As with any dog breed, there are unique traits, and quirks that you have to take into consideration before you bring your puppy home.
To make your life easier, we jotted down some of the most important areas that you need to be aware of before beginning your journey of Husky ownership!
Huskies are notorious escape artists, as such an incredibly intelligent and high energy breed, they are bound to get into mischief – and one of their favorite pastimes is the “Let’s try to escape” game!
Your yard should have a tall solid fence of six feet high with netting or concrete into the ground as these little scamps sure can dig.
Of course, it’s possible to teach your dog that digging, and running away is not acceptable – but through the adolescent stage – your Husky is bound to push the boundaries, and he’ll want to break the rules!
We’ve all heard that first impressions count, and the same is true for our poochy pals, so it’s important to consider how you’re going to introduce the other furry and non-furry members of the family.
As cute as your new puppy may be, it’s vital that his first intro with his new family is as calm as can be, and on neutral ground.
Intro each person one at a time, make it brief if there are a lot of people to go through, your puppy is only young, and he’ll get tired pretty quickly in new surroundings.
Before you introduce your kids to their new puppy, it’s important to sit them down and remind them that Fido has just left his Momma and siblings for the very first time.
Therefore they need to be really kind to him, and try to stay quiet and calm in the first few days!
Introducing Other Pets
As we mentioned above, introducing your pup to others on neutral territory is important, and that’s especially true when introducing other pets.
Your puppies instinct is to steer clear of other animals territory to avoid any fights, so when you introduce them on neutral ground, for example – the park in front of your house your new puppy won’t feel as nervous!
Establishing Alpha Role
The Siberian Huskies roots go back thousands of years where they lived with the Chukchi people, however – even though this dog has been domesticated, they have also spent much of their lives within their packs.
Working as sled dogs has meant that their pack instincts are strong, and instead of seeing this as a problem – it can be a great benefit!
If you work to establish yourself as the Alpha within your teeny tiny pack, you’ll have an incredible dog that listens to you, is obedient, and feels like part of your family!
The Husky is prone to being aloof if he’s not socialized adequately from a young age, but the good news is that this breed is such a big goofball that loves people and new experiences!
So as long as you introduce him to new situations and people from puppyhood, he’ll thrive in a hustling and bustling environment.
The Husky lives to please his family, and if you start him off with obedience training as soon as you bring him home, you can look forward to having a lovely well-trained member of the family!
Having said that this breed likes to test the limits to keep himself entertained.
A great idea to keep him focused on being a good boy instead of a cheeky monster – is to spend ten to fifteen minutes per day doing some obedience training – even once he’s reached adulthood!
Did we mention that Huskies love to escape?
There are two tricks to crate training a Husky successfully, and they are:
1. When crate training, always exercise him thoroughly before you pop him into the crate – this way, he’ll learn that a crate is a great place for a nap.
Ideally, you should get back from a walk, pop him in the crate – and sit right beside him with a nice tall glass of iced tea!
This should be seen as somewhere to be calm, to relax, and to hang with his favorite human!
2. Make sure that your Husky always has adequate mental and physical stimulation, if he’s bored he’ll become destructive; but always remember that this isn’t a malicious move on his part, and if it happens – don’t use negative reinforcement.
A Siberian Husky puppy ideally needs five to ten minutes of exercise per month of his life. Therefore a three-month-old pup will need 15 – 30 mins twice per day!
Puppyhood is the easy part, as your pooch will be napping a lot while his body works to grow.
Once he reaches maturity, you’ll be looking at two to three hours daily of exercise.
Preferably will more exercise on the weekend.
Just walking your Husky around the block for a couple of hours isn’t enough, this is a highly intelligent breed, and he loves having a job.
Even something as simple as teaching your Husky tricks, or having him carry a pack while you go out on a hike will give him a real sense of purpose and hopefully save your backyard from being dug up.
While the unique double coat of the Husky he is perfectly able to survive in cold and warm weather – however, with such a thick coat he won’t be as comfortable in hot and arid climates such as Arizona or Dubai.
There is a trend for owning Huskies, but please do consider whether it’s the kindest decision for the dog before making the leap.
Not to mention, if you live in the desert, chances are; you won’t want to be out walking for three hours every day!
A relatively fuss-free dog, he requires little grooming and no clipping – in fact, clipping the coat is advised against as it will damage the natural protective qualities of his coat.
If you walk through the countryside daily, it’s worth running a brush over his coat for a few minutes, especially around six months of age when his coat is becoming his adult coat.
It’s always important to vaccinate your puppy following your veterinarian’s jab schedule to a tee.
There are some vaccinations that are required by law, but this varies by state so you should check with your local veterinary center to determine which are needed.
Also, if you’re an avid road tripper and cross state lines, make sure that your vet is aware, as this can affect which vaccinations are required.
Puppies are sensitive little guys; their skin is incredibly delicate, and so are their bellies – for that reason, parasite infestations affect them much more than a mature pooch.
You’ll likely spot some obvious symptoms of a parasite attack, including:
- Weight Loss
- Pale skin and gums
If you do notice one or many of these symptoms, it’s worth heading to the veterinarians as immediate treatment is incredibly effective.
Owning your first Husky is a learning curve, it takes time to figure out what your puppy needs, and nobody expects you to be perfect from the get-go.
All you can do is keep learning as much as you can, and do your best for your little ball of fluff!
It may sound like a lot of work, but if you’re ready for the responsibility, the rewards of dog ownership are well worth the work.