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  1. Cannot answer your question unfortunately - all I can say is cuteness overload! What a gorgeous girl! I have one normal coated husky and one woolly - I admit I prefer the woollies!
  2. Perhaps entice him to stay inside the house for the next few weeks - until his new coat starts to grow????? One of my boys (the one who is currently shedding) - loves to go outside for a few hours each evening - but currently it is blowing a gale and I am worried about our fencing ! A storm is blowing in (according to the warnings anyway) - tomorrow should be 'interesting'. Good luck with your boy - but if temps are getting low then I would keep him in the house - and the snow in the piccies says it is low! I live in an area that has its own micro-climate - only seen snow that stayed for a few days 4/5 times in the last 30 years - but the surrounding areas 10 miles away may be under 6 ft drifts. One advantage of living with the sea lapping almost at the doorstep I suppose.
  3. One of my boys sheds nearly all the time - and three or four times a year he does a major shed - i.e. blows his coat. The other one did not shed until he was around 3 - just at the start of winter, then last year (aged 5) - again at the start of winter, and this year he shed after a bath in late August. He is shedding now as well - but as he is a woolly he is not that easy to get the fur off! There seems to be no rhyme or reason with either. I am sure your boy wont need his lovely blue coat long.
  4. Hubby takes them for their first walk around 3.30am - 4am ,,,,,,,,, I am sensibly still in bed ! He does this to avoid other early walkers. Marley, my older dog, just wants to meet them and play, - my later boy ..... well lets just say if they are small dogs, hubby walks the other way ......... a meeting would not end well. I literally have spent hundreds of pounds in trainer fees ..................... but at the end of the day I cannot control one thing ............ my hubby's refusal to obey the trainer's instructions. Therefore we both suffer because of his refusal to acknowledge someone else knows more than him - not to mention the boys! Can I suggest a dog trainer (not dog walker) to train YOU to train your dog?
  5. Commiserations in bucket-loads dear. We have the same problem, My older boy Marley is an absolute air-head (totally adorable - except when out on a walk) - but we had a trainer who finally managed to get him under control on a walk - Marley is much better with me than hubby - providing we are on our own. When my old boy, Lunar, went over the bridge, Marley was distraught, so we got him a new husky male to keep him company. We later deduced, and were then told, that our new lad was severely abused by his previous owner. Three years down the line and hubby can only just manage to take them both out (we cannot take only one either). Marley has reverted to his old ways - and Mikey (the new boy) has copied him. However hubby has damaged his arm so now the dogs are causing him severe pain. They have pulled me over on numerous occasions, - and being in my 70's its not much fun I can tell you. I only ever handle one dog at a time - but it is not always possible for us to take them together (i.e. one each). It is also only ever Marley I take out - Mikey was abused by a female so I don't want to have to correct him to much.
  6. Welcome to the forum - as BB&S says, lets see piccies of them all - we LOVE pictures!
  7. I really cannot answer that question, one thing I can tell you is that she sure is beautiful!
  8. Welcome to the forum. Whilst I am happy that you recognise some of the qualities of this magnificent dog, - they are not ideal or recommended for a first-time owner. I wanted a husky the first time I saw one (on the tv) - to me they looked the perfect dog. However lots of research into the breed characteristics showed that I would not make a good companion (no-one truly 'owns' a husky) - as I could not fulfil all the needs of the dog. I waited almost 30 years before I got my first one - when I knew I had the time, experience with other breeds/behaviours etc and that I would be with the dog almost 24/7 and not have to leave him alone for long periods (huskies do not do well on their own). For all their many excellent qualities, they are not obedient dogs, - will only do what you want if THEY want to, or see something in it for them. They are highly intelligent, and will outwit you on numerous occasions, - and as with all intelligent breeds - they easily get bored - and a bored husky is something to be feared, if you do not keep your husky occupied mentally - he will find something to occupy himself with - and this very often involves your furniture (I speak from bitter experience here). They can never be let off lead once they reach anywhere near maturity (not if you want to keep your dog anyway) To be off-lead they must be in a secure dog park with a minimum of 6ft fencing - they are consummate escape artists - so obviously your own large garden must be equally secure. They are very opinionated dogs - and are not shy about voicing their opinions - hundreds of internet clips show this side to their nature (and it is not always funny or convenient). One other thing to bear in mind is that once they reach maturity - they have the highest prey-drive of any domesticated dog breed - so you must be constantly vigilant with other small furries - birds, squirrels, cats - small dogs - sometimes their prey-drive kicks in - and it does not always end well for the other animal. Having pointed out some of the potential pitfalls of the breed (and nowhere near all of them) - I would never have any other type of dog again, my boys are a constant joy, making us laugh every single day, constantly challenging us with their ingenuity, cunning, & mischievousness. However I fully realize that without that 30 years of experience with many different breeds (all of them large breeds) - I would not have coped with my boys, I would not have been able to fulfil their needs so they could live the sort of life they deserve. Please - spend another year or so researching the breed and their requirements - not just physically - but mentally as well, ensure you are going to be around for them long enough, and not have to leave them alone in your house for long periods whilst you are at work. They may well be the perfect dog for you ............... but ask yourself are you the perfect companion for them - at this stage in your life and dog/life experience?
