Who on earth would not like a well behaved and trained dog. Every dog is trainable if you want to train it. If you find a badly behaving dog, it is all because of inadequate training and not because it is bad or naughty. However, some dogs are more comfortable to train than others. That’s why you usually see Labradors as guide dogs instead of Afghan hounds, and you don’t see bulldogs as herding dogs. So why do some dogs easily listen to the instructions and obey while others are not so quick to learn? Let’s find out.
Some dogs are so straightforward to handle and train. The dogs that are easy to train have some specific traits and characteristics that make them better from others when it comes to training:
- These dogs are motivated by food
- They like the company of people
- They have a better ability to focus
It clarifies why some dogs like Afghan hounds and Sharpies are challenging to train as they don’t seek human companionship and aren’t motivated by food.
So here is a list of the easily trainable dogs who have the physical agility and ability to perform various tasks.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh corgis get along well with humans and like their company. They are brilliant dogs and socialize well. The work-oriented approach makes it easier to train them, and they are always ready to learn new tricks. They are herding group dogs and like the herding activities. The Pembroke Welsh corgi, it’s lesser-known cousin, is also of the same temperament. They need good physical activity during training or get bored. They need a firm approach during training.
They are really charming and highly obedient dogs. They are brilliant in doing everyday activities and have excellent social skills. Not so great at hunting and don’t like real-world gunfire training. One thing that makes their trainers favorite is their unusual guarding behavior for the host. Food motivates them much, so that makes their training quick and easy.
The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed of dog in the US. They are the best choice for family dogs. Their natural friendliness with strangers and their gentle disposition makes them great dogs to train. They have this genetic peculiarity, which makes them feel hungry all the time, making their food motivation intense. A Labrador retriever is unfazed by gunshots and they are often used to retrieve the kill during duck hunting. So if you are not a hunter, you have the daunting task of keeping this high energy dog busy.
These fierce-looking dogs were initially developed for tax collectors for their protection. It gives them an extraordinary ability to distinguish between a friend and a foe. It is not a fun, jolly dog but rather a serious one. They are brilliant and have a strong urge to please their master. These traits make them a highly trainable dog breed.
The Shetland sheepdog is also a herding dog. They are small, sensitive herding dogs who are intensely focused on their owners and are keen on learning and adapting to new training games. But these dogs are susceptible to their surrounding environment, so they are afraid of new things and places. So the process of socialization in these dogs is complicated. Their food motivation and focus are top levels, which makes them great dogs to train.
The cute little Border terrier dog is highly social and loves being part of the family. They form strong bonds with the family, so if you search for a part-time pet, don’t choose it. They are not a high maintenance breed, and not very aggressive. It is an obedient, affectionate, and easily trainable dog. They are active dogs and need regular activities and in large quantities.
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian cattle dogs are highly intelligent, sturdy, and active. They are also part of the herding family. They love being part of the family and always make their presence felt. These dogs are highly protective of their human family but are wary of outsiders. The Australian cattle dog is elementary to train due to its obedient and intelligent nature, plus they are also highly food motivated, making them an ideal dog for training.
Owning a trained and well-behaved dog is every pet lover’s dream. Proper training makes a dog an asset to the family and society as a whole. So when you are going to adopt a dog, make sure you adopt a dog that is easy to train. I hope this list will ease out the choice for you. Again it is not the dog that is bad. It is the inadequate or flawed training that has brought the worst out of that dog.