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These Are the Dog Breeds That Are Notoriously Difficult to Train

Training a new puppy is no walk in the park, so to speak. If you want a dog who’s thoroughly housebroken, doesn’t jump on guests, and politely waits for his meals, you’ll have a lot of work to do.

Fortunately, some dog breeds prove pretty easy to train. But depending on which breed you have your heart set on, you might not get so lucky. In fact, you might end up with a dog that breeders, trainers, and devoted owners all characterize as difficult to train.

Below, check out the dog breeds that are some of the most difficult dog breeds to train. These dogs are loving and lovable, of course. But they won’t be the quickest learners when you try to teach them to sit or to heel.

1. Afghan hound

The Afghan hound is a faithful and lovable dog, but this breed will pose a big challenge in the training department. According to the American Kennel Club, you’ll have to contend with “the challenge of training an independent hound.” VetStreet characterizes the breed as “aloof” and an “independent thinker.” Those characteristics can make training difficult.

However, the publication promises that these dogs prove “trainable with the use of positive reinforcement techniques, particularly with food rewards.” Your best bet? Start training when he’s young (and still small).

Next: The basenji

2. Basenji

Another dog breed that’s notoriously difficult to train? The basenji. The AKC advises that crate training is absolutely essential with this breed. Plus, the AKC characterizes the basenji as “quite independent and aloof.”

DogTime reports that this breed also “has a stubborn streak a mile wide,” adding that “a basenji may know perfectly well all the commands you teach him, but whether he actually performs them will always be in question.” These dogs “use their intelligence to demand your attention and get you to provide whatever it is they need or want.”

Next: The basset hound

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