Here you will find information about the care of both breeds.

Do allow HIM/HER plenty of rest.

Do have fresh water available at all times. Preferably, with one drop of Echinacea per bowl daily to strengthen the immune system.

Do try and find a diet (if you wish to change in time) that keeps him healthy and happy without too much “trial and error”. Complete feeds, like FISH FOR DOGS are the most convenient and very good, but the extras make it more interesting like adding fruit/vegetables/ herbs etc.

Do introduce your pup to herbs like parsley and if you cook any food, infuse with thyme, or garlic etc. It is very good for them.

Do put newspaper down for soiling near a door, but take him outdoors regularly in order to learn where to toilet.  If you want a special part of the garden for this, because you have children playing, take him there every time and use a phase each time like “Be clean”/ “Hurry up”/ “Penny time” whatever!

Individuals vary but you should not expect complete success before 16 weeks or even longer.  A lot depends on you and your management programme! Always be patient and never put him outside and leave him alone. Give lots of praise when he cooperates and bring him inside with encouraging words.  If you own other dogs, your task will be easier as bitches in particular show younger dogs good habits. (as well as bad!)

Do get him used to a little collar, but be careful that it can’t catch on any protrusions. Do have a disc made with your name and telephone number, to add to the collar.  Practise every day for a few minutes, how to walk on a lead.

Do brush him every day and look in the mouth/ears/over the legs etc in order to get him used to people touching him, especially strangers like a Vet.

Do remember that a quality life is his right, but over indulgence is not!

Do teach him to fit in with your life, not the other way round.

Do buy him his own dishes and not let him lick yours.

Do remember to allow your pup to have uninterupted sleep 4 or 5 times a day. Lack of rest results in a stressed and irritable puppy, who could react out of frustration and weariness. Shut him away from noisy children and household gadgets, preferably in his own bed/space. Use an indoor kennel (cage) if necessary, but for short sleeping periods ONLY.

Lapphunds will bark at strangers coming into the house. Do train them early to understand when you want them to stop and settle down to welcome visitors. Provided they are loved and given a quality life with lots of exercise and interesting things to do, they do not make nuisances of themselves

Do let your growing Lapphund have access to the outside whenever possible.  They are good house dogs, but love the outside!

Do introduce him to other animals in the house under supervision.

Feed separately until you are sure all are happy in each others' presence.

Do understand that Lapphunds are natural herders and will “round up” other dogs and children. This can be construed as “bossy” and “dominant” and may cause friction with other dogs and owners.  Put him back on a lead and introduce them when you are in control.

DO CARRY PLASTIC BAGS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES to clean up after your dog. It is very anti social not to.

Do carry the homoeopathic tablets, ARNICA (available from chemists like Boots) with you, which is excellent in bringing relief and healing for simple bumps and falls. Pop one into the dog’s mouth from the lid, not touching it with your fingers.  Anything more serious, please consult your Vet.

Do take him to Puppy Socialisation classes and perhaps some simple Obedience classes. (Ring me for a Canine Society in your area) It is wonderful for bonding with all of the family.

Don’t over-tire or bore him with training, just a little every day.

“Coming back when called” is the hardest lesson of all.  I always use an extended lead and keep “reeling in” the puppy with encouraging words and offering a tit-bit, until I am sure he has learnt to come back. Never use an extended lead near a road (use a proper lead) and only use it in a large safe area, like a park/field. When first let off the lead, keep calling him back to you and give the tit-bit reward. Your puppy will soon learn that it is good to return and this could save many anxious hours of looking for him if he runs off.

If you want to show your puppy and you could be successful, contact me about where to find the shows/schedules/venues and where to train for Ringcraft.  It is a lovely hobby, rosettes are fun when you win, but be prepared to lose from time to time.  You will often meet up with lots of other Lapphunds and their owners.

DO JOIN THE RELEVANT BREED CLUB. ( See link)

You will then find out about all the Finnish Lapphund “get-togethers” which you could come to, with your dog and other breeds, if you have them. 

Do keep up the insurance.  Vets bills can be very expensive and it is so important to have 3rd Party cover should your dog cause an accident. 

Don’t ever give your dog a COOKED bone. It is extremely dangerous, as is the fibre kernel of sweetcorn.

RAW meaty bones are part of my dogs daily diet and keep the teeth beautifully clean.  Read the book “Grow your pups with bones” by the Australian Vet Dr. Ian Billinghurst. ISBN 0 9585925 0 0 Most Libraries will order it for you. Then make your decision!

Don’t take him on long walks at too early an age. Remember that whatever distance the pup has to walk, he has to walk back ! Garden play at first. At around 6 months, about a mile and unlimited by 9-12 months. (within reason)

Don’t ever be too harsh. Lapphunds are very sensitive as they are traditionally a humble breed, especially bitches.  Usually only a scolding is sufficient if they jump up/ play bite or destroy things you should never have left around in the first place!

NEVER, NEVER strike him across the back or over the muzzle.

A firm voice, eyeball to eyeball should be enough!

Be consistent with your commands. Lapphund puppies are very appealing and if you let them get away with tricks early in their life you could regret it when they are excitable, energetic young adults.

Don’t let puppies jump up and down stairs, on and off the settee or in and out of the car at a young age. It can damage their growing bones and joints.  Use a baby gate if you wish to secure them, but where they can still see, smell and hear you.

Finally, if you have any worries, no matter how small, DO ring or email me at any time.  I am here to help and combined knowledge could make a big problem into no problem at all.

Tel: 01639 871497

Email: heatherhead1@sky.com

 

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