Saturday, 15 November 2014

Yes sir, no sir? Not us huskies!

You must not be talking about Siberian Huskies if you think they are yes sir, no sir kind of dogs!

Fact of the week :

Siberian Huskies are independent thinkers.

When most people think of dogs, you think :

  • They aim to please
  • Play fetch
  • Do anything to make you happy
  • Will perform tricks on the spot
The list goes on.

If this is what your expecting out of a husky. This breed  may not be for you!

Siberian's are very independent, as well as highly intelligent, so they sort of look at you like
 " you want the ball? You fetch it!"
You can ask them to sit, but if it is not worth their time at that moment, they will look at you with a blank stare, or simply walk away.

This is not a bad thing, it is just a husky thing.
If you want a dog who will . . .  listen to you at all times, a husky may not be for you!

How do I get my husky to listen to me?

There are a few things you can do.
First, you need to "know" your husky.
You need to know the things he likes, the things that he sort of likes, and things he just does not care for.

High value treats are your friend.
Regular dog treats don't always cut it for a husky.
In my house, the big winner is tiny pieces of cheese!

Especially during training sessions. The higher value treat you use, the more likely your husky is to listen to you, which in turn, makes for a positive training session.

What exactly is a high value treat?

A high value treat is basically something they don't get every day, but something you know your dog absolutely loves! Such as cheese, or even tiny pieces of hot dogs.

For more info on finding out if a husky is the right breed for you, see my "Are huskies for you?" page.

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This post was brought to you by Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop.
Co hosted by Earl's World. 


  1. In other words, huskies are cats in disguise, haha :-)

    1. BOL! Exactly! It's funny, because huskies are incredibly cat like!

    2. MOL! That's exactly what we were gonna say!!

  2. Ha! Cheese wins in this house too!! I am SO glad that my two are food oriented!! At least if I am desperate for them to do something...like take meds...I can always rely on CHEESE!

  3. Hi Y'all!

    BOL!!! That sounds like my Human's Basenji! (You fetch the ball) Yep, just like you humans, not all of us dogs like doing the same kind of jobs! You got that so right! If only folks realized that before they got us...

    Y'all come on by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. If you were to breed a Husky with a Basset Hound; you'd not only have a bizarre looking dog but one of the most "independent" thinkers in the world. BOL!

    1. HAHA!!! That would definitely look like a strange breed!!!

  5. The girls are like that, too!! Zoe especially! She's a very independent thinker and sometimes convincing her that I know better can be hard work! :D

    1. hahaha!!! So you know exactly what I mean!?

  6. We get that because a Kuvasz is really bred to work without any human interaction, and GBGV's like to be stubborn ;)

    1. Ah no doubt you know exactly what I mean then!

  7. Lovely pic!. I've always liked huskies.

  8. We love to play fetch the ball.

  9. Huskies seem to have a lot in common with beagles! I always say that beagles are more like cats....very independent and stubborn too. Hope you're all having a great weekend!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

    1. I have actually heard that Beagles are the same way!!!
      My weekend is going great, hope your is too!

  10. It's so true that huskies need a special type of owner. One of the foster families with a rescue group where I volunteer was looking for a foster-to-adopt situation with a husky without really understanding the breed. They have a crazy house with 6 young kids, and picked out a really scared adult husky from a shelter. Yeah, that didn't last long and the husky had to go to a new foster home. The good news though is he WAS saved from the shelter and was adopted eventually.

    1. I am glad to hear he was adopted :)
      Too many people just don't realize things about this breed. They are a wonderful family member but research is definitely needed to make sure the breed fits your lifestyle.

  11. Vanessa took the words right out of our kitty-mouths!!!
    ...though if Waffles starts calling Katie 'husky' there's going to be trouble! ; )

    1. BOL! Ah, I think Katie would make a wonderful husky! Haha!

  12. cheese works great in our house too , works great for giving pills


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