In many ways, dogs are just like people. They have different personalities, they can be happy, upset, sad, silly…well, the list goes on. Some are smarter than others, though this is not written in stone. However, in general, there are certain breeds that are considered smarter and easier to train. Certain breeds can also be more challenging to train. Certain dogs may have a short attention span.
Age is also something that has to be taken into account, as should physical and mental health. So, keeping certain things in mind, from a general point of view, let’s take a look at some of the easiest dogs to train. Remember, lots of patience and don’t forget to give lots of praise when they get it right.
1. Border Collie Dogs
The Border Collie is considered to be the smartest dog breed, making them one of the easiest dogs to train. They can learn a large number of tricks. They are also working dogs, so they have this natural work ethic thing about them. Many people all over the world use them on farms to keep tabs with animals, herding them and helping the farmer. These dogs are enthusiastic and always willing to learn, making them an excellent choice if you are looking for a dog that is easy to train. They are also very energetic dogs, so make sure that they have lots of exercise. They are very active and are certainly not considered a couch potato!
2. German Shepherd Dogs
German Shepherds are considered the easiest dogs to train because they are intelligent and very loyal. They love to please and are considered a very trainable breed. They are large and powerful. They are also very beautiful and majestic-looking dogs. If you see one sitting quietly, with its ears pricked straight up, it is quite the sight. It is no coincidence that these gorgeous fellows are used as working dogs by the police and the military. They are easy to train, learn commands very well and make such wonderful, loyal companions.
3. Poodle Dogs
The poodle is a one of the easiest dogs to train for many reasons. They are definitely considered easy to train. They are very smart dogs, perhaps considered in the top 5 or even top 3 smartest breeds. They can learn many tricks and commands, so if you are looking for a dog that is easy to train, the poodle is an excellent choice. This breed comes in 3 sizes. They are also considered hypoallergenic, making them a better choice for someone with allergies. They don’t shed their hair a lot like certain breeds, but make sure they get regular grooming.
4. Golden Retriever Dogs
The Golden Retriever is another beautiful and intelligent dog breed. These dogs are also incredibly loyal and make great pets. They are wonderful with children. They have such gentle, loving and kind faces. Golden Retrievers love to please their owners, making them very receptive to training and learning new things. They are large and powerful and do require a lot of exercise. Like the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever is used as a working dog. Many of us have seen them out in public with a blind person.
They are also trained to do other jobs. People know that this is a good dog to train, so these beautiful animals are used in the airport for sniffing out bombs and drugs. They are also used when disaster strikes, such as in earthquakes or saving lives in the water. The breed is very friendly, great with kids and also other animals.
5. Papillon Dogs
The papillon is a small breed, but they are thought of as a highly trainable dog. Many small dog breeds are often thought of as stubborn and yappy. That isn’t entirely true, and certainly not in the case of the papillon. They are smart, enjoy exercise and love to be doing things. They learn tricks easily and they love to please the owner. However, consistency in their training is really important. This is when they learn their best.
6. Havanese Dogs
The Havanese are considered as smart dogs and quite easy to train. They love to please the owner. They are good at learning new tricks and commands. They are also considered to be a natural clown, so they will keep the family in stitches. In fact, they are considered a good breed to get for anyone who has never had a dog before. This breed does need to socialize with people and other dogs, so make sure to give them this exposure when they are puppies.
7. Bernese Mountain Dogs
This is a large breed of dog but it is also considered quite friendly, even being referred to as a gentle giant. They also have herding instincts and can be trained for this. This is a breed that is considered easygoing and quite tolerant. They can appear lazy, but don’t let this fool you. They certainly need their exercise, though a moderate amount is considered OK. They can be trained, but they may require more patience, especially with the males. Only drawback about them is that in general, they only live to about 8 years. When you think about it, it is rather unfair that all dogs don’t have longer lives. Don’t you agree?
8. Labrador Dogs
One of the most popular breed of dog in North America, the Labrador are among the easiest dogs to train. This is another breed that is often chosen as a working dog, which should tell you something. This is another breed that may appear laid back without much energy, but don’t be fooled; they have the energy and can be extremely active. They love their owner and only want to please you. They are good with people and other animals. They are playful as well as intelligent, so they are definitely easier to train than many other breeds.
9. Miniature Schnauzer Dogs
Miniature Schnauzers are good at learning new commands. These playful and affectionate dogs learn obedience easily as it is an intelligent breed. They are agile and energetic dogs. They may tend to bark a lot, but you can try to curb this on your own, or if needed, with a professional trainer. This breed makes a wonderful pet. When it comes to obedience training, this breed responds really well.