Having a Laekenois in the house means having a dog around that is loyal, gravitates to activity and offers an extra set of eyes that never miss a thing. Their intelligence and independence makes them a good match for those who prefer a dog that can provide a partnership rather than a dependency. However, with an intelligent breed in the house it is important to make sure the Laekenois keeps not only their bodies exercised but their minds as well. The Laekenois is one that enjoys keeping busy and having treat dispensing Kongs and plenty of chew toys ensures owners their shoes and other valuables stay safe.
As the Laekenois is a working breed, the natural independence in them will require obedience training right away. The breed does best with older children, especially when raised with them from the start. A family will need to be consistent in its approach to training and discipline as the Laekenois has a strong need for pack order to be established. Otherwise, he or she may cause conflict by choosing to obey only certain family members. Establish pack order is what keeps a dog from feeling confused and developing anxiety issues. Without a sense of security, these issues can be carried out in the form of separation anxiety, compulsive barking or nipping.
The Laekenois loves the opportunity to stay active. An owner that can provide their dog with a regular routine of exercise or even organized activity will have a much better behaved Laekenois. Small yards and spaces do not suit the breed as they have a natural predisposition for roaming. The more off leash time they can have, the more their innate character will genuinely flourish. It is not uncommon for owners to set up a small beginner's agility course in the backyard for their Laekenois. Not only does it help the dog learn the basics of an agility course, it gives them plenty of physical and mental exercise.
If an owner has not had prior experience with grooming and coat care, they may want to find a good quality groomer to help keep their Laekenois' coat healthy. The breed has a unique wiry coat that is well known for easily picking up grass, sticks or burrs when taking on outdoor adventures. To prevent mats, owners should expect to spend a little time each week combing and brushing the Laekenois' coat. A medium size slicker and stiff wire comb should be basic elements of the grooming kit. Though it is likely that burrs or other mats will have to be cut out from time to time, it is important to never completely shave the breed's coat. Convenient as this may seem, it will adversely affect the dog's natural ability to adjust its body temperature.