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!
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?
Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.
You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp!
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!
7. 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 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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