Having researched the Internet for dogs that were good for fur allergies, we then went to visit Toni to see if FL’s would be ok for Mark. We spent over 2 hours with Toni and her dogs and Mark did not sneeze once! Meanwhile the whole family had fallen in love with the breed.
Q7. What were the most challenging aspects of training your dog?
Initially Kisa nipped a lot and we found it hard to teach him bite control. Pulling on the lead is still something we are working on, particularly in the street environment as we have a lot of foxes and cats roaming around.
Q8. What could you train them to be really good at?
Sit, down, stay, recall (most of the time- unless there is a more interesting squirrel lurking).
Q9. How readily were they trained?
Kisa loves to concentrate on training particularly if food is a reward.
Q19. How do they get on with family, children, friends and strangers?
Kisa welcomes everyone as a potential playmate. With four girls in the house he is very well socialised.
Q20. How do they get on with other dogs in general?
Mainly great, sometimes he now ignores other dogs, or plays with very young dogs. On odd occasions he has growled and tried to intimidate another male but will stop when demanded/distracted by us.
Q21. How do they get on with other Finnish Lapphunds?
Loves all females, not keen on other males at all! In fact positively jealous!
Q22. What challenges do they present on a walk e.g. chasing deer, squirrel hunting, swimming, poor recall, scared to leave your side?!
None really, great with horses, ponies (haven’t tried deer) will chase squirrels but we don’t find it a problem as Kisa has good recall most of the time, good with passing dogs, runners, children, toddlers. Kisa does not like swimming but likes going in water in his depth.
Q23. Describe your dog’s personality using five adjectives.
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