Many dog owners become frustrated when training their dogs, each claiming that they must have the dumbest dog in the world.
A discussion of whose dog is THE dumbest could take a while, but the truth is that all dogs are intelligent, sometimes smart enough to outwit their masters! They may understand what you want them to do; they don’t feel like cooperating at the time.
While some dog breeds have higher intelligence levels than others, species are generally known to be easily trained have more of a desire to please humans than those breeds that are more independent in spirit.
Some dogs prefer to do their own thing and are harder to distract from instinctual activities, like trailing scents or chasing small animals.
These eight breeds, as chosen by a survey of 200 professional dog show judges, are considered among the hardest-to-train dog breeds:
Known for their superb ability to recognize scents, Bassets love nothing more than to be on the trail and are determined trackers.
The Basset Hound’s friendly, gentle nature has made this breed a popular family companion for decades despite a notorious reputation for being hard to housebreak.
It requires much time and patience to train a Basset properly, but it results in a wonderful companion for families with children.
Cheerful, affectionate little dogs who have an independent nature. Beagles are great dogs for kids, although they tend not to come when called.
They are likely to wander off following a scent trail and chase any small running animal, even your cats.
This large breed is intimidating in appearance, but a well-raised Mastiff is gentle, affectionate, and devoted to his family. Families who consider choosing a Mastiff as a family companion should have some experience with dominant dogs and commit a large amount of time their dog’s socialization and training will require.
Mastiffs make excellent guard dogs but should be professionally trained for this occupation. The owner should participate in training to control this massive dog and teach the methods to the family.
These tiny dogs are well known for their huge personalities. Pekingese are considered one of the most difficult dogs to train, with domineering and independent behavior that can create chaos when left unchecked!
Pekingese are extremely brave and willing to run the household if no one else shows strong leadership. This breed requires firm, gentle handling that teaches the dog its proper place in the household, never treated as a child or plaything.
“Small Dog Syndrome” results from an overindulgent owner; the victims have outsmarted their owners!
One of the most intelligent breeds, the Bloodhound is single-minded in his mission when tracking scents.
Much patience and gentle authority are needed to train a Bloodhound, but the result is a gentle, affectionate companion who loves nothing more than to go hunting with you!
Also called the Russian Wolfhound, this breed is aristocratic in appearance. Just like human royalty, Borzoi often does as they please.
They don’t care much if they please their masters but can be quite affectionate with their masters and other people they know well. Short, consistent training sessions work best.
These are often considered “one-person” dogs, although modern breeders produce Chows with a family-friendly temperament.
As a breed, Chows tend to be extremely stubborn and quite possessive of their owners. Naturally wary of strangers, they make excellent watchdogs.
Menacing in appearance, bulldogs are pretty gentle, affectionate dogs who love children. Bred to guard and control bulls, these tough little dogs need patient training but can be excellent family guard dogs.
Tips for Training a “Dumb” Dog
For your dog’s safety and your peace of mind, he needs to learn to come when called and the sit/stay/down commands, at the very least. Obeying your commands can prevent him from running into traffic or getting into a fight with another animal.
Some dog breeds are characteristically so single-minded and determined to have their way that they require great patience on the owner’s behalf. Working dog breeds, primarily, were bred to act independently in their duties, and our modern-day family companions still carry these traits.
If you’ve been struggling with training the dumbest dog in the world, then here are a few tips to put you one up on the dog. I hope your dog isn’t smart enough to read!
Short, consistent training sessions with positive reinforcement as a reward are the most effective way to train a dog who doesn’t seem to want to be trained. He’s not stupid; he’s bored by repetition. Reinforce your dog’s training regularly, even if he seems to “get it” the first time.
Keep your patience. Dogs don’t respond well to harsh words or being struck. Your dog will become distrustful of you and other humans. Use kind, gentle words but keep a firm attitude.
End training sessions if you become frustrated. You may have to accept that your dog will not be trained to follow advanced commands and love him for the goofy old critter he is.
Consider joining beginning obedience classes with your dog if you cannot train your dog to follow basic commands. Even professional dog trainers may become frustrated with hard-to-train dogs but can help you find the most effective training methods for your dog.