Golden Retriever Puppy Pooping: How Often Is Normal?

Be careful not to become obsessed with your puppy’s puppy poop when you adopt a Golden Retriever puppy. You might find yourself obsessively watching their bowel movements and their poop.

It is possible to wonder how often Golden Retriever puppies poop, and if that frequency is normal.

Healthy Golden Retriever puppies will poop between four and six times per day. Their poop frequency will vary depending on how active they are, what their diet is, their hormone levels, stress levels, and how often they eat. As they age, puppies poop less often than adults.

A pet owner should be a puppy poop inspector or expert. Monitoring your Golden Retriever puppy’s bowel movements and inspecting his poop can reveal a lot about its health.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about Golden Retriever puppy poop. Frequency is the first thing we’ll discuss. What factors impact the frequency of Golden Retriever puppies pooping daily?

How Often Should a Golden Retriever Puppy Pee Per Day?

Pooping is quite normal in Golden Retriever puppies. They usually poop between four and six times per day. Don’t worry if your Golden Retriever poops more than four to six times per day, or even six to eight.

Bailey, my Golden Retriever, used to poop up to eight times per day. But he was a large and healthy puppy. Bailey was a prolific pooper.

Poop frequency in Golden Retriever puppies is affected by several factors such as age, size, die,t and stress.

Age

Young puppies tend to poop more. Your Golden Retriever puppy will start to poop less often as it grows older.

Because puppies are young, their bodies cannot hold as much in them. They don’t have control over their intestines or bowels yet, and their metabolisms are faster.

This means your Golden Retriever puppy will have to poop quite often.

It’s good to know that Golden Retriever puppies grow larger and more in control of their intestines. The puppies then poop less frequently until it becomes like to humans at one or three times per day as adults. Typically, this is between once and twice daily.

My Golden Retriever Bailey is approximately 1.5 years old and usually goes around twice daily.

Size of a Puppy

Your Golden Retriever puppy’s size is a major determinant of how often it poops per day. The more poop your Golden Retriever puppy needs, the bigger it will be.

Larger dogs eat more food, sometimes more often, due to their larger sizes. What goes in must go out. All that food means more poop.

Bailey, our Golden Retriever puppy, was a large puppy for his age. He pooped up to eight times per day. To keep up with his rapid growth our vet recommended that we increase the amount of food and frequency of meals. More “in” would mean more “out”. 

Diet

Your Golden Retriever puppy’s poop frequency is determined by its diet. It is important to know how much and how often it is fed.

As we have discussed, a larger puppy requires more food. More going in equals more going out. How often they get fed can also impact how much they need.

Increased food intake and frequent eating means that there is more food to be eaten.

Another factor is the food. Poop frequency may increase if the food has more fiber or is made from a particular brand.

Sometimes, changing the dog food can cause an adaptive in which the puppy has to poop more.

When a puppy is transitioning to a new food, a vet will usually recommend that a quarter to half of a cup of the new food be mixed with the old brand. This helps to ease the transition for your puppy.

Some issues occurred when Bailey was switched from a small breed puppy to large-breed food.

Snacks are another factor that can impact frequency. Dogs may have more frequent poops if they eat more snacks.

Bailey loves liver snaps and we began training him as a puppy. His poops increased each day.

Stress

It is common for Golden Retrievers to stop pooping between four and six times per day.

This is normal when a puppy is brought home from the kennel. The puppy now lives in an unfamiliar house with strange people and strange smells. This adds up to great stress.

Stress can also cause constipation. Stress can also cause a decrease in appetite and hunger, so your dog might be less hungry until it feels safe and secure.

You may notice a decrease of poop frequency when you leave your dog at home for the first-time. Your puppy will need to adjust to being left alone during separation. This can lead to anxiety.

Stress or anxiety can also impact digestion and appetite, leading to constipation or reduced frequency of bowel movements.

Exercise

Golden Retriever puppies need to exercise. Regular walks are good for your Golden Retriever’s digestive health and can help you keep your puppy healthy.

Insufficient exercise can slow down the passage of stool through the intestinal tract. A puppy or adult Golden Retriever who is not getting enough exercise will have a harder time transiting bowel contents through their intestinal tract.

If your exercise is sufficient, you could have other causes for constipation or decreased bowel movements. These issues will be discussed later and the best course of action.

How can I tell if my Golden Retriever Puppy’s poop is healthy?

You should start inspecting and monitoring the poop of your Golden Retriever puppy.

Golden Retriever owners need to monitor their Golden Retriever’s poop. The dog’s health can be reflected in the puppy’s poop. Particularly, the size, consistency and shape of the poop, as well as the smell, color, texture, and composition can indicate potential health issues.

When you walk your Golden Retriever, inspecting its poop can be a part of the daily routine. I hope you are doing this. If your puppy is still young and you are unable to walk, it is important that you inspect the poop regularly.

You will need to take your bag with you on walks. For the backyard, however, I recommend a pooper scooper to be a useful helper.

This is an important step to make sure your puppy poops enough. We will discuss the factors to consider to ensure healthy puppy pee.

The amount of food

The amount of food eaten determines the size of the poop.

