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Hey there! I'm interested in adopting a Siberian Husky puppy, and since I've never owned one before, I was hoping to get some advice when it comes to breeders. I have been searching for quite a while to find the perfect puppy, and I thought that I had, but later I was idly searching for husky pictures and came across a forum on this website, in which another user had in a similar situation to mine requested advice and discovered that his dream puppy may actually be riddled with health issues, and with your guys' help he decided on a much safer puppy. I'm hoping to have the same wonderful advice, so here he is! The breeder is Breeders name removed, and from what I could tell, they seemed very legitimate, with AKC certified parents and Champion Bloodlines, and the puppies looked healthy to me, but again, I am new to the world of huskies and am likely overlooking obvious health issues. I attached first the 3 photos of the puppy, an 8 week old male, and following those are the photos of Jax, the father, and Kita, the mother. Following those are the health guarantees they offer. I called them as well, and they seem genuinely interested in finding safe and suitable homes for their huskies, and were happy to help me. What do you guys think-is he a safe bet? Are there any questions I could ask the breeder to clarify anything in regards to his health? Thanks in advance!!
Alright, I am a brand new husky owner and I am new to the breed. I did my research before adopting my dog, Max, but he is definitely still a challenge. I live in the basement of a house that has been converted into an apartment. I have my own fenced yard and access to the landlord's larger fenced yard as well where Max can play with her dog (we introduced them today and they seemed to get along well). I just adopted him on Sunday. He is just over 1 year old and is the BEST dog I have ever had. He doesn't jump up on people, doesn't bark (unless he is really riled up while playing), learns quickly, and doesn't pull too much on his leash (though we are working on improving that still). My problem is this: he is having a very hard time in his crate. At his foster home he was also crated, but his foster family had 2 other dogs so he wasn't really alone. He did fine in his crate. During the day I have to crate him for up to 4-4.5 hours while I am working. I have been getting up early with him to take him on a 15-30 minute walk, then I crate him and go to work for a couple of hours (I am a college student, so my schedule is sort of split up so I can come home throughout the day). He does fine in his crate during this time and doesn't really cry/whine/howl. Then when I come home I let him out to potty and we go on a long walk (30-45 minutes minimum). We come home, play, and he usually takes a nap. Somedays I work 2:45/3-5:30 in the afternoon and other days I work 5-9. I make sure he gets lots of play time and exercise and food, water, and potty before I crate him, but he has been having a really hard time. Last night I came home early because my landlord, who lives above me and can hear him when he cries/howls, said he was crying for over an hour (I know part of it is because it's a new place and people and possibly because there was a thunderstorm) so she came down to check on him and he was trying to break out of the kennel. We have a large Kong brand kennel and he pulled the bottom part of the door so that it was behind the cage wall instead of in front of it. Today he had a hard time again in the afternoon and ripped a huge chunk off of the bottom tray of his crate. He cried and howled for over an hour, according to my landlord. She does not understand the breed, thinks crating is cruel, and feels bad for Max. Max's crying also makes her dog upstairs start crying and barking. He is a very calm dog and he sleeps in a dog bed next to my bed at night time. He has not chewed up anything in my room. I was thinking of trying to let him have free run of the house tomorrow while I am working for 2 hours in the morning and see how he does. I am planning to put all the couch cushions, pillows, and other things I don't want him to chew up in the bathroom where he cannot get to them. If the house is still in good shape when I get home, he will be rewarded with a special treat. What I would like to hear is how y'all handled crying/howling in the crate/destructiveness in the crate and/or how your husky has done with having free run of the house. I honestly think that he will be okay, but I know they get bored easily. He had all of his toys (several soft chew toys, three types of bones, a kong filled with PB, an antler chew, and 2 tennis balls) in his crate today and still had a really hard time so I am wondering if he would do any better out of the crate. I appreciate any help/advice you can give me!