Experts' Hardest Dogs to Train

Training a dog promotes owner-pet bonds and is gratifying. Due to their intelligence, activity, or stubbornness, some breeds are harder to teach.

Trainers, behaviorists, and veterinarians have identified the 15 hardest breeds to train, along with training advice.

Dr. Angela Hughes, a prominent DVM, PhD, and geneticist at Wisdom Health, notes that the Afghan Hound's reputation for being less clever.

This breed values important directives, which can mislead regarding its intellect.

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Training Tips: Keep them engaged with positive reinforcement and brief training.

Afghan Hounds are easily sidetracked, so be patient.Jack Russell Terriers are smart, but their boundless energy and hunting instincts make concentrated training difficult. 

This combination of qualities requires a special training method to maximize their potential, says recognized veterinarian and animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar.

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