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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Sibe Vibe - Can huskies live in small apartments?

Hiya everyone!
Saturday is finally here!
After a long week, I am welcoming our weekend with open arms!

Are you all ready for the Sibe Vibe?

We are taking part in Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop.
Share any photo, sepia style! OR just hop around to the thumbnail links below this post to see what others have created with their sepia shots.


Before I start my Sibe Vibe, I have some exciting news to share!
Most of you know my partner (AKA my lovely mother) and I,  have just opened our own pet related jewelry store, Pawz 'N' Clawz jewelry. I am happy to announce we have made our very first sale!
Huge thanks to a fellow blogging furiend of mine Teresa from Time for Poodles.
Teresa bought herself our beautiful Poodle charm bracelet.

Now, on with the vibe!

I have a ton of Siberian Husky pals on FB, Twitter, you name it! I often get asked this question : Can a Siberian husky live in a small house or apartment?

The answer is yes!


So today's husky fun fact of the day is just that . . . huskies CAN live happy lives in smaller spaces.

I have heard time and time again that you CAN NOT own a husky, or any medium to large breed dog for that matter, if you live in a small space.

This is not true.
Yes, huskies need exercise, and a lot of it for that matter.
Yes, they are energetic.
Yes, they like to run and play.

There are many ways to achieve this, and still have a happy content dog while indoors.


~ Outside play

Take your dog outside often. It is not enough to just let them out to do their own thing. Play with your dog.
Huskies, more often then not, will not be into playing a game of fetch. They will sort of look at you like "You want it? You fetch it!"


But there are other things you can do with your dog outside besides fetch.
Ever hear of a flirt pole?

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Flirt poles are super easy to make!
As you can see in the photo to my left, a flirt pole is nothing more then a toy connected to a rope which is connected to a pole! Take your dogs fav toy, tie it to a rope, tie the rope to a pole, and your set!
Stand in one spot, and swing the toy around and watch your dog go after it.

~ Walks / runs

Taking your husky (or any breed) for walks every day is crucial when living in a small space. If you are a jogger or a runner, that's even better. I learned something about doing walk/jog intervals over at my pals Slim Doggy's blog, and I gotta tell ya, for those of us who do not jog, or are not used to jogging, this technique works great!
Walk for 2 mins, jog for 2 minutes, walk for 2, jog for 2, and so on.
If there is one thing my huskies like to do, it's RUN!

Another great outdoor activity is going to a dog friendly park.
I know some of you don't take your dogs to off leash dog parks because of the other careless humans that can cause a lot of problems for our dogs. However IF you know the people there, and know what time they will be there, it can definitely be a lot more fun for you AND your dog(s). And your dog will get some great exercise.


~ Indoor exercise

Mental stimulation is just as impawtant as physical.
You can achieve this is many different ways.
Nose work for instance.  Take a few high value treats and play hide and seek with your dog. Hide the treats in a corner, underneath things, or in whatever nook and cranny you find. Don't make the game to difficult, or your dog will just not be into it.

There are also some really great treat puzzles you can buy for your dogs as well. These are excellent to stimulate your pets brain!
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Another way to use nose work is to take 3 or 4 boxes, and choose 1 box to hide a couple treats in. Let your dog sniff out the right box, then reward with the treats beneath it.

Our pets need to exercise their brains the same as humans do. These tips are a great way to start!

Huskies are a working breed. It is in their blood. They like to feel useful.
Giving them a few boxes and asking them to search for treats around the house, will make your husky feel useful.

I could go on and on about the different things you can do with your dog, but I will save that for another post. If you follow these steps and provide your husky (or any breed) with the exercise they need, they will be just as happy in a smaller house or apartment as they would in any other larger house.

A tired husky, is a happy husky!

Do you have questions about Siberian Huskies?
Feel free to ask me any question you might have, in the comments below, and I will do my best to provide an answer on next weeks SIbe Vibe.
You don't have to be owned by a husky to be curious. Ask away!

What do you do to exercise your dogs?

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Have a great weekend!




50 comments:

  1. Great points! My greyhounds lived in my apartment without a problem. Diligent walking and some dog park activity was plenty.

    Terry from MatildasJourney.com

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    1. Exactly! And Greyhounds have a ton of energy as well!
      Exercise is key, but it can be done!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Glad to hear you made your first sale! Congrats!! The girls love to play with their puzzle games...it is important to keep their minds stimulated!!

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    1. Thanks so much!!
      Puzzle games are great! My huskies love them too!

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  3. Glad to hear about your first sale on Pawz 'N' Clawz!! Congratulations guys!!! I just knew it wouldn't be long! :-D

    Even small dogs can have extremely high exercise levels - if you live somewhere small, spend time outdoors exercising! Its surprisingly simple if you think about it, isn't it?

    Lots of Woofs from Earl and I at Earl's World!

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    1. Thanks Earl!
      It is a simple thing, some people seem to think it is impossible though!
      They think....big dog....small dog....high energy...there is not way we can get one, our house it just to small! Well I say BULL _ HOOEY! BOL! Get a dog, just make sure you give them the needed exercise!

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  4. Congratulations on your sale. Well done.
    We agree as it is not the size of the living quarters but how much outdoor activity that counts.
    Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly!
      Glad you agree!
      Have a pawsome weekend!

