Today, I am going to go into some of the WORST advice I have came across when it comes to huskies.
Being an admin in a Siberian Husky Facebook group, you tend to come across some of the strangest questions, and advice that you could imagine.
Let's go through some random questions that I have came across, and some of the wackiest advice which was given by some people.
Q - My husky puppy bites my hands a lot, what can I do to stop that?
A - Bite him back - show him how it feels
A - grab him by the neck and slam him to the floor to show him who's boss.
A - Slap him on his nose
Q - My husky won't stop peeing on the floor, what do I do?
A - Go over to the spot he peed, and pee over top of it to show him this is your territory. (really?)
A - Rub his nose in his pee, yell at him and throw him in a crate or outside. (cruel much?)
Q - I am going to re-home my husky, I can't handle him anymore, all he wants to do is chew things
A - you are a horrible person for re homing a dog, your lazy and you need to keep trying!
Q - I need some tips on using a head harness for my husky to help with leash pulling
A - That is sheer laziness. Try training your husky instead of taking the easy way out
Q - My husky jumps up a lot, help!
A - When they jump, grab them by the neck and slam them to the floor to show your pack leader.
Q - My husky pulls on the leash, what can I do?
A - Use a shock collar
My thoughts on these?
First of all, when people ask for advice, they are seeking help, why not give helpful answers?
- Grab them by the neck to show your pack leader? HORRIBLE advice!
- hitting your dog? Never!
- Sometimes the only option someone has is to re home their dog. Dogs are for life, yes, but sometimes things happen, and it doesn't mean a person is lazy. No one knows the whole story.
- Pee over top of where your dog pees??? I mean......really? Nuff said.
- Bite him back...I have heard this before, and although I will admit, I have bit my dogs ear
(just playing around and DEFINITELY not for punishment or forceful.) It is not an answer to stop your dog from biting you! A dogs ears are super sensitive and you could damage them by doing so, not to mention it's just plain wrong!
**The questions and answers I posted above are very real!
I come across these on a daily basis.
Worst Advice people give on the Siberian Husky breed -
- You must be pack leader, you must make your dog submit to you.
- Grab your dog by the throat and pin them to the floor to show your leader.
- Don't listen to people who tell you huskies shouldn't be off leash, they can, people are just too lazy to train them.
- Never let your husky on your bed or furniture.
- Do not let your husky feel equal to you and your family. They are dogs not humans.
Oh my...where do I begin?
There is a big difference between making your dog submit to you, and gaining your dogs respect.
Gaining your dogs respect is the way to go. You must respect your dog in order to get respect back.
I would never EVER grab my dog by the throat and pin them down, I mean really!
And no, Siberian Huskies should NOT be trusted off lead.
You may think they can...you have some great success with it, until one day, that one smell, and that's all it takes for your husky to be 20 miles away before they even realize they are gone.
Positive training is the way to go.
All these things that tell you to force your dog to submit to you is so out dated, I could just go on and on. A dog (or any pet) IS a member of our family! Why make them feel lower than us?
I want my dogs on my bed, and my couch, I like spending time with them, I like the fact the my huskies feel like part of our family, because they are my family! Of course they are our children, and need to know we are parents and have some rules, but they are still very much family!
Together, we are a pack.
Do you consider your dogs family?
Did these questions and answers shock you as much as they did me?
Before you go, I want to give a shout out to Emma and the pups over at My GBGV Life for this paw-some collar I won in her giveaway! It is pink cammo, and the company even sent a little congratulations letter, and a bag of chicken crisp treats for my huskies! Which I think was a fantastic touch!
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