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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Siberian Saturday - A huskies purpose is to work...DeBuNkEd!

Hiya everyone.
We have a bit of a mixed post for you today.
Firstly, we are taking part in Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop.
You can link up too, just follow the linky codes beneath this post.

Before we get started on our Siberian Saturday post, we would like to take part in the blogging worlds tribute to a kitty named Sparkle.



I only discovered Sparkles blog a couple short months ago.
She has recently left this world. She was such a gorgeous girl, and she will be dearly missed.

To Sparkles mom :
We are so sorry for your loss, and we know Sparkle will live on in your memories.
We are here if you ever need anything.

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I have heard this topic a lot since belonging to several different Siberian Husky groups.

"Siberian Huskies are only happy when they are pulling a sled."

In other words, people think that a husky has to act as a working breed in order to live a happy life.

I am here today, to debunk that whole theory.
Maybe some of you will disagree. Maybe not.

Siberian Huskies were bred to pull a sled.
Bred to work.
The husky was developed to become the fastest breed to pull a loaded sled over a very long distance, in the bitter cold, and on very little food.
See my husky history page here.

However, over time the Chukchi people began letting their huskies indoors, and the breed quickly became a beloved house pet.

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Yes, they were bred for this.
No, they do not "have" to pull a sled in order to be happy.
Siberian Huskies are pawfectly satisfied living the family life.


However, the husky does have very high energy.
They do love to work, but this can be accomplished in other ways.
If you make your husky feel useful, they will feel fulfilled.


Give them some nose work.
Place some boxes around your yard, and put treats under one or two boxes.
Let them use their noses, and find the treats!

Play hide and seek with them.
On rainy days, this is pawfect!
Hide some treats in different corners of your house.
Don't let them see you!
Then let them go nuts! You can even coax them a little bit, towards the areas with the treats.
Once they find them, you can just see the proud look on their faces.

Take you husky for plenty of walks! They LOVE walks!
While your walking, you can even teach the mushing command.
We will cover those commands on an upcoming post.

And, if you do want to teach your husky to pull, you don't even necessarily need a sled.
They are happy to pull you on roller blades, a bicycle, or even skis.


What can you take out of this post?

Huskies do not need to pull sleds to be happy pets!
Keep your husky exercised, and busy, and they are plenty happy to be your loving household pup!

Siberian P.S. - These tips will also work to keep any other breed of dog happy and well exercised!



 Thanks for coming by everyone! See you Monday for our "OMD!" post.

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46 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. Just because they were bred for it certainly doesn't mean they need to do it to be fulfilled. I think we'd end up with a lot of horrible pets if our dogs only did what they were originally bred to do. German Shepherds would be sheep herders only. Who seems them doing that anymore? Nose work is my favorite way to keep Laika busy on rainy days as well, she loves it.

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    1. Exactly! I'm so glad you agree, and your absolutely right. Many dogs were specifically bred for things, but it's different nowadays. I wish everyone could see that point.

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  2. Sparkle's blog was one of the first I started reading. She was an inspiration.

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  3. Huskies sure are high energy! Our painter has two of them and those dogs really love to RUN!!! And Play!! Such beautiful pups though!! As are yours!!

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    1. Aw thanks so much! They do love to play. I have to say huskies are one of the most playful breeds I have ever known!

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  4. Exercise and fun is all any of us need and lots of loving of course. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Exactly! I couldn't agree more Molly :)

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  5. I've worked closely with a Husky rescue, and I agree with you totally. Of course, I have the same issue with my own five rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds. The breed may have been bred for hunting, but mine prefer hunting for the softest spot on the couch, and love to play and give (and get) affection. A friend was fostering a couple of Walkesr for me at the same time she was fostering some orphaned baby raccoons. I have photos of one of those raccoons sitting on the heads of those dogs. Of course, with the reccoons, they were released into the wild as soon as they were old enough, but those dogs really missed them. They never tried to hunt them, even though that is exactly what they were bred to do.

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    1. Wow! That was a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! I would love to see those photos! It sounds absolutely adorable :)

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  6. Great information. I agree that any dog can benefit from your "work" suggestions. Veruca loves the nose work and long walks.

