Dog breeds are often seen as good-natured and loyal creatures who unconditionally accept their masters. However, many stubborn dogs with complex characters challenge their owners and cause them to abandon the training process. These dogs have a reputation for being difficult, aggressive, and moody.
Every dog has an independent personality. Some like their freedom, some have a high-prey dive, and some like to be exclusively extrovert – and love spending time outdoors. Stubbornness can result from many factors and mainly poor training as a pup, but primarily it relies on the results produced by the training your dog receives as a pup.
Every person has some antagonist in their lives – for many, it could be a work colleague, or for some, it could be their neighbor, but in this case, your fido is going to be your arch-rival. It will make sure you understand the trouble you got yourself into by adopting it. But don’t worry, even the most stubborn of dogs have a way around their personality, and in this guide, we will list a few that are known for their tacky personalities.
The dachshund dog breed is stubborn and doesn’t heed well to commands. They are intelligent and trainable, but only if you understand their nature. Their active personality can be a bit daunting for owners as they love to run around the house or yard and play with their toys. It’s important to keep them busy. Otherwise, they quickly get bored and destructive.
They need plenty of exercise, but also need mental stimulation from playing with their toys or playing catch with a ball. Don’t let them get bored! If you make sure that your Dachshund gets enough exercise and mental stimulation, it will make for a wonderful pet for you!
Dachshunds are stubborn and do not respond well to commands.
Akita is a very independent dog and does not like to be told what to do. If you want your Akita to listen to you, you need to take control of the situation and make sure he understands that he must obey you.
Akita loves affection and will show it by giving you kisses when he feels comfortable around you. He may even roll on his back if he feels he has been good enough.
“They are very willful,” Dr. Janine Moore, a veterinarian at the Veterinary Referral Center in Chicago and an Akita owner, said, “It takes a lot of patience.”
Akitas are known for their intelligence, but they can be aggressive and stubborn — and it’s never easy dealing with them in a group setting.
In order to get your Akita to listen to you, you must take control of the situation and ensure that he understands he must obey you.
3) American Foxhound
The American Foxhound is a fun-loving, outgoing dog that loves playing with family members but can be reserved with strangers. While doing well on walks and in the car, he must be left alone for long stretches.
It’s an active dog who loves to run and play with other dogs or people and is friendly towards strangers and children, but the American Foxhound can be stubborn and not always listen well. They like to carry things around throughout the house and may try to steal your wallet or keys if it’s not secured properly.
The American Foxhound needs plenty of exercise daily to stay happy, healthy, and energetic. If you’re looking for a well-rounded family pet, this breed might be right for you!
In addition to being active and friendly towards strangers and children, the American Foxhound can also be stubborn and hard to train.
4) Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are known for their stubbornness and will not listen to commands easily. This makes training challenging as they don’t respond well to commands. Hence, it’s important that you take your time in training Siberian Huskies and get them used to their surroundings before you start any form of training with them.
You can start with basic obedience training such as sit, down, stay and come when called. However, the most important thing is to make sure your Siberian Husky has enough exercise at least twice a day so that they don’t get bored while being indoors all day long!
It is well known that Siberian Huskies are stubborn and don’t listen well to commands.
5) Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terriers are one of the most famous terrier types. They’re small, active, and proud. If you have a Scottish Terrier, you’ll know that they really don’t need much in the way of training. They’re stubborn, though, and will do whatever they set their mind on. If these dogs don’t want to do something, they don’t!
If there’s one thing that Scottish Terriers are known for, it’s their loud barks and howls. These dogs will bark at every noise that comes from outside of the house or yard. This can be distracting if you’re trying to sleep or relax with your family inside the house (or if you just want peace and quiet). Because of this, it’s important to teach your dog not to bark at all times when you’re home alone or if there aren’t other people around for it to practice it’s barking on.
It is the loud barks and howls of Scottish Terriers that make them famous.
6) Basset Hound
If you’ve ever owned a Basset Hound, you know how stubborn they can be. They don’t like to do things the easy way – even if it’s really the only way. They are quite happy with the occasional treat but want more than that if they can get it.
Bassets are smart dogs who understand that people like treats and don’t want to give them up easily. If your dog knows this about you, he will be persistent in his efforts to earn one or two treats every day.
