If you’re thinking about getting a dog, the one question you might have is: What are the easiest dog breeds to train? This is especially true for anyone whose owning a dog for the first time. When it comes to dogs that are easier to train, the list is rather long, and with good reason. There are so many smart dog breeds out there to choose from. Searches online and through word of mouth can deliver a surprisingly wide variety of dog breeds. Here’s a list of the top 5 easiest dog breeds to train. If you want/ need assistance training your dog, browse our list of puppy training classes. 

Border Collie catching a frisbee

Border Collie. When people think about Border Collies they most likely think of Lassie, the most famous Border Collie of them all. Border Collies are insanely smart and capable of learning a wide variety of tricks. They are known as workaholics; they are constantly eager to learn new things, which makes them great dogs to train. They are also great hunting dogs and will rarely sit still. They require daily walks/ runs to burn off excess energy. If you want a really active dog that you can play fetch with, teach agility games to, or even hunt with, the Border Collie may be the right dog for you.

Golden retriever laying in the grass

Golden Retriever. Another extremely intelligent breed, Golden Retrievers are also among the most devoutly loyal breed of dogs and will do anything to make their owner happy. They are very responsive and obedient when it comes to training. Goldens also require daily exercise and make great hunting dogs or service dogs. Their loving nature makes them prone to distraction, but this is often overlooked by how eager they are to please and how much they enjoy learning.

Labrador retriever

Labrador Retriever. Labrador Retrievers are very popular and similar in nature to their Golden cousins. Both breeds are super gentle, easy to train, and are known for being very playful and intelligent. Labs are highly versatile and essentially capable of learning almost anything you can teach them. They are very high energy as puppies and will take lots of patience and work, but it will all be worth it.

Australian Shepherd with a ball in his mouth

Austrailian Shepherd. Similar to Border Collies, Australian Shepherds can learn a wide variety of tricks and are perfect dogs for active owners. This bread is capable of learning almost every trick in the book, and they tend to be very fast learners. As working dogs, they need a task to be content. Without plenty of time to play and learn new tricks, Aussies can be destructive. Make sure to exercise them and play with them on a daily basis.

Poodle laying in the grass

Poodle. Poodles are very well known for their looks as well as being very smart. They are capable of learning all sorts of tricks and commands. They are often viewed as being too smart because they will sometimes try to outsmart their owners. Poodles come in three sizes (standard, miniature, and toy) and are hypoallergenic, meaning they don’t shed. This is a great perk for owners with allergies or people who don’t want to deal with fur everywhere.

No matter how “easy” a dog may be to train, it’s still going to take some work. If you’re a first-time dog owner and need some assistance with your dog training, contact us at Ruffger’s.