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  1. You got lucky, that's for sure. The greatest danger to a husky is a husky itself. It's just a question of time when , instead of the cat, it will be a bitch in heat, and then he may seriously hurt himself, assuming stronger harness/cables. I'm afraid, the only way to fully husky-proof your yard, is what you heard dozen times : 1. Put concrete slab on the floor - FULL FLOOR 2. Enclose the whole area with double fence 3. Put roof over it (forget anti-roll bars) Do not use wood anywhere. My Husky has managed to chew through actual door in less than 30 minutes. A Wooden fence wouldn't present an obstacle for more than 15 minutes...
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    No remotely sane person who has had a husky for 3 years would consider pickiness of a husky to be a strange thing. Let me guess, you only recently got the dog and had a brilliant thought it would be as simple as merely getting two dogs together Clearly your Husky is ugly to her. Sorry. She is clearly well aware of her standards and knows instinctively she can do better than him if she prefers "dry spell" (while overflowing with hormons), to him.
  3. If you're in UK, you probably don't have empirical data on how Huskies love such cold. What's the relatively common coldest temps you get for about a week in winter - about -25 'C ? That's tropical winter. Very first time, 2 years ago, in Montana, when she experienced -40 C for the first time, she was over-ecstatic, jumping from joy like a yo-yo. I distinctly recall, when we went out, she just turned her head at me and gave me the look : "OMG, what is THIS. I LOVE IT !!!". We spent an hour outside, as she simply would not go home. Some of that might be a reflex, to get warm, sure. But, her enjoyment was clearly tremendous. But, I work from home, we spend 24 hours a day together, I know her emotions extremely well. She LOVES -40 C. When I lived in New Jersey, she never was so ecstatic, as winters there are very tropical - we barely ever got -25 'C. Hence the question : If -40 or even -43 is OK, why not -47 ? That's barely 10% difference. The only difference was the blizzard. Perhaps her nose, as it is bare exposed skin... But this is North Dakota - I'm about 15 minutes from Canadian and a bit more than that from Minnesota Border. Yesterday I talked to a guy who got the bull's eye from an arctic blast few weeks ago. While we had only around -50, they got below -65 . I take her out for walk 4-5x a day (or more, in case of occasional indigestion). If we didn't go because there's a blizzard, she would suffer 6 months. We had first blizzard on October 02, and today is March 16, and we just got 5 cm fresh snow yesterday. Some of the blizzards rage for well over 16 hours. Surely you wouldn't have the dog suffer inside because of that ? About 6 weeks ago, there was a single blizzard that span over two days. We have gone out 6-7x during that particular one. If anything, this is an ideal climate for a Siberian Husky. We've had uninterrupted snow cover for 5.5 months already, and I'm pretty sure we'll go through next two weeks and cross 6-months. She is enjoying herself in snow 5x a day, 40x a week, ~150x a month.
  4. -40 'C (= -40 'F) isn't anything new to us. Last 3 winters we've been blessed with Montana and North Dakota winters (after I moved). And while we most often hover around <-25,-30>, we've had a bit of cold front few weeks ago. My phone app also shows a wind-chill, which unless experienced, can't really be explained over the internet. Of course, it's all interpolation, but I am pretty sure the presented -47 'C was significantly worse than -40, which is relatively commonplace and thus can be experienced often (as a reference point). When it hit -43 'C, my girl was bravely hauling me against the wind just fine. Voluntarily, and clearly enjoying the process, though some huffs and puffs were present. Two days later, when it hit -47 'C, she failed. Miserably. She tried, I will give her that. About 4 times, she jumped against the wind, trying to catch the breath, but no huffing and puffing helped. She then turned around 180 degrees and hauled me in opposite direction of the wind. Now, to be fair, it was also a blizzard. At those temps and wind speed, the snowflakes felt like tiny razors chopping pieces of skin with an additional explosive tip at the other end of the snowflake pouring acid into the fresh wound, right after it doused in gasoline and put on fire. We didn't stay long, about half an hour. It was one of the select few cases, when she didn't loudly complain when we were returning home. But, unlike Huskies I didn't evolve up there around Chukchies so my reservations against such temps surely are understandable. So, is my 4-yr old Husky merely being a p*ssy or is -47 'C actually too cold for them ?!?
  5. Correct. Thankfully, she's not as little as she was just 8 weeks ago, so less and less people are stopping by for a 'cute little puppy', as Huskies grow relatively fast. But I warn everybody that she bites and they pet her at their own risk...
