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Meet Max my first Golden 13 weeks

Hello. Great to see such a useful site dedicated to Goldens! I got Max when he was 11 weeks old from the akc breeder (now 14 weeks). I haven't decided if I will pay to cert him. Any benefits ?

I have been working with him and spending as much time with him that I can allow. During the day he's home with my wife and her dog Mason (shitzu). She works with as well. We have taught him sit, shake, and lay down. I was so proud to be his first shake. We crate him in our bedroom every night since day one. He is doing ok with house training him but he still has a lot of accidedents. He doesn't seem to get to let us know he needs to go out. I find myself watching him and trying to determine how he is sniffing. Lol. Any tips or hints? Is this normal? We have been taking him out nearly every 45 minutes during the day. We have a bell by the only door our dogs use to ring to notify us when they have to go out. We ring it and show him how nearly every time we go out. ( exceptions being emergency runs). He knows were to go and usually goes right away and then listens and comes back inside. I try to control his water intake to only when I feed him and no later then 6. He would gulp down 4 decent size bowls if I would allow him, followed by multiple accidents.

We also have problems with him wanting to bite our other dog. He will nip at his ears and side. It seems like he is only playing but this isn't something I want him doing.

Any help is appreciated!



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What a cutie!

Our dog didn't give us any potty signals (and still doesn't). So we took him out after waking, after eating, after playing, and every 20-30 minutes at that age. I think his last accident was around 4 months or so. It's hard to remember now, but I think at 4 months, he could wait about an hour. By six months, it wasn't a factor as he went out often enough that it didn't matter how long he could hold it.

I tried withholding the water late in the evening, more like 9 than 6, but then I read that if you do that, then they will actually drink more water. So I let him have access to water all the time, and he actually drank less in the evening. Also, there is some hormone (so I read) that shuts down urine production while they sleep. Since he was sleeping through the night without problem, I decided not to worry about the water bowl.
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Congratulations on your new puppy, he is really cute! What is his name?

House training, you need to take him out sooner, every 20 minutes to start with when he is awake and active. The reason he's having a lot of accidents is that he physically can't hold it 45 minutes. He just isn't old enough and hasn't had enough practice to know how to tell you he needs to go out. Just be consistent, take him out more often and he will learn over time.

Biting the other dog, this is totally 100% normal puppy PLAY. The other dog will tell him when to stop. You can of course decide yourself if you need to stop it, but for the most part it is better to let the older dog teach the puppy what the limits are.

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Congratulations on your new Max. He is quite handsome.

We also have a Max. We got our Max at 11 weeks. Sorry to say, have no advice on housebreaking. I am sure he will get it soon.
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Great advice so far! Go out before and after eating and drinking. Go again 20-30 minutes later. Plan on lots of short walks.

You will have a potty trained pup in the end! Samantha's last accident was on her 6 month birthday. It can take time. I would invest in some urine odor removing spray and a small steam cleaner. It makes cleaning up quick messes super easy and fast. Be consistent and it will eventually sink in!

As for the rough house, that's how golden's play. If you feel he is too nippy I would try to redirect him to a bone or toy that he can chew on. We call golden play "bitey face" for a reason... it looks brutal! If your shitzu is okay with playing that way I would not worry. Only redirect if it's a problem. Good luck and congrats on your handsome fella!
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Thanks for the advise. I was out of town today and when I got home I heard the dog bell ringing. To my surprise it was Max! I opened the door and he bolted over to his area and peed. So proud!
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We got about a inch of snow tonight! Max loved it!!

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He's adorable! Congratulations on your newest addition!

You received some good advice here, and I agree that Max being mouthy with your other dog is normal puppy play. Best of luck with the housebreaking, and hope to see you and Max around here often!
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So adorable!! Welcome to the forum!

As for the play - it is obnoxious, yes, but totally normal. My puppy Winston makes a day job out of harassing my older dog Riley.
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