That lovely Golden Retriever puppy is going to make a great new member of your family. But at the same time, he is going to leave a lot of puddles and piles on the floors of your home until he is fully potty trained. The good news is that retrievers are very intelligent and should be relatively easy to potty train.
Remember, the younger you start training your pup, the easier and faster he will learn. That's not to say an older Golden can't be taught to do his business outside, you may just need to give a little extra consideration to his background and establish habits. In any case, the keys to success are consistency and persistence.
The goal of this type of training is to teach your Golden to stop pooping on the carpet and start doing it out in the yard. Providing you are willing to put in the time and work consistently with your pup, he should be accident-free by the time he reaches 6 months of age. Some dogs do take a little longer, particularly if they are older and aren't familiar with potty training, so don't worry if yours takes more time to get things down. The worst it is likely to mean is that you will have a few more messes to clean up.
The best way to get started on potty training your pup is to start from the moment you bring him home. Get him out of the car, put him on a leash, and take him straight to the designated spot in the yard to go potty. When he does, be sure to praise him and give him a treat. This will help set the stage for future success. You need a few training supplies:
Beyond this, you need to have time to work with your pup and plenty of patience. Remember, positive reinforcement works, getting angry has the complete opposite effect.