12 Most Difficult-to-Potty-Train Dog Breeds Part 2
There are some dog breeds that aren’t exactly the easiest to potty train.
Most people are well aware of the fact that individual dogs can be difficult to potty train, but not many people realize that there are whole breeds that can be difficult to train! If you’ve had a chance to read our last blog, then you already know about the first six difficult-to-potty-train dog breeds — Bichon Frise, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Chihuahua and West Highland Terrier. Keep reading to learn about six more breeds that make you want to pull your hair out when potty training.
Pomeranians tend to see themselves as the top tier of the doggy class system. According to the American Kennel Club, these little furballs are inquisitive, bold and lively. They are also stubborn, moody, fearful and not likely to take orders from anyone who hasn’t established themselves as dominant. While Pomeranians absolutely love people and will do almost anything to please their owners, their personalities can make them hard to train. When you combine that with extra small bladders that can’t hold it for long, it makes training even harder. Luckily though, these dogs are food-driven and do well when you are consistent and utilize positive reinforcement when training.
#8. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are marvelously intelligent dogs that have an unmatched streak of independence. To make matters even more difficult, Huskies are dominant dogs that have been known to try to manipulate their trainers. The key to training a Husky is to start when they are young and still impressionable. Make sure your Husky knows that you’re the boss early on, and make sure that you are consistent with their training. Keep in mind that, with everything you do, you’re constantly training your dog, even when you don’t mean to. This is why it’s important not to get lazy with training.
The Pug is a very stubborn breed by nature, and Pugs have been known to manipulate their owners. It doesn’t help matters that Pugs are so cute that many owners don’t discipline them as much as they should. Pugs can be frustrating and difficult to potty train, but the one upside to training a Pug is that they are extremely food motivated. Using positive reinforcement with treats is a surefire way to train a Pug; just be careful that you only give them treats when they earn them. If you give your Pug unearned treats, it will reinforce their sense of entitlement, and you’ll have a hard time keeping their weight at a healthy level.
#10. Afghan Hound
Most dog breeds — yes, even the stubborn ones — would do just about anything to make their owners happy; however, that’s not the case when it comes to Afghan Hounds. This lovely, regal breed could pretty much care less about what their owner wants, and will only be convinced to do something when it benefits them. Because of this, it can be tempting to let your temper get the best of you when attempting to train this breed, but you should know that these are incredibly sensitive dogs that don’t respond well to intimidation. When confronted, these dogs will brace their legs, freeze in fear or refuse to move. When training an Afghan Hound, you’re going to need plenty of patience and lots of positive reinforcement.
Dalmatians are working dogs that can be taught almost anything. This breed is known as an intelligent, versatile breed, but Dalmatians can also be dominant, willful, manipulative and obstinate if they aren’t taught otherwise from an early age. This can make them very frustrating to train. In order to potty train a Dalmatian, you’ll need to confidently exert yourself as the dominant being in the family. Like many of the other difficult-to-train breeds we’ve talked about, the Dalmatian benefits from consistency with both expectations and demands during training.
Dachshunds are stubborn and have a “my way or the highway” mindset that makes them especially difficult to train. While this breed is bright and very clever, they tend to get defensive when they are pushed to do something they don’t want to do. Plus, these dogs need major convincing to go outside when it’s rainy or cold out. Luckily though, Dachshunds are much easier to train when you give them plenty of praise and treats throughout the process.
As you can see, there are many different breeds that can be difficult to potty train, but no dog is untrainable. With lots of love and positive reinforcement, a whole lot of patience and the right tools, like our potty training pads, you can train even the most stubborn dogs. We can’t promise that our puppy mats will fix all of your potty training woes, but we can say that they will make the whole process easier on both you and your pup. Shop with us today!