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How to Potty Train a Golden Retriever (A Smart Guide)

A golden retriever is a beautiful pet and will make a great addition to your family. Besides its intelligence, there are possibilities that you might find a lot of puddles and piles on the floors of your home until your dog is completely potty trained. Today we will share with you a detailed guide on How to potty train a golden retriever?

Also, we will cover some signs when your golden retriever wants to go potty. New dog owners make some mistakes while potty training their puppies.

You can watch this video on How to Potty Train your Golden Retriever in just 7 Days.

There is a single goal of this training: your puppy stops pooping inside the home or on the carpet. And start to poop outside the home or in the yard.

Remember this is a very time taking procedure, and the puppy will take time to learn. Meanwhile, you may have to clean some more messes, so don’t worry.

If your puppy is pooping or having accidents indoors, then you don’t need to worry. Rather it’s normal. Potty training is not easy, but it’s a very time-consuming task to do, and it requires a lot of patience.

So without wasting any other time, Let’s dive in.

How to train a golden retriever to potty outside fast.

Here is potty training in a nutshell.

  1. Take your dog outside to potty on time
  2. Praise them when they are done

It is not that easy to read, but it is that simple. The Noah Strategy is the fastest strategy to train your puppy to potty outside.

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There are very few chances of accidents in the house if you take them out before they realize they should go out to poop. In this way, they will always go out when they need to.

Where do people mess up?

They don’t take them out often, and the puppy pees or potty inside. After that, they get mad at the puppy and have no idea why my owner is mad. And after some time, the puppy does the same, and the cycle repeats.

How to Potty Train a Golden Retriever

So here’s how you can stop this cycle from repeating.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Potty Train Your Golden Retriever

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to completely potty train your dog. 

1. Often take them outside. 

There are recommendations by some people to take your puppy out after every hour, and some also say you should take them out after every 20 minutes.

The point is you should take your puppy outside often and especially before the time they need to go.

Puppies can hold their bladder for approximately an hour per their age in a month. So a 2-month-old puppy can hold for 2 hours, and a 3-month-old puppy will hold for about 3 hours.

Moreover, a single accident can make your potty training one step behind. So it’s better not to let your puppy go inside. Always take him outside on time and stay one step ahead in your training.

2. Take Them to the Same Spot

Most dogs like to pee or potty when they smell other pee or poop. You can take them to the same spot every time and take advantage.

However, the disadvantage is that if you don’t clean up the old mess inside the house, where you don’t want your dog to poop, your dog will do it again.

Dogs can smell many times better than us. So they can smell the old pee on the carpet easily that we can’t smell. Resultantly they pee in the same spot again.

To prevent this, you should use an enzymatic cleaner rather than regular soap and water to clean up accidents.

Cleaning with this type of cleaner breaks down and removes the smell.

3. Praise Them For Going Outside

Initially, the puppy didn’t know exactly where to go for the potty. But once you take them to where they should be going to pee, you must praise them by giving them treats.

This way, they will not take long to realize where they should go. Additionally, don’t praise too loud or too soon, which results in interrupting the puppy, which is a common mistake.

You can praise them while they’re going outside, then when they’re done, you can truly tell them they’ve done well.

How to Potty Train a Golden Retriever

4. Keep Them Constrained

It would help if you kept an eye on your puppies all the time.

Supervising your puppy is very important. It is very important to keep an eye on the puppy every time. Puppies don’t like to go potty where they sleep, so crate training is great.

You can put the puppy in a crate when you are not under your supervision and not playing with them. In this way, they cannot go potty, and you can take them straight outside where they can poop. This will help in potty training your dog.

5. Handle Accidents Properly

It is important to properly handle accidents with patience because they will happen while potty training your dog.

Firstly, don’t punish your puppy when it goes inside; swat it or shove its nose into it.

Moreover, they don’t even know what you are doing with them, and they don’t know about their mistake. But this can hurt your relationship with them.

You can startle them (in a nice way) by saying, “Not in here!” or something along those lines if you catch them in the act.

Afterward, grab them and take them outside to their spot, and if they are finished going outside, praise them as you normally would.

To ensure they don’t think that’s their new potty spot, clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner after the accident.

7 Methods for Potty Training a Golden Retriever

There are 7 methods to potty train your golden retriever, these are:

  1. Establish a Routine
  2. Pick a Designated Bathroom Spot Outdoors
  3. Reward Your Puppy Every Time He Eliminates Outside
  4. Crate Train Your Golden
  5. Clean Up After All Accidents
  6. Don’t Punish Your Pup for Having Accidents
  7. Set Up a Regular Feeding Schedule

How Long Does It Take To Potty Train A Golden Retriever Puppy?

Now you might think that if we do all the steps mentioned above, how long will it take to completely potty train a golden retriever?

It is a slow and long process, it can take 3 weeks or up to 2 months to completely potty train your dog, but it depends on the dog and how you potty train your golden retriever.

Factors on which it depends are:

  • The number of accidents they have at home
  • Whether they are rewarded for going outside
  • Every time you took them to the same spot
  • Your ability to clean up accidents around the house.
  • If you want to make this process faster, you must not let your puppy enter the house. Rather praise them when they go where they are supposed to go.
How to Train a Golden Retriever

When To Take Your Golden Retriever Outside To Potty

Puppy owners should take their puppies out very frequently, but here is a list of times when puppies need to go (and, therefore, when you should take them out):

  1. After drinking
  2. After chewing a toy
  3. After a nap
  4. As soon as they come out of the crate
  5. First thing in the morning
  6. Last thing at night
  7. After eating
  8. After playing

Signs Your Golden Retriever Needs To Go Potty

As soon as the bonding between you and your puppy becomes strong, you start to observe the signs that your puppy needs to go potty.

  • Circling
  • Excessive ground sniffing
  • Whining
  • A lot of barking, biting, pawing, and asking for attention (Oliver would let us know by nibbling constantly)
  • Sitting at the front door.

Potty Training Mistakes

The process can be lengthy and frustrating, but if you avoid these common mistakes, it will be easier and less stressful.

When it comes to potty training puppies, new owners make these mistakes:

  • Enzymatic cleaners are not used.
  • Pushing their puppy’s bladder to the limit
  • Insufficient time spent outside with their puppy
  • Not praising them when they go to the right place
  • Taking their puppy outside and punishing him for it
  • Not recognizing the signs that their puppy needs to be euthanized


It will become possible for your puppy to learn to go outside when they need to potty if you follow the above-written guide.

To potty train your puppy fast, follow the Noah Strategy and don’t let them have an accident in the house.

If you also have any tips on potty training a golden retriever, please let us know. 

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