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  1. Couldn't say it any better myself !
  2. Huskies all over the world are howling in jealousy
  3. I agree never tap on the nose - you can break his nose and crush the delicate bones - even with one finger - and give him breathing problems for the rest of his life. In my experience punishment of any kind is not the way to go - he is very maleable at the moment and can be taught with patience (a ton of it at least) - but you dont want him to challenge you when he is 25-30 kilos. Marley is 3 years old now and I've only heard him growl 4 times - each and every time he was asleep and dreaming. My vet says he needs disclipline - that he is spoilt (and he might be - just not more than a lot) - but I only have to look sharply at him and point my finger at him for him to stop whatever it is he is doing (like playing a little too roughly with the cat). Or if I am sitting down whilst he is misbehaving I only have to stand up and take one step towards him and he immediately stops and rolls on his back, with a big grin on his face and his tail wagging furiously - he knows he will only get a tummy rub - but he does not go back to what he was doing. There were times when I could have skinned him alive - thought I was completely out of my depth - thought I had gotten a monster - but did not let it show in my reactions - he knew I was very cross - but he was never physically punished - it does not stop him from hanging his head down to say sorry - I only ever just lay my hand on his head and say "NO". Since he has been ill, the vet immediately muzzles him before trying to take his temperature etc - last visit he had to have two injections and it took 3 of us to hold him - the vet still broke two needles - huskies are lightning-fast. The vet said "he was worse than most Sibes and Mals - they are all a nightmare when something has to be done" - I just said that he had never known pain of any kind since he was with me - not even "a tap on the nose" ..................... the vet said "It shows". He also went through the resource guarding 'thing' - and was pretty adamant that everything on the floor belonged to him, if he could steal it - it belonged to him, and no-one was going to get it off him - and dont come within 4 feet if he was feeding. I am now at the stage where I can take food away from him - even a bone - take away his food bowl halfway through a meal - I had to a couple of days ago because I had forgotten two of his medicines - I added them and added some high value food (in this case some grated cheese) to his bowl and gave it back to him. It took me 18 months to get to this stage. It was the very first time I had had to take his food bowl away halfway through his meal - I wont make a habit of it. Patience, love, understanding that he is 'just' a dog - and you are the 'evolved' one, you are the one with the higher brain function and can out-think and outsmart them (most of the time anyway), and remember that he is missing the all important life lessons his mum and siblings would have taught him - he only has you now to teach him to be the best dog he can be. I firmly believe the husky is the best breed on the planet - very challenging - but you get so much more back from them. Did I mention patience? Good luck - I know you will make a great mom.
  4. Welcome to the forum - he's a beauty.
  5. I've never seen a dog that wont eat sardines in spring water - mine have never gotten fed up of them
  6. I agree with BB&S - a vet visit is called for. Marley was 3 when he suddenly developed food allergies - 9 to be precise. A simple blood test could rule out food allergies. Does your dog have to be kenneled when you are out at work? Does she have boredom busting toys for when she is alone? - she could have separation anxiety. There could be dozens of reasons why she is doing this - but I would try and rule out food allergies and environmental allergies first, mites secondly, - both could be found out by a vet visit. Hope you get it sorted for her sake.
  7. I personally would not feed Royal Canin - its not the best by a long shot (despite its clever marketing). I dont feed kibble anyway so am not the one to advise you (I feed raw) - but there are people on here who may be able to advise you a better quality kibble type food if that is what you want to feed your beautiful Winter. We all have different ideas about feeding - and we all respect each other's choices.
  8. Marley was taken from his mum too early - I think it was around 6 weeks - I got him at 12 weeks old and was his 4th owner by then. He had problems with biting. I used to yelp loudly and turn away from him (just as his siblings would have done). He was still nipping at around 12-14 months old, but he eventually got the message that it was inappropriate. I had the advantage of having a much older dog (13) who whilst older was still playful - but would not tolerate too much nipping. Marley is not a 'red' - the red colouration around his throat comes from Lunar's saliva - he spent that long with his mouth around Marley's throat whenever Marley went beyond what Lunar would tolerate. Between the two of us we got Marley to understand that teeth were for eating with - not biting to get your own way. The is the two of them now They still have play fights - but only two serious short lived scraps in three years. You have your work cut out for you - but patience, training, love - and more patience will win out. You may just work out that I have a different suite in the last photo - Marley ate the old one. Huskies are a challenging breed - but the most rewarding - I will never have any other dog from now on - even hubby agrees our next dog will be a rescued husky.
  9. Marley is exactly the same - goes nuts whenever he sees another dog - all playful - never agressive - on his own or with our other dog. Lunar on the other hand when he is walked on his own chooses to avoid other dogs whether he is on lead or off lead (he is a Utonagan not a husky - and can be trusted off lead) When he is walked with Marley however - he is all "You wanna piece of me - just try it". Marley is 25 kilos and Lunar 36 kilos so walking two dogs together is a nightmare - I walk seperately but hubby gives them the first walk around 4a.m. when there is far less likelyhood of meeting another dog (or cat)
  10. Very handsome dog - want to tell us something about him??
  11. Lunar does this quite a lot and has been doing so for a couple of years - at least once a day - otherwise just fine. Never does it at the vets though - and the vet has tried to make him cough. Lunar always ends up sort of wretching - never brings anything up - then just stops and goes about doing what he was doing. He is usually on the settee resting when this starts (its leather so should not be an allergy)
  12. Does not work for me either
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