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  5. Congrats on the first sale ... woo hoo. When I was trying to place large dogs, I always told people that as long as they were able to exercise them enough, it usually does not matter how big a dog is. A dog can be in a large house and yard without getting enough exercise. It's all about the exercise not so much space.
    Love the flirt pole. Never saw one before but I just may have to make one for my guys ... Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much!
      Exactly! SO many dogs have huge houses to live in and still do not get the proper exercise that they need!
      Let me know if you make a flirt pole! I would love to see it!

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  6. Running is just the best :-)

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  7. Beautiful bracelet, hope you have many more sales, which I think you will. Lovely stuff. Thanks for all the great information about big dogs in small places. It's all about getting them out and exercising them. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much!
      Exercise is key to have a large dog in smaller places.

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  8. Congrats on your first sale! Wishing you many more! I think big or small houses, dogs need lots of exercise!

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks guys!
      Yes, I agree, big or small house. But a lot people who have a small house just thinks that there is no way you can have a dog. When in fact, it is very doable!

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  9. Congrats on your first sale! This is great information about having a dog if you live in an apartment. Keeping them busy and exercised in some way seems key. Around here, the more difficult thing is finding an apartment that will allow you to have a large dog!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you!!! I was so excited to see our very first sale!
      It is definitely key. A tired dog is a happy dog, and the more tired they are, the less destructive they will be in the end....which of course makes a happy human! BOL!
      Some apartments will deny you, your right. But that goes for a house or an apartment. It all depends on the landlord you happen to get.
      Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

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  10. Treat Puzzles are awesome. I'm tiny, but it used to be really difficult for me to learn. I play treat puzzles a lot, and mom says I'm easier to teach lately. She thinks my tiny brain is growing bigger and smarter.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    1. BOL!!! Well good! I am glad your tiny brain is growing!!! hahaha!
      Except i'm sure you are already super smart, you just choose when you feel like learning or not....right?

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  11. Those are great tips Jenna! I live in an apt/condo complex and there is a girl here who has a Husky. She walks it all the time! Dakota is a Sheltie (which is usually a high energy breed), but I think living with a cat has made him think that HE is a cat! We walk him (when he lets us! He doesn't love walks). I have played a treat game where I hide treats under cups and mix them up and let him find them. He also has a few brain teaser games. I love your idea of tying a toy to a stick (that's like a giant cat toy for dogs!) xoxo

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    1. Thanks Caren!
      Weird how some dogs like walks and some don't! My huskies highlight of the day is always walk time! The flirt pole is so cool! Dogs absolutely love it, and it is very low energy for us humans, as we can just sit still and swing it around!
      Funny how Dakota thinks he is a cat, I say that about my dogs all the time as well! BOL!

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  12. I definitely think Huskies can live anywhere with the RIGHT owner! Their energy level is a huge aspect of the Husky, if you want a Husky be aware of their strong need for physical and mental stimulation. One caution about Huskies in apartments is that they can be very vocal especially if left alone all day while the owner is at work. Not my first choice for an apartment dog, but if someone's heart is set on a Husky,your tips for mental and physical simulation are excellent for draining energy and eliminating frustration at being cooped up all day in a small space. Doggy Day Camp is also super helpful. Isis goes at least once a week and loves it. Weird timing, I just published a post about dogs that make great apartment dogs!
    Cathy Armato
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. Those are all great points! Thank you for raising that to our attention. They are very vocal, and that can sometimes be an issue, your absolutely right!
      Funny you did the same post! haha! I'll head over and check it out!

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  13. I firmly believe any dog can live in an apartment with the right owner. I myself prefer less active breeds so a husky isn't for me. I love them though. There was a man near me in manhattan with 3 or 4 and very well cared for
    Retro rover

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    1. Exactly! All it takes is the proper exercise and mental stimulation. Knowing when your dog has bent up energy, and allowing them to release it, they will be just fine in an apartment.
      Huskies are not a breed for everyone, that is for sure!!!!

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  14. We do see a lot of huskies in the city and we wonder the same thing. But we always see them in the park so that means they are getting exercise, I just hope enough! Love Dolly

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    1. I hope so too.
      As long as they get the exercise they need, both physical and mental, they do great in smaller spaces.

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  15. Oh that poodle bracelet is very cute! I have heard of flirt poles before, but kind of forgot about them. Good idea!

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    1. Loved that bracelet too!
      Flirt poles are so great, and so cheap and easy to make!

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  16. Concats on your first sale! We know anyone who loves their animal will do whatever it takes to keep them happy and in got shape!

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    1. Thank you!!!
      And yep, your absolutely right!

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  17. That flirt pole is a great idea! Congrats on your first sale! Awesome!

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  18. Congratulations on your sale! I'm sure many more will follow because the jewelry is beautiful. I am going to have to make me a pole for the boys to chase. Fun ideas!

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    1. Thanks Melissa, I sure hope many more will follow!
      The flirt pole is a great little invention!
      Let me know if the boys like it!

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  19. Husky pack in the outdoors!

    Hope you had a good Sepia Saturday!

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    1. I had a great Sepia Saturday!!! Thanks Ruckus!

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  20. Great advice - and thanks for the shout-out - I'm glad our suggestion works for you! ALl of these are great ideas - I love those flirts poles!

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    1. Thanks! And no problem. I use many of the tips I learn over at your site Slim!

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  21. Great points for keeping larger dogs in smaller spaces! And congrats on your first sale!

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    1. Thanks Kristen, and double thanks!!!

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  22. Love the idea of the flirt pole, might have to try that

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    1. It really is such a cool and simple thing to do!
      I'm sure Misaki would like it as well!

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  23. What great advice! It is nice to know that bigger dogs can get by in an apartment!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed our post :D

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