Dog breeds that are super easy to train

When it comes to getting a puppy, it’s important to know how to train it so that both you and your pet will be happy, you can fit into each other’s lifestyles and they will be well-behaved as adult dogs.

Obviously, this can be out of our control when rescuing an older animal, but for younger dogs from rescue centers or newborn puppies, it’s important to have a training plan.


Many dog owners will require a well-behaved, well-trained dog – this could be because of health considerations or physical disabilities, the size and shape of their home, or lifestyle factors. Some people might not have the time and resources to raise a dog who is less likely to be obedient due to early life trauma.

For the animal, a well-trained dog is a happy one, so it benefits everyone.

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Carolyn Menteith, dog behavior and training expert, and Kennel Club Accredited Instructor told Country Living: “Whether it’s puppy training, advanced obedience or merely a game of fetch, trying to teach an old (or young!) dog new tricks can be the perfect way for you to bond with your best friend and build your relationship.”

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How to train a dog

“Taking your dog to training classes is an important part of responsible dog ownership,” continues Carolyn. “At training classes, you not only learn how to train your dog but also help socialize them by exposing them to new environments and teaching them how to behave calmly around other people and dogs.

“It’s crucial to start young; socialization should start with the puppy’s breeder and continue the minute your puppy comes home. What might be really cute in a puppy-like jumping up – can be far less desirable in a large adult dog. Start as you mean to go on by teaching your puppy the skills they will need to be a well-behaved member of canine society.

Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (who have a nationally-recognized qualification), or the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (the largest dog training program in the country) are perfect places to start if you’re looking to train your dog or puppy.

“Instructors and clubs can provide training classes and practical advice for dogs of any age, size, ability or breed. All Good Citizen training clubs and Kennel Club Accredited Instructors across the UK can be found on the Kennel Club website.”


Here are some suggestions from the Kennel Club of dog breeds which are generally known for taking naturally, and easily, to training. Although intelligence is a component in a dog’s ability to learn, each will have its own distinct personality, natural instincts, and genetic heritage which will affect trainability.

Don’t forget! Characteristics and natural instincts of dogs always vary and there are many other factors which can shape your dog’s character and temperament.


Prized for its instincts and working ability, the Border Collie is thought to be the most intelligent and easy to train a dog. They have a lot of energy and love to work so they need owners who can keep them busy and provide a good amount of exercise and stimulation! Collies thrive at canine activities like obedience and agility.

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