Hey Dog Mom to be! We know you’re on the prowl for a puppy. You’ve hit refresh on the Animal Shelter website 322 times today and the pet stores have issued no trespass warnings. If you’re still on the fence on which dog is right for you, check out this guide to the 5 Easiest Dogs to Train for First Time Dog Moms.
Many first time dog moms are in love with the puppies but concerned about what it will take to turn their unruly puppy into a well-behaved hound. While all dogs can be trained, some breeds are easier to work with than others, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience.
The 5 Easiest Dogs to Train for First Time Dog Moms
Even if you aren’t an expert trainer, you can still teach these popular dog breeds new tricks without trouble and bring home the blue ribbon in obedience competitions every time.
Don’t be fooled by their good looks- these fancy dogs are sharp as a whip when it comes to training exercises. Whether you’re looking for a standard, miniature, or toy breed, Poodles of all sizes are highly intelligent and pick up on new tricks quickly. You can even teach your Poodle herding techniques, which can come in handy when you’re trying to round the kids up for bed!
Poodles have a relatively calm, even temperament makes them perfect as either a competition dog or a family pet. In general, they get along well with children and other pets.
2. Golden Retriever
While Golden Retrievers might not have the reputation of being the smartest dog breed on the block, they make up for their somewhat goofball nature with an unparalleled enthusiasm for learning. Golden Retrievers are more than willing to pick up any trick that you want to teach them, if for nothing other than the praise and cuddles afterward.
Golden Retrievers are a relentlessly playful breed that gets along well with children of all ages. They make a friendly and obedient addition to any family, even those that already have other dogs in the mix.
3. German Shepherd
There’s a reason that police academies train German Shepherds as their K9 companions. These dogs are easy to train and eager to learn, picking up new tricks with ease. They have impressive critical thinking skills that allow them to assess and adapt to new situations quickly, and they can be used as herding dogs, ranch hands, or guard dogs.
While German Shepherds are a smart and versatile breed, they do take some extra work. You need to keep their minds stimulated with jobs and tasks to do; otherwise, they tend to get bored. A busy Shepherd is a happy Shepherd.
Despite what gangster movies might have you believe, Rottweilers are a friendly and intelligent breed that make a fiercely loyal companion. As long as you give them plenty of TLC, you’ll find yourself with a well-behaved pet that’s a pleasure to train.
While Rottweilers have historically been used as guard dogs, their obedience and sharp intelligence also make them great police units, herding dogs, and even farm workers.
5. Border Collie
Border Collies are dedicated, driven, and eager to please when it comes to training. Possibly the most intelligent breed of domesticated dog around, Border Collies are a highly intelligent breed that picks up on new tricks quickly. They can learn new commands in as few as five repetitions.
In addition to being one of the smartest dog breeds, Border Collies are also one of the most energetic breeds, and they can be a bit more difficult to handle for inexperienced owners than other dogs. While training a Border Collie is simple, owning one takes time, love, and patience.
Of course, some of this is subjective and will depend on your particular preference and situation. Check out the video below:
By far the best piece of advice for any prospective dog mom: Be prepared. Owning a puppy will be rewarding beyond belief, but it takes a commitment of time, patience and money.
Finding a dog that easy to train can help ease the transition into full-fledged dog motherhood.
Then again, some people say the dog picks you! So keep your eyes and your heart open for your new furry best friend.
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