Definitions: (1) easily instructed; teachable; biddable; (2) easily led or managed; tractable

Derivation: Latin, “to teach,” “to be fitting”

Too Far: wimpy

Quote: Natural selection shaped the human brain to be drawn toward aspects of nature that enhance our survival and reproduction, like verdant landscapes and docile creatures.— Paul Bloom (1963-) Canadian-American psychologist

Comment: When you are trying to learn something, it is best if you are docile; that is to say, being attentive helps you be more open to new information.

Observations: Biddability overall, is a very positive trait to have in a dog. Biddable dogs are intelligent, happily follow directions, seek guidance, and are eager to be with their humans. They include: Australian shepherds, Border collies, Labrador & Shetland retrievers, English springers and Cocker spaniels.