Dogs enjoy training , if done right, and so should we. In fact, if we are able to develop, direct, and funnel a passion for learning then the chances are excellent that you will have a mutually rewarding relationship with your dog pal. There was a time before anyone even heard of “clicker training” when training dogs was really hard work, and not much fun. In fact I remember a time in my life when I looked at training as a necessary evil. Thank goodness for clicker training, as it has changed the world of training in profound ways and has created dogs who are eager learners and people who are eager trainers. Frankly it has had a profound impact on my life too as now I am as eager to train as are my dogs. We all love it now. More on clicker training later. A trained dog is a much easier dog to live with than an untrained dog. And, you can have fun while building a great relationship with your dog.
But My Dog’s Not Lassie!
Not every dog is, but they are all trainable. Certainly there are some dogs more eager to please than others, and there are breeds that are known to be particularly easy to train. But trainability does not necessarily reflect on your dog’s IQ. Various people have come up with supposed IQ tests for dogs, but what most of them end up testing is actually their eagerness to please. Stanley Coren does a nice job discussing intelligence in his book The Intelligence of Dogs.
The downside of living with an intelligent dog is that they often require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
Top 5 Most Trainable Popular Breeds
Below is a list of the five breeds that are generally considered the easiest to train. But before rushing out to get one, make sure you study up on their personalities. Not all of them are easy to live with!
- Border Collie
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Doberman Pinscher
Top 5 Most Difficult Breeds To Train
These five breeds were considered by a group of AKC judges to be the most challenging to teach a particular command. Bear in mind that if we were asking them to do what they were actually bred to do, they would fare far better. Often the breeds that are considered “less trainable” are actually breeds that don’t easily fit our lifestyles or temperaments. A difficult to train dog can be any breed and the easily trainable breeds can be difficult as well.
- Afghan Hound
- Chow Chow
How difficult was it to train your dog? If you have an easily trainable breed, was it in fact so easy? And if you have a less tractable breed, what problems did you have? What successes did you have?
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