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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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Saturday, September 30, 2017

How To Help Your Husky's Sensitive Tummy

How To Help Your Husky's Sensitive Tummy

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You have done some research and decided a husky was just the right fit for your home and now you are wondering why they have the runs, or even worse, why they keep throwing up all that new food you just gave them. Congratulations, you are officially a genuine husky owner! Huskies are well-known for having sensitive tummies and it can take a lot of trial and error to get them on a diet that is both good for them and gentle on those sensitive stomachs!

I was fortunate enough to know ahead of time that I was bringing home a sensitive tummy canine companion so I was ready with my own tips and tricks for keeping her regulated. Here are several ways that you can do the same for your little pup.

1.) Always have some canned pumpkin in your pantry. Pumpkin is a fantastic go-to for both the runs and constipation and will keep your husky stools solid looking. It contains a lot of fiber, which is very important for tummies. It will slow digestion as well as soak up excess water which is how it provides the double benefit. The pumpkin can also help with weight management if you find that your little buddy is getting too big. It makes your pet feel fuller so they will eat less of the not so healthy stuff! This site gives lots of other benefits of pumpkin too - 13 Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets.

2.) Start them off with a grain free diet. Grains in dog food are a common issue as many dogs are actually allergic to them and they don't actually need carbs in their diet at all. It is better to spend a little more on a food that is full of meat and other healthy ingredients, they will need less and you will have less mess to clean up! I use Heritage Ranch by HEB which is similar to Merrick. It is grain free and my husky goes nuts at mealtimes so I call it a win! It is also a little easier on the wallet than some of the other brands.

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3.) Try not to feed them scraps. It is hard not to want to share your own delicious dinner bits with your husky, especially when they sit there with those adorable little faces just waiting but if you don't want them to suffer, it is important not to share.  Now if you are eating delightful and healthy things like boiled chicken, a little bite now and again may not be detrimental.  I would recommend waiting until after mealtimes however and offering a special treat, like a homemade baked biscuit or a carrot with some peanut butter. There are all sorts of healthy treats you can offer that are gentle on their tummies.

4.) Change diets slowly.  When you notice your husky having an issue with food they are on, don't go cold turkey and change up their meals because that can make the problem worse, even make it last longer. Instead, make sure to mix the new and old food together over a period of time, generally a couple of weeks is recommended, each day adding a little more new and a little less old until the old is gone. This way the new food is introduced slowly, allowing your husky's tummy to adapt easily.

Again, the most important thing is to keep trying different things. If one food doesn't work, don't be afraid to change it out until you find one that works for them!!!

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