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    So I tried to make a DIY backdrop, and this was the result. I'm still learning how to use my camera properly, but its fun to try out new things. And finally... The lighting and focus is messed up on this photo, but it still really made me laugh. Sent from my SM-G920F using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Training puppies today! Pixel is somewhere in the middle.
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    Play time [emoji7][emoji173] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Congratulations to Blaze! January's Husky of the Month @BingBlaze n Skyla
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    Got another shot from this morning. Usually about an hour before sunrise the sun starts lighting up the sky and clouds, reflecting a very warm orange and yellow light on the landscape. It usually only lasts a few minutes. Since everything is white around here it can look very beautiful.
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    Hi I'm new to the group. I'm sarah and have a 6 year old husky called Phoenix who I rescued last year, Just wanted to say hi to you all Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Remember taking my squeeky bone off me 2 years ago......
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    For those of you with gardens do not forget to give your dogs a gift they will enjoy a husky gate Wouldn't your dogs just love it
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    Zero is our 1 yr old female Husky that we live with. Yes, we live in her world. She shares her world with our three children whom she loves and our 10 lb, 12 yr old min. Schnauser. He is her best friend. He pretty much hates her but she doesn't care, she plays with him anyway. She is an avid hunter and brings me "trophys" and leaves them at my bedroom door, so proud of herself that I hate reprimanding her (birds, mice, squirrels, whatever she can catch). She loves "gardening" in my greenhouse (the plants rarely survive), and swimming in the pool (and using the livingroom couch to dry off). Her favorite place to play is in the bathtub (especially if the shower is running) and her favorite pastime is hiding anything and everything she possibly can in the couch cushions. So that's Zero in a nutshell and she is the light of our little family.
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    Shadows just been spayed Tuesday and is just starting to be normal again but she won't get out of treacles bed Sent from my HTC Desire 530 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Saturday fun [emoji7] [emoji240] [emoji120] [emoji269] [emoji263] [emoji173]
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    So we have full on shedding this afternoon. I noticed a few tufty bits so thought I would give her a quick brush. She is not amused [emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    My world[emoji288]Diesel and Misty [emoji170][emoji171] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Good news. The vet cleared her from dysplasia. A physical checkup was performed. There were no iregularities from her rear legs. No xrays or lab tests were done yet. Im hoping she will not develop the disease. Sent from my SM-N9208 using Tapatalk
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    Well this was mylo pretending to be a fence got stuck had to break the fence to get him out he won't do that again lol might be wishful thinking on my part . Still can't get over how fast he is growing anyone on this from Edinburgh would love for him to have a husky friend ? Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    We have booked our hotels for when we travel to and from camp and I just wanted to share these dog friendly hotel incase anybody else wanted them on the way up (after visiting Droitwich) we are staying at The Castle Hotel in Bishops Castle, Shropshire... And on the way down we are staying at. The Black Horse Inn., Thurnham, Maidstone... Both hotels are dog friendly and have no problems with 3 dogs even Huskies at all...which cannot be said of other dog friendly hotel that seem to think Huskies are a large dog breed...
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    Australian Cattle Dogs make good guard dogs, there's 2 by me and they are terrifying! But to summarise husky guard dogs: Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    shadow still won't get out of treacles bed Sent from my HTC Desire 530 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    I've started shopping. Sent from my iPad using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Hi everyone, I'm not sure if some of you remember me and Mishka but thought I'd pop in and say hello and give you a little update. As some of you might remember, we moved to France a year and a half ago, Mishka absolutely adores the countryside, she is now 5 going on 6, and we will be celebrating her 5th gotcha day this summer. She has really settled down as she as gotten older and we have completely gotten over her seperation anxiety, thanks to Dante the staffie. Here are some recent photos Sent from my SM-G920F using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Finger crossed, I'll have a whole caravan this year instead of my 'flat pack'. Sent from my iPad using Husky Owners mobile app
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    I woke up this morning finding them doing synchronize sleeping. I guess Prince really takes on his older sister Queenie's habit to the core.
