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Pet Doors for Dog Breeds that are Hard to Potty-Train

Pet Doors for Dog Breeds that are Hard to Potty-Train

Potty-training a new canine takes confidence and consistency along with a whole lot of patience and understanding. Training the average dog to go outside when they need to relieve themselves can be a formidable situation for new pet owners. But, pets with a stubborn disposition or dog breeds that are hard to potty-train can quickly turn this essential training into a battle of wills, if you’re not fully prepared.

When it comes to training your pup, it is important to be firm but also remember to be patient. Along with house-training and learning new commands, a new puppy needs to feel safe, secure and loved in their new home. There are many things you can do to make potty-training easier for yourself and your pup.

Anticipating accidents in the beginning and the occasional accident during training will help keep your expectations reasonable. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is to install a pet door for easy access to ‘go’ when they need to go. For very small dogs, a training pad near where they exit the house to go outside is a good idea until they can master the pet door. Establishing vocal commands early on will help your pooch to recognize your authority, a firm ‘no’ should be the first command learned. 

An affordable, customized pet door from Pet Door Products will easily fit into your lifestyle by making crucial house training as convenient as possible. With the freedom to go out when the urge hits and let themselves back in, you’ll avoid the hassle of cleaning up a mess on the floor that most new pet parents have to deal with. 

7 Dog Breeds that are Difficult to Potty-Train

There are several different dog breeds known for their incredible traits like obedience and loyalty, and there are those adorable breeds who use crafty manipulation and stubbornness to fight the process of learning to do their business outside, especially if it’s too cold out. If you are struggling with potty-training your pup, he or she may be one of the following dog breeds that are the most difficult to potty-train: 

Dachshund

The Dachshund is a bright and clever breed with a fierce, stubborn streak. Dachshund owners will tell you that this feisty pooch does not like to be forced to do anything that they don’t want to. When your Dachshund becomes defensive with growling and snapping during potty-training, do not back down, persistence is key. Try encouraging each accomplishment with loads of praise and a rewarding treat. A pet door is the best solution for a stubborn Dachshund who likes to do things on his or her own time.

Pug

Pugs and pug crossbreeds are obstinate by nature and use manipulation to get what they want. Pug owners need to remind themselves to be consistent and not fall for the adorable puppy dog eyes and hilarious vocalizations that this breed will employ to get his or her way. Offering a treat as a reward is the best motivation for this breed but be sure you only reward after the deed is done, Pugs will do just about anything for a treat and have no shame in begging. 

Jack Russell Terrier

Any Jack Russell Terrier owner will tell you that this breed thinks the world revolves around them. House-training should begin early to avoid obedience problems; your Jack Russell needs to learn that they must go outside to do their business whether they feel like it or not. As a hunting breed, Jack Russell Terriers are highly motivated by scent. In the beginning, encourage your pup to potty in the soil to make it easier for them to associate that outdoor scent with relieving themselves. 

Small Breeds

Small dogs with big personalities like the Pomeranian, Havanese, Maltese, Pekingese, and Chihuahua are smart and lively and can be bold when it comes to getting what they want (or what they don’t want). Because of this, house-training will go smoothly if you instill a one-word command to signal potty-time like ‘potty,’ ‘outside’ or ‘bathroom.’ While these small breeds tend to be babied, you must be firm about training, even if the weather is less than ideal. Because of their inquisitive nature, a pet door is a perfect solution for potty-training your small breed pooch.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier can be skittish when scolded, and their independent nature can cause problems with potty-training. While Yorkies are known to be babied by their owners; ‘spoiled’ Terriers tend to be high-strung and demanding. A Yorkshire Terrier puppy will respond well to praise and positive reinforcement during house training. You may have several accidents in the house before your pup gets the hang of things because Yorkshires have a very small bladder. Avoid an angered tone when scolding this sensitive breed, try to remain calm and correct a carpet incident with a firm ‘no.’

Siberian Husky

Huskies are clever, dominant dogs that are master manipulators which can make house-training a difficult task if you don’t take control. Siberian Huskies are an incredibly intelligent breed that understands multiple word sentences respond well to time trained. Potty-training with consistent commands like ‘let’s go potty outside’ or ‘it’s bathroom time’ works well with this independent breed. Time training can be achieved with a daily routine, so your pup will come to expect when it’s time to eat, time to play and time to go outside. 