  9. Then if he shows no sign of being afraid of the rest of the house or your family, and he is with you guys when awake, then I would not worry. As he gets older he will spend less time sleeping (and you will wish he would go to sleep) - but that pleasure is still to come.
  10. How old is your puppy? If he is coming out to eat and play etc he obviously feels fairly safe with you, but may have chosen under your bed as his 'safe place' where he feels secure (like a den). Is this where he chooses to sleep in his many naps throughout the day and also at night.
  11. I am in the UK and I don't know what country you are in - or what is available in your country. Do an online search for freeze dried raw - read up about it, what you have to do before feeding (i.e. does it require water and leaving for 15 mins before feeding etc). Some members here do feed freeze dried raw - hopefully they will be able to give you some brand names to help you if they spot this post - but again I say that the less added ingredients on the back of the bag - the better quality of the food that is inside the bag. Obviously the more nutritious the food - the more expensive it will be - and the better for your new puppy it will be. Personally I feed raw food - it is what your puppy's ancestors have eaten for approximately the last 4 million years - and for the last 4 million years they have done quite well on it obviously. A lot will depend on your circumstances, the necessity of convenience against affordability to purchase a high quality freeze dried food as against the time it would take to learn the basics of feeding raw food from scratch, - or, if available, to purchase commercially produced frozen raw food for your puppy, i.e. do you have the freezer space to store say a weeks frozen raw food? We all do what we think is best for our dogs, within our financial means and capabilities. The cheapest way to feed your dog the best food is to feed him raw food from scratch (but takes the most effort in researching), second best is commercially produced frozen raw food - coming in a very close third is freeze dried raw 'kibble'. Use any of the three above and you can feel happy that you are doing your best by your dog within your financial means and capability - its all any of us can realistically do.
  12. I am unfamiliar with this product so I had to look it up:- The following is not an attack on the product (per se) - it is intended to inform you of what is in the bag - and you did ask what we thought of it. TURKEY MEAL (SOURCE OF GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN SULFATE), BROWN RICE, GROUND OATS, DRIED PEAS, CHICKEN FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), DRIED BEET PULP, NATURAL CHICKEN FLAVOR, SALT, FISH OIL, VITAMINS (CHOLINE CHLORIDE, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE (SOURCE OF VITAMIN B1), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (SOURCE OF VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT), MINERALS (ZINC SULFATE, FERROUS SULFATE, COPPER SULFATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, CALCIUM IODATE, SODIUM SELENITE). The word MEAL rather than meat tells you the meat has been processed at extremely high temperatures. This can include the meat, skin, feathers, and bones (not necessarily a bad thing if served fresh), - but it is MEAL and not MEAT (your dog is a carnivore) - but the extremely high temperatures kills all the enzymes in the food which help your dog digest his dinner. Totally denatures the meat. It also destroys all the amino acids, vitamins, etc so they have to add chemical ones in its place. Unfortunately these are mirror images of the natural vitamins and the body may not recognise these as well or digest them as easily. The next product is BROWN RICE - basically this is 92% starch - which a dog has no dietary requirement for, - nor can they digest it. the next product is ground oats, again 11% fibre and 85% starch, next is PEAS - again carbohydrate and starch. The peas and rice are included so the manufacturers can say it is 'grain free' - hoping the public will not realize that mostly it is starch that the dog cannot digest. (saying that one of my dogs is allergic to grains) The starch is absolutely vital to the dog food manufacturers - not only is it the cheapest ingredient - it is the ONLY thing that stops the kibble breaking down into a rough powder - it holds it together. Overall this product is 26% protein and 18% fat and the rest is starch (around 65%) the protein level is ok - but the fat level is a little on the high side (should aim for double the protein to fat). Plus they use chicken fat - the poor chicken is one of the most nutritionally unbalanced animals on the planet - and that is because of the way we feed them. They add chicken flavouring because the meal otherwise would be devoid of all flavour and smell and your dog would not eat it. They have added fish oil to pass AAFCO minimum standards for Omega 3 and 