Difficult To Potty Train Dog Breeds and Housebreaking Tips

Potty training is likely on the top of your
to-do list when getting a new puppy. It’s a necessity if the dog is going to live
indoors with your family. But, some dog breeds don’t make it such an
easy task. Training a dog can be difficult for anyone,
especially first-time dog owners. Some breeds are certainly more difficult than
others. Let’s see which 10 breeds of puppies just
might turn your living room floor into a swamp and I’ll provide some tips along the way. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Afghan Hound The Afghan Hound may have better hair than
you and it’s likely to make you pull yours out in the potty training process. The Afghan is an independent breed that pretty
much does what it wants. They are a member of the sighthound family
of dogs. All of the sighthound breeds have a complex,
independent personalities, often compared to that of a cat. They have their own ideas about what they
want to do and how they want to use their time, even as puppies. Crate training is a reliable method that speeds
up the process of puppy training. Keep in mind that a puppy can not be left
alone for more than a few hours before needing to relieve themselves. 9. Jack Russell Terrier
Speaking of independent “I’ll do what I want” personalities, the Jack Russell
Terrier definitely fits that description. Jack Russells are known to be a challenging
breed in all aspects of training. It’s certainly not because the Jack is dumb. They are an intelligent breed and will find
a loophole through most any command. Want your Jack to pee outside? You just might find pee on the door mat instead
because to them, technically it’s “outside”. Jacks, like most dogs, respond well to positive
reinforcement and treats. As the trainer, you’ve got to be embarrassingly
enthusiastic about your pup’s successes, even at the expense of weird glances from
your neighbors. 8. Dachshund Dachshunds are adorable with their short legs
and long bodies. This cuteness is often a trap for new dog
owners who aren’t fully aware of the breed’s huge personality and stubbornness. In addition to being difficult to potty train,
the Dachshund can be a bit vindictive and spiteful. It’s not uncommon to find that your Dachshund
has peed in your bed, simply because you made him angry or scolded him in a way he finds
inappropriate. Angry scolding has little positive effect
on a dog. A short “no” as a marker is sufficient
for letting a dog know it has done wrong. Slapping, or popping your dog with a rolled
up newspaper, won’t teach your dog to pee outside. If anything, it will just teach your pup not
to let you see it peeing and will sneak off to do its business. 7. Pug Pugs are outgoing, friendly little dogs with
clownish personalities. The Pug has definitely mastered the signature
head tilt, but potty training is still a bit unrefined. The Pug’s Achilles Heel is that the Pug
doesn’t usually like to go outside when the weather isn’t just right and your Pug
can be quite stubborn about taking trips outside to potty in even the lightest of rain. Pugs have small bladders, so they need frequent
opportunities to relieve themselves, sometimes as often as every hour or two. Because your Pug might not always want to
leave the comfort of your house, litter box training works well with them, giving the
little dog a place to use that won’t leave stains in your carpet. Dog litter boxes usually have a square, flat
surface, covered with artificial grass. I’ll leave a link in the description. 6. Bichon Frise I’ve had nothing but praise for the Bichon
throughout the history of this channel. And rightfully so, the Bichon is an intelligent,
loving little dog, not to mention that they are terribly cute. But Bichon’s are particularly stubborn when
it comes to potty training. Like most small dogs, the Bichon has a small
bladder and needs to go out often. Paper training is often used in training puppies
to not just pee anywhere on the floor and is often used as an intermediate to outdoor
pottying. This is inadvisable for male pups though. Males tend to have more trouble differentiating
between appropriate and inappropriate places to urinate than females and are more likely
to struggle with paper training and can create difficulties moving forward. 5. Miniature Pinscher Moving into number 5, we go from marginally
difficult to difficult difficult. The Miniature Pinscher is widely considered
one of the most difficult breeds to potty train. In some cases, your Min Pin may not ever be
completely competent with the task of going to pee outside. Being extremely sensitive to cold and rain,
your “potty trained” Min Pin might decide at any moment that it would rather just find
a corner. To help, take your smaller dog out for potty
breaks on a leash. This helps to keep your dog on task. 4. Pomeranian The Pomeranian can be a bit of a quirky little
dog, with its cocky animated personality. Related to the Siberian Husky the small Pom
does not lack in intelligence, but does have no small amount of stubborness running through
it’s adorable little body. The Pomeranian will do what it’s allowed
to get away with. Consistency is key. You can not just accept “accidents”. You have to be vigilant in watching your dog
and making sure to take it out often. A puppy may need to be taken out every 30
minutes. 3. Italian Greyhound There’s no way around it, Italian Greyhounds
are nearly impossible to completely housetrain. You might get your Iggy to mostly housetrained,
but completely might be a bit much to ask for this otherwise charming little dog. The problem is not so much their personality,
but their active little bladders. You can be vigilant about taking your Iggy
outside to potty and have a good amount of success, but if you miss a potty break, your
Iggy will most likely leave you a little surprise on the floor. For smaller breeds like the Iggy, you should
definitely consider having a doggy litter box to supplement your regular outdoor visits. Dogs are creatures of habit. Escort your dog, on leash, to the same location
for potty breaks. Don’t just put your pup outside and expect
it to know what to do. 2. Yorkshire Terrier The
Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States because of
its loyal, lively disposition and adorable charm. These toy dogs, however, are also notoriously
difficult to housetrain. A small bladder mixed with no small amount
of stubborness ensures that you are going to have a time with getting your dog to relieve
herself outdoors. Lingering scents attract your pup, and she’ll
continue to soil the same area again and again. Use an enzyme based cleaner like Nature’s
Miracle to break down the stain and get rid of the scent. Then add your pup’s scent to the correct
potty spot by depositing her poop or a paper towel soaked in pee wherever you want her
to go. Power tip: It may be helpful to give your pooch another
way to let you know it needs to go potty. You can hang a bell from the door knob for
her to jingle when she needs to go outside. 1. Chihuahua There’s little chance that you will ever
get a Chihuahua to potty outdoors exclusively. With vigilance and positive training you can
get close, but may not ever completely housebreak your Chi. They are very smart and very trainable. The difficulty is once again a small bladder. All dogs are sensitive to punishment, even
if that’s just raising your voice or even if it’s an unintentional sigh when you have
to clean up yet another puddle. Chihuahuas are especially sensitive to any
anger or annoyance you might have about potty training. Unfortunately, they can also become frightened
if you celebrate too loudly when they finally poop outside. Once they are fearful, they’ll just learn
to sneak off to potty. Do you have any potty training horror stories? Has your Roomba ever tracked through a fresh
pile. Seriously you gotta Google that one. It’s a nightmare. Hey, thanks for holding it to the end. If you liked this video, you can check out
some more here or click that subscribe button before running off to the potty. And as always, catch ya next time.