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a great family dog that can be stubborn at times, especially when it comes to potty-training. The trick with a Spaniel is to train them to go outside to relieve themselves instead of teaching them to not go in the house. Praise, love and a lot of attention are important to this breed. Cocker Spaniels are very intelligent and will recognize commands within a sentence and are receptive to time training. This breed will easily blend into your family and follow your daily routine, the hard part will be adjusting to your daily routine, but it can be done. A pet door will give this playful pup the freedom to come and go without the hassle of letting him or her out throughout the day. 

Set Your Puppy Up for Potty-Training Success

Ensuring successful potty-training will save your pup from confusion about where to go and save you from cleaning up after an accident. A puppy should be let out when he or she wakes up in the morning or after a nap and will need to pee and poop within 5 to 20 minutes after eating. Keep in mind that regular mealtimes will help you teach your pooch to recognize when they need to go.  

When you catch puppy going in the house, simply pick him or her up and take her outside to the place you want her to go. Harsh punishment may cause your pup to hide when they need to go or make her shy about doing his or her business around you. Consistency and patience will pay off, and potty-training that includes the use of a pet door will set your puppy up for success and give him or her the chance to make you proud.

Overall, the most difficult dogs to potty-train are the ones who do not respect their owners. Establishing your dominance is essential from the get to go. It is also a good idea to make sure every member of your household follows through with house-training to ensure a smooth process. Consider an innovative Pet Door Products sliding door pet door insert that requires no demolition and can be installed in as little as 30 minutes to help your new pooch safely adjust to their new home. 

The Innovative Sliding Door Pet Door for Easy Potty-Training

No matter what breed, your dog will enjoy the freedom to potty when they need to and explore the great outdoors with access to cool or warmth and food and water indoors with Pet Door Products sliding glass door pet door. Manufactured in the USA with high quality, durable materials, our pet door products are backed by our limited 15-year warranty. Pet Door Products is a family-owned business located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through our success, we give back to our community with a commitment to support worthwhile charitable organizations. Contact Pet Door Product at 801-973-8000 for more information and your free estimate.

