Very few things bring as much joy to a household as a new puppy, but the toilet-training part of your new life together can be a real challenge.
An eight week old golden retriever puppy may pee as regularly as every 30 minutes or so, thus the important thing is to recognize the signs they need to go and take them outside before they make a mess in the house, so they soon associate going outside with doing their potty business.
This should increase by about one hour per month of age, so a Golden puppy at six months old can be expected to hold out for up to four hours.
Thinking About Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy?
There’s a reason that retrievers are the nation’s most beloved pet. They’re adorable, loyal, and great with kids.
But no puppy is easy! All of them will go through difficult stages that will be frustrating at times, and one of the hardest surely has to be potty-training.
So, before you’ve even picked the cutest puppy in the litter, be sure that you have the time and the commitment to truly give it the dedication it needs so you can enjoy all the wonderful things your new puppy will bring to your life.
How Long can a Golden Retriever Puppy Hold their Pee?
The smaller the animal, the smaller the bladder, so when you first take your puppy home (usually around 8 weeks or so) you’ll find that they run around like a little peeing machine. But this is only because they can’t hold it.
It’s thought that a puppy should urinate every hour, but you’ll probably find that your little one goes more regularly, perhaps as often as every 20-30 minutes.
By the time they’re 12 weeks old, a golden retriever will be more able to hold their pee. This is because both their bladder muscles and their brain will have developed enough for them to be able to hold it.
An Active Puppy Will Pee More Often!
Some owners get frustrated by their pup’s seeming ability to hold their pee at night when they’re asleep for 8 hours or more, when they pee every 30 minutes when they’re awake!
This is natural, though. A sleeping puppy’s metabolism slows right down, so they don’t produce as much urine as they do when they’re awake.
Don’t forget, playing with your puppy is thirsty work for everyone! So your little one will also be drinking more when awake.
Recognize the Signs!
Watch carefully for times your puppy looks as though they’re going to pee. You’ll soon notice the body language and behaviors that give you an indication that they’re preparing to relieve themselves.
Signs that a puppy will be about to pee are:
- Pausing their playing
- Sniffing around on the floor
- Turning in circles
- Trying to squat
In the beginning, even males will squat like female puppies to relieve themselves, or they will simply stand there proudly and let go! They won’t cock their legs onto objects until they’re much older.
Learn Your Pup’s Schedule
Always take your puppy outside after a meal, around 10-20 minutes after they’ve eaten. This is when they’re more likely to pee and poop.
When they’ve woken from a nap, have been playing with the family for around 30 minutes, or have returned from a car ride, always take them outside and wait for them to pee.
You’ll soon become familiar with your pup’s schedule, and they’ll soon pick up that all their business should be done outside.
How Long does it Take to Potty Train a Golden Retriever Puppy?
Some owners will brag they had their pup trained within two weeks. Don’t worry, it’s rare!
And yet, it won’t take months, either. Golden retriever pups are highly intelligent and by the time they’re 12 weeks old they’ll be having very few accidents in the house, if any.
A lot of your success will depend on you, though. Stay on top of the toileting in the first four weeks and you’ll find that it won’t be long before you’ve cracked it. If you let the odd accident go, though, your pup will receive mixed messages.
When Your Puppy Won’t Stop Peeing!
Your puppy will pee when they’ve just woken up, taken a drink of water, or are just so excited they can’t hold it in. There are many reasons why your puppy will relieve himself over the course of the day.
All puppies pee a lot when they’re young, but if your pup is peeing more than 10-15 times a day, get it checked over by a vet. They should be peeing regularly but not frequently, and that’s where the difference lies.
They may have an irritated bladder or other medical condition that your vet will diagnose and help you fix, to get your pup back to a more regular, natural routine for its age.
What if Your Golden Retriever Puppy’s Peeing in the Wrong Places?
Never Berate, Only Relocate!
It’s vital that you never yell, spank, or roughly shake your puppy, even if they’ve peed on your favorite book or in your shoes. Your puppy doesn’t do this deliberately.
Rather than getting mad, move them outside as soon as they’ve had an accident, so they learn to associate the yard with their toilet. Don’t get mad at them, just wordlessly move them outside.
Always clean the area they’ve messed in thoroughly. If you don’t disinfect the carpet, they’ll smell their pee from last time and go there again.
When they pee outside of their own accord, without having an accident in the house first, be sure to give them plenty of praise and a treat, so soon they’ll be itching to go outside as soon as they feel the urge.
You’ll Get There!
With patience, dedication and above all, love, you’ll soon have your golden retriever puppy trained.
Once they’ve cracked the potty-training stage, they’ll even let you know that they need to go outside.
The joys of a new puppy in the house should only be remembered with happiness, and staying on top of your little friend’s toilet training will guarantee that this will be the case.