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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Differences Between Common Husky Breeds

Differences Between Common Husky Breeds

When considering the type of husky you want, there are several types to choose from that each offer different qualities that may work better for your home and living style so I recommend taking time to research before you impulse adopt your new pet! 

For those who are not familiar with specific types of huskies, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between them. The Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky do resemble each other, but there are clear differences between each of them.

Alaskan Malamute - This breed is actually Alaska’s official mascot and is also one of the oldest of northern sled dogs. They were named after the Inuit tribe Mahlemuts, a nomadic people of Alaska who used the powerful breed for centuries to hunt and pull heavy sleds through the Arctic.  The Malamute is taller and heavier than Siberian Huskies. They stand 23" to 25” at the shoulder and weighs and average of 75 to 85 pounds, although males can hit up to 100 pounds.
Malamutes have brown eyes and a large head with their ears set widely apart. They have bushy tails that they carry over their back. Because Malamutes are heavier than huskies, they are less likely to jump a fence, and will instead try to dig out when bored and left unattended. They should not be let off leash as they have a high prey drive and they love to run. They are known to be gender aggressive with same gendered dogs, but are very affectionate with their humans. Malamutes are an intelligent, confident and stubborn breed.
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Siberian Husky  This breed has base roots from Siberia where they were used by semi-nomadic tribes called the Chukchi people. They developed the dog with enhanced endurance to go great distances while pulling a light load at a moderate speed in tough weather. These huskies were developed to preserve energy to stay warm for long periods. At 35 to 60 pounds and 20" to 23.5” Siberian huskies are smaller boned than Malamutes. They can have brown eyes, one brown and one blue, both blue, green or parti-colored eyes. Their head is also smaller and not as broad as the Malamute, and their eyes and ears are set more closely together.
When on alert, they carry their bushy tail in a sickle shape which will drop lower when they relax. Because they are pack animals, the Siberian husky gets along very well with other dogs. They are stubborn, intelligent, confident, independent and loving with those who have earned their trust. They are know escape artists, being able to squeeze through the smallest hole or quickly dig underneath any fence. Once out, they will run far and fast. It is never recommended to let them off leash as their prey drive will kick in if they see anything move, like a squirrel.
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Luna the Siberian Husky running with her pal Annie

Alaskan Husky This breed is a true sled dog that is not recognized by any kennel club as they are not considered a pure breed like Malmutes and Siberian huskies. The Alaskan husky has been bred solely for their working ability, not their appearance. For hundreds of years Inuit people and mushers bred dogs with other canines found in villages, and there is no specific breed standard that dictates their breeding practices. This type of dog is smart and can run hard and fast with the strength to pull heavy loads.
The Alaskan husky coat is mostly short to medium in length with a thick undercoat. They are long legged with a lean body, deep in the chest with pointy ears, a tail that curls over their back. They usually have brown eyes. They weigh around 35 to 50 pounds and are slightly taller than the Siberian husky.   They are faster than both the Malamute and Siberian husky. 
Despite their differences, these three dog breeds do have a lot things in common. They are all known to be difficult to train because they are extremely independent and willful. They are very intelligent working dogs who learn at their own speed, not necessarily their owners. All of them have a thick double-coat to handle very cold weather conditions. They have a high prey drive and love to escape for a run now and then. They are born to run, which they all love to do.

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Alaskan Husky
For my family, a Siberian Husky has been a perfect fit. Luna is playful, independent (which means she doesn't need my constant attention - though she does want to be in the same area as I am), friendly and fun. Knowing that she could find digging and jumping to be an exciting adventure I make sure she doesn't spend time outdoors unattended which is fine because I can always use some fresh air too!! I think any of these breeds can be fantasic for a family who is energetic and likes to spend time outside playing!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Husky Bark Control

Husky Bark Control

A fun and wonderful part of having your very own Siberian Husky is having an opportunity to conversate with your pet.  They really enjoy a good howl whether its to tell you they are hungry, they want to play or pretty much anything that comes to mind.  I was very excited when we got Luna, to have a howl buddy because I myself am quite a chatter-er. As it turns out, she is actually pretty quiet, she will give me a bit of talk when I get her food and she will bark at her canine buddies Thor and Bella when she is ready to romp but other than that I don't hear her howl too often.

A less pleasant aspect of the husky is their barking.  Luna's friend Annie taught her that she should bark at others to say hello, to invite a play or just to chat in general which by itself is not a big deal as she isn't aggressive but it makes walking trickier.  The barking is more ferocious sounding than the howling so when I take her for a walk, well let's just say it terrifies the neighbors and they think she isn't friendly when she gives her hello bark.

To assist with this barking behavior I decided on the next step up from the Easy Walk Harness, which I really enjoy using for training Luna to walk like a lady!

*Note* Before deciding to use any method to control or correct your pups barking, make sure you know the source! Trying to change their behavior or punishing them for something that they should be doing (such as protective barking when a bad guy approaches) can cause more problems rather than good!

PetSafe Gentle Leader Head Collar

The Petsafe Gentle Leader head collar allows you to not only prevent your pup from barking, but it is also an effective training tool to keep your pet from pulling on the leash. It immediately took care of Luna's barking issue and after a couple uses, she doesn't bark when we walk anymore so it was a definite win for us. This collar doesn't choke dogs and is painless to use which is a huge bonus as I don't really like using negative forms to control my husky's behavior. It is also pretty easy to use, so we were able to get ready for walking time really quickly.

The straps on the leader are adjustable, so it will fit snugly for a comfortable and secure walking experience. With a neoprene padded nose loop, the leader is also gentle on your pup's snout. I highly recommend giving this training tool a chance to help deter your husky from the scary walking bark.

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