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  1. 4 points
    Flame thrower is a bit harsh...but if you do must make a video....LOLOL
  2. 4 points
    The rescue centre contacted me to say he arrived at his new home around 12.30 - they immediately took him to a secure dog park where he started to get to know the rest of his pack and he had a ball romping around and chasing them. Evidently he is already making up to the woman of the house - exactly the way he did with me ............... the tart! We packed him off with a new collar, new lead, a kilo of beef chunks, enough bones for 5 big dogs, a litre of water and a food bowl, several tins of sardines - he loves them for breakfast, and a ball on a rope. I have a feeling he is going to fit in just fine.
  3. 3 points
    This is something I posted a looooooooong time ago. . . . Sooooo. . . . How did you name your Huskies. .(or any pet for that matter) ?? We have had cats and other dogs before getting Koda And we’ve always gone through a torturous process in finding suitable names. We always start off by getting each member of the family to write down as many names as they can come up with, fun/cute /silly/absurd/normal or just plain boring all are considered. We try to take in to account any striking physical markings or differences. We then combine all the lists and give each family member a copy of the master list. Each person then has to choose thier top 5 names. We then combine the top 5’s and go around again until we have whittled several hundred names down to 5 that we all sort of like. . . . Now we get to the SHOUTY phase. . .lol We shout the names as if calling our dogs from a distance to see how they sound. . .coz. . . When your dog manages to get away from you and is barrelling across the park with the intention of inserting something physically into another dog, nose or. . .erm. . other bits. . . . or. . .deciding that , that teacup Yorkshire terrier is the ugliest cat its ever seen and well. . .it just has to be eaten. You are gonna start bellowing its name to get it to come back, stop or otherwise distract it. It’s at this point that “Veridian Gargoyle Saccharine Snugglebunnies” sounds utterly stupid as you leg it after your dog screaming THAT at the top of your lungs. Or if you have given it what you consider to be a suitable name for your so cute puppy. . .remember when half a ton of Rottwieler is going like a frieght train away from you, and you are shouting “Peanut!!!! come back Peanut” Many really great names have been discarded at the Shouty phase. So we are now down to a couple of names and we just start saying thenm to get a feel, does the dog respond, am I comfortable with the name? At this point we end up throwing the whole lot out because one of us says a name randomly out of the blue that everone just lights up and goes. . .”Oooooh yeah” Such was the case with both Echo and Koda. LOL. . . So how do you name your dogs. . . .
  4. 2 points
    This might help to clear up some of the confusion about diets/kibble/cooked/raw - specifically with taurine in mind. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/truth-grain-free-dog-foods-dcm/ It shows you things to look out for on the packets of dog food - and simple foods you can give to add good quality taurine into their diet. Its worth reading the whole article - but most of the info you guys need is in the second half.
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    Thanks Rob. I'm a little bit loathe to do that at the moment as it will just cause more friction. Going down the "nice" route at the moment. I f that fails then I'll be killing it all. had thought about a flame thrower though! WHAT DO YOU THINK??? 😂
  6. 2 points
    Huskies are very stubborn and have very selective hearing! Can I just ask at you only giving treats when she does what you ask? And are you giving her the food even when she’s barking at you or do you wait for her to stop? If you are giving her food when she’s displaying the bad behaviour she will think she’s being rewarded for it. If you’ve not done already, wait for her to calm down before giving her the food. Just calmly ignore her and start doing something else like washing up until she’s calm, then make her sit and wait before she gets the food Regarding destruction, she may be bored or have separation anxiety if it happened while you were out. Huskies are working dogs and do require a lot of mental stimulation! Do you play games with her at home? Not many dogs like being patted on the head as they can’t see where your hand is. A tickle on the tummy usually goes down a lot better Recall is 0% with all huskies! They just don’t have recall, which is why they should never be let off lead unless in a secure area with high boundary fences Regarding the pulling, it is a huskies instinct to pull no matter how long the lead is! For training her not to pull I would take the long lead away as this gives her to much freedom and you can’t control a dog on an 8m lead. Get a simple slip lead and put it as high up her head as possible, just behind her ears. You’ve got control over her then, if she starts to pull tug on the lead and make a sharp ‘tsk’ noise. Don’t let her walk in front of you while you’re training her. When she’s learnt some better manners, try a walking belt as if she does pull then it’s a lot less strain on your arms & back Huskies don’t want to please humans, it’s just not their nature as a breed! They will do what they want, when they want unfortunately. They do have a what’s in it for me attitude and they are very independent. But that’s what I live about them! I’ve only ever had boys so I can’t say whether spaying will help You will get there, huskies don’t really reach adulthood until they are about 2 so she’s still a pup at the moment. Keep going with the positive reinforcement, but don’t get frustrated as she will sense it Sent from my iPhone using Husky Owners
  7. 1 point
    Welcome to the pack
  8. 1 point
    TO. ask away...a general tip, do not let your fur baby of lead...
