We think it's pretty interesting how a dog that’s as friendly and cuddly as the Icelandic Sheepdog could have a historical bond with some of history's fiercest warriors but, as the old saying goes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Icelandic Sheepdogs are a breed of spitz-type dogs (dogs who are characterized by their full coats, pointy ears, and looping tails) who were originally brought to the land of ice and fire by Nordic Vikings. These ancient warriors employed Icelandic Sheepdogs as herding dogs who could keep entire flocks of sheep safe and organized. Activities like obedience training and agility training are key in order to help an Icelandic Sheepdog reach their full potential.
Herding training, tracking training, agility training - these methods are some of the best ways to help an Icelandic Sheepdog reach their full potential. But it's not all in the training; dogs, just like humans, perform tasks much better when they're treated positively and are adequately motivated. The best thing about most dogs is that is doesn't take much to meet those two requirements. Treat a dog with kindness, love and respect and that's all the incentive they really need to at least try and complete any tasks that you've asked them to tackle. Icelandic Sheepdogs are no exception to this trend, which is one of the reasons that makes them such great pets and companions - they don't need much more than a little love and respect to incentivize them to go the extra mile for their families.