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    Ice has finally decided it's time to get up and is sunning himself in the garden. Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    So I gave Dex his food and... You know what, I'm not even going to question it [emoji52]
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    If I walk Bandit he'll go and go and go and not tire out, taken him for a 3 mile run and we're both pooped [emoji90] Managed each mile in under 9 mins each so over the moon. Marathon in October here we come! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Dex is enjoying the snow in his own special way, lol.
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    (not entirely new to the site but I've been gone for about a year and a half after losing Dexter at 11 months due to a congenital liver shunt that couldn't be repaired) After Dexter having to be put down from his liver shunt a year and half ago now I decided to try again. Almost two months ago now I drove 560 miles total, down to MD, to pick up my little Jed. So far he's a healthy, energetic little Husky pup who loves to play and likes to eat everything (we have had one trip to the Vet for this already). He has a very sensitive stomach though which has lead him to a bland diet for the time being and some medicine to help harden up his loose stools. Other than that... he's presenting nice and healthy! I'm absolutely terrified of anything happening to him because of Dexter. He's a huge mama's boy and I'm so happy I finally went and got another Husky pup!
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    Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app Okami is now 5 months and he loves the beach!
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    We picked up our second boy today & are totally in love with him! He is such a gorgeous, playful wee pup - he is 9 weeks old and is a Husky/Akita cross. All is going very well so far, our 4 year old Husky/Alsatian Barnaby wasn't quite sure what was happening at first but with a bit of love and encouragement he is taking to his new baby brother well lol. Loki was a complete surprise for my 2 sons - so safe to say our household is a very happy one tonight. 2 huskies, a rabbit & 2 kids, ages 2 and 5. I just be mental lol! Let the fun begin... [emoji190][emoji7] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Niko in "full howl mode " Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
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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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    MY SUNSHINE DOESN'T COME FROM THE SKIES , IT COMES FROM THE LOVE IN MY DOG'S EYES Sent from my E6653 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    so its been a very long time since i posted some pictures. Amber is such a goof at times Amber just stood there in the river like this The elusive huskadile
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    Camping makes for a happy husky
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    When you leave your husband in charge for a few moments... Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Oops! Forgot the photo! ~ANGIE
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    She makes a good kindle prop Sent from my E6653 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Hi Thought I'd say hello - this is Sasha, a one year old Sibe - had her since she was 8 weeks old.
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    I was walking my two pups with my son today. A little girl told me "I can speak to wolves" and proceeded to howl.I told her to command my pups to sit and she howled three times over (while I secretly gave my pups the signal to sit). Both of them sat down. Then I told her to tell them to spin. She howled (while I secretly signaled them to spin tandemly). She let out a gala of guffaws...How cute was she? How cute are we
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    My indi-dog walking belt arrived this morning, very impressed with the quality, well worth the wait. Walking we will go! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    So today we took our 10 week old puppies out for a play in the snow. As you can see they had a blast! So fun to watch them trying to find their away towards the other side, lol. The snow is very deep.
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    Dakota enjoying her walk and we found a stick lol Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Good evening my name is dan and here are my little ladies Sasha and Diaz. We are hoping to compete in canicross events once they are older. I found this forum when searching for an enclosed park to take them for off lead training. And decided to become a member due to the sheer amount wealth of knowledge and advice. Also love the idea of husky camp!! Hopefully can make it next year also. Merry Christmas to you all. Sent from my SM-G935F using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Bug looking all cute
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    Facebook timeline and it does really paint a good picture...
