How to potty train your Golden Retriever

If you own a Golden retriever puppy then you’re probably wondering how you can get it to learn to pee and poop outside. This post will show you how you can do that.

So how do you get your Golden retriever to pee and poop outside? You should go into the backyard regularly with your Golden Retriever and wait for it to pee and poop and then reward it for doing so. By doing this your Golden Retriever will be able to learn that it’s best for it to go outside.

There are actually a lot of intricacies that go into potty training your Golden retriever. There are also a lot of things that you can do to quickly reduce how much it is inside.

How to potty train your Golden retriever

There are a lot of things that you can do to limit how much your Golden Retriever pees inside and to encourage it to go outside.

Keep it in one area of the house

The first thing that you’ll want to do is to keep your Golden retriever in one area of the house.

By doing this you’ll be able to prevent how much your Golden retriever pees inside because dogs don’t like to pee where they live.

Keeping it in one area of the house will also help you to monitor your Golden Retriever puppy more easily. This will help you to know when it needs to go outside to pee which will help you to be able to prevent how much it pees inside.

Since they don’t like peeing in an area where they live another good way to prevent your Golden Retriever puppy from peeing inside would be to crate train it. By giving your Golden Retriever crate training you’ll be able to teach it to choose to stay in it’s crate which is good for you since it would be a more enclosed area which will encourage it not to pee.

There are also a number of crates that come with removable trays which will help you to clean up the mess if it makes one.

Train your Golden Retriever to go outside

To potty train your Golden Retriever it will be necessary for you to take it outside once every hour. When you take it outside you should wait for it to pee or poop in an uninteresting way so that your puppy will do it naturally without you affecting it.

When it does pee or poop you should then reward it with a treat that it likes and by becoming interesting and making a fuss of it.

The idea behind this is that it will encourage your Golden Retriever to go outside when it needs to pee or poop since it will get it things that it likes.

You can watch the video below to see how you can do it.

Avoid punishing it

When your Golden Retriever puppy pees or poops inside it might be tempting to punish it for doing so. You might think that it will teach it that it’s not okay to pee inside. However, you should refrain from doing so.

It won’t necessarily know why you are punishing it and it can lead to other behavioral issues such as aggression, destructive behavior and anxiety.

Let it out to pee right before bed

You could also try taking measures to control when your Golden Retriever needs to pee. One way to do so would be to make sure to let it pee right before going to bed. That way you will be able to reduce the liklihood that it will need to pee during the night.

Things that can cause it to pee inside

There are a number of reasons that your Golden Retriever might pee inside and I’ll mention a number of them below. You should make sure to take the time to consider why your Golden Retriever might be peeing inside since it can make it easier to get it to stop.


It could be that there is something that is causing your Golden Retriever to become nervous that is causing it to pee inside. It could be that there is an abusive member of the family causing it to be anxious or, if it’s still young, then it might just be frightened of noises going on around you.


Excitement can cause puppies to pee. Getting excited can cause them to lose control of their bladder which causes them to pee a little bit when this happens.

If this is what’s happening with your Golden Retriever then don’t get frustrated as this is something that commonly happens and it should learn to control its bladder when it’s excited when it gets older.

A lack of training

If you haven’t trained your Golden Retriever to pee or poop outside then it won’t necessarily know that it’s what you want it to do. That is why it is important to take the time to make sure that your Golden Retriever gets trained to do so.

Separation anxiety

Golden Retrievers are not a breed that is suited to being left alone often. They were bred to work alongside humans and because of this, Golden Retrievers can become anxious when you are not around which is known as separation anxiety. One of the things that can come with it is that it can cause it to pee when you’re not around.


If your Golden Retriever is still young then it is to be expected that it will pee inside from time to time. To get it to happen less make sure to limit the area that it stays in, crate train it and to train your Golden Retriever to go outside.

Things to consider

There are some things to keep in mind when teaching your Golden Retriever not to pee inside that I’ll mention below.


It’s important to have a lot of patience, while you’re training your Golden Retriever to go outside, since it is not something that will work overnight.

While Golden Retrievers are still young they can’t control themselves so well so even when they’re young accidents will happen. This is why it’s important to be very understanding of your Golden Retriever during this stage.

It’s a common occurrence

It’s important to remember that it’s common for all dogs to pee inside while they are still young so don’t be frustrated if it happens with your Golden Retriever.

Instead, take reassurance from the fact that many other people have successfully trained their dogs not to do it so there is no reason that you can’t train your Golden Retriever either.

Now is a good time to start training

Even though your Golden Retriever may be hard to handle at this young age now would actually be the best time to start training your Golden Retriever. Its habits will not have had the time to become hard wired and you have the chance to set its habits while it is still young.


Why is my Golden Retriever peeing inside suddenly? If your Golden Retriever has suddenly started to pee inside then it could be because it is ill or injured. If this is the case, then you should have a vet take a look at your Golden Retriever. Another possible cause could be a recent traumatic event has caused it to become anxious.

How to potty train my Golden Retriever quickly? Getting your Golden Retriver to stop peeing inside quickly is hard to do. You can make sure to keep it in a section of the house, to crate train it and to train it to go outside as mentioned above to speed up the process.

If you would like learn everything that you need to know about how to have a happy, healthy and well-behaved Golden Retriever, take a look at this Golden Retriever ebook.

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