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The Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

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Since domesticated dogs and training go together, you may wonder which are the easiest dog breeds to train?  This top ten list comes from PetMedsOnline.  Is it surprising that the Border Collie tops the list?  Yes, we all know there were lots of Lassie’s.  If they had to train so many, no wonder they picked from the easiest dog breeds to train. Oh, wait!  Lassie was a Rough Collie, which isn’t even on the list!!

  1. Border Collie
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Papillon
  4. Beauceron
  5. Pyrenean Shepherd
  6. Australian Shepherd
  7. Doberman Pinscher
  8. Belgian Shepherd
  9. Toy Poodle
  10. Australian Cattle Dog

Read more about each breed here.  Which have you found to be the easiest dog breeds to train?

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    Doug H


    This misses a most important point… a trainable dog is not necessarily a dog that is easy to manage! Most people never train their dog to the 5 basic commands (if you cannot name them, you flunk!) let alone a CGC certification.

    Border Collies were ‘built to work’ and need a job to do. Cattle dogs are famous for herding kids and nipping them… and the aprents want to stop it! Like the dog can undo what it was born to do and has hardwired in it.

    Most dogs can be trained quickly and humanely if the parents and kids go to a person or class where positive reinforcement (‘click and treat’) is used. Any dog can learn it. More important than a smart dog is a dog suited to your heart and lifestyle. A dog is not a status symbol… he is a creature with a mind and a soul, just different from yours.

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    You German Shepherds they are one of the smartest dogs around ,and so are Akitas and the love there families!

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