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    Hey! I'm Jay, from Calgary, AB. I'd like to introduce my 10 week old husky to you all called Link! (yes we are huge zelda fans) He is getting very good at going outside to pee and poop, sleeps well in his crate, we just upgraded the size as he is growing so fast. Currently on royal canin medium pup food, 3 cups a day. He is so settled and loves life! we took him on his first walk in the outside world today as he got his shots 2 days ago! C
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    Going on our weekly extra long jog Mikah loses it at the sight of horses! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    I escaped up stairs and I'm not coming down. [emoji13] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    My order has finally arrived after getting lost in post and Sid making the whole order again!! It looks great, well made as ever and the harness is adjustable leaving room for growth! Cant wait to get out and try it [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Been to a new place to walk today, there are fields, woods, tracks and even a stream for a paddle and drink Amy loved it She was to tired to stand up to drink, princess!!![emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app And now shes properly pooped! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Hey all! Simka here with an update on how Snickers is doing. Well, from what mommy heard, Snickers and the boys had quite a scare last night. See, we have had some VERY scary funder and whitening storms in Maine at night. Big rumbles and wind and rain and flashes. Yikes! Well, Rachel was supposed to doggysit lastnight, and got there just as the storms started. All the boys were whimpering and pretty shaken. Poor Snickers Being the awesome compassionate human that she is, Rachel decided to let the boys have a delicious distraction from the storm: Apparently she was not going to let the boys have these, since they are her only new pair left (she started the summer with 5 new pairs!) But after seeing the boys so shaken and upset by the storms, she caved. The boys all crowded around her feet and after some major chewing and slurping and growling, the nikes were wrestled right off: Grizz and Rusty stole one and ran down stairs with it, while Snickers trotted into the guest bedroom. After a while, the storm let up and Rachel went to find the boys and her new nikes. Grizz and Rusty had snuck out the back door and headed out to their secret sneaker chewing stash in the woods. Rachel went into the bedroom and found Snickers: He had been lying on the bed the whole time having her new nike for yummy dessert. All 3 of the boys just LOVE that soft chewy white leather MMMMMMmmmm. It was soooo nice of Rachel to let them have her new nikes to help them get thru the storms. The only bummer now is that she doesn't have anymore yummy pairs of new nikes left Do you think she will get more? I hope! Simka
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    I'm new to Husky Forum & hope I'm posting ok.[emoji4] *ARMANI* & *ALINAH[emoji191][emoji191] Sent from my XT1585 using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Disclaimer: I'm on the laptop today which in a nutshell means that I'll put my touch typing skills to use and most likely end up a writing a novel similar to war and peace. I'll try not to but I'm not about to start making any promises I can't keep. I have a tendency to veer off into a magical world full of magical unicorns and rainbows, always have done. You should see my school reports....maybe you shouldn't acutally, they're pretty shocking! I'll give you a little bit of history on Ice for those who haven't heard it before. ..... We took on Ice when he was about 4/5 months of age. You'd think at that age that he'd still have a fairly simplistic and untouched frame of mind but unfortunately he had a pretty bad start out in life (to put it mildly) and what we ended up with was a tiny ball of angry, defensive fur. I always knew that owning a full blown husky was going to be a challenge but I didn't fully understand how much with all of his extra 'kinks' that needed to be dealt with. I needed a starting point to work with so I studied his 'language', sat back and observed his behaviours and what I learned was that he was very unhappy. My husband described him as a broken dog. I can understand why he'd say that but that's not my choice of words. He was also very, very afraid. You wouldn't think it initially as he appeared quite aggressive. He was actually really just reacting incredibly defensively to situations as he felt that 24/7 he was under threat of violence from anyone and everyone. Trust was a very big issue for him too. There were lots of little issues to overcome due to his defensive streak such as he'd growl at the kids if they walked past him but the main problem I identified as being the biggest threat was his food aggression. Whilst it was mainly dog based, we had 2 other dogs in the house who were getting hurt because he saw they had food and would literally leap at the bowl and bite any dog in his way. Not good for them or anyone else who ended up getting caught up in the fracas. so what did I do? Well basically I have worked in the childcare industry since I was 18. I always learnt that you had to start at the bottom and work your way up. In order for children to thrive, there's a pyramid of building blocks that are essential to lay down piece by piece before you're able to progress up. I applied this strategy to Ice. Firstly he needed his physiological needs met. He needed to see that he was regularly given food (separate from the others), he needed to establish a bond with one person (he chose me), he needed to be able to come to me for reassurance if needed and when he got up to something he shouldn't he needed to know that I would deal with him in a calm and even manner and with a calm but firm voice (easier said than done at times, in my head I was swearing a lot, lol). In a nutshell, he needed to be provided with a safe and loving environment. That took time to sink in for him. A lot of time. He bonded to me very quickly but he feared Paul very much. Anyone with a deep voice, or a loud or dominating demeanor were frightening to him. Personally I wouldn't call Paul dominating but apparently to Ice he was. I'll give you an example. One day Paul offhandedly asked him to get off the bed. Ice looked fearful but angrily stood up, faced him and growled. Ice kept fronting up and then suddenly urinated himself and hid under the bed. Paul felt terrible even though he hadn't really done anything particularly wrong. I left him there to calm down and then sat by the bed and waited for him to come