When it comes to dog obedience, it’s not just about how smart the dog is. Some breeds can be incredibly intelligent, but also known for being stubborn. That can make obedience hit or miss. The dog breeds that tend to excel at obedience have a good balance of intelligence, eagerness to please, and enthusiasm for learning.
Here are some of the most obedient dog breeds:
Border collies are often viewed as one of the smartest dog breeds. Their intelligence, combined with the fact that they are quick to learn and very in tune with their humans, make them extremely obedient dogs. They also have a strong work ethic and thrive when given a job to do. But while they can be easy to train, they need lots of mental enrichment to prevent boredom. Otherwise, they can develop problem behaviors, such as destroying household items.
The German shepherd is another highly intelligent dog that was bred to be responsive and obedient. Thus, it’s no surprise that German shepherds are often used by law enforcement and as service dogs. These dogs are very loyal and protective toward their families. And without proper training and socialization, this can turn into aggression toward strangers.
Golden retrievers are popular family pets for good reason. They’re typically very affectionate, patient, and gentle, and they have an endearing enthusiasm for life. Goldens are known for being extremely eager to please. This, combined with their intelligence, means they’re very receptive to training.
Labrador retrievers share a lot of characteristics with golden retrievers. They’re another breed that is often trained as a service dog because of their smarts, enthusiasm, and calm and gentle nature. Plus, they’re known for having outstanding retrieval skills. Like with goldens, food rewards also work wonders with Labs during training. Just make sure to keep portions under control as Labs are prone to obesity.
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