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42 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    Do you have any potty training horror stories?

  2. Mary Ellen Cook says:

    Both my 16 year old Chihuahua and the 10 and a half year old wire haired dachshund hate to go outside when it rains. They absolutely detest having their fuzzy butts get wet. Fortunately I only have one room in my house that has carpeting and God willing when I get the money's to get my hardwood floors redone the carpeting is coming out of that dining room and the hardwood will get repaired, strip, sanded, and three layers of polyurethane put on everything.

  3. Moonbot 7 says:

    Always enjoy your vids. I use the Stonie Dennis method for potty training without fail .

  4. A B says:

    I'm glad our puppy is a Brittany, will be easy to potty train haha

  5. Roberta Lee says:

    Pugs are not difficult to potty train. You must take them out often. Confine them to a small area when you are not there. They are just puppies and just like babies the go whenever the urge hits. You must not wait until they need to go, so you must get them outside until they get it. It's hard work. Remember no dog likes to be in their on mess so if you put them in a crate or other small area, they will soon get the idea that they must hold it or get in the soiled mess. The get pretty quick.

  6. Yuyu Htoo says:

    I had my pug since he's a puppy, not hard to pottie train him.

  7. Roberta Lee says:

    Pugs are much smarter than given credit. They are lazy. Potty training is the easy part. Very easy to leash train.

  8. Katya Smit says:

    Our JST, ? it was hard to train. You must go every 15 minutes or half hour outside. And treats help.

  9. JoannahMor76 says:

    Dad bought new lino for our kitchen floor. For some reason, it left violet stains whenever our mini dachshund puppy peed on it. I'd happily forgotten how hard it was to "potty train" him.
    There's as Danish breeder of standard dachshund who says on her homepage, that your dachshund will never be entirely potty trained – honest talk. I didn't find that to be true with our mini though.

  10. Lily Seven says:

    Thanks for another great video!