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Reviews

Staff was helpful and friendly, and the door seems to be very well made.
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
23:10 27 Oct 20
Fast, professional, clean install. My dog loves the new door!
Tanner J.M. Bowman
Tanner J.M. Bowman
19:31 21 Oct 20
Fast, friendly, knowledgeable, great product. Everything you want from a business. Thanks guys,I love my new sliding glass dog door!
Mark Gremillion
Mark Gremillion
21:14 19 Oct 20
They did a fabulous job and the door looks awesome and works fabulously. I'm surprised at how well it keeps the cold air out. Highly recommend if you want a dog door built into the glass of your patio door.
Michelle Dumas
Michelle Dumas
19:10 19 Oct 20
I have a 14 1/2 year old lab/german shepherd mix and he is able to use this door with ease. They were great to work with. Great customer service. I would definitely recommend this product.
Jaeden Pickens
Jaeden Pickens
15:23 19 Oct 20
Taking my glass out was a pain. Apparently Anderson didn't want my door disassembled. Your glass fit perfectly. Excellent job. Thanks again.
Curtis Zankiewicz
Curtis Zankiewicz
03:41 10 Oct 20
Very responsive and they did quick, good work. It did take a bit longer to get the glass installed but that was due to all the crazy fires in Oregon. But they let me know that there was going to be delays and were great over at communication.The door itself is great and looks to be very sturdy. My cats have already figured out how to use it.
Kiara Berlin
Kiara Berlin
19:21 06 Oct 20
Had a great experience with this door company! If you are looking for cheap this is not the product for you. You would be better off with those flimsy pre-made panels from amazon that take up half of the doorway. This is a great solution if you want to keep the door size but still have a pet door. The door was custom made to my measurements and it fit perfectly. The videos on their website were easy to follow. I ended up not even taking the door off the track to install! Worked with AJ he was very responsive and answered all my questions. Only complaints were cost ($900 with shipping for an 8ft door) and the amount of time to get the completed product (4-6 weeks) for me it was totally worth it!
Joseph Elmer
Joseph Elmer
01:25 18 Sep 20
Pet door products is awesome! I love my dog door and so do my dogs. Text them for a quote and an awesome guy named Skyler helped me out. They came out looked at the door and finalized a price for me. They quickly had it made and it was installed in no time. The gentlemen that came to install it were very professional and very nice. Had a little issue about a month later, AJ and his warranty team were quick to get it fixed. They have been awesome!!!!
Jamin Van Sickle
Jamin Van Sickle
17:09 17 Sep 20
Was prompted, on time, and very professional. Door is just as advertised and my dogs love it.
Kristine Gracey
Kristine Gracey
02:07 19 Aug 20
If you are shopping for this kind of item, you can’t do any better than going with AJ and Pet Door Products.Take the time to correctly measure your present glass, give the details to AJ, pay the bill and about 3 weeks later your door will arrive.The door is awesome but even better is having full use of the sliding glass door where the old panel dog-door was. No more squeezing through a 9inch slot to get to the patio.Not too many places make these doors and AJ was the best price of the ones I considered doing business with. Make sure you compare apples to apples to understand whose price is really the best.Good luck with your shopping.Dave
Dave Bristow
Dave Bristow
02:41 10 Jun 20
Pet Door Products is really great. Skylar was great to work with and answered all our questions before we placed our order and spent a great amount of time when he came to do the finally measurements to make sure any other questions we had were answered. We really love the new slider/dog door. Our installer, Jose, was great as well. Very professional and even cleaned our existing door after install. Great communication with everyone that we worked with. Ordered and delivered in the time we were told. We have already recommended them to friends. Thank you all!
michelle briggs
michelle briggs
16:32 08 Jun 20
Just got their doggy door and it’s the best thing I have bought. The money was well worth it the door is built good and keeps all wind or air out and the dogs love it. I have an older lab who has trouble moving around and she is able to get in and out of the door with no issues. The door is so well done and the service was awesome very nice people and Skyler was very knowledgeable and respectful. I would give 10 stars if I could and recommend 100%!!
Pam Carter
Pam Carter
16:35 03 Jun 20
Skylar and his team mate very knowledgeable and helpful with all of my questions. We have two large dogs who really needed a dog door installed in our sliding glass door. They did an excellent job. We’re really happy with it. We definitely feel we made the right choice choosing this company. They were very professional, fast, and efficient, along with great customer service! We would highly recommend them to anyone needing a dog door put in!
September Jane
September Jane
22:50 15 May 20
They showed up when they said they would, install was quick and NO mess! They made sure my door locked and asked If I had any questions before they left. The door looks great!
DeAnna Hendrickson
DeAnna Hendrickson
15:39 04 Apr 20
Very professional. I have two dogs that are constantly scratching at the door. We previously lived in San Francisco and had a bad experience with a flimsy dog door. I was impressed that they made the door into the glass. It’s very sturdy and doesn’t seem to let a lot of cold air in. Would recommend to anyone.
Kelly Brinkerhoff
Kelly Brinkerhoff
04:39 03 Apr 20
From the first call I made, Pet door products went above and beyond all expectations. The customer service received during purchase, production, shipping and my installation was incredible. Skyler led the process.The product arrived and I installed it the same day.It fit perfect.Our dogs started using it by the next afternoon.My family and our dogs love the product.
Daniel Morsk
Daniel Morsk
18:14 26 Mar 20
More pricey than some other options but we went for it - and glad that we did. After several months (and getting through winter) we just love that our golden retriever can easily come and go as she pleases, while the sliding door stays firmly SHUT - none of this 1/2 open business. The product is solid, the installation we paid for was solid and bottom line it’s hard to imagine not having it. Only complaint was a two week delay on delivery - had to press for updates. But all good - we’d recommend this option hands down.
Jon Watkins
Jon Watkins
15:38 13 Mar 20
