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Old 12-31-2012, 10:26 PM
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I remember taking Bindi out every 15 minutes...no it was really every 15 minutes and that seemed to go on forever. She is 7 months now and going on 8 week accident free but I don't let my guard down since she is still young.

Hang in there and it will come but for us it wasn't until around 5 months.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:39 PM
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They are all different. I wanted to strangle my client out of jealousy this AM when she came in and said her pup was perfect in the house. Turns out her interpretation of perfect and mine are different. Her pup has had accidents, she accept this, I don't.... In any case, my Gabby started out great.... She then had major setbacks. Some days, she goes out all of the time. Other days, she goes for ever...she always has gone all night and when she is in a run at work, goes for four to five hours... She is five months old. Some of my Goldens take time to understand the concept that soiling in the house is not ok.... Your pup is still very young.... Visit 01 VeterinaryPartner Home Page - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!, there are good house training articles.
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How long could you hold it when you were 9 weeks old? Your puppy is a baby, try not to expect too much too soon.
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I view it as a learning experience for both of us. Yogi and I are still learning, though I admit I have more to learn!

One thing I'd suggest, and I say this with kindness and without malice to other forum members, is to ignore those forum members who come on here and brag that their dogs never soil the house. It's not productive as every dog and every situation is different. These members may be more attuned to their dogs signals, or even have a home floor plan that is more conducive to fast potty training. For example, we have a two story home. Our downstairs potty training is going better than upstairs training because he is starting to go to the door when it's time, but he can't do that upstairs because we must keep him from the stair case and our bridge since he can fit between the bars and fall. Plus, he's still too young to go downstairs on his own. So... that presents a complication.

At this stage worrying about accidents only puts undue pressure on yourself which isn't helpful. It will come with time, especially since I have a feeling you are motivated to get everything on track.

BTW, the article link Sally's Mom posted is very helpful!
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Mine were 9 1/2 mo when we could, with honesty say they were totally housetrained, we had gone over 2 mo without any accidents and this continues today. Think a pup doesn't "get it" until they are at least 4 mo old and it is we humans that keep them on a schedule. I too am skeptable about people who say their little baby pups are trained..think it is them who are trained to watch for signals.

Keep on the 20 min rule if you can for as long as you can. Expect mishaps and just clean them well, don't make a fuss. It will happen. Goldens are fairly easy to housetrain, but they need a firm schedule and gentle reminders of where to go. A 2 mo old pup is like a tiny baby. Their light is on,,,but it blinks a lot!
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Mu Brady just turned 5 months and I have noticed in the past week or so that I can actually go to the bathroom before bringing the dogs out first thing in the morning.

I am just starting to stretch the time after waking, eating, drinking, playing etc before he is brought outside.

He runs to the back door, barks and then runs back to wherever I may be to make sure I heard his bark and we all go outside (I have 4 goldens) but I will still bring him outside after eating, playing and extended periods of time even with no signal. I posted recently that he has finally started turning the snow yellow which I take (rightly or wrongly) to be a sign that his kidneys are maturing

It takes awhile and I don't really have an answer for how long it takes - the best I can say is it takes however long it takes. Some house train in a few days to weeks (with owner diligence), some take longer and some learn they can hide to pee - these dogs take the longest and part of what your job as the caretaker is to prevent them from learning that particular trick.

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Thanks all, we will stick with it. Just wanted to make sure Charlie's progress was typical.


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It's like toilet training children... My sister and I were "toilet trained" by one year, but my mother would tell you that it was really she who was trained... I grew up in the cloth diaper, plastic pants era... Moms were highly motivated to get rid of those diapers. Anyway, I had two boys. The elder is learning disabled. He was trained by four years and the younger one succumbing to peer pressure in nursery school was trained by three. One day, he said to me, "mommy I don't want to wear a diaper anymore". That was that and he was trained. My kids were probably late by many standards, but neither ever had any kind of "accident" ever.... So my answer is that like potty training kids, it will come... Every being just has its' own pace on how it gets there...
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^ Oh, and having grown up with 3 sibs who inevitably soil their beds/couches/etc when they have seizures.... cleaning up dog pee/poop is a LOT easier.

One thing I forgot to say... er... even though my Jacks never had an accident until he was about 12 months old (I remember it vividly - it was Christmas, I was decorating, and suddenly heard a waterfall behind me).... I went by the "2 month" thingy as far as gauging how much I trusted him around the house. If he went 2 months without an accident, then I eased up about letting him wander out of sight in the house. But even then going by our previous dogs, he still was being rushed outside at every signal until he was 7 months old or so.

With Bertie... we are doing the same exact thing. His potty signal is going and sitting in the middle of the room and looking at me. Given a choice, I probably would bump it up to training him to ring bells, but I'll use whatever he offers at this point and ask questions later.

He hasn't had an accident in a couple weeks. I won't regard him as potty trained until he's much older. Especially since he still has to go potty QUITE OFTEN.

I have to share too... I was chatting with a coworker about a yorkie he had rescued from his mother in law. This coworker is the "housekeeper" of the family, not his wife. So he ESPECIALLY was upset about his carpets being DESTROYED by the dog having accidents in the home.

Of course I was sitting there thinking about how a yorkie would probably DROWN in golden retriever puppy accident. o_O

To that guy my only advice was patience, consistency, and sticking to a very strict schedule with the entire family marching in step. If just one person is doing all the potty training, that ups the likelihood of accidents happening in the house. Etc....
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I have discovered that potty training a puppy really means "human training" in the beginning stages. I have gotten better at recognizing Blayze's need and signals and timing so that he will potty outside successfully. He is just 10 weeks and there is no way I can expect him to understand the concept that pottying only happens outside, not inside. If he has an accident, at this point, it is actually me that messed up, not him. I look forward to the day when the "light bulb" comes on and he gets it. In the meantime I continue to be persistent and patient with his potty routine.
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