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    I think that unless your dog is frightened for some reason, her tail will be naturally up on its own! A dogshow is an exciting and interesting place. When my dog goes on walks, his tail is almost always up (his is more like fourth picture over) so I'm sure it would be up at a place with so many other dogs and people. I have not heard of a way to "train" a dog to hold its tail up? For breed standard, you probably have to post a picture of your husky standing in the right show pose from side...? Members who know more about this stuff, could see her body structure better than a picture lying down.
  10. 1 point
    yesterday at the river. the river is running fast right now so i keep a 30' cable attached to her harness. my last dog lucy at the same spot.
  11. 1 point
    So I would fall under the; Around Huskies 24/7. LOL I have PTSD and severe anxiety. I have had a number of other dogs and different breeds. (I loved and spoiled all of them) However, I feel the demands my two have on me has pulled me out of a lot of my triggers, bring me out of my comfort zone, and (my male especially) comforts me when he senses when I am off.
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    I took pics from my go-to training book, The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller, about your issue. Hope this’ll help. Make sure Jasmine has a safe place in the house to which she can retreat when she’s overwhelmed. Both of you sound overwhelmed and you have to break that cycle. Let her relax in her safe space while you figure out her triggers If you’re committed to helping Jasmine overcome her problem you two can do it!
  13. 1 point
    <url=“https://positively.com/contributors/5-things-i-want-anyone-with-a-fearful-dog-to-know/“> Fearful Dogs</url> Maybe this article will help you.
  14. 1 point
    I might try baby steps... go out in yard. Play tug or chase for a little bit. Go back in. Go out in yard. Eat some treats.Come back in. Go out of yard and out into street. Play or eat treats. Come back in. I think you have to make it like it's not a big deal to go outside, and keep walks short and fun, work up to a 1/4 mile or 1/2 mile gradually... And as 2Huskyfun said...don't even let her have the chance to get close enough to nip anybody! Just keep away from other people - don't let people approach her, pet her, stare at her, etc. Cross the street if you need to!
  15. 1 point
    Correct me if I am wrong: Your issue is outside the house only? When you are actively working with her she is responsive, it is when you back off? If this is correct, my thoughts are; you need to step up your leadership position outside the home. If she doesn’t trust you she will do what comes natural to protect herself. *Please do not do dominance down with her* it can be making it worse. Her behavior comes from insecurity. When she acts like that you are probably talking to her and or yelling at her to stop (I have been guilty of it) and yanking her back. Anything you say at the time of her reaction is reinforcing the behavior. Do not talk to her, do not yell at her. Just turn and walk away from the trigger. Calm yourself first. She can feel your frustration and anxiety. She takes it as being weak. To show leadership is to show her you would not allow anything to happen to her. Walk during times when people or other triggers are not around to start. If you spot another dog, place her in a sit ( preferably on the opposite side of the street) and give a special command. (Example; my male is highly reactive, I taught him the “move by” command. So when we walk and I feel him just about to react, I tell him in a calm voice “move by” and we keep moving) But to start I made him set while the other dog or whatever went by. Once he sat calmly he was rewarded with a yummy treat. Then I say walk and we continue the walk. Short commands don’t make it a conversation. I had a loose dog charge at my girl and I the other day. Thank God I had the girl and not the boy.... I stepped in front of her and blocked the other dog from getting to her. Luckily she trusted me enough to stay in position while the other dog and I danced until the owner got him. Do not allow strangers to come up to her at all. She is obviously telling you she is uncomfortable. This may not be a forever thing. It is with my male, he is very protective of me on walks. But If I place him in a sit, I stop the person from approaching within a foot or two, and I am perfectly calm, the person (if my male gives me the signal) is petting him within a few minutes. But if he is uncomfortable or does a low bark/grumble then it is an absolute no. I also use Pet Corrector. Only in extreme cases though. Best thing ever!!! Do not do it towards them or by the ears. It is the quickest way to snap them out of it and completely safe. Used it once at the vet office and ALL the dogs sat at the same time and just starred at me. Some owners were not happy with me but others laughed and said they were ordering it as soon as they got home. 🤣 Don't give up on her. Just listen to what she is telling you. And don’t force her to be social, some just don’t want to be. Good luck
