Caring for my siberian husky in the summer down south?
Topic: Reading homework tips for parents
June 17, 2019 / By Jordyn Question:
i live in new orleans and we have the HOTTEST summers around. ESPECIALLY WHEN AUGUST HITS! im talking 80 to 90. PUSHING 100.. we will be buying a siberian husky this summer from a professional breeder. she will not be born until mid april and given to us until the end of may. I have pretty much done all my homework on this breed but i still have many questions. i am a very active person and this breed is a working dog breed. so i plan to excersise with her daily(runs, jogs, biking) to keep her active. also going to parks and etc. my biggest concern is while doing these things is overheating and smelling afterward. i read that huskies do not really need to be bathed a lot and that they dont smell at all UNLESS in a humid climate! and due to how hot it will get down here i dont know. i have also read of people feeding their dogs frozen SEEDLESS fruit as treats in the summer to keep them cool. minus grapes..peaches..& pears. i plan to do this along with water ice cubes before excersise and after to keep her cool. i do NOT want to mess up her coat and skin by bathing her frequently or shaving. SO any tips to someone living in a warm climate with this breed? also tips on shedding? i was going to use some shedding shampoo but due to the fact that she will only be a puppy and huskies do not need frequent bathing i guess not. answers and advice PLEASE
Best Answers: Caring for my siberian husky in the summer down south?
Georgette | 8 days ago
If you are getting the puppy that young, you are not getting one from a reputable breeder. The breeder might be a "professional" but they are not reputable if they sell their puppies under 8-10 weeks of age. Does this breeder show their dogs? Are the parents tested for genetic health problems? If not, then stay away from this breeder.
I live even further south than you do. I've seen a lot of huskies down here. Pretty much, keep the dog inside with the AC all day. For exercise, stick to early morning/evening. It is just too hot in the middle of the day. If you have somewhere you can exercise the dog inside, do that. Search for a local facility that does dog sports and is indoors.
For shedding, just get used to doing a lot of brushing. You'll want to get a Furminator brush. They are great in removing massive amounts of undercoat in a dog with a coat like a husky.
And typically, many huskies hate being bathed. If you can get the puppy used to baths and train it to tolerate them, it will be much easier for you later on. I've bathed many huskies over the years. Some of them behave in the tub, others will scream and howl while desperately trying to escape.
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Originally Answered: My 8 weeks old siberian husky won a running race with a 4 months old sibeian husky read details.?
Then you're an idiot. And the previous question you asked about strongest dog, Sibes or Mals, who cares. Rather than ask silly questions suggest you do some serious research on how to correctly raise a Sibe.
Quote: ' To avoid crippling stress-related injury to developing bones and joints care must be taken not to over-exercise the growing pup'.
The owner of the 4mth old needs a reality check too - unless his pup was slower as damage is already setting in.
Really the breed is irrelevant, except for one thing - that this breed does need a lot of exercise.
All breeds will be struggling to cope in 40 degree Celsius heat. The important thing will be to not exercise in the middle of the day and at a guess this could extend from 9am to 9pm. Try early morning runs. Dogs need cool air to cool themselves, especially after exercising. So plenty of shade is required. Cool water. Ice is ok for sore gums, but not so kind on stomachs, so I'd just go for cool water which is fresh and isn't full of dog slobber. Remember to limit the water drunk directly before and after a run, but don't eliminate it entirely, he needs to keep his tongue wet and cool.
If you have air-con, you can keep the dog inside. Or have a fan blow the air around a bit and put him in the cooler parts of the house - remembering that as the sun moves, so does the house heat.
His nice thick coat should help keep the sun off somewhat, but I'd still keep him in the shade, because the air temp will be a degree or two cooler. In order for that coat to insulate him properly, it needs to be kept free of tangles, so regular brushing will be essential. Avoid the doggy smell by not shampooing him - just freshwater rinses.
Definitely no hot car rides or walking on hot concrete.
If he ever overheats, you can hold him in cold water, until his temp comes down and give water to drink.
Check for dehydration by keeping an eye on his urine occasionally throughout the summer.
Finally, siberian huskys come from areas around the Arctic and it can get pretty hot up there in the summer too, so they should be bred for hot weather to a certain extent.
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We've had a Siberian Husky for seven years, and live in the Chicago area. We have her shaved in the summer. She does fine. Like another answerer here explained, the Siberian's coat works two ways - to help keep them warm in winter and to help keep them cool in the summer. Just make sure loads of water is always available to them. And you might force to make them come in sometimes - in any type of weather. They love being outside year round.
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Please discuss all this with the breeder. she is the one that can give you reliable answers to all your Husky questions, especially about her own lineage, what to expect, how and what to feed them (make sure to get a weeks worth of food from her), grooming problems, heat problems, etc.
Be careful about ice cubes after heavy exercise...not a good idea.
Do things the way your breeder does them and you should do just fine.
Get information in writing so you don't forget.......take notes if necessary. double check anything youread here with the breeder to make sure it fits her line and isn't just mythical answers.
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Originally Answered: Siberian husky?
Ask yourself, why do you want a Husky? Because of a couple of movies maybe? It doesn't sound as if you have done any homework on the breed. They are NOT "starter" dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They REQUIRE a very experienced owner! And you don't sound like one at all. Listen to your parents!
Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone. Yes, they are beautiful. Everybody loves them. And they have many good points as well as bad.
Some of the good points:
1. They love all people of all ages.
2. They love company.
3. They are extremely intelligent.
4. They are easygoing and forgiving.
5. They are clean with little or no “doggy” smell. Some people who are allergic to other breeds can live with Huskies.
6. They are generally quiet. They rarely bark except in playing, but will “talk”
or howl like their wolf ancestors for no reason.
7. They don’t require a lot of food. (get good fuel mileage)
8. They are honest. Their body language and voice can be taken at face value
9. They are not fussy eaters and will eat pretty much anything that doesn’t eat them first. But they do require a proper diet. (see # 6 below)
10. They usually get along with other well adjusted canines but they will take up a challenge if offered.
Some of the bad points:
1. They love people …. any people. This is sometimes seen as a lack of loyalty.
2. I do not believe that there is a type of dog that could be friendlier than a Husky. A Husky may alert you by his actions (running to a door or window etc) but he is not a watchdog by any stretch if the imagination. On the contrary, he will invite the bad guy in and show him where the good stuff is. And then help carry it out! It's in the breeding and I doubt that you can train them otherwise. Even if you abuse them (we have several that were very abused) they do not become mean ... they will just shy away from you. It's possible that they may (or may not) defend you against an attacker (more likely with an animal attacker). He very well may be a deterrent to someone looking to do bad stuff .... a “hungry wolf looking” dog looking back at them through the window ....
3. They have a STRONG desire to run. This was bred into them over many hundreds of generations. It cannot be trained out of them in a few months of obedience classes. They MUST be kept in a secure area. And taken out in open areas on a leash. They are escape artists like a hairy Houdini. They have been known to jump or climb over 6 foot fences. If they can’t go over it they will go under it.
4. They are extremely intelligent and mischievous. You have to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. Don’t laugh. It’s true, they are smarter than
5. They are too independent and strong willed to make it through obedience training. (see # 4 above). They will know and understand the command but if they don’t see the point in carrying it out they won’t.
6. They are very keen and efficient hunter / killers.
7. They must be kept occupied. A BORED HUSKY IS A DESTRUCTIVE HUSKY! (see # 10 on below)
8. They shed. A LOT! Year round. Then twice a year or more they will “blow” their coats. This takes shedding to a whole new level.
9. They dig …. A LOT! You could rent your yard to NASA to train astronauts on.
10. They need company, either human or canine and will be miserable without it. Though they can survive outdoors they really need to be inside with their
11. They can live 12 to 14 years. Maybe longer. This is not a bad thing. But can YOU live with a 2 year old that long? That’s what it’s like with a Husky in your life.
Again DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Know what you are getting yourself into. If you can't handle the challenge unfortunately it will be the Husky that pays the price.
If you do decide that you can handle the challenge, go through a rescue group. DON'T go to a pet shop or a back yard breeder.
25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into. http://www.dogster.com/dogs/486763