out and get a fuss. It took a while and in that waiting time it made me evaluate that how humans see situations and how dogs perceive them can be very, very different. As time went by, he began to relax and learn that he was safe. He slowly started to come to life. He began to smile with his mouth open and his tongue hanging out. He slept upside down and ignored you if you passed him. He began to learn new things (sometimes good things, sometimes not so good, lol). He learnt to trust the family and he stopped over reacting so frequently. Now heading back to the learning new things. His development overall was significantly behind Bear's. Not because he wasn't capable but because he simply wasn't in the right frame of mind that was needed in order to progress. He had too many things to worry about to pay much attention to the training I was trying to establish. Training wise, I followed the nilif method (nothing in life is free) I told him to sit, he would and then he got his food bowl on the floor. He learnt that one pretty fast tbh, lol. The trickier one was tackling his stealing from others. I wanted him to learn that sitting and waiting was going to be his best chance of getting what he wanted. So I adapted something I learnt about sharing and taking turns for children on IEP's (I was at that time a special educational needs coordinator so wrote out goals I wanted them to achieve and setting out steps I intended to take to get there being realistic in my expectations). I sat all 3 dogs down in front of me with a bag of treats. I then went across each one and asked them to give paw and treated when they did. I started off with Ice initially but as he got the hang of it, I deliberately started leaving him till last as I went down the line. It worked pretty well for him. in fact nowadays he's the best trained out of all of them in that respect. I also practiced 'trading up' when he stole things and wouldn't give them back. Rather than stand tall and start demanding he drop it, which in his case would escalate things through fear, I calmly went and got something tasty and offered a trade. He dropped it and I gave him the tasty treat and took back the toy he'd snatched from Bear (not because he wanted it for himself but because he didn't want her to have it). AS he got more accustomed, I would offer treats less often and eventually he needed them rarely. I suppose in hindsight that there was a risk that this could have taught him that stealing toys would reward him with something good but in his case that thankfully never happened. Another thing I wanted to mention is the growling. I learnt that growling is not to be corrected, which lets face it goes against the grain. But think of it like this, it's a verbal "i'm not happy" and an early warning system that things are not good. If you condition that out of him, yes he'd stop growling but he'd still need to react somehow and that would have meant bypassing the early warning and instead going straight for the bite. Ice has never bitten a person, never really tried to infact. But it wasn't a risk I was willing to take regardless. That was his past. Took a lot longer than I thought to explain! On to today. This morning he was laying on the sofa and I was getting ready to feed the dogs. I called him last without even thinking about it. I led him past two other dogs eating their brekkies already (we've taken on another little dog, an adolescent Frenchie called Pepper, i'll tell you about her another time. Ice adored her, he mothered her to death when she first arrived and he's very gentle with her although he won't suffer her shenanigans. He'll flatten her with a single paw and hold her there till she quits, lol ). He payed no attention them and once he had reached his bowl, I left the door open and carried on about my business. No issues. No problems. It's been that way for a long time now and I hadn't really stepped back and thought about it until now. How unrecognizable he is now from that little angry ball of fur ready to attack. If we're eating, Bear and the little one will be right up close but not Ice. He will lay outside the room on the floor and simply wait. Wait his turn quite happily and patiently. Yes he can be a brat with my youngest still at times (my little son is 13 years old) but that's mainly because my son will haphazardly wave his food around in the air and Ice just sees that as an open invitation like my son is offering it up (we've tried explaining it multiple times but son doesn't seem to be aware he even does it). Basically he's come such a long way and i'm really proud of him. Trust is still an issue but he is becoming more open to other unfamiliar people and dogs. He wants to go and see them and is now excited rather than frenzied and scared. Just don't wrap your arms around him if you don't know him coz he'll softly growl and back away until he's comfortable and then try to approach you again to see if you'll headscratch him. lol. He's still bonded to me and I to him. We get annoyed with each other sometimes, he does like to vocalise everything. But his growls are completely different to before and very rare. If I ruffle his fur when he's sleeping i can typically expect to get a quick, soft "muuuuuum, stop bothering me please" followed by a sigh and him rolling over and going back to sleep. But that's pretty much all he's going to growl about. No different to my teenage sons who both moan at me all the time anyway. lol. Ice done good.
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    Louna thinks she's a cat Sent from my HUAWEI MLA-L03 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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    Kodiak in his bed Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
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    Waiting patiently in the car for my sister...okami is 4 months and 1 week by the way. He just seems so big. 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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    Congratulations to Blaze! January's Husky of the Month @BingBlaze n Skyla
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    Saturday fun [emoji7] [emoji240] [emoji120] [emoji269] [emoji263] [emoji173]
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    Hi my name is lee and we have a beautiful husky called Cody.. So glad we found this site its like wealth of knowledge and the app its great.... well hi to everyone i hope to learn more about the breed from fellow members
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    Today while dropping of some guests at the airport I found this little guy at the bus stop waiting for the bus to arrive Someone must've had some fun building this one, lol.