What is the Easiest Dog to Train? Ask Them to Change a Light Bulb and Find Out!

Whenever I meet new people and tell them that I’m a dog trainer inevitably they ask me

“What is the easiest dog to train?”

Unfortunately I don’t have an quick answer for them.  The easiest dog for one person or purpose is going to be completely different for a different person or different task.

When you are choosing the right dog for you it’s helpful to look at what a particular breed was bred for.  Through domestication and selective breeding we humans developed dogs to help us.  Some were developed as hunting dogs, some guarding or herding, and others as lap dogs.

It’s not a hard and fast rule, but dogs that were bred to work more closely with man such as Labrador Retrievers are usually more biddable.  “Which bird would you like me to get first boss?”  Terriers on the other hand were bred to hunt very independently and to go kill vermin .  They are going to chase that rat into the hole and kill it.  They really don’t care what you have to say about it!

Because we don’t hunt as much nor use terriers to get rid of rodents (somebody tell that to the Jack Russells of the world!) many of these traits have been downplayed in the domestic dog.  Which makes it even harder for me to answer the question.  So now, when I’m asked “What is the easiest dog to train?” I tell them the joke about how many dogs it takes to change a light bulb.  This about sums it up!

1. Golden Retriever:  What is the easiest dog to train?

The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?




What is the best dog?2. Border Collie:

Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.




What is the best dog?3. Dachshund:

You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp!




What is the easiest dog to train?4. Rottweiler: Make me.







What's the best dog to train5. Boxer:  Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.






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6. Labrador Retriever: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!







What is the best dog7. German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven’t missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.




What is a good dog8. Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.





What is the easiest dog to train9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I’m sorry, but I don’t see a light bulb!






What is a good dog10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.






What is the best dog11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or “We don’t need no stinking light bulb.”






What is the best dog12. Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?





What is the easiest dog13. Australian Cattle Dog: First, I’ll put all the light bulbs in a little circle…







What is the best dog14. Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.




What is the easiest dog to train?  Your dog of course!  Does your dog resemble any of these descriptions?  Do you have a dog who is not on this list but should be?  I’d love to hear about them.  Please comment and share below!

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6 Responses to What is the Easiest Dog to Train? Ask Them to Change a Light Bulb and Find Out!

  1. Lorraine Bacis says:

    Wonderful blog Lisa! (and I’m not just saying that because Daisy made your list). Thank you for all that you do!!

  2. Jay says:

    American Pit Bull Terrier: Why change it? It’s nicer to sleep in the dark.

  3. Mrs. Rod Warnke says:

    Great Dane – Just move the couch under the light bulb and I’ll get it for you. Just don’t ask me to get off the couch.

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