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The 7 Easiest Dogs to Train

Quick-Learning Canines

By Meredith Alling. January 02, 2014 | See Comments

A Pair of Black And Yellow Labrabdor Retreievers Sitting Together

When it comes to training a dog, some breeds are just easier than others. Call it genetics, temperament, or down-right intelligence. Whatever it is, it sets some pooches apart from the rest. Find out which dog breeds are considered the easiest to train.

Training a dog can be a challenge, especially if it’s your first time. However, some breeds are more receptive to training than others, and they can make great pets for first time owners or those who are lacking in patience. If you are looking for a new best friend who will also be a good student, consider one of these easiest dogs to train.

#1 Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are smart, athletic, and highly trainable dogs. They excel in sports, competitive training, and service roles, and they also make vigilant guards. The Australian Shepherd should live with an active owner or family who is willing to offer plenty of exercise.





#2 Border Collie

These dogs are known for their high intelligence — in fact, they are one of the smartest of all the dog breeds. Border Collies learn commands easily and are very obedient, but they do require a healthy amount of exercise and attention to keep their active bodies and minds stimulated.





#3 Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent and easy-to-train dog that also makes a great family pet. Surprised? These dogs have gotten a bad rap over the years, mostly because they are usually seen behind a fence performing guard duty. When off patrol, however, Dobermans are incredibly sweet and devoted. An assertive owner who will take the lead and also provide exercise will do well with this breed.



#4 Golden Retriever

It’s no mistake that the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular family pets. These dogs are loyal, intelligent, loving, and highly trainable. The breed is very patient and takes direction well, but don’t expect to train your Golden to be a watchdog — they are far too friendly for that.





#5 Labrador Retriever

Another favorite family pet, the Labrador Retriever is an affectionate, faithful, and eager-to-please breed. Their tendency to seek out approval means that these dogs are very responsive to training, and in addition to making great members of the family, they also do well as watch dogs, police dogs, and service dogs.




#6 Standard Poodle

Poodles have a reputation for being pampered pooches, but in reality these dogs are incredibly smart, confident, and athletic. As far as intelligence, they are right up there with the Border Collie, and they are extremely quick learners. They require a good amount of daily exercise to keep their high energy at bay.




#7 Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a widely misunderstood dog that is often believed to be naturally aggressive. In reality, the breed is loyal, gentle, intelligent, and easy to train. Training should be started early to avoid any problems that can occur due to their large size and sometimes overly protective tendencies.



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