Compared to humans, dogs have an incredible sense of smell, somewhere around forty times more powerful than our own. The dog’s world is filled with smells we can only imagine, but we can utilize their need to follow their noses not just to enhance our dog's mental and physical health, but to clarify communication and increase the bond between ourselves and our canine companions. Although the Finnish Spitz does not look like the typical hunting hound, they are frequently employed as hunting partners in their native country specializing in tracking and treeing animals like squirrels and grouse, although they have been known to track and confront elk and bears as well.
The Finnish Spitz is known for their unusual and penetrating vocalizations with a bark that can reach speeds of one hundred and sixty barks per minute, a sound much like a yodel that is extremely helpful in finding a hunting dog that has gone some distance from the hunter and in distracting game, keeping it treed until the hunter can arrive to dispatch the prey. Unfortunately, these dogs also have a tendency to bark at just about anything unusual, and with their loud, rapid-fire barking, this trait that can get very tiresome if there isn’t a good way to get them to quickly quiet down. One of the most effective techniques for teaching your dog to be quiet when asked is to begin by teaching them to bark on command first.
This breed of dog is highly intelligent and tend to be independent and strong-willed in nature. They do not respond well to harsh training methods, but when trained with gentle firmness they can become exceptionally well-mannered companions. Continuing with some sort of training is often particularly helpful in curbing the development of stubborn behaviors. In order to compete in advanced obedience trials, your dog needs to be focused on you and alert to your commands, behaviors that come naturally to your Finnish Spitz. Some pet parents may utilize video and books to learn the training techniques without the used of classes, while others prefer to have direct instruction. The cost for classes can vary greatly and the cost to enter competitions are typically around ten to fifty dollars per entry.