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12 Most Difficult-to-Potty-Train Dog Breeds

Let’s face it, some dogs are easier to potty train than others.

With some dogs, potty training is as simple as taking them outside a few times and rewarding them with treats and praise, but with other dogs, it can seem like no matter what you do or how consistent you are, they just keep having accidents. This applies to individual dogs, but as a whole, some breeds can be more difficult to train than others. In this blog series, we’re going over the top 12 most difficult-to-potty-train dog breeds. Here are the first six.

#1. Bichon Frise

Bichons have a bad reputation for being difficult to potty train. In fact, the number one reason this breed is given up for adoption is problems with potty training. There are a few reasons for this, the first being that this breed is fiercely independent, and if you take a harsh approach to training, they can become spiteful. This breed also tends to be picky about going outside when it’s rainy or cold out. Additionally, since this is a toy breed, it’s easy for Bichons to hide somewhere to do their business, leaving you to find the surprise they left after it’s already seeped into your carpet.

#2. Jack Russell Terrier

Of all of the terrier breeds, the Jack Russell is, hands down, the most difficult to housetrain. Jack Russells are some of the most stubborn dogs out there, and they tend to think the world revolves around them. With any dog, no matter how big or small, if you can’t get them to respect you, it will be very hard to train them to do just about anything, and that includes doing their business outside. That’s why the biggest challenge that people who own Jack Russells have when it comes to training is to teach the dog that they have to do what you say, whether or not they feel like it. For this reason, it’s essential to start training your Jack Russell as early as possible — before they have time to develop an attitude and bad habits.

#3. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire terrier is another terrier breed that can be a pain to potty train. These sassy little monsters are incredibly opinionated and often babied by their owners. They are especially difficult to convince to go outside to do their business when it’s wet or cold out. This breed also tends to be high strung and gets suspicious around new things, making it difficult to take them out on a leash. Last but not least, these teeny tiny dogs also have teeny tiny bladders, and they can’t hold it for long, making frequent potty breaks a must. Because these dogs are so high maintenance when it comes to going outside, you may be better off designating a safe indoor space for them to go.

#4. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are sweet-natured, playful and incredibly gentle dogs, but they can also have a temperamental and unpredictably defensive attitude that can make potty training a challenge. The Cocker is the most sensitive of the spaniel breeds, and as such, you have to be careful with the approach you take to training. You should avoid being too harsh, yelling or physically punishing a Cocker Spaniel when potty training, as they’ll likely either become defensive or urinate in submission. These are dogs that love and crave attention, praise and rewards, and they’ll respond much better to positive reinforcement.

#5. Chihuahua

Just like with the Bichon Frise and the Yorkshire Terrier, the Chihuahua is a tiny dog that is often babied by its owners. It’s tempting to comfort a cute little Chihuahua with every yelp or whine, but you should avoid over-spoiling your puppy, or it will make them almost impossible to potty train. Chihuahuas are known for urinating whenever and wherever they feel like it, because they know that they’ll get away with it. Chihuahuas are also difficult to potty train because they hate going outside when it’s too cold or wet out. This is another breed that could benefit from having a safe place inside to do their business.

#6. West Highland Terrier

The West Highland Terrier is a demanding, stubborn and extremely clever breed, which is a recipe for frustration when it comes to potty training. Westies have been known to throw “terrier tantrums” and pout when they don’t get their way, which can certainly test any owners patience. However, as long as you are consistent and utilize positive reinforcement when training, you’ll have a much easier time.

Some dog breeds are easier to train than others, and in our next blog, we’ll touch on six more breeds that can be difficult to train. In the meantime, shop with us at Mednet Direct today. Our potty training pads make it easier to train even the toughest-to-train dogs.