My parents have always had dogs but it had never been practical for us to have a dog. After a great deal of thought we decided to get a dog. The Finnish Lapphund seemed to fit the bill when searching for a dog to suit our requirements – gentle, good with children, good with cats, trainable, happy to relax or come on long walks.
Q7. What were the most challenging aspects of training your dog?
I would not say the training was challenging but rather essential. Training in our house started from day one. Kimi has been very eager to please so spending time training him has been very beneficial. Kimi was at his most challenging at 10 months to about 18 months so this bought some issues around training during this time.
Q8. What could you train them to be really good at?
Now there’s a question. Kimi does not do fetch he finds it boring. He is also not fond of ball games. He likes doing tricks for treats – dance, high five, play dead, speak, catch etc.
He has also done well at more traditional training with -finish, down, distance down and heel.
Q9. How readily were they trained?
I have found Kimi very quick to learn. The effort and time you are able to put in is more the issue.
Q10. What motivates your dog in training?
Treats and excitement.
Q11. What motivates you in training?
Kimi’s keen and eager to learn. He is very clever.
Q19. How do they get on with family, children, friends and strangers?
There are lots of children popping in and out of our house. It was essential that I had a dog that would be fine with children. Kimi is great. He is nosey and likes to see who has come to the house but then goes and does his own thing. He is not a guard dog but a watch dog. He does not bark at the door during the day only at night. He has to lie down before I open the door so he can see who it is but is not allowed to approach until I say so. I am very conscious to make guests feel comfortable in Kimi’s presence.
Q20. How do they get on with other dogs in general?
In general he is fine with other dogs. He is not keen on Boxer dogs because he was beaten up by one as a youngster. He is assertive but has learned that we only tolerate polite behaviour with other dogs. If he meets and greets other dogs nicely he and they get treats.
Q21. How do they get on with other Finnish Lapphunds?
Fine with the ladies – not so keen on other male Lappies on his patch.
Q22. What challenges do they present on a walk e.g. chasing deer, squirrel hunting, swimming, poor recall, scared to leave your side?!
I would say Kimi is a very stable dog. He has been attacked badly twice and this has not affected his personality. He is assertive but has never initiated any trouble. He wants to be boss but returns to us at the sign of any trouble. He loves to chase deer and has caught a squirrel but did not know what to do with it until Mark shouted ‘leave it’ and he dropped it. .There are cattle on our common but Kimi is now so used to them he just ignores them. He is excellent most of the time but like most toddlers they will periodically try and take liberties. I try and spot this and back track on training for a week or so to get Kimi on track again.
Q23. Describe your dog’s personality using five adjectives.
Gentle, Clever, Calm, Vain, A real lad
Q24. Have you owned or been very familiar with other dog breeds? If yes, which ones?
Yes spaniel and schnauzer
Q25. How would you say the Finnish Lapphund compares to these breeds?
Has a definite personality and is very much part of the family. Much more trainable and sensible than both the other breeds. More eager to please than a schnauzer.
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