  6. I simply don't - I consider it an integral part of the Husky experience and at any moment I have between 15-30 marks/scratches on my hands/forearms While each dog is different, usually the strength of the bite corresponds to their agitation level, e.g.: 1. Lowest/zero : when they wake up or are falling asleep - it's just gentle push of jaws, with tongue simply rolling around your hand 2. Normal/excited: when they are simply active : the bite hurts tiny bit, there's some bleeding 3. Berserk: The dog is super excited, runs around hyper for few minutes (than crashes to sleep). Marks on skin heal for about a week. Stronger (Normal) bleeding. At 4 months age you must know very well just by looking at him, what's his agitation level. I'm sure he's not shy about it and expresses his feelings instantly and vocally If there are external elements you must consider (kids, family/friends visiting (with kids), ...) you may try ignoring him when he bites or leash/crate him (e.g. put him some place different than usual) inside (and be patient) - eventually he'll learn that it's not worth it. But fundamentally, you're just denying his primal instincts for a tiny little bit of inconvenience (e.g. blood on clothes - easy fix: just wash it instantly).
  7. Wait, what ? Isn't that generally regarded as a minor leak, but invisible due to extensive licking by the dog ? Generally, I'm hoping that the leak will be the hint/confirmation that she's in heat. I'd hate to find out when she's being humped (just because she's either super clean or really leaks minimally)... Honestly, the first 3 months - each month her behavior is vastly different. I literally see changes on a weekly basis. I often wonder when will things stabilize, not that I want it - I'd love her to be as crazy as she was when she was 8 weeks old Last 3 weeks, she's less playful than 3-4 weeks ago (though still loves to bite ). But when she is, she can sure demand it
  8. How do you know my Honey so well ?!? This is exactly how she is normally :- )))))) But, I'll post my findings, once the heat hits Interesting idea. Haven't come across this one, actually, so I'll go research it a bit. Thanks! I'm seeing vet next week, so this is good timing. Generally, I want to avoid chemicals as much as possible (outside of innoculations, of course). My concern here would be, how do we know these things don't cause genetic birth defects ? I doubt dogs are that well researched in this arena (but I could be wrong here). As long as there's nothing visually obvious, who would know otherwise, right ?
  9. Wow, 6 months. That's as fast as it gets (as per theory, at least). So, potentially, next month for us. As for walking, there's quite a lot of bigger dogs around (think: 60-90 pounds)around the area that run off leash, two weeks ago, one bulldog ran at her and scared the hell out of her - had to take her to arms, and walk home, even though he just wanted to play. She was still freaking out even in my arms, as he was jumping up... If she was in heat, that would be a different matter altogether! As for the harness, we tried 2, but still need to find a better one, so leash is still a primary option for now. I did figure out a safe way how to use leash few weeks ago - I put the leash on my arm as far as it goes, make one round around forearm, and it's hands-free (though, she might break my arm, once she's 10-20 pounds heavier, so temporarily, it's an acceptable risk for me). You mentioned diapers - but does she wear them like, 24/7 (excluding bathroom breaks) during first stage ? Must be very uncomfortable to sleep in it, no ? EDIT: yours is beautiful color, BTW !
  10. After a long and careful weighing of all pros and cons, I decided not to spay my Honey (she's 5 months in few days) and when conditions allow, will attempt at one litter few years down the road. Now the practical question: Aside from he obvious and visible discharge, is there a way to discern she started the heat cycle (so we can engage all house adjustments) ? My best guess at this point is that her vulva will swell, and since her favourite position is legs up, this should be relatively easy to notice (I presume). As per the theory, during first stage (~9 days ?), she allegedly won't allow other dogs to mate. I don't much care for carpets stained (can be cleaned), though some bitches get diarrhea at the same time (so I heard), so this might be more challenging, but it's just ~1 week. The second stage (6-12 days ?) has reduced discharge, but apparently she would allow to mate. How do you walk her outside safely at that time ? She's getting bigger and while I can still carry her comfortably in my arms (she's only 30 pounds now), I don't think she'll fit to my arms, if her first cycle will be around 10-12 months of age and she's 60 pounds (but I might be wrong). Plus, it might be darn impossible, to hold her in arms, while hormons strike, and she sees a mate. Note that it's not the weight (60 pounds is not heavy), but rather the overall dimensions of Husky - a smaller volume of space is obviously easier to contain While I'm Big&Tall&Strong and have carried 50-pound dogs in arms before, some YT videos of how bitches behave in heat suggest this technique (if in danger, take her to arms to make her inaccessible for mating and quickly leave), will not work. Suggestions ? Walks in park in heat are out of the question, as are longer walks, but even a 5-minute walk entails meeting anywhere between 2-5 dogs (other than at 5am, which I'm planning for, but evenings will be challenging). Ideas ?