  11. Janus Loggins says:

    I disagree that Chihuahuas are impossible to fully potty train. My parents got me my first Chi when I was 12, and I have not been without one since. They really do have tiny bladders and have to "go" frequently. You have to be consistent, anticipate their needs and never harsh when they do make a mistake. They also hate any kind of bad weather. Pee pads or a litter pan is a great thing to have on hand. Here is a tip for tiny males who can't quite hit the pee pad. Give them something to aim at in the center of the pad. For example a weighted down soda bottle. It must be weighted down tho, it it falls over, he will be scared and won't try that again.

  12. Laura Thunder says:

    Hi! I was wondering if I'd see your keys on that list. It took me 3 years to get my Yorkie housebroken we have to be very attentive when he tells us he has to go out, there's no waiting. LOL

  13. YC W says:

    My first chihuahua was the easy to train, but my Bichon took 18 months ??. It’s hard to predict.

  14. Paige Autumn says:

    Beagles are the worst ? currently dealing with one now

  15. Alisa Clark says:

    I have 3 dachshunds all 3 are spoiled rotten. Ages are 7, 6, and 4 I use pee pads depending on their mood depends on whether are not they use it

  16. Alisa Clark says:

    My dachshunds are very smart but very stubborn

  17. Holly B says:

    I have a chaminpin (Chihuahua+minpin) I inherited her as a rescue when she was about 9 mo old un house trained in the middle of a Ca (rainy) winter. I used crate training and a very close eye. She hated the crate still does to the day but I hate puddles and piles even more, so until she demonstrated consistent control when I could watch her she was in the crate (which really was only when I wasn’t home) she learned fairly quickly to potty out side- (I think it helped I had two other very well trained dogs to demonstrate appropriate potty behavior) what we struggle with for almost a year this was the potty out side-poop inside pattern during bad weather (miss princess hated the rain) she finally got the idea tho and only had 1 short regression when I moved to a new house in Ut where it was snow hail and rain that challenged her delicate sensibilities. I also put in a dog door (which she LOVES) since I work very long hours. And while during the winter the preferred potty/pooty spot moves to just out side the door instead of middle of lawn, it is STILL out side Win! I love my Chaminpin and I’m glad we don’t have ongoing struggles in the house training dept. I am worried about when I want to get a new pup (loving the Cavachons and Cavapoos) and my 13 hour work shifts that’s a long time for a little puppy to be alone (if tinned just right I could take 2 weeks off work- but still it’s a lot to ask of a still very young and new baby).
    Any suggestions (no, it’s not an option for anyone to come in while I’m gone to let her out -I work nights every o e I know who could would sleeping)

  18. leroy mullins says:

    Bassett hounds are hard to train it took me a year to get mine housebroken Completely

  19. 1stAmbientGrl says:

    Beagles. I fostered 1 Beagle and 2 Beagle mixes, each one separately. I grew up with dogs and fostered a number of dogs and those 3 were the most difficult to house train. They just did not get the concept.

  20. Noreen Freeman says:

    Where did you get such a awesome harness on the first dog on the video , ? I am not to good shopping on line ,thanks ?

  21. Shänn Ruggles says:

    Yikes. Welp, what can u do. Just maybe not get those kinds of dogs in the first place. Sheesh! Who knew..?

    Thankyou for your information!!

  22. Sian-paisley Mcdonald says:

    My chihuahua is fully house trained

  23. Mish-elle Incognito says:

    Miniature Schnauzers are great at potty training, but they poop out of spite when they get mad at you.

  24. Linda Reed says:

    My Jack Russell was easy to train in one week. My male Miniature Pinscher was extremely difficult and still is at age 15, even if I take him out every two hours, I have put puppy pads at his favorite spots which has helped. The female Jack is super great even at age 11.

  25. Amber Dawn says:

    Yorkie’s cousin Australian silky Terrier are not any easier ? we used male wraps in the house. I can take my Silky for a walk and he’ll still pee and/ or poop right after coming inside.

  26. awuma says:

    What is little known is that horses can also be "potty trained", e.g. to use a single location in a stall or even a bucket, to pee on cue, and to not relieve themselves when in a dwelling or even a hospital (see the remarkable two-part French film "Peyo, Cheval de Coeur"). In fact, people who train horses like that have to ensure that a horse will not inadvertantly restrain itself thereby endangering its health and life, and attention must be paid to the need for a horse to relieve itself more frequently than a dog or human (hence the desirability of training to relieve on a suitable unique cue).

  27. Rebecca Jesse says:

    beware with the dachshund, they can be perfectly potty trained for years and then not be. When we moved our two dachshunds decided that a new house meant new rules and that they could go where ever they want.

