Five Dog Breeds You’ll Find Easier to Train

Choosing a dog breed that will be easier to train offers great long-term benefits and could mean you will experience a more enjoyable relationship with your pet.

When choosing a dog, there are a number of things most people take into consideration. The dog’s size, what it looks like, how badly its coat sheds are just a few examples. However, how obedient your new pet is likely to rarely feature high on the list of doggie attributes.

Of course, it’s the training that is key; you can’t expect a dog to do as it’s told without putting in the work during the early months. The Dog Wizard has training advice on their website covering different scenarios, whether you’re getting a puppy or an older dog.

Here we look at five canine companions famous for being happy to take commands.

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German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is famous for being a loyal family pet, so it’s an excellent option to consider for that reason alone. In addition to this, though, this dog breed is very intelligent and a breeze to train – it’s no surprise police and military widely use them. 

Also known by the name Alsatian, these dogs are friendly and affectionate dogs but don’t enjoy being left alone for long periods so consider that before choosing his breed. 

Labrador Retriever

Famously used as guide dogs, the Labrador Retriever is also the number one dog breed in the world, and there’s a good reason it is so highly sought after.

This placid breed is great with children but equally happy with just one family member and, although playful in character, is extremely willing to learn, making training a synch.

Cocker Spaniel

These gentle little dogs were originally bred as gun dogs, trained to flush out birds and retrieve game.

They have made the transition to family pets quite happily, and those working-dog origins are what makes it another ideal choice for ease of training.

If you’re looking for a really low maintenance dog, though, you need to know the Cocker Spaniel’s coat takes some looking after and will benefit from regular appointments at the dog parlor.

Border Collie

Commonly referred to as a “sheep dog,” these clever canines are still a very popular breed in the farming industry, predominantly used for herding livestock.

The border collie is the ideal companion for active owners who like being outdoors. Given the proper training, they find it easy to understand and carry out commands.


The poodle is proof that dogs can have brains as well as beauty. These iconic dogs may look like all they are good for is pampering at the parlor, but they are actually very intelligent and super easy to train.

Although they might appear as simply a fashion accessory, poodles are extremely energetic dogs, so if you are considering taking on the responsibility of one of these fluff balls, you need to be prepared to give them plenty of exercises.

No matter what breed you choose for your new pet, it’s important that, just like any family member, a dog needs love and attention. This includes exercise, grooming, and proper training, which will all vary depending on the breed, so it’s important to take that all into account when making your final choice.

Richard Hayes

Hey there! Meet Richard Hayes, the big boss and marketing guru behind Pet Dog Planet. He's been a total doggo fanatic since forever and loves all kinds of pups, from tiny teacup Chihuahuas to big, burly Bulldogs. His absolute favorite pastime? Snuggling with adorable puppies—he can't get enough of those cute little faces! Plus, he's totally into iced coffee, chilling in hammocks, and, of course, more puppy cuddling!

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