This stubbornness can cause some problems as well as benefits for your Basset Hound. A dog who refuses to obey commands may seem stubborn, but he may just not understand what you want him to do. It takes time for him to learn new behaviors that work for both of you; meanwhile, there are other ways for him to entertain himself or avoid boredom.
The Basset Hound is highly intelligent, very loyal, and extremely protective of its owners. It was bred to hunt large mammals such as badgers and foxes and can easily detect even the smallest scent in the wind. Because of this, they tend to be aggressive toward other dogs and humans when protecting their territory or food source.
Known for its intelligence, loyalty, and extreme protectiveness, the Basset Hound is a terrific pet.
7) English Bulldog
The Bulldog may look like a gentle giant, but he has one of the strongest personalities of all dog breeds.
Bulldogs do not respond well to punishment or reprimands when they have made up their minds about something. They are great at ignoring you if you try to push them into doing what you want them to do. Instead, try distracting them with another activity or get them out of the house for some exercise by taking them for a walk or running around the yard with them.
Here are a few tips to help you deal with stubborn behavior in your bulldog:
- Use treats. The key to changing stubborn behaviors is to establish positive associations between the behaviors you want and the rewards that follow them. You can do this by using treats as rewards for desired behaviors and withholding them from undesired ones.
- Be consistent about what works best for your dog at home and in training sessions. For example, if your dog jumps up on people, be consistent about how often he does it (every time or only when he sees other dogs), how far away he needs to be before he does it (5 feet or less), and what happens if he doesn’t do it when requested: verbal reprimand or physical correction?
- Be patient! Training takes time and repetition, so if you don’t feel like your dog is “getting it” after several attempts at training, don’t give up! Try another approach or try using a different type of reward (such as praise instead).
When bulldogs have made up their minds about something, they don’t respond well to punishment or reprimand.
8) Boston Terriers
Stubborn behavior is a common problem with Boston Terriers, who are known for their stubbornness.
If you’re new to raising a Boston Terrier, you need to be prepared for the fact that your dog will be difficult at first. While many Bostons are sweet and friendly, they can also be stubborn and wary of strangers.
Keep in mind that your dog is just learning how to interact with people and pets, so if he’s not used to being around other animals yet, he may act aggressively toward them. If you see him growling or snapping at another animal, take the time to introduce him gradually so that he learns not to bite when he doesn’t mean it.
They need to be trained early on, or they will continue to be disobedient toward their owners.
How do you train a Boston Terrier? The best way is with positive reinforcement training techniques such as clicker training and food rewards. This way, you can teach your Boston Terrier all the things he needs to know about obedience, such as not jumping up on people and other things that are considered bad behavior in this breed of dog.
In order for them to obey their owners, they must be trained from an early age.
Stubbornness is a personality trait that can be frustrating for owners of Dalmatian dogs. This breed has a lot of energy and needs to be constantly stimulated. If your Dalmatian gets bored, he will become restless and may start misbehaving.
Despite their extrovert personality, these dogs can be challenging to train. They need constant activities and exercise to stimulate their mind and body so they won’t get bored. They also enjoy being around people, so they may get into trouble by misbehaving or chewing something up if you’re not home all day long.
Dalmatians are usually very friendly, playful, and intelligent dogs. However, they can be stubborn when it comes to training. If you want to train your Dalmatian puppy or adult dog, here are some tips on how you can achieve this:
1) Start training early
2) Work with treats and toys first
3) Use positive reinforcement strategies (e.g., clicker training)
4) Use food as a reward for good behavior
5) Give rewards randomly as opposed to only at specific times, such as right after meals or after play sessions
There is typically a lot of friendliness, playfulness, and intelligence in Dalmatians.
10) Shiba Inu
Stubbornness is a trait that can be found in many dog breeds, but the Shiba Inu breed is known for being especially stubborn.
The Shiba Inu breed was originally bred to hunt wild boar in Japan. Although they are small dogs, they are very strong and agile. They are also great hunters of small game such as rabbits and birds.
They have a strong prey drive, which means that they may chase after anything that moves or makes noise, even if it’s just a leaf on the ground!