  28. Anaya Klein says:

    Where do Havanese fall on this list? I know that they’re infamously hard to train, my dog seemed to be about as hard to train as the bichon frise

  29. Nicki Johnston says:

    I have a chorkie (Chihuahua-yorkie terrier mix)

    Been had him for about 4 months he's a 5 month old puppy and potty training has been a little difficult some days he'll go on the paper then some days he decides to poop on the stairs in my home

  30. Ray Cope says:

    I had no idea that some of these breeds were hard to potty train.
    I live and learn my friend.
    It's a good idea to also know about the part of the dog that doesn't bite.
    Great video mate.

  31. Mike Morrison says:

    I either had the exception to the rule or you left off the Basset hound from your list. Mine was the most difficult to potty train dog I’ve ever owned.

  32. Patricia Summers says:

    How about a video how to trim nails on large dogs that won't let u trim their nails

  33. RokSimmer (gal4God) says:

    My mum has a toy Yorkie who we think is part chihuahua and he askes to go outside and poops to come in and poop again purposely.

  34. anita tichacek says:

    Bull on the Chihuahuas..my long hair was a saint at being house broken…had female Dachshunds that was a saint also but my one and only male has been a night mare

  35. droopdog71 says:

    I'm having a devil of a time housebreaking my sheltie. He's 9 months old and has vacillated between doing well and not so well. He spends part of the time inside and part of the time outside. He clearly understand the link between doing his business outside and getting a treat. We take him out, he pees (usually), gets his treat, and we come in.

    Problem lately is that he will pee outside and then come inside and will pee again in a couple of different places in the house. To my uneducated eye, that seems to be marking behavior? He was neutered very early on doesn't even fully raise his leg so it seems odd. Second, have not noticed any kind of sign that he wants to go out. So yeah, it's been maddening.

    I am thinking I need to start over completely. Crate or tether him when inside.

  36. shuvanidev says:

    I knew chihuahua's had to be on the list, haha! We had a sweet male chi who lived to be 21 years old and was never fully house trained. We had to watch him vigilantly and even then he sometimes managed to sneak one in 🙂 We now have a rat terrier who has always been a bit OCD about his cleanliness and pottying habits and will only go if he's outdoors, period. Like night and day.

  37. J Crayon says:

    Potty training horror story…once opened the bathroom door to see my partner holding my 1 year old human child covered in "chocolate" she had discovered a little present her little brother had left & proceeded to wipe in on herself & furniture before her Daddy noticed! ?????

  38. Lc Cruise says:

    My 10 month old pomeranian is driving me crazy!!!

  39. Tatijana Caldrmoska says:

    Jack Russell are to potty train, my jack Russell Millie went outside to do her business, she grow up with two male dog's

  40. Jessie Neal says:

    Good information to know. No pugs or poms for me. I love cats and dogs , but not accidents.

  41. Katie Rosa says:

    I had a sheltie once that we had the hardest time potty training! As a puppy she liked to go in the dining room (which was carpeted) instead of outside for months! As soon as she was potty trained we had to take out all the carpet because there was a nasty ring of stains around the table from her. We tried hiring a team of professional carpet cleaners more than once and they couldn't get the stains out completely! Of course, even when she was full grown we couldn't put rugs by the doors or cushioned mats in the kitchen because she would pee on them even though she didn't pee in the bedrooms where we still had carpet. I think she was just marking them because they didn't smell like her territory.

    Other than that, the worst potty training story I have with any other dog was my lab mix we got from someone who must have abused him, because the first time he had an accident (he'd only been with us a week, so we didn't have the communication yet) he tried to hide from me and was shaking like crazy! I very calmly tried to take home outside so he could do anything else he needed (I wasn't upset at all and didn't try to reprimand him because it wasn't his fault) and he FREAKED OUT! Before I knew what was happening he started screaming and gator rolling and bit my hand and wrist! I still have a scar from it! But, because I somehow managed to stay really calm and not react, he calmed down enough for me to get my fingers out of his collar and let him go. He ended up running to the back door so I let him out and cleaned up the mess. After that, in the VERY rare times he had an accident he learned that I wasn't actually going to hurt him and started acting like a normal dog. Maybe just hung his head a little lower and avoided eye contact more than others, but no more freakouts and a LOT more trust!

  42. Angel Mofford says:

    I'm glad shih tzu isn't on this list, but doesn't every little dog breed have small bladderd?

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