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  1. This is eight weeks. They are now 18 months.
  2. It baffles me how people think human affection is an adequate substitute for exercise, after thousands of years of breeding to run.
  3. One of the first things I learned about Husky's is they have a huge exercise requirement. If you don't have a large yard or a dogpark conveniently located, some other arrangement is necessary. I let my two run off leash in a wildlife conservation area about 5 miles/day while I ride an electric scooter. If they go out of sight in the woods, crops, or weeds for more than about 15 seconds, I "tickle" them out with a vibrating e-collar. I also have a GPS on his collar. Their exuberance is undeniable, and they are magnificent. They are 18 months old and transitioning into strong healthy adults.
  4. I run my two Huskys off leash with e-collars and GPS. 4-5 times a week, around 5 miles each time. I ride electic scooter. Yes, they chase other animals. They were born to run, and they are magnificent at it. I will take the risk to let them live the way they were meant to. I see no way your Husky can develop full health and strength if he/she is not permitted to run off leash on a regular basis, unless you're a distance runner with them. Walking them all day is still inadequate as they were bred to RUN all day.
  5. I was able to shrink photos OK. Dogs are fed Purina Pro Plan for large breeds per vet recommendation. I top off each bowl with 1/4 can Pedigree wet food. I give them a wide variety of treats and supplements. Blueberries, apples, bananas, pumpkin, watermelon, pig ears, beef rib bones, beef marrow bones, peanut butter (xylitol-free), cow hooves, Rachel Ray treat varieties, many more.
  6. Tundra and Taiga are named after their ancient homeland. I wanted something associated with Siberia and "Gulag" wuz a mite harsh.
  7. I actually got his female littermate, also. I have lots of photos, but file size seems to keep them from uploading.
  8. Hi, I live in Delaware and have two Husky critters, Tundra and Taiga (The Taiga is the name of the huge coniferous forest that is just below the northern tundra.) Tundra is male, Taiga is female litter mate. I got them at eight weeks, they are now 18 months old. I don't have a large yard, but I am fortunate to have a sizable Wildlife Conservation Area for them to run. It's a Husky Disneyworld. Theyleap, bound, and run free through open fields, grassy lanes, and wooded areas. I ride an electric scooter. We go out early before it warms up, four or five times a week. We typically cover around 5 miles each time. My little celebrities are healthy, strong, magnificent....and spoiled rotten. They are very well fed, not so well trained...lol. I have E-collars on both, I use the vibrate mode to get them to return, I don't shock them. I also have a GPS on his collar (They have always been together, so I don't have a separate GPS on her.) My photo files appear to be too large to upload....maybe later.
  9. While waiting for my puppy to get old enough to bring home, I have been downloading and watching video clips of husky puppies. (about 60 so far.) I am struck by the incredible tolerance of the mothers. From birth to eight weeks, the little guys get increasingly stronger, more active, with sharper teeth. They torment her incessantly, but she seldom growls or snaps at them, instead just nudging them around. Hope I can do as well. Truly inspirational.
  10. There is extensive free information on the internet to assist with new puppy training. Most of it is common sense, simple, and positive reinforcement. It requires time, patience, and consistency. I will not take my puppy to obedience classes. The only thing they might assist me with is socialization with other dogs, and there are numerous dog owners that routinely come by. If your dog has not been trained as a puppy , you no doubt have a far more difficult job.
  11. The area has a trap, neuter, return program for feral cats. I can't endorse it as there is no evidence it reduces their numbers, and they continue to kill any young wildlife their entire lives. I like the relocation program better, but all the research seems to indicate there is a lot of stress associated with relocating feral cats. And it's difficult to evaluate the level of stress accurately, particularly without a ballistics report.
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