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    Di has made the first one who will win this year... More being made as we speak...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170218/da9d7a634a0367e343e4ce36fb7ddf87.jpg[/ Snow had a long good day! Meeting friends and taking bath lol Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    A really good article about the topic from the Sibes and Sled Dogs website: Why Can’t Siberian Huskies Safely Go Off-Lead? This is one of the constant questions raised about Siberian Huskies. You would think it would be enough that: every responsible Siberian Husky owner will tell you that it is not safe to let a Siberian Husky off lead in an unenclosed area, every ethical Siberian Husky Breeder will tell you that it is not safe to let a Siberian Husky off lead in an unenclosed area, every single Siberian Husky rescue organisation IN THE WORLD will tell you that it is not safe to let a Siberian Husky off lead in an unenclosed area; and that every single Siberian Husky Club IN THE WORLD will tell you exactly the same thing. Now these people and organisations don’t take this line for fun, or to “big up” the wild nature of their dogs, or to try to keep the breed exclusive. They take it because it accurately reflects the bitter experience of thousands of owners worldwide over a long period of time. However, this obviously is not enough because there are still a steady stream of people who just don’t believe this unanimous and ubiquitous message. When you give examples of Siberians which have been killed, caused accidents or been shot by farmers for killing/savaging livestock, the doubters come back with, “But you could say the same about any breed!” – and to be honest, in many respects they would be right. Too many irresponsible owners of all kinds of dogs let their dog off lead with little thought for their dog’s safety, the safety of other animals, or the safety of the public. That is not for discussion here though. I want to explain why, in my opinion, it is never safe to let Siberian Huskies off lead in unenclosed areas. So, why is the off-lead thing such a big deal with huskies? What makes them different from other breeds? There are two major factors, both embedded deep within the history of the breed. The dogs we now know as Siberian Huskies were originally developed by what are known as the “maritime” Chukchi people of North East Siberia who relied on dogs for transportation during the frozen winter. Other Chukchi groups relied on Reindeer for both food and winter transportation. The maritime Chukchi lived in fixed summer villages along the Bering Sea coast, but during the arctic/sub-arctic winter, became nomadic – following and hunting whatever game was available. The Chukchi would load their whole families on their sled and using teams of up to 20 dogs, would hunt all winter, sometimes covering 100 miles a day in their search for food. It was originally estimated that the Chukchi’s dogs had been in existence for some 3000 years, but recent archeological research has found the remains of sled-type dogs going back well over 10,000 years. Indeed, the Siberian Husky has been recognised as one of the oldest dog breeds known to mankind, so they have had a long time for their instincts and behavioural traits to become hard-wired into them. The two major factors I mentioned above are: an extremely strong Prey Drive; and a fiercely independent intelligence. Prey Drive – The source of their prey drive is simple. During the summer, when they were not required as transportation, the Chukchi dogs ran free around the summer villages, rarely being fed by their owners, but existing (if not prospering) on what they could steal or catch. As winter came and food became scarce the dogs once more became sled dogs (of course not all the dogs returned – accidents and natural predators accounted for some, but at least there were no roads for them to be killed on). This pattern of behaviour was built up over a period of time which has been estimated as long as 10,000 years. As a result of millennia of such behaviour, these dogs now have a fearsome prey drive and the hunting skills to match. It is very common to hear that someone’s huskies have killed cats, rabbits, squirrels, birds (ours have taken birds out of the sky as they fly over our garden at low level) and even sheep. It is rare that they regard even small dogs as “prey” as they seem to be able to recognise a fellow canine. Independent Intelligence – You will occasionally hear dog trainers complain that huskies are not “trainable,” and you will consistently see them left out of lists of “The Ten Most Intelligent Dog Breeds” etc. The problem with such trainers and such lists is that they confuse obedience and “biddability” with intelligence, and, in reality they are not at all the same thing. Train a Border Collie to fetch a ball and it will tend to retrieve the ball time after time after time. Train a Siberian Husky to fetch a ball and it will do one of two things – either eat the ball, or bring it back once. The next time you throw it the sibe will look at you as if to say – “You threw it! YOU get it back! Do you think I’m that stupid?”When you give a trained Border Collie a command, you usually get instant obedience. When you give a command to a Husky, the Husky actually thinks about it before deciding to comply or ignore the command. This may sound like bloody-mindedness, but it is in fact a deeply ingrained survival trait for arctic sled dogs. Think about it. You are the lead dog on a sled team pulling your Chukchi owner and his family across the frozen sea ice. Your owner shouts for you to turn right down a trail between a line of ice seracs as he knows this is the way to get to a safe camping area for the night. As lead dog, you can see that a right turn leads you to the edge of a deep crevasse and you refuse to make the turn. It is this intelligence and independence of thought which has been bred into Siberian Huskies over thousands of generations. An example of this came from Leonhard Seppala’s famous lead dog (and hero of the 1925 Dipheria Run – Togo. One day, Seppala was running his