No matter what breed you choose, there is no doubt that your new puppy will be absolutely adorable. He'll wag his way into your heart in no time, but he'll also probably pee on anything and everything. It's just a fact that puppies and older dogs without training will have accidents in your house until you potty train them. You can't avoid potty training, but you can simplify the chore by choosing from one of the easiest dog breeds to train.
The easiest dogs to train
There are exceptions to every rule, but working dog breeds are generally among the easiest to potty train. Working dogs must learn quickly and have a strong desire to please their people, and breeders have spent generations fostering these traits in their lines. Easily trained working breeds include the Bernese mountain dog, border collie, German shepherd, standard poodle, Doberman pinscher, and Labrador retriever.
If you're looking for something a little smaller, a little Havanese may fit you well. These little comedians love to learn new things and please their owners. A Brussels griffon or Norwich terrier will also make a good match. Remember, however, that breed characteristics serve only as a guide. You may get an individual who doesn't take to potty training as quickly as the other members of her breed.
Difficult breeds to train
Although they're well worth the time and effort if you have it to give, some breeds take longer to train. Dogs with a little spunk can be lots of fun, but know that a stubborn streak will show itself during training. Breeds that aren't the easiest puppies to train include the pug, Dalmatian, Jack Russell terrier, dachshund, Pomeranian, and Maltese. Once again, there are exceptions, but small dogs tend to have big attitudes and may test you during training.
Potty training challenges present themselves in fearful breeds that lack confidence, as well. Afghan hounds, for instance, tend to spook easily and often get distracted during training. This shrewd breed also refuses to do something for nothing and may require treats or time with a favorite toy as training motivation. Whippets, too, are somewhat fearful. For training to succeed, you'll need to show the dog that you're the boss and that you can keep him safe. Sensitive dogs like the bichon frisé require a lighter touch. Positive reinforcement works well, but a harsh tone only creates spite and resentment in these dogs.
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The American Kennel Club recommends crate training or a strict outdoor potty schedule. Paper training can work, too, but it confuses some dogs by providing an acceptable indoor toilet. Crate training works because dogs don't like to toilet where they sleep and live. When it's time to go, your new puppy will whine and scratch at her crate. For crate training to work, it's crucial that your dog has room to stand up and turn around in her crate without a lot of extra space. If the crate is too big, she will just turn one corner of the crate into a toilet and have plenty of room to rest happily in the opposite corner.
If you're taking your pup outside for bathroom breaks, remember that she'll need frequent trips and a strict schedule. Your little one will need a potty break first thing in the morning and after napping, drinking, eating, and playing. One last trip before bedtime is important, too.
No matter what training method you choose, give your dog lots of praise and maybe a treat or two after a successful outdoor bathroom trip. When accidents do happen, don't scold your dog or rub her face in it. Calmly but quickly move the puppy outside if she squats and gets ready to go. If you're too late, stay mellow and clean the mess with an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate the smell. Don't praise your pup, but don't yell at her either. Instead, ignore her until you get the mess cleaned up.