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  • Birthday 12/03/1986

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    Rachael
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    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

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  1. Start with just a few minutes and build the time up gradually, you could try putting a crate cover over it to make it into more of a den for him so he feels safe. I give mine a Kong each with a bit of peanut butter in when they go in their crates so they see going into their crate as a bit of a treat and it keeps them occupied Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  2. I do love my dogs, there’s a difference between comfort and love! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  3. It’s perfectly normal for any puppy, especially huskies as they are not easy to train. Lots of patience and you will get there eventually Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
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  5. Hi as above really, he will be a bit clingy and unsure in a new environment and after having surgery. Avoid comforting him though if he’s displaying negative behaviour like fear as this will only reinforce the behaviour, the dog sees it as praise not comfort. It’s not unusual for a husky to ignore you when called, they have a what’s in it for me attitude and that coupled with their high prey drive is why they can’t be let off lead Some huskies are very aloof and don’t care about other people or dogs! Astro likes his own space and his mum and dad were the same Training I think is a waste of time really, training classes are good when they are pups for socialisation but if he is behaving well I don’t see the need for it. A behaviourist that comes to your house is a lot better if there are any issues Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  6. Huskies are very strong willed with a ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude so lots of patience is needed! One thing I would say is don’t try and train a husky to be offlead, huskies should never go offlead unless in a secure high fenced area Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  7. When I first got Astro my boyfriend left the door open all the time for him and that probably made toilet training a lot harder than it should have done as he didn’t learn to tell us when he needed the toilet! Lots of praise is needed when she does go outside, and if she does go inside the area needs to be cleaned with a certain chemical (can’t remember what it’s called sorry), if she can smell she’s been there before she will keep doing it Has she got a routine of when she goes? Try and spot the times of day she’s doing it and let her out. Don’t leave the door open all the time, if you catch her doing it take her outside straight away (if she was a pup I would say carry her!) How long have you had her for? I’ve seen some people tie a bell on string to the back door handle so they can ring it to let you know they need to go outside, could be worth trying that Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  8. Agree with Nix, the alpha theory is a load of rubbish and causes more harm than good. It’s your family that need training not the dog! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  9. It could be a lot of things, the vet will probably take a skin swab to see what it is, it could be an allergic reaction to something or a hot spot or it could be red if he’s been licking it Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  10. It’s not unusual for a husky to always be hungry, don’t be fooled by it though as overeating can make them poorly. make sure you follow the feeding guidelines on the food you are giving her. You’ll probably find at this young age it recommends you feed her more now and then decrease the amount at different age/weight stages Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  11. Pomskies are mongrels they are not a breed so I don’t know how you you you are an ‘expertise breeder’. Pomskies are ridiculous and unethical Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  12. Unless there’s a health reason behind it I wouldn’t give supplements, the food should give them everything they need Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  13. This is my boy at 7 months when I first met him at the rescue, he was quite small and still is really! He was neutered at 7 months so I’m not sure if that stunted his growth, obviously I never saw his parents as he’s a rescue so they might have been small or he might have been from a puppy farm! As long as the vets happy, she’s healthy and eating ok I don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  14. Ahh I see. Do they have any doggy day care type places near you? A few hours playing with other dogs and mine are flat out asleep! Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners mobile app
  15. Why can’t you take her out every day? Could you walk her early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler? Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
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