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What is the Hardest Dog to Potty Train?

Dalmatian Puppy

Potty training your dog requires patience, time and determination — no matter what kind of dog you have. But some dog breeds are notoriously harder to potty train than others. 

Here are some of the breeds that are known for requiring a bit more patience during the potty training process: 


Known for being particularly stubborn, pugs may be resistant to potty training. Luckily, they’re also very treat-motivated. Just remember, this breed tends to struggle with weight issues, so make sure you follow the 10% rule when feeding your pug treats during the potty training process.


Dachshunds are smart but stubborn. They’re also tough to lure outside in rain or snow, as they don’t usually enjoy the inclement weather. Approach potty training your Dachshund with firmness, positive reinforcement and consistency. 

Bichon Frise

As a toy breed, the Bichon Frise is an adorable dog — that is, when they’re not having an accident on your carpet. Bichons are very independent and stubborn, so consistency and firm expectations are key. Puppy pads may also work for this small breed.


As one of the most intelligent and willful breeds, Dalmations can easily view themselves as running the show if human dominance isn’t established from an early age. Potty training a Dalmatian requires confidence, consistency and firm expectations.

Jack Russell Terrier

A very intelligent breed, Jack Russell Terriers can be very creative in finding ways to break rules if they don’t respect the person training them. The key to training a Jack Russell is to start young so they come to see you as the dominant figure in the home. 

Afghan Hound

Sensitive and independent, Afghan Hounds don’t respond well to intimidation and may retreat from firm commands. They require a lot of patience and positive reinforcement (think: treats) in order to establish consistent habits. 


Known for their lively sass and top-dog attitude, Pomeranians can be difficult to potty train. Successfully potty training a Pomeranian requires establishing early dominance and keeping plenty of treats on hand.

While these dog breeds may present obstacles when it comes to potty training, their companionship is well worth the challenge. 

The key to success in training any dog is developing a clear potty training plan and sticking with it. Reward yourself for a job well done, just as you reward your dog along the way — you’ve got this.

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