's fun and games when they are puppies but it's best not to let it start.
She was very smart, your mileage will vary.