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My real name is Pete and I added the Brit so you know I'm not from a country with wide open wildernesses. More so as I live in the suburbs of London quite near what used to be the WW2 Hornchurch Airdrome base, now a county park. I've joined this forum because I'm in the process of adopting a rescue dog, a 3 year old Husky cross Marmulte, and awaiting the home visit stage.

I have had a rescue dog before, a whippet cross, and he loved the open spaces in the park for running, but its not fenced and I've been warned that like my whippet x, the Husky x Marmulte is a two mode dog. Sleepy (sometime naughty thieving if its not nailed down) pet in the home and the focused wild one in the open parks, loves people and other dogs, but focussed of the nemisis called CATS, but unlike the whippet the Husky x might not come back on recall.

So I've joined and will be asking questions if I get accepted by the rescue home to make her new home a happy one for her.

anyhow thats me,

Pete

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Welcome to the forum.

As people seem to have advised you.

First rule of Husky ownership : NEVER let your Husky (cross or not) off lead in an unsecured area.

Second rule of |Husky ownership : See rule No. 1 :)

people who have had other breeds always remember that you can train a dog to respond and do what you want.

Huskies can be trained in a closed safe environment to do all the same tricks, once outside in a wide open unsecured space all that training is completely ignored 

and you will be chasing your dog for hours, if your are even lucky enough to keep it in sight. 

This isn't just my opinion, this is what EVERY Husky owner discovers when they  think they have the one Husky who will respond.

On top of that they are escape artistes extraordinaire, if you have a half inch gap in your garden fence they will exploit it to get out.

They will open doors and windows. You have to make your home into Fort Knox. You never open an exterior door without first checking that your husky is first locked away behind an interior door or baby gate.

They will talk back to you, and ignore you, 

And they will shed constantly and blow their undercoat twice per year.

Other than that they are a Joy to be owned by.

Good luck

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As above...and

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Welcome to the pack , I had a whippet cross too and he absolutely loved to run but he always came back,  Huskies also love to run but are a hell of a lot less obedient , best to keep them on the lead , you can get 100ft leads off Amazon or Ebay so they can still have a run around but are kept safe at the same time 

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Yes I heard about the outside deafness to the words "come here", and so had purchased the longest Amazon UK lead I could. Real shame though as the park is wonderful dog running grounds, but aside from the baby play area totally unfenced. (this will be one of my future questions if I'm approved, what games in the park, if fetch the Frisby or ball seems out). My Whippet x had no time to play with me when outside, wasn't interested in fetching balls or nothing, just running away from me then running around me in a circle, so zero experience here in how to wear a dog on a lead out as I never had to.

Gardens a mess with nettles and weeds so if she wants to dig it up might be an improvement. My Whippet liked a few strategic dog holes too for bones, toys, stolen property etc.

I've hung a slip on lead on the front door for the opening to strangers and stop the hound hugging the postman ritual. I used to hold the Whippet back with a hand (and leg, foot, even my body as a last resort), but this Husky x girl is far to strong for that.

 

Pete

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I would advise you get as much information on the ownership of a husky as quickly as possible as the rescue are likely to, and should, ask you questions on how you would treat your husky. They are completely different to any other creature you may have owned but are far more rewarding. Good luck and if you need any advice just ask. Welcome to the forum.

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Your right from all I've read, as I've been reading and watching online as much as I can. Fortunately I'm expecting the unexpected and a myriad of life 'dog challenges' for the owner to solve.

I've been accepted now as her new carer, just waiting on the delivery of her special diet and a collection date sometime next week.

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1 hour ago, Pete the Brit said:

Your right from all I've read, as I've been reading and watching online as much as I can. Fortunately I'm expecting the unexpected and a myriad of life 'dog challenges' for the owner to solve.

I've been accepted now as her new carer, just waiting on the delivery of her special diet and a collection date sometime next week.

Special diet ???

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Aye she has a form of Colic and can only eat a limited number of brands types, just 2 brands so far she has tolerated. Kibble and supermarket tin food has her in agony afterwards so is a huge no-no. As are nearly all dog treats, dental chews and the like. So this led to my first ask the expert owners question in the training section, other positive means to train a dog that doesn't involve any food. I can only think of smiles and petting myself.

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