A crash course in Siberian ownership

(crash being the operative word here)

Siberian Huskies are not just your average dog. They are highly intelligent, sensitive, and energetic. To a Siberian, running is what they live for. They were bred to run, and will find a way to do it on their own if they cannot do it with your supervision. Huskies require daily exercise.

Siberian Huskies are bred to run and run fast. They can go about 18 miles per hour pulling a grown man. If they get away from you--don't chase them, they will think it is a game. Better to sit down where you are at and call to them to come, or run in the opposite direction while calling to them and get them to chase you. If none of this works get in your car and follow. The point of this paragraph is Keep your husky on a leash or in your yard.

Siberian Huskies can disappear like magic. I have often said,"If you can see over the top of it, plant grass under it, or pour water through it, a husky can get out of it." Huskies escape most often when left alone, they will go looking for you. You are their family and their security. They will also take a stroll if not exercised daily. A husky is not running away from home when he leaves, he is just running. And if you are lucky and a human or a car does not stop him, he'll be back. Unfortunately, because of their love of people and lack of caution they often wind up lost or dead when they get out of their own yard. Always make sure your fence is in good repair and your gates are securely closed.

Siberian Huskies have a high predatory instinct. Most often they are not good with small animals such as cats and rabbits. Some have been known to get along with all creatures great and small, but usually huskies find smaller animals to be nothing more than chew toys.

Siberian Huskies are sometimes destructive in the backyard. This is more true of puppies than adult dogs. Siberian puppies dig and chew due to their high energy level. Sometimes this subsides with maturity, other times it only tapers off a bit. If you are a big fan of ornamental plants or your yard is  full of topiary, you may have to take a little more time choosing your siberian. Watch your dog and remember. Digging is not an unusual trait, though it is not a trait shared by all huskies.

Siberian Huskies are gregarious and loving. By nature Huskies like to live in groups, make sure your dog is included in family fun. They give all of their heart to their families, usually for the price of a couple of scoops of kibble and a daily walk. This is a great bargain. Huskies sometimes challenge their new owners. But, once you have shown them that you are the boss, and that they can count on you--you will not just own your dog, you will have EARNED him. A husky is a wonderful family pet. They are as charming as they are beautiful.

Click on this pawprint to go to The Husky Profiler. This is a nice little web tool that takes basic information about your situation and lets you know if you have any areas of concern as a husky owner. This link is used with permission of the owner of the website. Please take a look around this site as well, it is full of information.-written by Deana Case


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