  16. 1 point
    Hi— Having never heard of CCD I went to PetMD to check it out. In case anyone else is interested, it’s https://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/5-signs-dog-dementia?page=1. Sarah is a bit younger than the article indicates but I’m going to talk to her vet about it Monday. I haven’t seen any of the DISHA symptoms other than her constant need to challenge me but the symptoms are on my Sarah Watch List. When your dog had it what were your first symptoms? Thinking about it, Sarah knows her commands and when I’m keeping on with the “I am the source of ALL good things and you MUST submit to get anything” she returns to normal. It’s only when I think she’s stable in her ideas of who is boss and let her eat her dinner like normal, etc that she returns to dominance attempts. Definitely something to add to my list for her vet. And if you happen to recall that herb please do post it. Thanks! Poor guy. I’m glad he got much more out of life than most pups with Parvo have. Other than resistant roundworms Sarah had a healthy puppyhood and has never had a high fever. The mastocyoma metastasizing into her brain is a concern though the vet doubts that since we got the entire cancer via surgery confirmed by cytology. I still worry though. Thanks and once I have this puzzle solved I’ll post the answer.
  17. 1 point
    First she needs a vet check to make sure shes not in pain or has something neurological going on Has anything happened on a walk or around any people lately that could have triggered it If all that doesnt clear anything up like Rachael said look into getting a behaviourist
  18. 1 point
    A lot of Huskies have a HUGE prey drive which means any small animal (including small dogs) are at risk, my girl once dived into a Bush and came out with a cat , thankfully she dropped it and the cat was fine but you cant blame the dog for what it did , it was just an accident and it happens , you can be more alert and you can train them to ignore certain animals but the prey drive never really goes away Mine can walk past birds, squirrels , cats etc but they still watch them and they still like to pounce towards certain animals occasionally Can you not avoid other dogs at all ? Not all dogs need to or want to socialise with others and they shouldn't have to . My girl was attacked as a puppy so is now fear reactive with other dogs, we walk at quiter times of the day , if we see another dog we walk another way or keep a distance away from them that shes comfortable with, any offlead dogs we turn tail and get away as quickly as possible whilst shouting the other owner to get their dog (if the offlead dog behaves and doesnt come near us shes fine)
  19. 1 point
    My almost 9 year old Siberian has killed and eaten literally dozens of animals. If given a chance she would go after a kitten in a heartbeat. She's also obedience trained, regularly goes with me into Lowe's and other stores that allow dogs and according to my vet, is the best Siberian in the state in terms of behavior. What you're seeing isn't aggression. It's innate behavior you will NOT be able to train out of your dog. When the breed was being developed by the Chukchi tribe in far eastern Russia, the dogs were released during the summer to fend for themselves. Any dog that couldn't hunt didn't return to the tribe and therefore didn't breed or was culled. That's why Siberians are so prey-driven. They can't help it, it literally is in their genes. For the safety of all involved, one of the animals needs to be re-homed. I'm sorry, I know that isn't easy, but your dog literally cannot change that facet of her behavior.
  20. 1 point
    Something's are just too tempting, at 8 Solo will still shred tissues and chew plastic bottles will even get them out of the re cycling have learned to live with it as he sneaks in behind our backs lol. He no longer side surfs but the noise of a plastic bottle is too hard too resist. Figure we all have our hobbies and it would be like me giving up reading .
  21. 1 point
    I recently fostered an 8 month old Malamute puppy (already bigger than most full sized malamutes - the size of a smallish Great Dane) - and realised he had gone very quiet (always a dangerous sign) - He had taken a kitchen roll that I have to reach up for, well over my head height - and had systematically eaten his way through half of it - cardboard centre and all. Luckily no ill effects. Be thankful that he leaves your furniture alone - my husky ate an arm off my settee and another one off an armchair - much to the amusement of some members here . Puppies will be puppies - and a bored puppy will always find something to do - and it usually turns out to be expensive in one way or another.
  22. 1 point
    Welcome to your worldwide Husky Owners family Apollo
  23. 1 point
    You need to work on recall every single day of their lives - that way you might stand a 10% chance of getting one to come back to you when you need them to. They are escape artistes par-excellance.
