Friday, August 18, 2017

Are Huskies Good or Badly Behaved Dogs?

Are Huskies Good or Badly Behaved Dogs?

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Luna Making Friends at Universal City Dog Park
It is time to talk about the Siberian Husky personality and behavior! When it comes to deciding what type of dog is right for your home, family and you, it is important to research everything you can about the breed so you don't change your mind after bringing them home. It is all about being prepared! 
Huskies can be both good and badly behaved dogs.  It really depends on how you train them and what you consider bad behavior versus instinctive behavior too. For example, Siberian huskies have a very high predatory drive so if you are going to reprimand them for bringing you a rat/squirrel/bird/kitten or other small creature, they may not be the breed for you. This is not considered bad behavior, but it is most certainly husky behavior.

Let's take a look at what is considered their Good qualities first.
  • Huskies are lovers. They are a pack dog and instinct tells them to be with that pack all the time and shower them with love.  When it comes to Luna, my husky, she shows this by following me everywhere I go and licking me at any opportunity.  They also love other dogs and can love cats too depending on how high their kill drive is and how they view the cat. Some will immediately see them as a pack mate, some will see them as a light snack. My cat was the same size as Luna starting out and they like to play together, although my cat thinks Luna is too energetic! 
  • They are very smart. Yes, this is a good quality! Huskies have the capacity to learn all sorts of commands and listen to you when you talk to them. When trained properly, they can even be used as helper dogs.
  • The Siberian husky is not possessive. In my house this is great because I have all sorts of animals and it is important to be able to show them all love without the others feeling jealous. 
  • This breed is energetic.  Very energetic. Extremely energetic. If you are looking for a dog that can keep up with you in a marathon, jog with you in the morning, briskly walk around the city, this is the one for you. Every time you take them outside it is like a kid in a candy store. They will look at EVERYTHING. When you want to play, they want to play. 
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Getting Ready to Dive in for a Friendly Face Lick!

Here come what can be considered as Bad qualities.
  • Huskies are energetic. Yes, this was also on the good quality list! Because of their endless buoyant energy, they can get into mischief! And when they get into mischief it is not like the little dogs who might tear a hole in your favorite sock, they will rip the entire couch up into bite sized pieces. 
  • They are high maintenance. Because they are such lovers, huskies need attention, they need a present family. If you are gone all day long and leave them alone, they will be lonely, anxious and that will lead to, you guessed it...mischief. 
  • Siberian huskies need constant training.  They are not like other breeds where you teach them to sit and they sit forever.  Huskies need to be learning and doing things all the time to feel like they are serving their purpose. Training helps to provide that for them.
  • They are independent.  Although you might work every single day on commands and training, when your pup decides there is something else they would rather be doing, well, they are not going to listen to you. Their willfulness can cause you and your husky to not get along so well, so you have to be prepared to handle that stubborn streak in a loving way. 
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Sleepy After Park Play!

When it comes down to it, a Siberian Husky has the potential to be the best dog you ever have, but you have to be ready to put the work in to establish that lasting relationship with them. They can be ideal for a first time dog owner, as long as the owner knows ahead of time that the pup requires a lot more attention then say, a pug. Generally speaking, most say that you should have some experience with other breeds before trying one out though. Also, you may find that after you bring your husky pup home that you fall so in love that you end up with a whole pack of them! 

Crate Training can be a good first step to having a surprise free home! ~
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Umbilical Training is a helpful option for starting your husky off on the right foot! ~
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Here is another place to check out helpful information on the pros and cons of this fantastic furry breed! ~ YourPureBredPuppy ~


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

To Bathe or Not to Bathe Your Husky

To Bathe or Not to Bathe Your Husky

Recently, I wrote a blog post on husky hair! If you have recently brought home a husky or have had one in the past, you know all about the crazy amounts of hair that can be left behind! In that post I went over all of the various brushes that I use to keep Luna looking lovely and my home a little less hair filled. 
Going along the same grooming lines, today I want to talk about bathing your husky.
Bathing your dog can help to control dander and with many breeds that makes it easier to own them even if you are allergic. With huskies, they are a low odor breed which puts them in the low-allergy category, however, they are not hypo-allergenic as they do have doggy dander. 

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Headed to the Park!
Having owned many different types of breeds of dogs, I have found that the majority of them can handle a bath a month or even more frequently without it creating dry skin issues. Huskies are completely different though. With huskies, it is instinctive for them to clean/groom themselves similarly to cats. They like to stay clean and they are known to have very sensitive skin so when you over-bathe them they will get dried out and itchy! 

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Getting dirty at the Universal City dog park!
It is generally recommended to only bathe your husky once to twice a year, which if your husky is anything like Luna, may seem way too infrequently.  I have found some solutions to help though and I am going to pass them onto you so you can also keep your husky clean, happy and healthy!
  • Brushing
    • Make sure you are brushing your husky at least once a week, refer to my post for the best way to go about doing that. It is all about creating a habit, if you are consistent in combing through your huskies luscious locks they will eventually enjoy the grooming. The bristle brush is great for giving that smooth, shiny look on their coat so I definitely recommend that for a finishing comb through.
  • Wet Wipes
    • Baby wipes or the special puppy wipes work fantastically for spot cleaning when they get into the mud! Just pull out a wipe and hit the dirty spot. They work really well on the white paws and faces too, getting that fur looking the right color! You can also rinse them off with a hose when they get good and muddy, just don't use any soap because that will leave them dry and flaky!
  • Body Spray
    • You can keep your pup smelling fresh everyday with hydrating body sprays that are specially designed for dogs like Pro-Sense Odor Eliminating Freshening Spray. That is the spray that I use for Luna and yes, it took a little while for her to sit still and let me spray her down but she has gotten used to it. This one has Aloe Vera which can help soothe your puppy's skin and leave it soft. You can try out all sorts of different scents to find the one that works best for your dog! 



When it comes to keeping your husky looking clean, these steps go a long way to making it between bath times and if all else fails and they are just crazy dirty, try a gentle shampoo that emphasizes moisturizing agents, they are less likely to leave your pup feeling dried out and itchy. Always keep a close eye on them after using new shampoo or spray products for over scratching, if they have a reaction you will want to take them to the vet! 

Here are some other articles that can help you out when it comes to your husky!



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