Top 5 Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

Who doesn’t love watching their friend dance with a Papillon or seeing a Labrador retriever jump through a hoop? Among the many requirements there are for choosing a new furry family member, most people searching for man’s best friend place an easily trained canine at the top of the list.

There are numerous factors that can impact how easily a canine can be trained, such as age, physical and mental health, and proficiency of a trainer to name a few. Despite this, many breeds have been branded as easy to train. No matter if your desire is just a pup that quickly learns not to sit on the couch or a breed that will amaze your friends with its tricks, here is a list of the five easiest dog breeds to train.

Border Collie

This competition breed is renowned for its ease of training. Extremely active, the Border collie is always looking for something new to do and learn. This is because it is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. However do not be confused, just because this dog is easy to train does not mean that this lively canine is a breeze. Border Collies are highly energetic and rarely sit still so it’s up to you to occupy them.

Border Collies are medium sized dogs with strong bones and long hair.  Border Collies are also easy to housetrain, some tips for this to be most effective for you would be to take you puppy out as often as possible, reward him for going outside, always clean up the mess (this is because the dog thinks it’s okay if it’s not cleaned immediately), and if possible catch him in the act so he can learn that it’s not okay.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is a very versatile dog. It can perform a wide range of tasks like anything from a show dog to a guide dog and even a therapy dog. This is all because of its incredible ability to learn, loyalty, and soft temper. It is also very forgiving to an inexperienced trainer (someone who is not consistent with their behavior teachings). They are happy-go-lucky dogs that want to be your best friend. Whether it’s playing fetch, lying around the house, or good old fashion rough-housing, this dog will do it all and more until you are begging to stop. Just be sure to give it attention, because a bored lab will always find something to do, at times to your chagrin.


This active small pup needs something to keep her busy. Though Papillons are lively pets, it does not mean that they cannot be easily trained. This friendly elegant pup has her wits about her too. A word from the wise, take her on plenty of walks and give her cool new tricks to practice and learn! This breed is one of the easier breeds to train but due to her animated and bubbly attitude that requires more attention, she is lower on the list. Do not let this discourage you though – if it a small lovable dog you’re looking for, look no further.

Different from most toy breeds, the Papillon is not generalized as stubborn and difficult. Instead the Papillon shines as an easy-going trainee without asking for too much pup in a little package. A bonus for this playful breed is that it is very good with children.

German Shepherd

This handyman dog is the back bone of many industries. Used from a guard duty to bomb sniffer, this breed could be your fun home protector. This German shepherd is intelligent and dedicated. Perhaps it is the persistent attitude that makes them so easily potty trained. While you have her outside, don’t be afraid to toss a ball around with her. She loves to play. Don’t let her get the best of you though; her German shepherd smarts make her cunning as a fox. Be careful or she may just out smart you.

You may be asking yourself why the German shepherd is so low on the list if it is a playful, loving, and dedicated pet. This is because of its dominating and rough play habits with other dogs. Don’t count this breed out just yet though. Even if this dog is rough at times, it doesn’t mean that she won’t be a loving and loyal creature. It is actually this devoutness that makes a German shepherd great for other pets as it finds its role being a home guardian and includes other pets as members of this home to protect.

A number of products can be purchased to help you train German Shepherds, including modern dog shock collars.


Poodles get a bad rap in movies as stuck up, pretentious, Hollywood dogs owned by the rich and famous. Despite this poor reputation, they actually make great companions. In a past life, they were used as a circus dog and that’s not by coincidence. The breed is attuned to learning interesting tricks and commands. New trainers must be steadfast as a wavering trainer can make the poodle stubborn. However, this does not lessen from the poodle’s eagerness to learn.

We recommend full poodles as compared to miniature or toy poodles because of the other breeds tendencies to be stubborn combined with their competition for attention with children. Do not be disheartened over the fact the smaller package is tough to deal with. The standard poodle is laid back and ready to hangout.

This all sounds great, but remember every dog, like any person, has its own furry personality. These results were compiled over a broad generalization of dog breeds that are mostly easy to train on basic obedience commands and doggy manners. Always consider a professional trainer if you feel that you are not skilled enough to train the dog yourself. Still, these dogs are far more capable of just the basics, so if you want more – these are the dogs for you. If that’s not what you want, these dogs will still be very well-behaved and you can always train some cool tricks to them later.

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