Let’s say your dog is getting the recommended amount of food for his size but the puppy’s poop seems too small. This could indicate an issue.

The poop size should be proportional the dog’s food intake.

Take a photo of your Golden Retriever puppy if they are producing smaller poops than usual. Send the photo to your vet. They will review it and let you know if they need to visit.

Consistency

The consistency of the poop refers to how hard or soft it is. Puppy poop can be very hard or watery depending on the breed.

How easy or hard it is to pick up poop with a bag is an good indicator of where it falls in the poop consistency scale. This is one reason why you should always pick up your dog’s poop while on walks. The other reason is that it’s simply being responsible… and it’s often the law.

A healthy poop should feel soft and well-formed. It should be easy to pick it up using a poop bag. The poop should remain well-formed.

Dogs may experience diarrhea if they have difficulty picking up poop, or if it is hard to pick up. Constipation can be indicated by hard poop, pellets, or both.

The puppy poop is not well-formed and mushy. It can also be difficult to clean up.

Constipation and diarrhea that don’t resolve in a few days can be a sign of health problems. It’s often due to the puppy eating. Call your vet immediately.

Shape

The shape of the Golden Retriever’s poop should be sausage-like. There will usually be only one or two pieces. It could be S-shaped or snake-shaped (which is great).

The size of the little poop logs will vary depending on how big the dog is and what food it has eaten.

Poop should be soft or moist, and clean when it is picked up. The puppy may be constipated if the poop is hard, shaped like a log or has the appearance of pellets or balls.

If the diarrhea is severe, it is likely that your puppy has diarrhea. It could be that something your dog ate was not compatible with the problem.

Watery or hard stool that does not disappear within a few days is a sign of serious illness. Talk to your veterinarian immediately.

Color

It is important to note the color of your puppy’s poop. The color of the puppy’s poop is often a sign that something is wrong and needs to be done.

A medium to dark brown is the most common color for puppy poop. There are very few other color options. Brown is a good choice. Brown is good.

Poop color can be affected by food colors and grass. Poop should not be yellow or red (or with red streaks), green or black, tarry, yellow or orange, white/chalky or gray/greasy.

A good rule of thumb is to take a photo of your dog’s poop and send it to your veterinarian.

Be particularly aware if your poo is one of the brighter colours noted (e.g., red, orange and yellow). If it occurs with diarrhea, this could indicate a more serious issue and should be taken to your veterinarian immediately.

Composition

The composition of puppy poop is what the poop looks like. To find out what’s in your Golden Retriever puppy poop, you should inspect it.

Anything other than the usual organic material should be removed from the puppy’s poop. The poop should not contain any objects, like plastic or small sticks. It could be that your puppy is doing something wrong.

A red streak could be a sign of blood. Small white particles that look like rice may indicate worms.

Smell

Although the smell may not be a sign of any problems, the Golden Retriever’s poop should be moderate to mild and organic. It shouldn’t be overwhelming and make your eyes water, or cause you to run away screaming.

A consistently strong smell could indicate that your puppy is having trouble with food or not properly digesting it. This could also indicate that your puppy is experiencing a change in their stomach flora or difficulty with a new food or ingredient.

Snacks and human food are other problems. Overfeeding the puppy with human food or too many snacks could indicate that the puppy is getting too much food or is having gastrointestinal problems.

Although your dog’s poop may not smell pleasant or good, it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

In summary, your Golden Retriever puppy should have:

  • Moist or soft. It should not be mushy, watery or hard.
  • Light to dark brown
  • Well-formed Like a sausage, it can be S-shaped
  • A few segments. Do not use pellets, blobs, or rounds.
  • NO must not be overwhelming or unbearable
  • Properly proportionate to how much food your dog eats

What if my Golden Retriever Puppy only poops once or twice per day?

It’s normal for Golden Retriever puppies to poop between four and six times per day. If they are larger and eat more, this can cause them to poop more often. What if your Golden Retriever puppy poos only once or twice a day? Is this normal?

Constipation is a condition in which a Golden Retriever puppy only poops once or twice per day. A Golden Retriever adult may poop once or twice daily, but it is not sufficient for a puppy.

As important as visual inspection of your Golden Retriever’s poop is watching your Golden Retriever puppy go to the bathroom, it is equally important to observe your Golden Retriever puppy. If your puppy’s poop exceeds normal limits, this is particularly important.

Observe your puppy’s bowel movements and confirm constipation if it poos only twice per day. If your puppy is having difficulty pushing poop out, or if it makes repeated attempts to no avail, you may suspect that the puppy has constipation. You are most likely seeing constipation.

Your dog may be seen circling too often, scooting (dragging his bottom along the ground), squatting often, or crying out in severe cases.

Constipation may be caused by a variety of factors, including too much fiber, a diet change, an addition to your usual diet like snacks or human food or lack of exercise, dehydration or insufficient water.

Others issues include medications, stress, hormones and underlying health problems.

Constipation can lead to serious health problems. Your veterinarian should be contacted if your puppy’s condition does not improve in 48 hours.

What can I do to improve the poop of my Golden Retriever Puppy?

