One’s choice for a pet can be influenced by many factors, such as how healthy the breed is, how good it is with children, size, grooming requirements and how much exercise the breed requires.  However, how easy a dog is to train is most people’s first requirement.

The biggest difference in training an animal is the dog’s age.  It is much easier to train a three-month-old puppy than it is to train a three-year-old dog.

Dog training is easier when you select a dog breed known for its learning skills and ease of training.  So, below is a list of the dog breeds that are generally the easiest to train.

Border Collies

Border Collies are known for their intelligence. They are sensitive, with a high level of empathy and they rarely misbehave.  Their patience makes them perfect for first-time dog owners. Even an inexperienced trainer can train a Border Collie.  They are not too energetic for the average owner to keep up with.

Border Collies enjoy being taught to do new things since they enjoy the praise and interaction with the owner or trainer.

This breed also appears on the list of dogs with the least health issues and generally live about 15 years.

Border Collies are very good with children.  They were first bred as herding dogs because of their mild temperament.  So, don’t be surprised if they start herding your children.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are very bright, and their intense loyalty makes them eager to please.  This is a result of their love for engaging with their owners.

They can learn almost anything provided you give them strong positive reinforcement.  However, they can be prone to distraction.  So, the best way to train them is with the repetition of short lessons.

Golden Retrievers also make the list for being good with children.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are America’s favorite dog.  They are one of the friendliest dogs on the planet, both to humans and other animals.  Labs are very easy to train due to their high intelligence and love to please.  They are playful, patient, loving, protective and reliable.  They are also great with children.


All varieties of Poodle (Standard, Miniature, and Toy) are highly intelligent dogs.  They are also eager to please and even-tempered.  They pick up training quickly and easily.

Poodles can sometimes become stubborn.  However, this can be easily overcome with incentives and by staying emotionally engaged with them.

These dogs do well with kids, other pets and strangers.

Poodles also make the list of dogs with the least health issues and live up to about 14 years of age.


Most toy breeds can be stubborn and difficult to work with. However, the Pappilon is not one of them.  They are highly intelligent, eager to please and really enjoy training.

Papillons are very affectionate with family.  They are good with children provided children respect its small size.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds learn easily and are loyal and reliable.  They make great watch dogs and are wonderful with kids.

Shepherds readily pick up commands.  They need to be trained to properly identify intruders and to not act aggressively around strangers.

The German Shepherd is considered to be the Jack-of-all-trades in the dog world. They are intelligent and easy to train, making them a top choice for dog owners everywhere

They enjoy training and succeed in many different sports for dogs.  To be happy, they need to be put to work.

German Shepherds make the list for healthy dogs and with the right food can live up to 11 years.


Corgis are active, strong-willed and need consistency to instill house manners.  They are intelligent and sensitive to their owners.  This breed is extremely easy to train and are very obedient.

Corgis are one of the healthiest breeds, living up to about 13 years of age.

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog looks like a version of a Collie, but they are more active.  Their high intelligence and eagerness to please make them easy to train.

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Valhunds are a dwarfed herding breed.  They were bred to work independently and to pay attention to their owner’s desires.  They are active and intelligent dogs.  Vallhunds are relatively easy to train but need consistency.

Border Terrier

Border Terriers are affectionate and eager to please.  They can be a little stubborn.  These dogs like to be worked and are easy to train.





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