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    1. Thanks Mark :)
      Nose work stimulates a dogs brain so much, that it literally mentally drains that energy. I don't think many people realize that a dog needs mental exercise as much as they need physical.

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  7. Great pics as always.

    Sparkle will be missed. She will always be in our hearts.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    purrsfulloflove.com

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    1. Aw thanks so much!
      Yes, she will be missed dearly. Sweet Sparkle was loved by SO many!

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  8. It was lovely for you to remember Sparkle. We will all miss her. Excellent advice on Huskies or any breed of dog! Your photos are fantastic!

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    1. Thank you. Even though I have only followed their blog a couple of months, I was and am, so sad to hear the news :(

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  9. So true! We don't have a sled for Isis, but we must keep her very well exercised to drain off all that excess energy. Doggie daycamp helps a lot when we can't get out to walk & hike enough. I'm dying to try nose work with her.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly!
      It sort of drives me crazy when people say that huskies are made for one thing, and that is pulling sleds. The statement couldn't be more false!

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  10. Our husky/lab X never pulled a sled, but we did put him to 'work' in other ways. He carried a backpack on hikes, which he seemed to really enjoy doing. We loved going for bike rides, walks, and playing mental stimulating games. His favorite part of the day was cuddle time on the couch :)

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    1. Yes exactly! There are plenty of other ways to provide exercise, other than "working" them.
      My huskies love their cuddle time as welL!

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  11. I see how happy your crew looks, so I know you are right!! Beagles were bred for hunting, but ours have been totally happy being house dogs. Cricket satisfies her urge to track a rabbit by tracking her ball!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. So you know exactly what i'm talking about. It is almost breed stereo type, for people to assume that since a dog was bred for one thing, that they are not happy unless they are doing that. SO not true! There are many ways to provide the needed exercise.

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  12. I agree. As long as "working" breeds have something to do to keep them occupied, they are perfectly happy. It doesn't have to be related to what they were originally bred to do. Great post.

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  13. I am so sad about Sparkle! :( I've been following her blog for years.

    I totally agree with you about the huskies.

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    1. Although I just discovered her blog a few months ago, I am incredibly sad for her and her family. She will be missed, that's for sure.

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  14. Yea, I was going to say that maybe that statement could be interpreted as they need a "job" to do to stay mentally stimulated. But you have some great alternative suggestions to sled pulling!

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    1. Yep, as long as they are exercised and feel useful, they are super happy to be in our homes. They love people and actually prefer to be around us rather then not.

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  15. Love your suggestions for keeping dogs entertained and "working" around the home. Great post!

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    1. Thanks! So glad you enjoyed our post :)

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  16. All dogs are happy when they have exercise, fun, and lots of love and attention!

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  17. We know in our house, we are all happier when Hailey is tired!

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  18. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  19. I’m glad that myth was debunked. Nice tribute to Sparkle. She’ll be missed.

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  20. Rest in peace Sparkle.

    Great post!

    Hop over to our blog, you have won an award!

    Love,
    My Dog Diaries!

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  21. So true. As long as I get a nice walk and ply with some friends, I'm quite happy chilling at home

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    1. Exactly my Mally cousin!
      I'm sure you know exactly what I am talking about!

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  22. Great post! Great suggestions! As a mom to five, I have them on both ends of the spectrum. I have my high energy ones, who need to have a "job" and get plenty of exercise and I have a few couch potatoes who are very content being just that! The key is they have an environment where they are comfortable, safe, plenty of room for romping, digging, and playing and as a result, they are happy and content to chill-out with us as they can exercise their minds and body every day whenever they like! They are wonderful family dogs...very social, but as you said they don't require a sled to be happy, but with their high energy and some creative suggestions, as you stated above, they can be very content! :-)

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    1. Thanks Dorothy and my sibe pals!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed our post!
      Mika out of all 3, is our couch potato. She does love to get out and play and have her exercise, but she is also very content chillaxin on the couch. :)

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  23. Great post! Thanks for busting that myth, you did a awesome job. I love the animated husky sled at the end!

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