I was so impressed! Their cost was competitive. Skyler was able to come to our home the same day I called. Which was so important for me, because I hate to wait.He was super friendly, and even rushed our order so we could get it a week early.Installation took about 20 minutes and the installation guy was professional.The doggie door flap, and the quality of the material seems top-notch. The 10-year warranty eases my mind on that part as well.Now my dog can sun bathe on our porch to his little hearts content.
Bethany Faden
Bethany Faden
23:05 27 Feb 20
AJ was great. When we called for a quote he showed up quickly and on time. He was knowledgeable and gave us great info on helping pick the right door. The quality of the door is great! It has made our life much easier and given our dogs the freedom they needed. Only giving 4 stars cause it took two weeks longer to install than was quoted. Otherwise it was a fantastic experience. We love it. Game changer.
Nate Barkdull
Nate Barkdull
18:17 30 Jan 20
I ordered a custom dog door and Pet Door Products had the best price by far! The door has worked great and it seems very sturdy and able to last constant use from our three dogs. They also warranty the door so if anything ever breaks it's covered. What more could you ask for? I am very satisfied!
Derick Turner
Derick Turner
21:51 29 Jan 20
We decided to install a dog door in our existing sliding glass door for our new puppy, and I love it. At first I considered getting just an insert door like you could find for sale at Petsmart for less (where you just insert it between your door frame and your regular sliding door), but decided to spend the extra and have the glass actually replaced with new glass and a built in door). This is so much nicer. It's worth the $$ if you are able. My in laws have just an insert on their door, and it's so flimsy in comparison, and shortens the opening of their door so much that it's hard to fit through while carrying anything. Finally having a door installed after the first couple months of constantly letting my dog in and out has been SO MUCH NICER, and he loves the freedom to come and go. The door looks great, the service was great, and the price was very competitive. I'm very glad I got the new pet door installed. We will use it for many, many years.
Abby Hansen
Abby Hansen
16:48 13 Nov 19
Fast and efficient install! They had the old out and new in, in no time at all. And they disposed of the old! Very professional and great customer service. Would definitely recommend, and will be using them for any future products.
TyLene Puro
TyLene Puro
20:06 12 Nov 19
I worked with AJ on my pet door. I was impressed with his prompt replies and thorough attention to detail. My dog has the freedom he needs and I have peace of mind with the quality and craftsmanship of the product! More than happy! I love that it functions like a normal door. So nice, safe and convenient!
Elaine Mabey
Elaine Mabey
18:36 12 Nov 19
Great service installing my door. The door seems to be excellent quality and pet door is very well insulated. Dog loves the door and is in and out all day. Service from salesmen AJ was excellent. He will take care of you and get everything right
Gary & Cindy West
Gary & Cindy West
19:58 08 Nov 19
They were just great. The installers were on time and did a great job. Everything was cleaned up after they were done. We just love the new pet door!!
Nadine Oliver
Nadine Oliver
19:50 08 Sep 19
Excellent customer service by AJ. Friendly and professional staff with efficient and quality installation. Well done!
Stacy Forbes
Stacy Forbes
17:02 28 Aug 19
I love this door, so do my dogs! They love having the freedom to go outside and come inside when they want.
Jennifer Peterson
Jennifer Peterson
19:40 27 Aug 19
Very responsive and polite through the whole process. Did not feel pressured into making a quick purchase, allowed me time to do research and compare costs/options. The product is wonderful, no issues with quality but I've only had it for about a month. Will update if needed.
Trevor Tonks
Trevor Tonks
19:19 27 Aug 19
I was recommended this company by a friend who had a pet door installed and I am glad I was. The consultation and measuring appointment was a breeze. The gentleman who came out was friendly and answered all of our questions. I felt the price was fair. The Turnaround time was fair. The installation was great. It took about 30 min to install the door. The two gentlemen who came to install were friendly and did a great job. It works great. Our dogs and cat use it all of the time to go out back. I am happy with the purchase.
Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes
19:00 27 Aug 19
We purchased a pet door from advanced window products . We absolutely love the door and the pet door part is great! Everyone was helpful in doing their part to coordinate and get the door installed . The installers were very professional & friendly . I would recommend Advance window products
T Jones
T Jones
17:25 22 Jul 19
I only have good things to say. The salesman that came to my house was polite and informative. I never felt pressured to make the purchase. The installer were quick and efficient and the door itself is excellent. Highly recommend!
Anthony Nichols
Anthony Nichols
04:37 30 May 19
This service and product literally changed my life. The communication was unbelievable and personalized and the product quality is exquisite. My dogs are both need and have anxiety and the ability to go in and out on their own has helped them so much. Thank you for the amazing product and business
Chris Carter
Chris Carter
04:42 20 May 19
Pet Door was awesome to work with! We purchased the insert from out of state and they coordinated working with a local company to get it installed. The whole process went smoothly and I would do it again, if ever needed. 5 stars for this company! Thank you Pet Door Products!
WK Dudley
WK Dudley
00:03 09 May 19
Pet Door Products and Advanced Windows were super great to work with. AJ gave me a great, competitive quote and was prompt with my texts and questions. Brad and Jake installed the french doors and window panel, they were on time, worked hard and efficiently and got it done way quicker than expected. Brad was super awesome and knowledgeable and answered all my questions. There was a bit of a mixup with my hardware when my door was manufactured, but bringing it up to them wasn't a problem and they got the hardware I initially wanted on order and en route for the swap out. Would definitely recommend, and I will do business with them again for my window needs.
Hayden Henderson
Hayden Henderson
19:39 03 May 19
This was well worth the money I spent and my dog loves the freedom of coming and going when she wants
Tony Carlsen
Tony Carlsen
18:20 28 Mar 19
They did such an amazing job with out door! We got out door at the beginning of March. It doesn’t let any cold air in, and the dogs love it! AJ was especially easy to work with, and was so responsive! I would recommend this doot to any dog owner!
Nicholas Cash
Nicholas Cash
16:38 27 Mar 19