Siberian Husky – 7 Things I Wish The Dog Books Had Told Me
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Siberian Husky – 7 Things I Wish the Dog Books Had Told Me

I saw my first purebred Siberian Husky puppy about 20 years ago. They were the most beautiful, lively and charming puppies I had ever seen. I was simply enchanted with a gorgeous red and white female with blazing blue eyes. She seemed to return my admiration, so I paid the breeder and off we went to share a beautiful life together. Before we moved into happily ever after, she taught me a lot of things about huskies that somehow get left out of all the dog books.

The Nasty Husky Phase

When husky puppies are between the ages of 7-24 months, they go through a phase of the nasties. This is typically the time when many huskies are surrendered to shelters because their owners just can’t take the nipping, the destructive behavior and the frequent body slams any more. If you are patient and give firm training, you will be rewarded after their second birthday. That is usually the time your husky will magically transform into the most wonderful dog you have ever had.

They Are Marvelous Escape Artists

Your fenced in yard may seem secure to you, but to your husky, it is a challenge. These dogs have an amazing ability to escape from the most securely fenced in area. Therefore, you should never leave them unsupervised in the yard.

Sour Stomach

Huskies are prone to a condition known as “sour stomach.” This has two major implications for the dog owner. First of all, that darling, fuzzy adorable puppy can emit such strong smelling gas that she can clear a room in 30 seconds!

Secondly, huskies have a lot of digestive issues which may require special dog food. They are also finicky, like cats, about their food and may reject food that they ate with gusto the day before. Because of this, many husky owners make homemade dog food for their dogs.

Keep Them Leashed

What do you call a husky off leash? Gone! They take off and keep going. Somehow, they just never find their way back. You should never let them off leash unless you are supervising them in a fenced in yard. The positive side of this is that you can take a lot of walks with your dog and strengthen the bond between the two of you.

They Are the World’s Worst Watchdogs

These dogs are so friendly; they consider strangers to be people they haven’t kissed yet. When the doorbell rings, they are ready to greet the stranger with wagging tails and huge grins on their faces. They also seldom bark. They will stand silently at the window, watching the stranger’s approach while wagging their tails.

They Are Stubborn and Independent

Husky owners will often chuckle when the subject of dog training comes up in a conversation. We know that our dogs know exactly what it is that we want them to do; they just really don’t care! Of course, they can be trained, but it does take patience and a lot of hard work. The best approach is one of cooperation rather than commands.

They Will Steal Your Heart (and Your Bed!)

For all of their quirks and faults, Siberian Huskies are charming. Once you are lucky enough to share your life with these beautiful, intelligent, funny and amazing dogs, you will soon find yourself head over heels in love with this breed. Just be prepared to sleep on the edge of your bed for the rest of your life!


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