There are three areas you can concentrate on to ensure that your Golden Retriever puppy is healthy and happy.

Diet is the first on the list. Healthy poops are directly linked to a healthy diet with appropriate portions for the dog’s size.

Your vet will usually recommend a puppy food that is appropriate for your dog’s age, breed and size.

When your puppy is first brought to the vet, it’s the best time to have a discussion about food. This usually happens after your puppy has been brought home by the breeder.

It is important that your breeder informs your of the brand of food they use to feed your dog. This will allow you to keep your puppy’s diet consistent until your veterinarian suggests that the food brand be changed.

Changes in the diet of a puppy that are abruptly made from what they were being fed is a recipe to cause stomach and poop problems.

Avoid snack foods and human food. Ask your veterinarian if you require snacks to train your puppy.

Talk to your vet before you reduce the food amount or size.

Make sure your Golden Retriever puppy has plenty of water. Constipation is caused by dehydration

Regular and sufficient exercise is vital for dogs’ digestive health. Sedentary lifestyles can affect digestion efficiency and transit times.

Make sure your Golden Retriever puppy gets enough exercise each day. This, along with a healthy diet will ensure that your dog has healthy poos.

How much exercise is necessary? The rule of thumb for Golden Retriever puppies is that they need about five to six minutes of exercise per month . This can be done twice daily (upto a maximum of two hours).

For example, a Golden Retriever puppy 12 weeks old (3 month) would require 15 minutes of exercise twice daily (3 months x 5 minutes = 15 mins x twice daily).

Keep in mind, however, that this is just a general rule and that some Golden Retriever puppies may need more when they are very energetic.

My Golden Retriever Bailey, for example, far exceeded the exercise requirements. He was, and still is, a very energetic and active dog who needed more than the recommended exercise to meet his needs.

Be mindful of stressors. Many Golden Retriever owners neglect to consider stress reasons their dog is having pooping problems.

However, anxiety and stress can reduce appetite and cause digestion problems.

When puppies are first adopted from their breeders, stress is common. The puppy then adjusts to their new environment. You must be patient and loving during this period, as your puppy may whine at you and test your patience at night.

These are some tips to help you survive the first 24 hours after bringing home your puppy.

A puppy’s stress level will increase if the entire household works. The puppy should be left alone. You can reduce the stress on your puppy’s separation phase by taking steps.

Golden Retrievers, like all dog breeds, are sensitive and will not tolerate punishments, aversives or loud physical reprimands, such as screaming. This can cause stress for your puppy.

When should I take my Golden Retriever Puppy to Poop?

You have a Golden Retriever puppy. It is likely that your dog will poop at least four to six times per hour, sometimes even eight times per day. This means that you’ll need to run a lot to get your puppy outside before he starts making a mess inside the house.

Poopy puppies are an expected part about having a puppy. There are a few things you can do to make the process easier, like knowing when to take your Golden Retriever puppy outside to poop.

It is better to be proactive than reactive when recognizing signs of impending poop-dom. Pay extra attention to the puppy’s body language during the first few days after bringing a puppy home.

It is also important to learn the routines that are associated with when it needs to poop.

Several of these routines will be discussed below.

Upon Waking

It’s time for the puppy to go potty immediately after waking up. The puppy might be ready to poop after being held all night. If the puppy is not ready for a poop then it will most likely need a pee.

This is a crucial step that should not be delayed. You should be able to control your bladder and bowels better as an adult than a puppy. So, forget about everything until the puppy is gone.

Naps are the same as nighttime. After a nap, especially after eating, the puppy may need to pee. The puppy may need to pee at the very least. If they have to bowel movements, they will usually do both.

After Meals

After meals, puppies must go to poop. You don’t usually have to wait longer than 5 to 30 minutes for your puppy to start sniffing, squatting or doing circles.

Poops can happen quickly, so keep an eye out for “tells” in puppy poop. You can identify the “tells” by watching your body language and routines. It’s easy to learn about the dog’s routines and where it goes.

Play Before or After

Exercise and play are good ways to get your digestive track moving. Puppies may need to have bowel movements quickly while playing. Play stimulates the digestive system. Things can quickly happen because puppies don’t have control over their intestines.

Bailey, our Golden Retriever puppy, would run off and hide in another room when he was young. He would stop abruptly and then start to squat.

Before Bed

Before bed is the last chance to make sure the puppy has voided its bladder or bowel. The puppy will most likely go to the bathroom before going to bed. This is because the last time he bowled was after supper.

It is precautionary. You might have to throw out too many snacks, stomach upset, and food that was delayed in transit.

It’s better to be safe than sorry!

In conclusion

Do not be alarmed if your Golden Retriever pup poops a lot. It is common for your Golden Retriever puppy to poop four to six times per day, but it is not unusual to poop up to eight times.

Their tiny bodies are unable to hold much and they have no control over their bowel movements or intestines at this young age. They can become pooping machines.

Become a poop inspector. Check the health of your puppy’s poop and watch for any unusual behavior. This will help you with potty training.

You should also monitor how often and how much you give your dog food.

Call your vet if your puppy’s poop is unusual or if he is acting strangely. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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