team, led by Togo, over the sea ice of the notorious Norton Sound, “Togo had been leading his sled across the sound during a northeastern gale on another occasion when, a few miles from shore, Seppala heard an ominous crack that let him know the sea ice was breaking up. Togo headed toward shore even before Seppala could give the command, but drew up short so fast he nearly flipped backwards. A yawning chasm of water had opened almost at Togo’s feet, but the dog had reacted quickly enough to avert immediate disaster. Seppala looked around and realized with dismay that he and his team were trapped on an ice floe and headed out to sea. They spent more than twelve hours on that raft of ice, waiting as it drifted in the icy waters. Finally it neared land, but ran up against another floe that was jammed against the ice still connected to shore. They stopped moving, but there was still a five foot gap of water that Seppala couldn’t hope to cross. He tied a lead onto Togo and heaved the dog across the water. Togo landed on the ice and sensing what Seppala intended, the dog began pulling with all his might, narrowing the gap between the two ice floes. Then the lead rope snapped. Seppala thought he was a dead man. Then Togo, showing himself to be possessed of more intelligence and resourcefulness than most men could expect from even their lead dogs, leaped into the water and grabbed the broken end of the lead rope in his jaws. He clambered back onto the ice and continued pulling until he had narrowed the gap enough for Seppala and the sled to cross safely.” As it was with Seppala’s Siberian dogs, so it is today with our Siberian Huskies. No matter how well trained your Sibe is, there is always a part of his/her mind that, when he/she hears an instruction thinks, “Is it a good idea to follow that order?” and also, “What’s in it for me?” – When you combine that independence of thought and keen intelligence with the high prey drive, you can see that obedience when off lead is a very dodgy prospect indeed. Huskies don’t help themselves in this regard. It is often found that husky puppies will act in extremely obedient ways for the first few months of their lives. I have lost count of the number of owners who have told me their Sibe is the exception that proves the rule and is ultra-obedient. Upon further discussion, it almost always transpires that the dog is a puppy – 4 or 5 months old! Sibe puppies can lull you into a false sense of security – then puberty hits, they realise that they don’t need you, and all bets are off!!! We have been interested in Siberians for 20 years and have owned them for 17+. During that time we have personally come across at least one owner each year whose “highly trained” Sibe has “gone deaf” for the first and last time and ended up dead under a car, shot by a farmer for savaging livestock or having caused a major traffic accident. The common theme is that all these owners quite genuinely believed that they could train this trait out of their dogs; that their relationship with their dogs was so good that their dogs would always respond to the recall command; and that the recommendation of every husky related organisation IN THE WORLD was nonsense and that they and their dog were somehow special. Unfortunately, these owners learned the hard way with tragic consequences for themselves and their dogs. The plaintive, “He/She’s always come back before” is a common refrain in these tragic cases. This is exactly the naive “I know better than every Siberian Husky organisation in the world” attitude which unfortunately leads to the deaths of too many Siberians each year. My wife is an expert dog trainer. I have seen her achieve things with Sibes (and other dogs) that I would have thought pretty near impossible. All our adult dogs have excellent recall and obedience and are often a source of amazement to people who regard sibes as untrainable. Yet neither she nor I would ever let our dogs off lead in an unsafe/unenclosed area because we know that their recall can never be 100% and they are much too precious for us to risk. Having said all that, we believe strongly that all Siberian Husky owners should train their dogs in recall. We always recommend that people train their Siberians to recall IN SAFE ENCLOSED AREAS to as high a level as possible. Even in the best regulated worlds accidents sometimes happen – dogs slip their collars, snap their leads, escape from cages etc etc – and if you have trained your dog to recall, at least you have a chance of getting it back. Such training cannot be guaranteed, but at least it’s a form of insurance. Talking about insurance – a message to all those who, despite all the evidence and arguments, still insist on letting their dogs go off lead in unenclosed areas – get some public liability insurance. If your dog goes off lead and causes an accident or kills livestock – YOU are liable. On second thoughts, maybe it’s not worth it! The fact that every single Siberian Husky organisation in the world advises against letting them off lead, the owner whose dog caused the crash or killed the livestock could be liable for huge damages, as in legal terms, it could be argued that by acting against such universal informed advice, they had been incredibly negligent in letting their dog off lead in an unenclosed area and that this obvious negligence would invalidate their insurance. Just a thought! – Mick Brent Dreamcatcher Siberian Huskies The Siberian Husky Welfare Association (UK) Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    The way I tell the onlead/offlead scenario is of a mate who lives in the 'States. Has 3 Huskies, all raised from pups, all equally trained in recall and 2 he can never, ever let off and 1 he never has to put on. All down to the individual dog and how biddable they are. Sadly, many think it's just about training and that their dog is that dog that'll always return - sadly, we've been out helping find dogs that have run off. Even sadder, we've not found them before tragedy has struck I've a boy, 11+ years old, had terrible SA and still suffers. He's got off and just run - luckily in a very rural area (little traffic) and known to be owned by me by the local farmers (so less risk of him being shot). Needless to say, none of our 6 are let off (except the German), unless in the garden (6 foot fence) or a secure area (which we visit regularly)