  11. Yelling in the middle of play is being interpreted as more intense play, so it cannot possibly work. Have you tried yelling when she does something bad, but is quiet and sleepy ? That's when you can expect yelling to yield results (of course, depending on the dog's temperament+current mood), but not in the middle of the play. You're not really ignoring her, if she is still next to you.My Honey's 4-months and when she crosses the boundary, she just gets ignored by being leashed to elliptical, where she's free to express her disappointment vocally, and her reach is limited to 5 meters. She stops complaining in few minutes. Alternatively she can chew on the couch. If you're considering physical punishment, it should be reserved for an extremely occasional use (like, once a month at most, and only for really bad stuff - more like if she does something that threatens her life/health (which is usually a problem on dog owner's side that he doesn't notice certain dangerous things in dog's environment); biting does not really apply here). Every dog's temperament is different, but the more often you resort to physical punishment, the less obedience effect it will have (and the worse additional effects on the dog it will have). So I'd really reserve it for some unexpected scenarios, not a common daily biting routine. Positive reenforcement FTW ! It looks like you haven't noticed different biting stages yet: Stage 1: Husky's sleepy/bored: Does not really actively want to bite, merely gently push. If you put your hand into his mouth, he'll just roll over his tongue over your hand inside,but the bite can't really be considered a bite, as it's so gentle. Stage 2: Husky's slightly playful: The push is not gentle anymore, but is far from pain. They still play with your hand inside their mouth Stage 3: Husky's active: This hurts, as all their muscles are ready. Stage 4: Husky's jumping and excited: You don't want to have hands inside his mouth at this point, as it can't control the strength of bite (like in previous stages) Stage 5: Berserk: Lasts few minutes. Husky's running around like crazy. Best fun ever. Never had the balls to try get bitten at this stage, though I've noticed that plenty times my Honey did not really want to bite, but there's a spot inside her throat, that can be reached only when you put your thumb inside her mouth from the edge of her mouth, then she chews on it 3-4 times (via the jaws), at which point it reaches her throat/tongue end, and that always makes her stop. I wouldn't do that voluntarily in Stage 4+. Stage 1-2 are mostly painless, yet calm her down in 3 seconds. She might be navigating you to reach her own best spot - even if it at first looks like biting. Relax your hand and see if she's trying to use your fingers to reach some spot in her mouth (teething is unpleasant for them).
  12. Some real-world experience when my Honey (currently 4-month old Husky puppy) just bolts in random direction: - Leaves rustling in the wind. She just must shred them to pieces. The fact that the leaf is flying in the middle of a busy street does not seem to pose slightest issue - Bicycles (she hears them waaaay before I got an idea what the hell is going on). The bell ring absolutely infuriates her - Birds flying (20+ meters away from us). Though, she does seem to try to catch them mid-air a bit less often now - Dog barking (inside the house, far away- across the pavement, street, front yard, behind the closed window) - Ducks. This is the only animal she sneaks upon from behind, silently. - Squirrels (there's about 10 of them in the courtyard, they're getting more daring with each week, this week one was running mere foot away in front of her). I'm wondering, would she just snap her neck ? I doubt she'd eat her (probably would try few bites, I guess) The only animal that hasn't so far triggered the prey drive is a deer. A week ago, we walked out the door, and about 5-8 meters, right in front of us, a family of 4 deer. We stared at each other for about a minute, she was motionless and soundless (a rare occurrence, indeed).
  13. Thanks for confirmation I just googled something like this: http://huskyreview.blogspot.com/2008/01/walking-belts.html From the article: :- ))))))))))) I'm laughing, because she is dragging me now already, at 10 weeks. Though, that's mostly, 'cause I'm afraid to put too much strain on her neck. Few days ago, I've once tried holding strong and she literally flipped a 180-degrees salto, in the middle of the jump (in the air), around her neck (absolutely crazy). Seeing that sent chills down my spine, so I'm now rather running everywhere after her. When does their body/bones grow up sufficiently to stop worrying about hurting their neck ? 12-16 months of age ? Perhaps sooner ?
  14. Mine's 10 weeks old, 100% time on leash outside, but literally every single day (multiple times, actually), I experience a sub-split-second take-off, usually when I'm in the middle of a blink, so before I can actually see that she fired up all 16 cylinders (on top of firing the Aries rocket second-stage), my hand is catapulted in the currently-random direction. All of that happening about 10-15 meters from a road (e.g. about less than a half second worth of distance for her, really). I'm very worried the leash will slip out of my hand, one of these days, as she often just lies quietly on the ground (so, you don't hold the leash so strong for a while), then I accidentally blink, and before my eyes are open (takes a slow-motion 0.1 second), she took off (in totally random direction). Especially when it's raining. There's, literally, sub-zero doubt in my mind, that should she free herself of the leash, I'd have a chance of finding here alive. Now, if that is not a high prey drive yet, I don't know what is. I'm a big guy, so I don't worry I won't have the strength to hold her when she grows up. Slipping however has zero correlation to strength. But, I guess it's time to start thinking of some harness, perhaps ? Just so she's 100% safe and my hands are free ?
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