While a golden retriever puppy can provide joy and happiness to your family, his accidents indoors are not as well received. To avoid messes in your home, start your golden retriever’s house training as soon as possible. Early, positive potty training should be a breeze with this intelligent breed.
Golden retrievers respond well to positive, consistent training. The key to house training your dog is to prevent accidents before they happen inside. Then you must reward proper bathroom trips outdoors. Tiny pups have equally tiny bladders. So, bring your fur baby outdoors every hour until he/she is about 8 weeks old. Prevent accidents by also taking your pup out first thing in the morning, 10 minutes after meals, and before bedtime. Giving your puppy as many potty breaks as possible provides the best chance for your dog to succeed at house training.
To keep your retriever’s potty schedule consistent, feed your puppy at the same times each day. That way he is prompted to go potty consistently. In this way, you can anticipate when your pup is ready to go and bring him outside to the potty area. Make sure to bring the puppy to the exact same spot at the same times each day. The potty spot will retain the odor of the prior waste, prompting them to re-mark the area.
Train your puppy to go potty outdoors on command to eliminate any confusion on his part of what’s expected of him. Bring the pup to the potty area outdoors and issue a command, such as “go potty” or “bathroom.” Once your dog does his business, give him a treat and lots of praise. Each time your dog goes after you issue the command, repeat the process. Over the course of a few weeks, your dog should get the hang of what is expected when he hears the potty command. As with feeding and potty breaks, keep the command consistent each time, and say it only once to your dog in an authoritative voice.
An important part of house training your golden retriever pup is teaching your dog to use a crate. Remember, your little pup won’t stay tiny forever, so you may want to purchase a larger crate to suit a 55 to 75 pound dog. Which is the size of an adult golden. Simply close off part of the crate with a piece of cardboard to prevent your dog from accessing the whole thing as a pup. Too large a crate space allows your dog an area to potty in and sit away from it.
Dogs won’t potty in smaller spaces because they don’t want to sit in their own messes. This is the beauty of the crate in potty training. To discourage your dog from going indoors. Place the crate in a room your family frequents often, as golden retrievers are social creatures who enjoy being part of the family. Make the crate comfortable with a blanket and one of your dog’s favorite toys. Leave a treat or two in the crate to lure your dog into it. Associate the crate with a command, such as “crate” or “bed,” and slowly train your dog to spend more and more time in the crate while you aren’t in the same room with him.
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