Lure coursing is an emerging dog sport that allows dogs that have a naturally high prey drive to indulge their instincts to chase in a safer and more controlled environment. A lure, quite often a white plastic bag, is pulled quickly along the field in a zig zag pattern by a series of pulleys, mimicking the speed and quick direction changes of fleeing game. While the sport was originally developed for sighthounds, other quick and agile hunters, such as the Norrbottenspets, are also good candidates for competition. This breed is even eligible to compete in AKC sponsored lure coursing events as a Foundation Stock Service breed, along with the Azawakh, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Portuguese Podengos, and Thai Ridgeback breeds.
This breed of small hunting dog has an unusually fast bark, around 120 barks per minute or so, and uses their bark not only to alert the hunter to where the prey is located but also to confound and confuse the animal they have cornered or treed. This unique and useful trait for hunting can become quite antagonizing when not in the field. It is important to get their barking at home under control as quickly as possible, and this is most effectively accomplished by teaching your dog to first bark on command, then to be quiet on command as well.
Parkour is a training discipline that was developed in France in the 1980s, which turns the everyday world around you into a constantly shifting obstacle course by using the objects in your environment, such as park benches, curbs, and even fallen logs, as the obstacles. While the parkour training method was originally developed for humans, it has quickly spread to the canine community as an exercise routine that both man and beast can conquer together. Parkour is an exercise technique that can be done just about anywhere, costs very little to participate in, and is constantly changing and adapting, forcing you and your dog to use both your mind and your muscles. Norrbottenspets were developed to chase a variety of different creatures through the rocky and uneven forests of Scandinavia, making them very versatile and sure-footed, good traits for a parkour partner.