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    Hi, letting her onto the bed to train her is not a good idea. The bed is your space, however letting her on to train her will make her feel she's in charge. For her to actually bite, this is a serious case of possession and you need to correct it now before she gets any bigger as this could get really dangerous. I would do desensitisation training with both food and toys just in case. Teaching her 'leave' and 'give' are going to be really important. Every Time you take something from her, give the 'give' command and reward her with a treat when she gives nicely. Only do this one or twice at a time - imagine if you were trying to eat something and someone kept taking something from you, it would get annoying! Be calm and confident when you do take things away as she will sense if you are even a little bit nervous. The same with the leave command - start with low value toys and treats and work up to high value ones, make sure you are rewarding good behaviour. In case this develops with her food too, try hand feeding some of her food. As she's eating, stand near and throw bits of food into her bowl so she associates you being near her food as something good. Don't try and take her bowl away as she's eating, but get her used to you being around and near her food. Also make her work for her toys and food. Give her the 'sit' or 'paw' commend etc before giving them to her. Also make her stay and wait away from her food bowl while you are putting it down. Teach her 'wait' and make sure she stays until you give her a command that she's able to go to her bowl. If it gets any worse or not any better, you will have to get a dog trainer round to your house. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Hi, my Name is Andrea and this is Louie. The best decision I have ever made. We found him at the local Humane Society. It was love at first sight. We have had him for 6 months now and he is 2 years old. This is the first Husky I have ever owned and I have lots of questions. I was really happy to find this nice pack you have here and look forward to getting to know all of you. Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Mine must be old and stuck in their ways...the hear the clicker look at me then look at my hand as if to say if there is no treat in their I have a hope in hell...LOLOL
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    That's so lovely It's not a gate but our fence has a cutout for my girls and next door's boy,Yogi. That's because Yogi and Nana like each other and Avalanche can be nosy.
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    Got some new travel cages for the van (2nd hand ones) so straight away there were some new arrangements between Iwan and Alpha... will make some more pics tomorrow as these cages are bigger then my previous ones...
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    Have a look at 2;32 you can see me nearly having a tumble in the river....
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    The last few days I've been out and about to film some of the beautiful sceneries around here while the guests are out on the sleds. We got some beautiful sunrises/sunsets, lovely weather and relative calm days (for us) so it was the perfect time to do that. You have no idea how super happy I am with the resulting video
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    Good evening all! Long time no bark from! Simka here. I hope all you huskies and hoomans are having a good winter! Mommy and I have been well, but have had LOTS of ice to contend with. Our driveway is like an ice skating rink! . Grizz and family have been naughty as usual, but Bluedog's hip has been bothering him Nikes and reeboks have been scarce since the weather has been bad and all the humans are wearing their boots. Hmmph! It is supposed to be nice this weekend and I am looking forward to playing outside and rolling around in the snow!! Well, bark later! Simka
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    Hi all! Just look at how her coat changed over time! She was a light-brown husky and now it's more like a red-copper or dark copper I don't know hahaha The more incredible is that the time between the photos is just 2 months She was 4 months yo and now she is 6 months yo
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    Hello just joined this group and would like to say hello. Is there any husky meet ups/walks in the West Midlands please?
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    Hi everyone! I just wanted to make an introduction for the lovely little ball of fur (raptor) that I like to call Bruce. He's so full of ups and downs-this is going to be an exciting ride! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Now some pictures...
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    Our vet said one week after the 2nd injection so go based on what they say , some do say 2 weeks others don't , and like robke said 5 mins per month of age per walk so at 12weeks (3months) that's 15mins per walk , 16 weeks - 20mins per walk and so on , you can do several walks throughout the day tho and mental stimulation/training again like robke said really helps tire them out too Sent from my E6653 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Guess who's back [emoji6] Love the three huskyteers [emoji252] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Welcome to the world of huskies the dog that loves to eat anything and everything. I honestly don't think you have anything to worry about unless he starts acting sick. Toilet paper is easily dissolvable and as long as he didn't need like an entire roll they should be perfectly fine. My huskies are 8 years old and 4 years old and I've been through quite a few interesting food and non-food items that they be eaten and they've turned out just fine Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk