Is a husky right for me?
Topic: C m&a research
July 19, 2019 / By Eryn Question:
In a few short weeks I'll be packing my things (or be finished packing rather) and heading off to Chicago.
Considering I'll be alone there for a while, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to get a dog for companionship. I've always wanted a Siberian Husky, but couldn't get one for a number of reason (went to school in FL so it was too hot I'm assuming for that breed of dog, my old townhouse was too small for a husky, b/c I've read they need a lot of room, etc.)
I've done some research on the breed and have learned:
Huskies like to RUN - which is fine with me, considering I'm in a very new place, it'll be nice to spend a few hours each day walking around and getting to know the area and meeting different people and other dog owners. He'll be sure to get plenty of walks.
They shed ALOT - no problem, I've got hardwood floors and a Swiffer Sweeper lol. The way I see it, I'll be determined to KEEP my bachelor pad clean.
They don't make good guard dogs - fine, I wasn't looking for one
They love to dig - that's ok I suppose. Its funny to me b/c I'm a landscape architect, guess I wont be doing much to the back yard lol.
They will run ....... away - My yard is fenced in (6'), and I'll just have to be careful during walks.
I do have a cat as it is, which is why I want to get a puppy. I've read somewhere that if I get him young, he'll learn that the cat isn't a living chew toy. I'll be sure to keep their interaction supervised.
Also my future yard isn't very big, but the people who live there before had two dogs, so I'm hoping it'll be good enough for my one. Besides, he wont be living outside, and the and the apt is pretty big with nothing fragile lying around that he can knock over or break.
I've never trained a puppy before, any advice on the process (when to start, how long, is there any outside help available)?
Is crate training an option during the puppy stage?
And for those who work during the day, is there anything you do to keep your husky happy? I've read the like the company of another dog, but I think one is enough, and as I mentioned before I'd like to make sure interaction between the dog and the cat is supervised.
I really want to make sure he'll be happy living with me. So I hope I covered a majority of the bases. Please don't hesitate to give any vital information.
Best Answers: Is a husky right for me?
Clarabelle | 5 days ago
You sound like your research! =D. Your gonna use the parent club referal, right? You can get most of this information from your breeder. I have never had a siberian =[.
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Originally Answered: How do I get my husky to see me as dominant to him?
Ugh, Don't do the dog whisperer.. his methods border on cruelty (choking dogs with their collars), and have even caused injury at his 'training clinics'. Below are some websites that speak about the cruel techniques employed by Cesar Millan.
As the person above me said, most of the dominance stuff is rubbish. Yes, animals know when you let them get away with something and when you don't, just as children know which parent will let them throw food on the ground.
As far as I can tell from your writing, you might need to work more on obedience training. Obviously your husky isn't being forcefully aggressive to you, so take an afternoon and get a delicious treat that your husband doesn't have access to, and work with the dog to listen to the sound of your voice. Work with the dog for 10 minutes, give it a 30 minute break, then go back. Some good things to work on would be "leave it", "sit", "go to your ____", "stay" and "move". Work to the point of perfection, even throwing in some new tricks, such as spin or crawl.
My own Akita used to listen to my fiance way more than me, he had a louder, deeper voice and the dog knew he couldn't get away with anything with him. That was until I started doing one on one training with the dog, and now he nows to listen to us both.
Here's a quote from a November 2004 article, Debunking the Dominance Myth By Pamela Buitrago, CPDT, CTC:
"The concept of dominance — or “alpha,” meaning the highest ranked individual — originally came from some studies of wolf packs in the 1940s. The concept was catchy, and when it trickled down to popular dog culture, it took hold with the power of mythology. It quickly became “common knowledge” that domestic dogs are naturally dominant or will become so if their people tolerate certain behaviors. These dogs, it was claimed, will constantly challenge and test their owners until they are forcefully shown human leadership."
Most 'dominance' is junk made up by some scientists that forced a bunch of unrelated wolves together to see how'd they'd "work out a pack". That's not how your dog sees you. Maybe that happens at the dog park, but not at home.
Originally Answered: How do I get my husky to see me as dominant to him?
You need to get involved in the dog's training as well. If the dog hasn't already been in obedience classes, that's a great opportunity for the both of you to get the human>dog relationship established. You should have a little training session before the dog is fed each meal to reinforce that you are in charge and that the dog isn't. NILF is a great training tool, and I also think that it could help your relationship with the dog. Huskies are not the easiest dogs to own, they definitely have their own mind, but its not an excuse for bossy behavior from the dog. Don't give up your position in the family to the family pet, and remember that obedience training will give you the tools to solve this and even future behavioral problems.
Ok. Firstly, no. Husky is NOT right for you.
Husky's are VERY pack oriented. If you're not 100% sure how to be a pack leader, they will walk, pee, and chew all over you. Seriously. And when people say Huskies like to run away, they mean that they like to run as fast and as far as possible, sometimes so much so that they forget where they came from. Not only that, but Huskies are escape artists. They are big, strong, and smart. They will figure out how hard they have to yank that leash to get it away from you. And if your yard is ONLY 6 feet, you'll still have problems. Huskies can dig under the fence, some can jump over the fence, and others will simply wait until a door is foolishly left open and then be gone. Huskies are also very VERY VERY prey oriented. Your cat prolly doesn't stand a chance. Unless you get it from 7 weeks old (as young as is advisable to get it), the dog will probably see that cat as food. Not necessarily of course. I have a few friends that have a Husky and a cat living as friends. You need to know what you're doing there though.
As a first time dog, skip the Husky. However, there is a silver lining.
There is a breed (very rare breed) called the Alaskan Klee Kai. They are basically miniature huskies bred to be companions rather than bulking sled dogs. They don't have the 'run away' gene anymore, they're smaller so they have smaller shedding amounts, and they are just generally more suited for the life you have in mind. Research that breed a bit more perhaps.
But really, I definately think you should skip the Husky. It's a hard dream to give up, but I just don't think you or the dog will be happy.
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Siberian Huskies have been known to jump fences up tp 7 feet. They are also very hard to train, and although a few hours walk a day doesn't sound like much it is a lot!
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Originally Answered: Husky or retriever? which one where?
As you sound as if you are at best a novice dog owner the Husky is not for you.
Don’t get me wrong, the Siberian Husky is a great breed of dog, and I wouldn’t have anything else, BUT 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 either of these breeds. And they are completely different. Huskies are NOT "starter" dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They REQUIRE a very experienced owner!
Health problems vary from dog to dog and so will vet bills. These also vary from area to area. Can't speak as to Goldens but Huskies are not all that difficult to housebreak.
Huskies are a special breed that most definitely is not for everyone. Yes, they are beautiful. Everybody loves them until they get one and find out how much work they really are. Then they wind up in a shelter or worse due to no fault of their own.
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 play ROUGH! Very rough. And they sometimes can draw blood. But it is still play.
11. 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 “pack”……. YOU!
12. 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.
13. Through bad breeding they can be prone to hypothyroidism, hip displaysia, both juvenile and adult onset cataracts, Zinc Deficiency Disorder, hypothyroidism along with other health issues when not well bred. They can also have separation anxiety which can trigger very destructive behavior.
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.