6, ALA, AA, EPA, DHA. (vital for health). However fish oil starts to go rancid the second you open the bag - which is why the Vitamin E is added to slow this process. If you continue to feed kibble please get the smallest bag you can - not the largest, so that hopefully more of it will be eaten before the oil turns the meal rancid - causing inflammation in your new puppy's body. EVERYTHING that comes after fish oil - is chemicals - not natural - (see above) - however I notice that they are using ZINC SULFATE - this form of zinc comes in at number 6 in a list of 7 types of zinc included in various dog foods (number 7 being the absolute worst). This form of zinc is very hard on the stomach. This form of zinc is included because it is cheaper than the better types of zinc. This brand of food uses the SULFATE form of nearly all minerals (literally profit before quality). The reason I pick out zinc specifically is that huskies have a higher requirement for zinc than other breeds of dog. During my training I was informed that the AAFCO rules for guidelines is that a company start a 26 week food test with 6 dogs - 2 dogs can drop out for any reason (even death). If 4 dogs complete the whole 26 weeks on the food without losing too much weight, or becoming seriously ill - then it passes their criteria. In other words AAFCO basically gives the MINIMUM amounts of nutrition you can give a dog and not kill it. I am a dog food nutritionist - and I freely admit I HATE all kibble - it was made for the convenience of the owner (and profit for the manufacturer) - not the health of the dog. There are some good quality kibble-type foods out there - freeze dried raw comes to mind, if you really want the convenience of kibble. The easiest way to check on the quality of a dog food is to learn what nutrition your dog actually needs, (and what it cannot digest) - then look on the back of the bag and see how many ingredients there are - the more ingredients they have added - the less nutrition is actually in the food. Another tip when looking for the quality of a commercially made food is to find the SALT - (in any of its names) - anything listed after it is 1% or less of the contents of the bag. This is another way manufacturers get around being able to put pictures of fresh fruits, meat and fresh vegetables on the front - the bag only needs to contain just under 1% in order for them to say their product is really good because it contains 'this'.
  13. If he is constantly biting - I would seek help. He may have been taken away from his mother too young - between the ages of 6-12 weeks the mother and his siblings teach him a lot about doggie manners - one of the most important being bite inhibition. One of my rescue boys was taken too early (around 5 weeks old I believe) - and he had a problem with nipping. I immediately started yelping like another puppy whenever he nipped me, stopping all interaction, separating him from everything for around 5 minutes. I yelped loudly when he bit hard (high pitch yelp), less loudly when he just nipped - but always put him away from the current interaction (i.e. a puppy pen) - not total isolation. I would walk away from him and refuse to play. It took some time - but he eventually got the message. Other people have differing strategies, but this worked for my boy. I believe that if you do nothing it will only escalate.
  14. My boy tends to get far redder than this (the fur only not the skin - my boy's skin is black around the mouth and eyes), your boy appears to have slightly swollen lips (or is it just the pictures) I am afraid I just cannot be sure - zinc is more likely to cause spots rather than overall redness of the fur. Are your boy's nails white or black? If white normally, have a good look at the nail beds, is there any bronzing at all (another sign of food allergies) 2 teaspoons of Hulled Hemp seeds (organic) contain 3mg of zinc so its not a massive amount - but then again neither is two teaspoons. 200 grams of raw 95% lean minced beef contains 10.2mg of zinc - cooking of any kind will reduce the nutrient levels across the board. Between them it almost doubles his zinc intake - I would not go over this - and maybe even just add 100g of the beef a day to his diet along with the 2 teaspoons of hemp seeds - zinc competes with copper in the body - can can cause its own problems. The link will give you a fairly comprehensive guide to zinc problems in dogs - and may help you to sort this out in your own mind. I am afraid I cannot really be of more help to you - I am not a vet after all - I concentrate on food allergies. However I do fully understand the frustration you feel (and desperation ............ I've been there). If you do decide to go for the food allergy test, and it comes back positive for more than a couple of things - I will be able to help you sort out a couple of home prepared raw diets that will avoid future problems. zincdeficiencyinsleddogs.pdf
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