Q: What are some tips on raising a Siberian Husky puppy?
I am going to get a Siberian Husky puppy in a few days. What can I prepare for her? I already have another dog, so I have toys and stuff but what should I expect?
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Answer by Naysaツ
Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of hair!!!
their great desire to just run and never stop
Answer by Serendipity
Siberian Huskies ARE high energy dogs, but exercise shouldn't be forced until the dog is physically mature, to prevent joint problems. Until then, 20-minute walks, some games in the backyard, etc. will do. When the dog is physically mature, you can go on longer walks/jogs that span several miles.
Definitely buy chew toys, like non-edible Nylabones and Elk antlers; they'll be great to have around when the puppy starts teething. A stuffing-free, squeaker toy is great, too, and you don't have to worry about the puppy eating stuffing (I like the Skinneez brand). And of course, you'll need a tennis or rubber ball, in case your puppy likes chasing or retrieving (I doubt that will come naturally with a Sibe, though).
Also, make sure you get a crate, which will help a lot with housetraining. I recommend buying one large enough for an adult Sibe, and making the space smaller with a crate divider; the puppy will eliminate in the crate if it has room. No pads, because they'll teach the puppy that it's okay to eliminate indoors. Make sure you puppy proof the house first, but also get some Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray just in case; it's a bitter chewing deterrent, and seems to work better than all the rest.
Also, be sure you get a quality holistic food (if you're not feeding raw) that's high in meat content. Because Huskies are large breed dogs, make sure the formula has low enough calcium & phosphorous levels to keep your puppy from growing too quickly (people used to think it was protein, but high ca/ph are really the source of the problem, along with overfeeding). You don't have to necessarily buy a large breed puppy formula, because all size/breed/age group-specific foods are basically marketing gimmicks. Some adult foods actually have lower ca/ph. I'd stick with a food that has a maximum of 1.7% calcium and 1.4% phosphorous, or less.
For exercise go with walks and play-dates versus toys and tennis balls.
Answer by letterstoheather
Huskies are a different sort of dog, and when we get one, we need to assert ourselves as pack leaders right off the bat.
I think that group obedience is great for pups after they have had their series of puppy shots… it's good for socialization. If you have dog parks, or trails in your area, another good idea. Dogs are social creatures, and it's really a good idea to get your dog acсustom to being in the company of other dogs.
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Answer by havinajamingoodtime
Very excited dogs… once their "blood" gets following they have trouble listening… Like to pull on a leash so teach not to do that while young and don't pull as hard…
Crate train while ur gone or seclude him in one room cause they will get bored and scavenge in the garbage or chew up anything… always full of energy… really cool exciting dog breed… i had never been around one til about a year ago and already planning on getting one once I move out…
Answer by Janet B
Congratulations on your Siberian Husky puppy! Don't automatically assume your Husky will behave like your other dog – they do tend to exhibit some breed-specific characteristics.
Huskies are escape artists. Many Sibe owners need a 6' privacy fence with a cattle wire to keep our babies safe. NEVER LET THE DOG ROAM OFF LEASH!
The Sibernet-L mailing list (listserv) is devoted to the Siberian Husky and is open to all Siberian Husky owners, breeders, exhibitors or anyone with an interest in the Siberian Husky breed and raising a Husky. http://www.sos-srf.org/SibernetL.html explains the list and gives information about how to join. Or you can find it through Google.
Sibernet-L was a lifesaver for us when we got two puppies many years ago! Good luck!
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