If you’re thinking about becoming a dog owner, chances are that you already have an idea of the kind of dog that you might like. This is a great starting point, but before you take home the next adorable puppy you see, there are a few things to consider.
While all dogs can be trained, some breeds seem as though they have an easier time learning commands. Choosing a pet by breed is a great way to assure they'll have characteristics you're looking for and behaviors that will align with your lifestyle.
The best breed for a first-time dog owner is a dog that matches your energy and attention level. If you want a dog that can go running with you, choose an athletic dog with endurance. If you prefer a lazy lap dog, then it's best to avoid high-energy dog breeds.
Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt (such as the word "sit"), an action (sitting), and a consequence (getting a treat) very quickly. Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training. Fortunately, certain dog breeds have relatively predictable energy levels, sizes, looks, and grooming needs.
Here are some of our favorite dog breed for first time owners:
Characteristics and natural instincts of dogs always vary and there are many other factors that can shape your dog’s character and temperament. Dogs who are easy to train often still need lots of your time and energy, the key is knowing what your pooch is built for and how to motivate them.
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“We have a 9-month-old Golden doodle who was basically running our house. We had taken her for lessons at other corporate places but when she would get home she would go right back to her old ways. We needed help with training at our home. Within a few short weeks of full potential k9 coming to our home and teaching us how to train her she is like a whole new dog. They also offer group classes twice a week that we will be going to in order to keep up on her training. We highly recommend Full Potential K9.”