When you decide to take the plunge into pet parenthood, it is a big commitment. Many people research breeds to find the best dogs for families with children. Then there are those who struggle with allergies and need a hypoallergenic dog. Certainly, there are those who want a dog who fits their personality or, at least, fits their lifestyle. One thing you may have overlooked, which is hugely important when selecting a breed that is a good fit for you and your family, is how easy the dog is to train. Training is a vital part of keeping your dog mentally and physically healthy. When deciding on a breed, which are the easiest dogs to train? Let’s look at the top 5 breeds.
1. Border Collie
This breed was developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region. Border collies were specifically bred for obedience and intelligence to function as a herding and working dog. They are highly intelligent, extremely energetic as well as athletic and acrobatic. Even though you will find them as normal household pets, they are still used to herd livestock in various regions across the world.
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Border collies should begin training earlier rather than later. Start with the basic commands of sit and stay. Hold off on difficult tricks until your puppy is at least four to five months old. Begin training for advanced tricks when they are between seven to eight months old. (2)
Poodles are fantastic dogs for tasks and tricks because they are successful at most jobs they are properly trained for. According to the American Kennel Club, poodles are actually the second most intelligent dog next to the Border Collie. Poodles originated as water retrievers and hunters in Germany. Today, poodles are still excellent working dogs and serve as therapy dogs, seeing eye dogs, guard dogs, and more.
Even though poodles are intelligent, training is still necessary to ensure your dog learns what is allowed and what isn’t. The first command you should teach your poodle is “sit.” Teaching your dog to sit acts as a foundation to teach him to stay and wait so he will not jump on guests when they enter your home. When you teach your poodle to sit, start by incentivizing him with treats. (3)
3. German Shepherd
German shepherds are prized for their trainability. This breed is elegant and attractive, agile, dominant, powerful, and extremely intelligent. Whether famous as police and military dogs or search and rescue workers, the German shepherd has proven intelligent enough to handle any task given to them.
This breed naturally seeks leadership from their pet parents. It’s paramount that you assert yourself as alpha of the household without holding too dominant of a hand. German shepherds need to respect your leadership, but not fear it. When this trust and respect is created, your dog will be inclined to heed your direction, which means he’ll be more willing to learn from your command. (4)
4. Golden Retrievers
Golden retrievers don’t have a high prey drive because they can be hypersensitive to sensory input and stimulation. They can also be extremely excitable. This causes some owners to rave that their Goldens remain a puppy well into adulthood because that enthusiasm never wanes. Yet this excitably can become problematic when it seemingly has no end.
The first time this is usually encountered is when training a puppy to comfortably walk on a leash. It usually takes a bit longer than usual to leash-train a Golden Retriever. The first thing to know is there is no grace period in training a Golden, and as soon as your pup steps foot into your life is as soon as the training should begin. This breed is not an alpha-breed that needs a firm hand to keep them in place, nor are they a pack dog that naturally seeks out a leader. Instead, they’re a loving and sensitive canine prone to respond poorly to scolding. (5)
5. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman pinschers are loyal, intelligent, and energetic dogs. This breed loves having a job to do and does well to assist police officers, military workers, or search and rescue teams. They make excellent family members as long as they are properly trained from a young age.
You will want to start training your Doberman pinscher puppy the day you bring him home. If you wait a few months to start training him, he will be much more resistant to training. It’s a good idea to try to get your Doberman into a puppy training class by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old, if possible. (6)
Whichever breed you decide upon when you bring home a new fur baby, the key is to get him into training as soon as possible. Putting off training makes it more difficult for your pup and for your family as time goes on. The routine along with the activity involved with daily training sessions is what keeps your new puppy excited for more training. This is a great way to keep your pet engaged and active every day. Check out some of our training supplies in the TruDog shop to get you started!