10 Easiest Dogs to Train: Learn what breed you should buy

easiestdogstotrainWhen it comes time to bring a new furry-legged friend home to the family, consider getting a breed that will be easy to train.  Untrained pets can make your life stressful and become a burden.  Help to ensure your new dog feels at home and is comfortable by taking the time to train them.  You can learn how to train your dog to do 25 different tricks with this class.  

Some breeds are easier to train than others because they quickly understand the association between a verbal and/or gestural command, the action they must perform, and their reward for doing it.  For example, when you say the word “shake” and hold out your hand, your dog will realize that if it places its paw in your hand then it will receive a reward (like a treat or a pat on the head).  You can also train your dog with other tools like clickers and training collars.  If you are interested in learning how to train your dog with a clicker, try this course.

10 Easiest Dogs to Train

While there are actually many breeds that are easy to train, the following breeds consistently make the easiest dogs to train list.

Labrador Retriever.  This breed is a popular family pet because it is known for its gentle behavior, playfulness, and intelligence. Labradors also make great hunting dogs and are often used as service dogs for the blind and on search and rescue missions.  Full grown male labradors stand around  24 inches tall and can weigh up to 80 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and can weigh up to 70 pounds.  This breed will shed twice a year.

Golden Retriever.  Like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers are intelligent and will strive to please their masters.  They are good hunters and service dogs and require daily exercise to work off their energy.  Full grown males stand around 24 inches tall and can weigh up to 80 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and can weigh up to 70 pounds.  This breed will shed twice a year.

Poodles.  Poodles are not just meant to receive elaborate haircuts or “clips”.  They are extremely intelligent and active dogs.  Poodles come in three recognized sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.  Standard Poodles stand taller than 15 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 70 pounds.  Miniature Poodles stand between 10 and 15 inches at the shoulder and usually weigh between 15 and 17 pounds.  Toy Poodles stand less than 10 inches at the shoulder and weigh less than 7 pounds.  Poodles make great pets for people with allergies because their coats are hypoallergenic but they also require regular grooming every 6 to 8 weeks.

Australian Cattle Dog.  This breed is known for its courage, agility, and strength and is primarily used to herd cows.  These dogs are active and intelligent and need a job (herding or agility) in order to be happy.  They will remain extremely loyal to their owner once their owner has established themselves as the pack leader.  Full grown male Australian Cattle Dogs stand around 20 inches tall and can weigh up to 49 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and  weigh a bit less

If you just got a puppy, try using this training course to teach them how to be a great housemate.

Belgian Sheepdog.  This breed is known for its intelligence and awareness.  Belgian Sheepdogs are loyal, energetic, and make great family pets.  They are strong and excel in activities like herding, obedience, and hunting.  The Belgian Sheepdog is also a popular choice for service, therapy, and rescue dogs.  Full grown males stand around 25 inches tall and can weigh up to 65 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and weigh a bit less.

Australian Shepherd.  This breed is spirited and athletic.  They are most happy herding in large open spaces where they they can run but are willing to perform almost any task given to them.  Australian Shepherds are another type of dog that needs a job to be happy.  They are family dogs and have a natural protective instinct.  Full grown males stand around 22 inches tall and can weigh up to 65 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and weigh a bit less.

Border Collie.  Like Lassie, the most famous Border Collie of all time, this breed is highly intelligent and known for its versatile work ability.  They are herding dogs and need adequate exercise everyday to work off their energy.   Full grown males stand around 22 inches tall and can weigh up to 45 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and weigh a bit less. This breed will also shed twice a year.

Doberman Pinscher.  This breed is known for its intelligence and ability to execute tasks based on its training.  Dobermans are fast dogs with a high endurance and excel as trained war and police dogs.  At home they will be energetic but sensitive to what is going on around them.  Dobermans make great guard dogs and are extremely loyal.  Full grown males stand around 27 inches tall and can weigh up to 90 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and can weigh up to 80 pounds.

German Shepherd.  This breed is known for their dependability and fearlessness, leading it to be a natural choice for a military or police dog.  German Shepherds are strong but also loving and loyal family companions with a natural instinct to protect.  Full grown males stand around 25 inches tall and can weigh up to 88 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and can weigh up to 73 pounds.

Before you tackle the trickier tasks, start out training your dog with a class on polite loose-leash walking.

Bloodhounds.  Bloodhounds are known for their kindness, affection, and may appear shy at times.  They respond well to masters who have established themselves as the leader of the pack and as a breed, they are valued for their scent tracking abilities.  Full grown males stand around 26 inches tall and can weigh up to 110 pounds.  Females stand a few inches shorter and can weigh up to 100 pounds.