Not every dog owner agrees that a dog should be trained to fetch a stick, shake hands or roll over.
-Training the average dog, However, there is one thing every dog owner can agree on and that is that every dog should be potty trained!
Training the average dog!
Not every dog owner agrees that a dog should be trained to fetch a stick, shake hands or roll over. However, there is one thing every dog owner can agree on and that is that every dog should be potty trained!
Training the average dog to go outside for their business takes consistency, confidence and a great deal of patience. Unfortunately, for some reason, there are dogs that just don’t want to be trained.
If you are struggling to potty train your pooch, he may be one of many the dogs on our list of the 16 dog breeds that are the hardest to potty train. You may be surprised as to why your stubborn pup just won’t go out.
The clownish, big eyed and tiny features of the Pug make it difficult for owners to discipline this dog. He is just too cute to scold! Pugs are stubborn by nature and can easily manipulate owners, making them even harder to potty train.A tasty treat reward is proven highly effective in potty training, but don’t let those big puppy eyes convince you to dish out treats for just anything. Not only will your potty training method fail, you will end up with a tubby pup on your hands.
The Whippet is a shy, timid dog whose natural standoffish nature makes potty training a rather slow and cautious process. This sighthound is likely to run off when let outside into an open yard or without the accompaniment of their owner.Like any sighthound, the Whippet is independent and does not particularly care about doing what you would like him to do. Teaching the Whippet to respect you and showing this dog that you will keep him safe, are the building blocks to training this skittish hound.
13. Afghan Hound
Unlike other dog breeds that live to please their owners, the Afghan Hound could care less and will only do something if there is something in it for him.Although it may be tempting to push this stubborn hound, the Afghan is a very sensitive dog. This dog often becomes frozen with fear, bracing his legs and refusing to move when forced to do something.
Patience is a virtue when housebreaking the Afghan hound and a persuasive treat couldn’t hurt either.
Don’t give in to the helpless baby routine of the Maltese. If you do, your Maltese will end up yappy, bratty, insecure and overly dependent on you. Treating your Maltese like a big dog will make potty training a much smoother process.Like most small dogs, the Maltese does not enjoy going out in wet or cold weather. Consider a covered yard to go potty or a litter box inside the home.
10. Pomeranianpersonality.In general, Pomeranians love to please their owners, but they are known for their moodiness, fearfulness, sharpness and overall nastiness. Not only does their temperament make them difficult to potty train, the breed’s tiny internal plumbing is not always strong enough to “hold it.”
8. Siberian Husky
Huskies want to be the boss. This clever, intelligent and independent dog breed will try to manipulate his trainer. The Husky is a dominant dog that does what he wants, when he wants. You say, “I am going to make you,” and your Husky says, “prove it.”
You must show the Husky that you mean exactly what you say, or this dog breed will be the boss of the household.
6. Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker is a rather sensitive Spaniel, which means a harsh approach to training, such as, using your hands, can cause an outbreak of aggression or submissive urination, as the dog may tinkle on the floor nervously.
This spoiled dog will relieve himself anywhere he pleases because he knows he won’t be disciplined for it. This Mexico native is not very fond of cold weather and an indoor litter pan may be beneficial when potty training.
4. West Highland White Terrier
3. Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell is the toughest terrier breed to potty train. This dog thinks the world revolves around him and it is difficult to train-out that tough, vermin killing trait that the breed was originally used for.
The biggest challenge Jack Russell owners come to deal with is the frustration of getting him to learn he must do what you say, when you say, regardless if he feels like it or not.In order to avoid this annoying terrier trait, the Jack Russell must begin training early into his puppy years before the little dog has time to work in those bad habits.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
1. Bichon Frise
A doggie door is recommended but won’t always help unless the yard is covered. Bichon’s don’t like the cold or rain, and won’t go out.
Toy breed dogs are the hardest dogs to potty train. Due to their tiny size, it is oh-soeasy for them to hide behind the couch, do their business and leave it to you to find what they have done hours later. Terrier and working dog breeds are not as sneaky as the toy breeds, but they don’t care if you catch them in the act or not.No matter the breed, the hardest dogs to potty train are those that do not respect their owner. Every member of the household should conduct the same level of training with your four-legged friend. It is easy for your pooch to pick out the “softy” of the family and get away with bad behavior.
If you are at a loss with training your problematic potty trainer, take the advice from veterinarians Foster and Smith from Pet’s Education. They map out different techniques that have been proven beneficial with stubborn dog breeds. Don’t have the time to house train? Consider a professional dog potty-trainer like the ones found atAbsolute K9 training in San Diego, California. Hiring a professional does have a price, but if your patience is worn thin, it is definitely worth every penny!
Mary Beth Miller is a registered veterinary technician from southeast Iowa. She works in a large/small animal veterinary clinic and also volunteers at the local Humane Society, Emergency Animal Care Center, as well as the Iowa Parrot Rescue. Her passion lies in helping save the lives of animals.