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Tips on Living with a Siberian Husky

Living with a Siberian Husky as your pet and taking care of him is a wonderful experience. Siberian Huskies are good-natured and very energetic. They have a few basic requirements to be good family-members but it is the same with most dogs and even with most humans. ISHC has a few tips for having a successful relationship with a Husky and making him part of your family.

1. Be the pack leader

Siberian Huskies are pack dogs and they want to be part of your pack (your family). To make sure that they know who the pack leader is, you need to identify yourself as the alpha. Once the Husky knows who is in charge and who his pack is, you will have no problems. Make sure to clearly establish yourself as the leader of the pack and make sure your family does the same.

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2. He has to be trained

It doesn’t matter that much whether you train him or if you take him to obedience school, as long as he gets training. Puppy school and obedience school can sometimes be more convenient because the people there already know what to do and how to get results. You may have to do some research. Regardless of who does the training, it is important that your Siberian is socialized and taught to obey basic commands. Socialization is important because they need to be able to get along with other dogs and people. You should also do crate training to establish boundaries in your home and leash training to ensure that he behaves when you go for walks or to the dog park.

3. He needs exercise

This is something that is non-negotiable when you have a Husky as a pet. They are working dogs and they have a lot of energy. They have to be taken for a walk or run daily. Play with them and give them mental and physical stimulation. You can get them puzzle toys or build your own. You will be surprised how a mental challenge can exhaust them. If your Siberian does not get enough exercise, he will get bored which will lead to destructive and disobedient behavior. Try and get an exercise time everyday and make sure that you give him a lot of opportunities to be a Husky.

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4. Beware the prey drive

Because Siberian Huskies lived as part of families in Siberia, they are good with children and will not be a threat to them. However, they do have a prey drive as they were left to run free and find their own food during the warm months of the year. They caught and ate small animals like birds, rabbits, and squirrels. This means that they need to be properly socialized and trained to accept smaller dogs and cats as part of their pack. If they don’t, chances are your smaller pets will not live long.

If you keep these things in mind, living with a Siberian Husky will be an absolute dream. They are wonderful pets and very friendly and kind. They have beautiful personalities to go with their beautiful furs and eyes. It is a privilege to have Siberian as part of your family.

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6 Grooming Tips for Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies have a lot of fur. They have double coats because they are a breed from the cold Russian country Siberia. They do not need a lot of washing, but there are some routine grooming things required to ensure that your husky is at his best.

Brush his fur regularly. If you brush your Husky once a week, you will have a lot less hair in the house. They shed a lot – especially during the warmer months of the year. So, invest a good dog grooming brush and make it a routine thing to brush your dog once a week.

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Don’t bathe him too often. When you bathe a dog, you are removing the natural oils of the skin and this can cause irritation and dry skin. Only wash him when he has been rolling in the mud, splashing in a pool of dirty water, or is otherwise really dirty and smelly. Siberian Huskies are almost like cats when it comes to cleaning themselves and they will rarely be very filthy.

Brush his teeth. To prevent tartar build-up and potential gum disease, brush your dog’s teeth at least two or three times a week. If you can make it a daily thing that would be even better.

Clip his nails. Clipping a dog’s nails is not a simple task. Apart from the fact that they are sensitive about their feet, you need to be careful not to clip too deep. There are blood vessels in their nails and if you clip to deep you will cause bleeding and make future attempts almost impossible.

Never shave your husky. The double coat is there for a reason: it warms and cools Huskies according to the temperature. The fur is important to regulate body temperature. When you shave the fur, you are leaving your Husky’s skin unprotected from the sun. After shaving, the undercoat also doesn’t grow back as successfully which will cause body temperature regulation problems. Don’t shave your Siberian Husky’s coat unless it is a medical emergency.

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Check his ears.Ear infections are common in dogs of all breeds and cause them a lot of discomfort. Do a routine check every day or two to make sure that there is no redness or sores and that it is not swollen. You can use dog ear cleaner on an ear bud to gently clean the inside part of the ear. Never insert anything into the ear. Just clean the shell of the ear.

Siberian Huskies are actually not difficult to groom. The only thing you need to know is that there will be a lot of hair. Other than that, establishing a routine for teeth, nails, brushing, and ears, will make your grooming a quick and painless event. It is important to make your dog used to touching, brushing, working with their ears and paws, and checking their teeth from a young age. This will make them more comfortable and accept it as non-threatening.

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Siberian Husky Fact Sheet

Siberian Huskies are most well-known for being sled dogs in snowy countries. They are a breed that originated in Siberia, Russia and are generally of medium-size. They have many distinctive traits – both physical and personality-wise. They are working dogs that helped the Chukchi people who were hunter-gatherers. These people lived in very harsh and cold weather and that is why Huskies are so happy with the cold.

Physical Traits

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Coat and fur – Because of the cold weather from which they originated, Siberian Huskies have a double-layer coat. The undercoat is very dense and there to protect them against the cold. The top layer is longer but still short hair to add a second coat of protection against the cold. Their fur reflects heat during hot months and can still keep cool. They shed a lot and require grooming on a regular basis.

Color and patterns – Siberian Huskies are mainly white and black, but there are also those that are copper-red and white or gray and white. You will also occasionally find a pure white Husky. They usually have white paws, legs, and facial markings, but the patterns differ from dog to dog. Most Huskies have distinctive patterns and markings on their faces and ears.

Eye color – Huskies can have almost any combination of eye color. Mostly their eyes are brown or blue, but you will often also see dogs with one of each color or even eyes that are parti-colored.

Build – Siberian Huskies are medium-sized dogs with long and furry tails. They are not built like some bully breeds, but they are strong.

Other Traits

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They are good with children – The Siberian Husky was raised within a family setting by the Chukchi people which mean they are used to being around children. They are good with children and can gentle and good pets.

They have hunting instincts – The Chukchi only used the dogs for work during the winter months when the snow was thick. During summer, the dogs ran free in packs and hunted for their food. Because of this, they may not be great with smaller animals. They can be trained to get used to cats and smaller dogs.

They need a lot of exercise – They are a very active and energetic breed and they need exercise daily.

They are known escape artists – A Siberian Husky can jump, crawl, or dig his way out if he wants to. When being kept as pets, they need to be in a secure and fenced area that outwits their smart escape tactics.

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs and they make very good pets. The most important things to remember is that they need training to be obedient and they need to feel part of a pack.