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  1. Hello everyone, not been on this site much, but if there's anyone that could give me some advice, or share your knowledge with an amateur, it wouldn't be wasted! Sorry for the long post. I have a huskyxlab; I have a lot of experience with Labs, NONE with huskies, and my little hellhound definitely has many husky attributes! He's sixteen months old, and he came to us from another family at ten months. He was very mouthy at first, excitable, stubborn, all of that has settled down. On walks, when he meets other dogs he's a big, bouncy excitable dunce. Not sure what his previous own
  2. @Andy Please don't think I was condemning you! It was a slur on my part (I'm not a wordsmith), I meant I was amazed you'd recommend them as most people are either very, very reluctant to admit to using one (cba with having to defend themselves for example), or have only seen them used as a torture device like you said. All tools can be either good or bad depending on who is wielding them. To be pedantic, I think treats could be a negative; diabetes, obesity, skin disorders, eating disorders etc! (I'm using an ott example of course). Thanks for the link. Dh has been watching lot's o
  3. Thank you all for getting back to me. I am amazed you mentioned pronged/e-collars @Andy as there is so much controversy around them. Dh used a check chain on one of his boxers (this was in the '90s) and it was the only thing that stopped the pulling. My niece is a vet, and after she saw (and heard) ours on a walk, she actually advised us to get a check chain as it would do less damage in the long term than the collar he has right now. I just don't know if I can get my head around it because of the stigma! Yeah, leaving the house. Our porch is now known as the launch pad. Can you gu
  4. (If there's a similar thread, I haven't seen it -please delete mine if there is!) Shock, horror, my dog pulls. And it is like nothing I have ever experienced before. Who'd have thought a husky pulling? Anyway, at the moment we have a flat collar and standard leash. We do the 'stop/wait till he comes back into right position/ set off again' method of training. I also use a clicker when I can as he pays more attention to that. I'' try and explain the scenario as best I can (I'm not a wordsmith) - the first walk of the day really sets the tone for the rest of the day. There
  5. hahaha, mine just whinges at me mostly. I met someone whos' husky goes 'yeah, yeah, yeah'. Pretty funny. Is it just me, or are huskies a bit... Weird? Lol, I mean it in the best way! They're lovable nutters.
  6. Ohhh I have noticed this. Usually at something he doesn't like. He barks as well which is weird, so we get a happy mixture of both. And the 'huffing'! @wolfpup this sounds like mine! It took a bit of guess-work to figure out what he wants, though to be fair it's usually a walk. Mines' a bit of an obnoxious teen at the moment - do you have any tips on surviving this?
  7. Haha, ok, so Recall - he has been let off once when I was having a brave day. We are now renting a secure enclosure for recall training. Burglars - he actually hates the local drug dealers (yeah, I live in one of those places), and curses at them whenever they walk past. Maybe not husky there then Fluff - we've invested in a good slicker brush jesus Christ the pulling - no dislocated shoulders, but broken fingers, YES. He likes birds. Even ones that are 30 feet in the air. staring - he does try to hypnotise me whenever he 'needs' a walk, which is apparently every 30 mi
  8. Yay, thank you! Don't be fooled, he is a hurricane on paws.
  9. I have a labxhusky which my family and I adopted a couple of months back. I have a lot of experience with Labradors, but Huskys' - total greenhorn! There are definitely some 'elements' of our boy that are unfamiliar territory to me! So, what would be your need-to-know info for a newbie like me? Can be silly, can be serious!
  10. Lovely dog. Who could not want her anymore?!
  11. Hi everyone! I'm not actually sure if I'm welcome here - I am owned by a dog, although he isn't 100% husky - he's a labradorxhusky. Labsky? I'm hoping you'll let me stay, as I'm keen to learn more and speak to other husky owners.
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