Common Husky Problems!

January 26, 2014
As I said, I want to try to help you all with your problems. I know I haven't talked to some of you in a while so I guess I just took for granted that everything was okay and I am sorry for that. I do not want to be that breeder that just sells puppies but I want to help too. So I asked "IF YOU COULD CHANGE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HUSKY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?"


The following are some of the answers so far:


1. Pulling--Owning a Siberian Husky is a challenge, with their excessive shedding, digging, and their late night singing. Pulling is something to add to the list of horrible behaviors. Not only does it hurt the owner who is trying their best to do right by their dog and end up getting a dislocated shoulder! Pulling is not one of those cutesy behaviors that can be overlooked. For the most part we can blame this bad behavior on genetics. It's not bad genetics just simple genetics. They were bred to pull heavy loads so our mire human bodies are nothing for them. We find ourselves try to pull back with as much energy as we can muster and what started out to be a wonderful walk, ended up being a tug a war match between man and beast. We don't want it to but once that pull factor comes into play, there is really not stopping it. For the most part there are many different ways to stop the pulling, here are just a few that have been told to us that people use: (We do not agree to all these methods)

  • Harness 
  • Choke Chain
  • Collar
  • Head collar
  • Pinch Collar
Ok so of all the above there are good and bad with them. We personally recommend a Head Collar. The point of the head collar is we are using the same thought process that allows us to lead around a 1200 lbs horse by a rope with no problem. Where the head goes the body follows. With out going out and buying your own, test it! Don't take my word for it. Don't try to hurt your dog but you can see the difference:


  1. Grab ahold of your dogs muzzle, there is a soft spot under the chin. You can hook your finger in there to get your grip. He or she will pull away but try to keep ahold until he allows you to have his head. 
  2. Now that you have got his or head, move it to the right, what happens? If he is not sitting down, his body will move to make that position a little more comfy.
  3. Now moved to the left, same thing happens.
  4. Now try moving forwards. This is backward for you, take a few steps backward. This make take a few tries but it really does show you what our point is!
2.  Digging--Yep, we have all had it happen, let our beloved be out in the yard and come back to the grand canyon. We have had wholes deep enough to crawl into and hide. Ditches dug so weird it is like they are following a snake. Allowing your dog to have a portion of your yard that he or she is allowed to dig in is important. If they start digging somewhere else, correct them and show them where you want them to dig. If that doesn't work there are many methods, you can find that one that works for you: 
  • Cyan pepper
  • Their own poo (reuse and recycle, they don't like it is as much as you don't)

3. Chewing up things--I would love to say there is a simple fix to this. First you need to determine why they are doing it. Ask yourself a few questions:
  1. When is this happening? (if it is happening when you leave? Is it when you didn't get a chance to exercise them? Do they have something else to chew on?)
  2. What can you change about their access to the item? 
  3. A physical can help to rule out any medical reasons.
Jumping up: This is a common problem among dog owners not just Siberian Husky owners. It is a puppy's way of getting your attention or a greeting. That cute little 10 lbs baby jumps up and is greeting with an awww or a "hey baby". Unfortunately, that baby grows up to be around 60 lbs and practically knocks you down everytime they jump up. Now you have to fix it because grandma is coming to visit and your worse fear is to see Grandma laying on the floor with that cute little puppy on top of her. There are alot of different ways to stop the jumping up so if your reading this and have a different way, click the edit button and add yours. The following is ours:

So the reason that a dog jumps up is for many reasons such as: Dominance, aggression, playful greeting, etc. Depending on the reason there are different approaches and each time that an attempt to correct is performed the owner must be aware. For the most part our problems with jumping up is a playful greeting, they started at puppy stages and were not corrected. Usually it is with our return puppies. We usually start off with the ignore method which is, the puppy jumps up and we immediately turn around and ignore. This usually fixes without any other methods following. If the problem does not fix with the ignore method, we use the ouch method which is that the puppy jumps up, we yelp out like a dog or say ouch! Loud, turn around and ignore! The ignore is important because it is not giving him or her attention when they don't deserve it. Good Luck and let me know how it works. 

Recall-Usually we start puppies out before they leave us on basic recall. Making kissing noise or whistling, high pitch noises, anything to get puppies attention, if puppy runs to us, treats are giving. This is usually continued into adulthood. There are always going to be those time when your dog sees something that it just has to have, nevermind if it is across the four lane highway. There has to be a method to get your dog to come back to you no matter what! As I said before, we start our puppies from the beginning but continuing is important. 

  • In a fenced in yard: Say "Fido's Name" at first in a talk voice, if he or she responds, treat. 
  • Walk a little farther, say name (you may need to say it a little louder) if he or she responds, treat, if not, walk closer saying name, until you get  a response. 
  • Work with this until you can be on the opposite side of the fence and recall with treat!
  • Now it's time to work on distraction. Cats, squeekers, outside the fence distractions anything helps. Same thing goes, don't give the treat unless he or she comes back to you. 
  • You can also try a 25 foot leash with retractable action. This helps the youngers understand that they must come back: let them go the distance, give a little pull to get their attention, say their name, if they don't come, pull, keep going til they get the hint.
With all training techniques, staying constant is important! Everyday is a must! Even when the dog has gotten it, keep it up for refresher courses!

Ok so this is it so far, but keep the ideas rolling! If you have an idea you want to post, go ahead and help our fellow husky owners

 

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There are many methods of accomplishing this step such as:
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This blog is going to be in two parts. The first part is going to be me saying what I am going to do, and the second part will be what really happens. 
PART I (The Theory)
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Types of Training

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Types of training will depend on the temperament of your dog. You will need to find the right training method and stick to it. Remember Consistency doesn't end with potty training.
Types of training methods are:
  • Clicker
  • Treat
  • Affection
  • Good Job
CLICKER
The clicker is a small hand held device that makes a click sound when pushed. It usually acts as a "good job" or positive reinforcement. It is a good tool for most breeds.
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First day of Boot Camp "Wicker" Style

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