  24. 1 point
    I would love to feed raw. But, my daughter’s doctors said no. 😖 @wolfpup great info and can’t wait for the pups to get their sardines. They are not fans of the raw hearts yet.... actually found a butcher that keeps fresh organs that are safe for the pups .😁
  25. 1 point
    OK, so I have done tons of research and I have decided to switch to Purina Pro Plan Focus. The vet recommended it and I had my doubts but it has excellent reviews and they have been around forever.
  26. 1 point
    I would think they are a waste of money but then that is me....
  27. 1 point
    Here's hoping for good news Gary. keeping fingers crossed.
  28. 1 point
    keeping my fingers crossed amigo...
  29. 1 point
    I haven’t actually heard of adding taurine in to be honest...I’ll look into it, thank you!
  30. 1 point
    Unless the dog has a gluten or allergy/intolerance, there is absolutely no reason to be grain free. The issue with grain free kibble is, companies are using pees and lentils as fillers. Without the grain, dogs are not digesting pees or lentils correctly and this is causing them to not get enough taurine which results in heart issues. If I was going to stay on kibble; I would add quinoa or pasta or even brown rice with taurine to their diet. (Not feed with kibble, has to be feed separate or else there will be tummy issue)
  31. 1 point
    Cooked like we eat. I basically add them into the portion amount as I am cooking for us humans. Well, with some differences... pups get a small amount of organ meat, no butter, no salt. Then I put enzymes, probiotics, and omega oil (liquid forms) in their bowls. LOL My pups have food and environmental intolerance. Plus my male has leaky gut. (Has to be feed about every 4 hours or throws up- even in the middle of the night) My rule of thumb is: do not feed together raw and kibble, cooked and kibble, raw and cooked together. Each one takes different stomach enzymes to digest properly. I think they say four hour spacing. It will stress their system out when first switching. I cannot do raw in my house because I have a daughter with cystic fibrosis. Even if I am the cleanest or no one else has issues she could get deathly ill. We do not want to chance it. We cannot do chicken and rice. Neither of my pups digest rice and both are highly reactive to chicken. I get a small 10 lb turkey whole. Put it in a crockpot. Add sweet potatoes, celery, kidney beans, black beans, green beans, quinoa, spinach. For breakfast steal rolled oats, eggs with egg shell, pumpkin, apple, kale. I also give them a little of my veggie smoothie once in awhile. LOL now that causes potty issues 😱 I am working on a full menu for them for when we start doing all meals. I am working closely with my vet to ensure they get all their nutrients. The calories, fat, carbs, protein, vit that I am going for are different for both. Also their working levels are different. It sounds like a pain but it really isn’t once you get going. Between my vet guiding me through the amounts and wolfpup’s help I am feeling really good about doing a full switch.
  32. 1 point
    He did sit but his back was always arched and he couldn’t seem to sit for long. I wish we’d been more proactive in finding out what the issue was but he never complained or seemed to bothered. He didn’t seem to have any especial sensitive spot on his spine. I asked his previous owner a couple of times but apart from saying he met a guy at a service station who took 5 mins to sort him out he just wouldn’t disclose what was wrong. He was such an easy loving great boy who never fussed it was a really bad day when we had to make the decision but a dog who can’t walk isn’t a dog any more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 1 point
    I am going to check with the vet before just switching them without further research. From what I gathered, its the grain free foods that have peas, lentils, etc as one of the top ingredients. The formula I have mine on have mostly chicken. But I will for sure be doing more research.
