Welcoming a new dog to your home and family is a fantastic and rewarding way to bring some more love into your home… But these adorable fluffy companions can come with some down-sides: training.
While most pups are loyal and eager to please, if you’re a first-time dog owner, knowing where to start with potty training and teaching other commands can feel daunting. All dogs can be housebroken, but their personalities and ability to hold their bladder can vary even between dogs of the same breed.
Rescuing a dog rather than buying one will usually result in you bringing home a loving forever friend who’s already been housetrained and may even know some simple commands.
Many shelters will even work with you to match you with your dream fur baby, taking into account things like whether the pup sheds, how much exercise they need, whether you have children or other pets in the house and whether the dog is likely to get along with them.
Rescuing your fur baby also has the added benefit of ensuring you’re not giving your hard-earned cash to disgusting practices such as puppy mills and instead helps support your local shelter or rescue center to save lives.
But putting the purchasing/rescuing debate aside… If you’re looking for a small dog who’s innately easy to train and likely to pick up “go potty” quickly, these small dog breeds could be your new (toilet-trained) best friend (although please do remember that each pup will have their own personality and traits).