Training is one of the most effective ways to keep pets safe. When prospective pet owners start looking for a new dog, one of the first thoughts that may come to mind is trainability and whether some breeds are more trainable than others. The pet food makers at Honest Kitchen say that many factors can make a difference in how easily a dog will train, and breed is just one of them. Certain traits can suggest trainability, but how the animal was bred, raised, and socialized can also affect the quality of a dog’s trainability. The American Kennel Club reports that some dogs are more willing to comply with owners’ demands, while others are bred to work independently and may be less likely to immediately respond to their owners’ commands. Certain traits can make some dogs a little easier to train than others. For example, dogs that are food-motivated and enjoy being around people can be more easily trained than those without such traits. While there’s no guarantee a dog will keep up with training, here are some breeds that are generally considered trainable. • Border Collies: Collies are bright, energetic dogs that like to herd with their agility and intelligence. • Australian Shepherd: Another herding dog, Aussies naturally focus on their owners and are bred to work with those owners in harsh environments. • Doberman pincers: Dobermans are intelligent and attentive to their masters. They have traditionally been employed as guard dogs and require careful training and socialization to be tolerant of strangers. • German Shepherds: These pack animals fill many different roles due to their affinity for learning tasks. Like Dobermans, look for a well-socialized German Shepherd to avoid anxiety and mistrust around people. • Poodles: Poodles are popular because they don’t shed much, but also because they are an intelligent, obedient and versatile breed. • Golden Retrievers: Golden Retrievers aren’t the #1 family dog for nothing. Goldens are very intelligent and kind. They are often ready to do anything to please their owners. Labrador Retrievers also train well and are very affectionate. • Papillon: Small dogs are often nicknamed “stubborn” or “independent”. But butterflies are incredibly intelligent and trainable and are naturally focused. Pet advice site K9 of Mine warns that some of the smartest and easiest dogs to train aren’t necessarily the easiest to live with. They can easily get bored and destroy things around the house if they can’t keep their minds occupied. This is also a factor to consider when selecting a breed.