Today i'm going to go over what being "owned by a husky" is REALLY all about!
For those of you who don't know, every Saturday I like to do a post on some amazing Husky facts!
We all know that there are certain breeds out there that are just....well...not for everybody!
While the Golden Retriever, and Labradors are ideal for almost anybody's life style, some breeds are just not.
To own a Husky, or as I like to say, be OWNED by a husky, you definitely have know the facts!
Yes, they are very loving and highly intelligent and can make great family pets, IF proper care is taken to realize what this breed needs.
|My girls, Lexus and Mika|
So lets go over the basics of our beloved Siberian Huskies.
- High energy
But regardless of breaking the mold or not, they NEED exercise! A happy Husky is an exercised Husky.
They tend to become destructive and very stubborn if they are bored. So to be owned by a husky means walks...long walks...very often, at the very least once a day, but more is much better!
Jogging, even better!
Running around off leash, ex: fenced in yard or off leash dog park, as much as possible.
- Escape artist
I have also heard that it is best to even have a fence that goes underground a couple feet because if there's one major thing about huskies, it's that they like to dig!
A husky should NOT be trusted off leash, and I know I know, there are some people who will disagree with that, as I did at first but I learned my lesson the hard way, luckily I got Mika back when she ran...some are not so lucky.
A husky could be off leash all the time and be incredibly trustworthy, until one day....one certain smell, is enough and they will be gone.
Which is why a good recall is in order!
Even if your husky is never off leash, you should still have a great recall system in effect because of our "door darters" and any accidental escapes!
- Family pets?
With any breed of dog (not just huskies) you should always train both your dogs and your children how to properly act with each other.
Also a good idea (and what I do in my own home) is baby gates! Baby gates are a blessing when it comes to dogs and kids! I say that because lets face it, sometimes our dear children, both furry, and non furry, can get rambunctious so when that happens it is best to give the dogs their own space. And vice versa, when the dogs want to have their crazy play time, that should not be done around small children.
So give the dogs and the kids there own space to get away from each other for a while, and your golden! Also teach your dogs to be gentle with the children, and teach your children to be gentle with the dogs!
It drives me crazy when I see online videos of parents letting their kids jump all over their dogs, and pull their ears and just plain old being mean!
Then the beloved family pets who have taken so much from them for so long, end up "destroyed" because of a bite that could have been prevented!
- working dogs
Huskies are not just for pulling sleds! They love being family dogs! Truly!
And (see above) as long as you do things with them and they get their exercise, they are happy!
Stimulate them physically as well as mentally. Indoors, play brain games with them ex: playing hide and seek with treats around the house, making them think and sniff and all that stuff that dogs love to do!
And still I like to have a bit of fun with sled pulling with my daughters and my huskies. In the winter my girls love to pull my daughters around the yard in a sled with their harness on! And that's just for fun :)
Yes, you can keep it to a minimum with taking great care in their grooming.
However as i have said in one of my past Sibe-Vibes, at least twice a year huskies do a 'blow out'
which is when they blow their entire undercoat and it literally comes out in clumps of fur.
At those times, it is best to brush every day, but otherwise once or twice a week will do it, however a daily brushing is recommended.
|My Mika and her grooming tools|
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