Poodle – Poodles come in a few different sizes including Toy, Miniature and Standard. Despite the size, Poodles are one of the easiest dog breeds to train! Some Poodles can even learn basic tricks at a few months old. They’re a great mix of intelligent, versatile, and playful which makes them ideal dogs follow orders, lead the pack or be a playful goofball! Poodles have a reputation as snooty show dogs but trim their hypoallergenic fur and utilize firm commands on the reg and you’ve got a well-trained and great family dog. At home they’re incredibly social with both people and animals, mingling well with all ages and species.
German Shepard – There’s a reason that many dog in police forces and the army are German Shepherds. These resilient, smart, and devoted dogs absolutely love having a job to do, willingly dedicating themselves to tasks! German shepherds definitely need exercise, both mentally and physically, so training in a park or big yard is ideal.
Poorly trained German shepherds can develop undesirable behaviours such as excessive barking, digging, and food stealing. But this dog breed responds well to training.
German Shepherds are not only wildly smart, but they're fiercely loyal. If you're looking for a dog eager to follow your commands, protect you and love you unconditionally, look no further.
Pumi – Not widely known as a dog breed, these small pups are cute, cuddly, and very energetic! On top of that, they are bright, social, and very easy to train. As curious and observant animals, these fluffy canines are quick to try new things, so don’t be afraid to add on fresh commands once a Pumi has gotten the hang of the basics—sit, roll over, stay etc. Pumi’s prefer reward-based training, so stock up on their fave treats!
Papillion – One of the most interestingly named dog breeds! Papillion means “Butterfly” in French, which is in reference to their luxurious large, pointy ears and the hair that hangs from them! This breed is described as having “Big Dog Energy” – acting like they are much bigger than their diminutive selves!
Though some can be timid, they are often friendly toward strangers and other animals and have been characterised as one of the most obedient and responsive of the toy breeds. Quick to learn and even quicker to play, Papillons need lots of exercise and are willing to try anything. This breed responds best to consistent training early in its life, with tons of positive reinforcement.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi – Not to be confused with it’s smaller and more stubborn cousin, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Cardigans have longer tails and are usually taller than Pembroke’s’. For their shape, Cardigan Welsh corgis are incredibly agile. They’re also loyal and affectionate to their owners (of all ages) without getting too territorial.
A bonus for city-dwelling dog lovers: These corgis don’t need big yards or tons of outdoors time. As long as they’ve got regular engagement and mental stimulation, they’re good.
Golden Retriever – This breed isn’t regarded as the brightest or cleverest, but they are so loving and keen to please that they are seen as one of the easiest to train. Golden Retrievers are playful, patient and responsive to commands which makes them which makes training and forming positive habits a breeze. The only drawback to their nature is if you’re wanting to train a guard dog – Golden Retrievers are much too friendly and more likely to lick a person to death than frighten the off your property!
Collie – There’s a reason Lassie was a collie (if you’re too young to remember Lassie….Google it!). Collie’s are known to be calm in a crisis, independent yet loyal and consider the entire family worthy of protection.
These dogs learn quickly and easily. Collies have a gentle, laid-back personality. They are also clean and quiet around the house, and they housebreak easily. Collies have “incredible herding and protecting abilities but aren’t regarded as too intelligent — or too proud — to crave your attention and approval.
Once you’ve established commands like “sit” and “stay,” try new tricks to keep the collie brain sharp and energy in control. Since they tend to bark a lot, it might be worth it to start training there first.