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    Welcome to the pack
  35. 1 point
    Not quite sure where u are in the world so I can't advise on food except to tell you that pedigree is absolute rubbish so definitely do a slow swap to something better Energy , you're walking him too much, rule of thumb is 5 mins per month of age per walk so at 5 months of age he should only be getting 25 minutes of walking per each walk ,, until a year old as his bones are still soft and developing, find a really smelly yummy treat and use that for training , this will also mentally tire him out which usually works better with sibes, that will also help with your training issue Huskies are very much independent dogs , mine are (nearly) 10 and 11 and still only like attention and fuss on their terms , they also have very selective hearing regardless lol Puppy biting a firm NO or AHAH and turn your back or remove him from the room until hes calm should help (you might need to keep a lead on him to remove him from the room) And last of all patience , you'll need ALOT of it lol
  36. 1 point
    Testing boundaries all seems part of the fun. We adopted Solo when he was approx 2 yrs old and it has taken time, 3 years on a head collar with double ended lead to get him to be pleasant to walk with but we got there X he still has moments when he's a complete pain but mostly he is a lovable rogue with great personality xx it will get better x
  37. 1 point
    Sorry to hear you’ve had a hard time with your husky. I’ve only had mine for 6 months and I’ll admit that I felt the same way as you for a while. It will get better but you have to put in the work. One thing I think that works in your favour is having another dog. Huskies are pack animals. It sounds like your husky may need some more mental stimulation. Do you spend time at home every day doing ‘training sessions’? 5 minutes (if that), here and there with treats that she loves is a good start. The treats are super important - if they’re not high value to her then she won’t be interested in listening to you. I make my own treats because of my pup’s allergies - they’re super easy to make and he loves them. Recall-wise - I agree with the others. Huskies have terrible recall! It can be improved but it starts at home. For example, I always call mine in from the garden with some kind of reward. Also, is she left alone a lot? I’ve heard that some huskies need more supervision than other breeds during the first year or so of their lives. It could be a separation anxiety thing so to keep her busy when you’re not around, you could leave Kongs for her filled with interesting treats. It also sounds like she likes to chew - mine is an aggressive chewer and the only thing that stems this is giving him a deer antler, so you could try that perhaps? With regards to pulling, i’m sorry to say but that’s a long road. Because huskies were bred for that purpose it takes a lot to train it out of them. I would suggest a double-ended leash (one end goes on the harness and other end on the collar) and perhaps even a Halti if it gets really bad (you will have to positively reinforce the Halti as some don’t like this). In the mornings my dog will have a ‘training walk’. So he will be taught to walk on ‘side’ which is walking next to me. Every time he pulls or goes ahead of me, I turn and go in the opposite direction, or pull the Halti slightly to the side to correct. Huskies always look up to the Alpha. At the moment she doesn’t see you as the Alpha. That walking exercise is good as it reminds her who is in control. Huskies are hard work but they say if you put all the work in now, it really pays off. Sorry for the essay! Be reassured that I have experienced your feelings. You’re doing the right things in being patient with her and reinforcing positively, but huskies need someone firm and who doesn’t take any nonsense. Be confident. You can do it. Good luck
  38. 1 point
    Oh that sounds so upsetting and stressful for the both of you! I guess it was a relief to know that she wasn’t in any pain, and that she lived to a really good age. Yeah, my husband and I aren’t giving up! Because he’s so young we hope that his age will help. Fingers crossed...I will keep you all updated as soon as we know more. In the meantime, thanks for the support. makes a big difference
  39. 1 point
    Agree with Rachael... get her mentally tired as well with games or training...
  40. 1 point
    i love the guilty look.
  41. 1 point
    Everybody was Kunfu Fighting!
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    My pups start looking dual, patchy, and like they have some weird sickness. LOL It is very corse and they itch a lot. Normally it only last a month or two. Lots of brushing and a really good Omega 3 helps a lot.
  44. 1 point
    Welcome to the pack, over feeding is the most common cause of diahorrea in puppies so have a look at how much your feeding, and If you're giving treats then cut back slightly on the food
  45. 1 point
    Hes losing all the soft undercoat so it will feel a bit different now but as it gets colder the winter coat will grow back in
  46. 1 point
    Hi there my names Cat and I am a 35 year old Housekeeper from the great old city of Cardiff in Wales. Now for the fun part. My partner decided Alaska was a good name.... apparently we are a celebrity couple doing that place naming thing *rolls eyes* She is 8 weeks old, her last owner lived in a tiny flat, was told he couldn't keep her and needed her out ASAP. I joined to read about others Huskies, to avoid some toxic Facebook groups that I tried and left within a hour (apparently your not allowed Huskies unless you have had them before, very gatekeepery, nasty with other newbies I didnt even post I read how they reacted to others and got out fast) and to ask for advice if I need it. I try to google first but I find with each dog breed being so individual general online info doesn't always suit each breed, plus actual owners have tips and tricks as well as actual hands on experience better than any random website journalist writing about something they have no knowledge of.
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    OMG. It took me a minute to figure out what I was looking at. 🤣😂😅. I love his tail!!! My boy got his tip bit off about a 2 months ago. It hasn't grown back yet. 😩 He doesn't like me talking about it 🙃
  50. 1 point
    They change a lot as they're growing , teething can make them flop over too, try not to play with them too much otherwise it might stay floppy , what did her mum look like to make u unsure? Sent from my E6653 using Husky Owners mobile app

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