As with any dog, training should begin as soon as possible. Northern Inuits are intelligent dogs, but they can become bored and impatient so it is important to keep them stimulated and make training fun, interesting and varied. They are not for the novice owner and people who are experienced with the train-ability of a German Shepherd generally find Northern Inuits more of a challenge.

That being said Northern Inuits can successfully be trained to exercise off lead. However, they can have a high prey drive which coupled with their incredible sense of smell can make them prone to chasing and potentially hunting, particularly small animals such as mice and rabbits. This is something a new owner should be prepared to address through training, and recall training should begin as soon as possible. Some Northern Inuits, if introduced to livestock at an early age, will grow up not wanting to chase livestock, but as with any dog caution should always be had around livestock and dogs should be on a lead.

Due to their intelligence the possibility for Northern Inuits is endless. Some of our Northern Inuits are registered as Pets at Therapy dogs and used as assistance dogs, and many have successfully achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award Scheme. However, Northern Inuits tend to make very bad guard dogs due to their friendly and inquisitive demeanour, so the best you may get is a bark (although some Northern Inuits rarely bark and some prefer to howl).


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