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  1. 3 hours ago, StepOnTheGas said:

     

    I am amazed you mentioned pronged/e-collars

    They are tools and any tool used badly will cause damage. However tools used by trainers properly versed in the correct use can get amazing results.

    There is a lot of bad press that highlights how when used by people with certain types of dogs, shows the harm that can be done.

    Something we say to everyone thinking of getting a Husky for the first time and that is Do your Research first.

    The same applies to Prongs and E-Collars, they are not torture devices, they are training aids when used correctly can very quickly without pain or discomfort take a dog with appalling behaviour and dampen down the bad behaviour

    When the behaviour is under control you then discontinue them, and continue training your dog with more traditional methods. Unfortunately people get second hand information and only hear one side of the story

    Google a trainer in American named Larry Krohn and watch some of his videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCortXxJdZYbHCrOa3nddr6g


  2. Not many of us have been successful training the pull out of Huskies, it is a long and thankless task of going exactly nowhere. They reach the end of the lead, you stop and turn, they'll run ahead, reach the end of the lead. You stop and turn repeat forever.

    Eventually they will start watching you for the turn and so you get to go a little further .

    A trainer has mentioed to me that making them wait at the door before you leave, make them wait until they are calm and not amped up then start out, watch for the signs that they are about to get excited and distract them so bringing the state of excitement down. makes them easier to control. again there is no quick fix it is a very long, months even years of this to get them "walking nicely"

    If this doesn't work then you may have to go the route of E-Collars and /or  prong collars both used in a proper and humane way to slow them down 


  3. Unless you are 100% sure of how good their recall is don't let them off lead.

    If people break into your house while you're away they will show them where all the good stuff is and jump in the back of the van.

    Be prepared for fur. . . . so much fur. . . . everywhere, . . . . all the time.

    If you don't get your shoulder dislocated the first time they see a squirrel, you're not a proper Husky owner.

    Staring contests,. . . . they love staring contests.

    You throw the ball for them, they amble over to it, pee on it then look at you to say "You threw it, YOU fetch it"

    Unless your garden is built like fort Knox they WILL escape

    Never leave a door open that leads to the outside world, Baby / pet gates blocking EVERY entrance.

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  4. So a month ago I posted about Storm our latest acquisition.

    After a google image search and much checking of body types and markings I pegged him as a Dutch Shepherd mix.

    Even the good folks on Dutch shepherd forums and websites, said yep definitely a Dutchy with something else mixed in.

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    but I was curious as to WHAT he was mixed with so I got a DNA test, swabbed the inside of his cheek and sent off the sample for analysis.

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    anyhoo today I got the results back, and boy was I surprised. . . . . 

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    NOT a hint of Dutch Shepherd in him. . . . LMAO

    The brindle comes from his 25% Greyhound and the rest from his thoroughly Mixed everything else

    Scottish Deerhound, Akita, German Shepherd, Husky (YAY!!!), White Swiss Shepherd and a random smattering of others

    He's well and truly a MUTT of epic proportions LOL

     


  5. Well done on rescuing the poor little pup, not the best start to life.

    Most people don't get their pups until they are at least 8 - 10 weeks, and as we are a site that supports rehoming rescue dogs rather than purchasing a pup from a breeder not many of us will have experience in pups that young.

    However I'm sure someone will be able to give you a ballpark figure.

    More importantly your pup will be missing the training and socialisation that normally occurs between a pup and it's siblings and mother. 

    You will need to watch for bad behaviours developing and nipping them in the bud, 


  6. 9 minutes ago, PaulG said:

    lol guess you had same issue i had with the steel ones

    my husky was off to the side ona  loose lead shook and whiped the lead around and i got slapped and found it to be eye watering

    Yes I've been twatted in the nuts with the heavy screw up type. however mostly it was them constantly slapping against my knees (I've got one of Sids Bungee walking belt and that adds about 6 inches to the length and they hang down a little further)


  7. 6 minutes ago, 2Huskyfun said:

    Welcome Strom.

     I have “heard” of Dutch shepherds while doing a breed search. We were thinking of going the shepherd way before I feel in love with my two Huskies. 

     I don’t even think we have a breeder or if one would even be labeled correctly at a shelter here in the states.

     

    They are very well known in the security and personal protection fields in the USA there are quite a few breeders overs there, but they are largely unknown to the general population, because they are largely used in the police / military and security and rarely get to be available as simple pets.  I've had Huskies and shepherds for 10 years, and as I'm heading fast for 60 as I get older I'd like a dog that i can guarantee I can control rather than one which will take me for a walk, also one that I don't have to chase for 5 miles if it gets off lead (getting too old for that sh*t) :P

     

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