Japan originally bred the Shiba Inu breed to hunt wild boar.
Beagle is a small dog breed that was originally bred as a hound. It was developed in Britain from several small hunting dogs, including the English Beagle and the French Beagle. The Beagle is widely known for its intelligence, stamina, and courage.
While some may argue that the Beagle is not a breed that is suited to obedience training, it is true that they can learn basic commands such as sit or down. Dogs with this trait sometimes have trouble learning new commands because they are so used to getting their own way. The good news is that you don’t have to train them for everything—they do get wise after a bit!
Beagles are stubborn, but not impossible to train if you know how to approach the situation from a different angle. If you have a stubborn Beagle puppy, here are some tips on how to train him:
1) Focus on positive reinforcement: teach your puppy that good things happen when he follows directions and does what you ask him to do. This will help him learn quickly that following directions is important to get treats as rewards.
2) Use food rewards: when training your puppy, use treats as rewards for good behavior instead of verbal praise or physical corrections (such as scolding). By using food rewards, you will be able to maintain control over your puppy’s behavior without having to force it into doing something it doesn’t want to do or getting frustrated when it doesn’t cooperate right away.
Even stubborn Beagles can be trained if you approach the situation differently.
12) Bull Mastiff
Bull Mastiffs have a strong prey drive, which means they’re going to be aggressive towards other animals and people. They’ll also be aggressive toward dogs that they feel threaten them. This means that if your dog is going to be aggressive to other dogs on walks or at the park, it will be even more difficult to train him out of his aggression when he gets older.
With that being said, the right training can help you prevent your Bull Mastiff from becoming a nuisance animal!
Stubbornness is a trait that runs in the family. Some Mastiffs are more stubborn than others, but most will have moments where they just won’t listen to you. Here’s what you can do to help your dog learn good manners:
Start out small – don’t expect your old girl to sit down right away or even come when called. Instead of yelling at her, try petting her or even gently “showing” her where she’s supposed to go. If she doesn’t move, use treats as a bribe (they work better than punishment).
Take a break – if your pup has been doing well with sitting and coming when called, take a break from training for an hour or two so they can cool off! If they’re still acting up after that time period, take them back outside and let them know what not doing again looks like: crumpled paper bags on the floor from their favorite toy getting chewed on!
The stubbornness of each Mastiff differs, but most will have moments where you will not get your way.
13) Chinese Shar-pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog that originated in China, hence its name. It has been prized as a hunting dog for centuries and was one of the first dogs seen by foreigners after they arrived in the country in the 1800s.
Chinese Shar-Peis are alert dogs who often bark at noises outside their home or yard. They are also very active indoors but don’t like being left alone for long periods of time without human companionship.
They are also intelligent dogs with a lot of drive and energy, which can make them difficult to train. Because of this, many owners find that it’s easier to work with an older dog who has already learned some basic commands and can be trusted not to run away from you.
If you want a Shar-pei that is more laid back and less stubborn than these other breeds, then choose one of the smaller ones like the Shih Tzu or Maltese.
Often barking at noises outside their home or yard, Chinese Shar-Peis are alert dogs.
14) Chow Chow
Chows like to be the boss and they can be quite stubborn at times. They have a lot of energy and love to play with toys and people. However, they also need time alone, and this can lead to separation anxiety issues if they don’t get enough exercise or attention from their owners (or other family members).
Chow Chows are very intelligent dogs that learn quickly and easily once they have been taught new tricks by their owners. They do well in obedience classes where they can learn how to sit-stay, come when called and perform other tasks that will help them become more loyal companions for the rest of their lives.
The owners of Chow Chows can teach their dogs new tricks very easily and quickly.
The Pekingese is a small breed of dog that originated in China. The Pekingese was developed by crossing Chinese Shar-Pei with Italian Spinoni. The result was a fluffy, short-haired dog with a long face and droopy ears.
Pekingese are very intelligent dogs who have an independent nature. They can be stubborn at times, but they can also be trained with patience and consistency.
Pekingese are very loyal to their owners and will follow their commands without hesitation. Like other breeds, they require daily grooming to keep their coats clean and shiny.
Despite their intelligence, Pekingese are very independent dogs.
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.