GENERAL CHARACTERTICS LAPPONIAN HERDER
In Finland and Lapland the Lapponian Herder or Lapinporokoira is used to herd the reindeer.
In these countries this dog is used as a working dog and – nowadays - also as a sporting dog.
It is not a lap dog who will be content with being taken out for a 10-minute walk three times a day.
The Lapponian Herder is a dog which needs to work and be active.
TRAIN YOUR LAPPONIAN HERDER WELL. THEN YOU WILL HAVE A FANTASTIC BUDDY
The Lapponian Herders are fast and keen to learn. They do not enjoy monotonous/boring exercises. In the beginning it is sufficient to confront the pup with short and simple exercises and gradually make them more difficult. When the owner generates enough enthusiasm, you can be certain of success and positive feedback. Pay attention to the signals the dog gives, for example: yawning, leg lifting and tongelen is often not a question of being pigheaded or not being willing to carry out an exercise, but is more likely to be a sign of stress. This is caused because the Lapponian Herder does not understand what his owner wants him to do.
THE LAPPONIAN HERDER IS USED TO COVERING LONG DISTANCES
When the Lapponian Herder moves some distance away from you and you call him while approaching, he will consider it unnecessary to come to you. His reaction is: you're coming my way anyway. Whereas if you stand still and call him, he will respond and come to you. The difference between a German Herder and a Lapponian Herder is: the Lapponian Herder is far more independent and is not afraid to put distance between himself and his master, but he does have a Will to Please so it's possible to teach the dog to stay closer by.
Independence is often associated with a negative sense. The Lapponian Herder needs this quality to be able to handle a herd of reindeer and cannot be compared to a Bordercollie and sheep herding.
This independence becomes positive when you want to do dog rescue work. In this case a disadvantage can be an advantage when compared to a German Herder who wants to stay close to his master.
THE LAPPONIAN HERDER CAN BE RESERVED TOWARDS STRANGERS
The Lapponian Herder makes his own decision whether or not he wishes to be stroked by people he does not know. For the rest they are friendly towards strangers, children and animals provided that they are well socialized.
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR A LAPPONIAN HERDER TO WORK (BE ACTIVE)
This can be:
Dog Rescue Work
THE LAPPONIAN HERDER IS A REAL ALL ROUNDER AND ENJOYS MANY SPORTS
That's why a Lapponian Herder needs an active owner and regular exercise. The owner must have enough time to be able to do fun stuff with the dog. If it is not possible to take the Lapponian Herder out for long walks, then it is imperative that the dog should be mentally stimulated. How about a game of hide and seek?
Alternatively the dog will look for compensation activities and they are just the sort of things you do not need … biting, chewing and destructiveness.