Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Rachael_Astro last won the day on February 24

Rachael_Astro had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

1,828 Sled Dog

About Rachael_Astro

  • Rank
    Long Term Contributor
  • Birthday 12/03/1986

Other Profile Information

  • Real Name
  • Location
    North Wales
  • Country Flag
  • Occupation
    Credit Controller
  • Biography
    I live in North Wales with my other half and 2 crazy huskies Astro and Koda!
    I do a lot of charity events such as Tough Mudder and I have a degree in Sports Science.
    When I first left school I was an apprentice mechanic for Vauxhall! I do still have an interest in cars and I especially like old Fords such as Mustangs. I wanted to be a mechanic for the Vauxhall BTCC team!
    I am quite good at drawing and when I was 10 I came 3rd in a national competition to design a poster about caring for a dog for NCDL (now called Dogs Trust).
    I'm also a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and I once trained with Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones before she stopped doing TAGB Tae Kwon Do
    I also enjoy DIY around the house, volunteering at my local animal rescue, watching rugby league and football (Liverpool supporter!), watching BTCC and the TT, and going on days out to interesting places such as National Trust buildings

Recent Profile Visitors

2,790 profile views
  1. How on earth did you know?! [emoji33][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  2. Why are you responding to old topics most of the people that started these topics don't even use the forum anymore. Just trying to stir trouble! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  3. Seriously love you need to back off you're doing my swede in You think a prong collar is better than a halti, you clearly live on a different planet Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  4. Oh wow you could turn your house into a museum! I don't collect anything really, me my mum and sister used to collect TY beanies we had a few hundred [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  5. I do know what I'm talking about thank you very much, they are banned in Wales and the RSPCA are campaigning to get them banned in England too at the moment. I work with dogs and I'm fully aware of how they work Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  6. Shock collars are disgusting they have been banned in my country and many others. Training a dog by implementing fear and pain is not training at all, it's bullying and one day the dog will snap. Of course huskies howl, all dogs bark or howl, if you don't like the noise get a goldfish. And pacing is caused by Boredom and/or stress, give them something to do or take away whatever it is stressing them out, don't shock them for doing it! And you think a shock collar is good for helping seperation anxiety?! How on earth does shocking your dog stop anxiety! Jesus Christ Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  7. Why does she need to pm you? This is a forum so any advice should be given publicly Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  8. Astro and Koda investigating all the new stuff [emoji87] Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  9. I'd say take away the pads completely they just teach a dog it's ok to go inside If you catch him about to go inside stop him and take him outside, give him lots of praise for going outside Take him outside at regular intervals and he will soon have a routine. I've got 2 huskies one is 2 years old and he has never pooped on a walk, only at home. The other didn't poop on a walk til he was about 3 and a half so it's not unusual for them to wait til they get home Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  10. There's no need to pick her up to cuddle her, it's only natural for a puppy to be picked up by their mother when they are very young and that's probably why she's being grumpy. If she's going to be around children in future she's going to be far too big to be picked up, there's no value in her being picked up so only do it when you really need to Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  11. Can I ask why you are picking her up? Some dogs just don't like being cuddled unfortunately and it's not a case of 'doing what you want', you have to respect what the dog does or doesn't want. I've got 2 huskies - one will literally crawl on you for attention and he loves cuddles. The other however is like a grumpy cat, he likes his own space, hates cuddles and will only come to you on his terms. There is nothing you can do to train them out of this, it's just the way they are! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  12. He feels like he needs to protect you so you need to show him you don't need protecting. Teach him to wait outside the room and not follow you, use where the door is as a divider but don't close the door. If he tries to cross the boundary say ah ah and make sure he moves back. Do this when you're on your own at first then build up to when you have visitors. Start in the other room where he can see you and then progress so you can go behind the door and he doesn't come in. If he blocks you when out on walks move him behind you and put yourself between him and the 'danger' With the waiting outside the room you don't have to do this all the time but often enough for him to learn [emoji4] A protective dog is an anxious dog so he will be a lot more relaxed once he realises you can look after yourself Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  13. Ahh the chewing! Unfortunately this is something they just have to grow out of. I spent £300 on new kitchen cupboard doors that had been chewed, had to get a plumber when Astro ripped out all the pipes from under the sink, bought a new sofa after he ate an entire arm, re-plastered a wall and replaced skirting boards he had chewed. Welcome to the world of husky puppies! No amount of toys will be as interesting as some good old home furnishings, my advice is crate train her when she's on her own and if you catch her chewing something say a firm no and give her something she can chew instead. Chewing can be a sign of boredom so give her plenty of mental stimulation like food based puzzles or hiding toys and treats for her to find Regarding small dogs and cats, some huskies are ok with them and others aren't. I socialised Astro with small dogs from an early age and he's fine with them, but Koda my rescue isn't at all. They are a high prey drive breed so if the cats run her instinct to chase will kick in! With you having 2 female dogs you might find there are some dominance issues there, but it's also going to be a lot for a 14 year old dog to cope with a young bouncy big puppy! Make sure your old dog has her own space and try to keep them apart sometimes so she gets some peace Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  14. Puppy pads aren't great as it's just teaching them to toilet inside. If he's already been trained a bit maybe he just needs to get used to his new environment and work out where it's ok to go? I got a rescue boy at 7 months old and he poo'ed in my house at the top of the stairs a few times over the first couple of weeks we had him but it soon stopped! Just keep taking him out at regular intervals he will get there eventually [emoji4] they will eventually have a routine, if you catch him about to go say no and take him outside, same if you see him sniffing around a lot Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  15. Happy Gotcha Day Amy! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners