Siberian Husky Facts

Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs. They look like wolves, and have thick, soft coats, that make them infinitely cuddly. They have piercing eyes, and wonderful masks, that give them a roguish and unique look.

Siberians can make very good family pets. If properly trained, they can be very good with people, children, and other dogs. Indeed, Sibes are commonly known for their friendliness toward people.

Although they may look like fierce wolves, they have the heart of Casanova. All my Huskies want to do, is greet everyone and give them licks.

However, many people have trouble with this breed, and many Sibes get surrendered every year.

Consider these Siberian Husky facts, before going out and getting a puppy. The Siberian Husky is a very special and lovable breed, but they may not be the right breed for everyone.

1. Siberian Huskies Shed a Lot!

Be ready to have dog hair all over the house – floors, carpets, clothing, furniture, everywhere.

If we are allergic to dog hair, or like our home to be very clean, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

When I was looking for a Sibe, I talked to a few breeders in my area. The first thing they all said was, “Siberians shed a lot”. I mentioned that my other dog, a Shiba Inu, also has a double coat, and also sheds a fair amount. However, they all said, “Siberians shed a lot more”.


And they do! A whole lot more.

Therefore, it is very important to train our Husky puppy to enjoy the grooming experience.

  • I start with a soft brush, and lightly comb my dog’s body for a short period of time.
  • I do this often, and pair it with food rewards.
  • Once my puppy is comfortable with the brushing process, I very slowly extend the length of our grooming session.
  • Finally, I repeat the process with a more solid brush, such as the Furminator.

Frequent brushing is a good idea to keep our Husky clean, and clear out loose hair. The more hair on the Furminator, the less hair on the floor.

About twice a year, my Sibes blow their coat. During this time, there will be more fur than ever. To keep things under control, I try to brush every day. Remember to always keep brushing sessions fun, rewarding, and not overly long.

2. Siberian Huskies Make Awful Watch Dogs

Because Huskies look like wolves, many people assume that they are fierce dogs. Some people may even think that they are wolf hybrids.

However, a Sibe is more of a lover and less of a fighter.

When confronted with a stranger, my Husky will usually run up to him, give licks, and beg for food. As a result, Sibes do not make very good watch dogs. They will not only welcome everyone into your house, but will also give them the royal lick treatment.

If we want a dog that is only loyal to us and our family, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

My Huskies are naturally happy and trusting dogs, who like to be with everyone. That is one of the things that I love most about them.

The Siberian Husky is not a watch dog, although those ignorant of his true nature may be frightened by his appearance. If you want a dog with aggressive guard-dog instincts . . . don’t buy a Siberian.
~~[SHCA]

Leave your home in the care of a “guard” Siberian and he will most likely welcome an intruder with open arms, fetch (for the first time in his life) your valuables and show him the best route of escape–after all, Siberians are great escape artists.
~~[Siberian Rescue Site]


Note – This does not mean that Huskies will never be aggressive toward people. A dog’s behavior is determined both by genetics (breeding), as well as by training, socialization, context, and past experiences. A dog may become aggressive as a result of improper training, bad social experiences, insufficient socialization, and more.

For reasons of safety, it is important to ensure that our companion dogs are not people aggressive. Most companion dogs today guard us, by sounding an alert when unknown or strange people come close to our house. These dogs are not people aggressive. They do not bark, lunge, or growl at passers-by during walks. They are not aggressive toward guests and unknown visitors, who may need to work in or around our house. Their job is simply to alert us, when unusual events occur close to home. Anything more would quickly become dangerous and risky.

Highly trained guard dogs, such as those employed by law-enforcement, may be trained to attack or restrain an intruder. However, they are always under the control of their handler, are extremely well managed, and will only attack on-command or when they think their handler is in clear danger (as defined during training). They also do not bark or growl at pedestrians.

3. Siberian Huskies Have High Energy

They are intelligent, athletic, and were bred to pull sleds for extremely long distances, in the freezing cold. Therefore, be prepared to provide a Husky with a lot of mental and physical exercise.

A young Husky needs activity almost all day round. At around one-year old, my Sibe puppy sleeps for perhaps 3-4 hours during the day, and about 10 hours during the night. That leaves about 10 hours during the day where she is on the go.

She drains her energy most by playing with my other dog, a Shiba Inu. However, even my Shiba cannot fully keep up with her.


In addition to the playing, she works for all of her food, has long walks in the park several times a week, has structured dog play sessions, dog obedience training sessions, and still has energy left over to explore and dig in our backyard.

If bored, a Husky can become unhappy. He will likely escape, or use our house and belongings as chew toys. Unless our backyard is extremely secure, he can easily jump over or dig under a fence, in order to find adventure elsewhere.

If we are away at work for most of the day, then the Siberian Husky is probably not for us.

Siberians like having company and activity all day long. It is possible that a Husky can keep himself occupied if we have other dogs, but he may also lead our entire pack into mischief!

Sibes do best when there is frequent human supervision, throughout the day.

Siberians are a gregarious lot and need the company of other dogs or of people at all times.
~~[SHCA]

The Husky needs lots of exercise and entertainment. They love to run and play, but must be allowed to do so safely.
~~[Hillside SPCA]

4. Siberian Huskies Are Independent Thinkers


They have a very independent mind and spirit, and will only perform, if we make it worth their while.

If we want an obedient dog that only lives to please us, then the Siberian Husky is not for us.

A Sibe is not a “yes sir, no sir“, kind of dog. To live well with him, we need to be fair, but firm. We need to consistently enforce our house rules, or he will take over the house.

The best way to train a Husky, is through the control of resources. Teach him that the best way to get what he wants, is to first do what we want. I use reward obedience training, and follow the Nothing in Life is Free program. Harsher techniques can make a Siberian distrustful, and ruin the natural free spirit of the breed.

Huskies are independent hunters. Their original breeders, the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia, would let their dogs free during the summer months to hunt for food on their own.

This has two very important consequences for living with a Husky today

  1. A Siberian is not to be trusted with cats or other small animals. He can be trained to live with cats, but his instinct is to hunt them;
  2. A Siberian is not to be trusted off-leash. If he sees a small animal, he will likely bolt after it, and forget about cars, commands, and everything else. By the time he comes to his senses, he may be lost and far from home.

I have gotten a few comments about cats lately, so let me be clear …

Sibes can be trained to live with household cats. However, they usually have high prey drive, and will likely want to hunt and chase small animals, including squirrels, mice, and cats. Just because a Siberian gets along with our house cats, does not mean he will treat other neighborhood cats in the same way.

Huskies are bred to run and pull. This makes them more difficult to leash train than many other breeds. To train a Husky to walk on a leash, we need to have an immense amount of patience. Always be firm and consistent with the no-pulling rule, and reward good behavior.

If we do not have a large backyard, bring our Sibe to an enclosed park or soccer field, so that he can have some nice off-leash time to run, run, run.

5. Siberian Huskies Are Not the Easiest Dogs to Potty Train

Certain dogs, like the Shiba Inu, are naturally clean and absolutely do not like soiling their living space. Because of their natural cleanliness, they are extremely easy to house train.

Sibes do not have that natural sense of cleanliness. In fact, they do not mind playing, and running around in their own waste products. Therefore, we must make it worth their while to potty outside.

Supervise our Husky puppy at all times, until he is fully house trained. Reward him well for pottying outside with high priority dog treats, play, and praise. If we are consistent with our puppy potty training, he will learn quickly, and be happy to go outside after a few weeks.

In addition, as Gigi points out, potty training difficulty is very dependent on what the dog or puppy is used to, in his previous environment. Puppy mill and pet store puppies are caged, most of the time. As a result, they will be harder to house train, because they are accustomed to going in their crates.

Where to Get a Siberian Husky Puppy

If we still want a Husky, then visit the Siberian Husky Club of America for a breeder list. Also consider adopting one from a local Husky rescue.

It really makes a BIG difference to get a puppy from an accredited breeder.

Please do not buy a puppy from online puppy sites or pet stores. Most of their puppies come from backyard breeders or puppy mills. Buying from them, will only help support and continue the dog cruelty of these unscrupulous puppy breeders.

If we are concerned about the initial cost of a puppy, consider that backyard breeders and puppy mills frequently produce unhealthy and unbalanced puppies. They will end up costing us a lot more, in terms of vet bills, dog training bills, and property destruction.

Siberian Huskies Are Wonderful Dogs

I love my Sibes. However, just because I think Huskies are wonderful dogs, does not mean that everyone else will think so as well; nor does it mean that they will fit into someone else’s lifestyle.

Clearly, each dog is an individual and will differ in terms of prey drive, energy level, obedience, and more. However, general breed characteristics and information from reputable sources, will give us a better idea of what to expect.

Often, there is conflicting information on the web. Therefore, one good place to start is with the AKC-recognized national breed club – The Siberian Husky Club of America.

Captivating in their beauty, grace and childlike demeanor, Siberians catch the eye of adults and children alike. They can be wonderful dogs for the well-informed or experienced Husky owner. However, they are NOT the breed for everyone and definitely not for first time dog owners. Too many wind up lost, in shelters, killed on the highway, abandoned or abused because the owner didn’t understand the breed and it’s challenging traits.
~~[Hillside SPCA]

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks so much for all of your informative information! I knew Huskies were high energy escape artists that like to invite stranger burglars in the house and show them the silver for treats. LOL! BUT I didn’t know they were hard to potty train! I honestly thought I was doing something wrong with my 4.5 month old puppy! I’m glad to know I am doing okay! I first read to crate train and to take them on long walks. Well, she LOVED the walks (not so much the crate hehe!). She either went in the crate or went right when we came back from a walk. Part of that is my fault. My almost 6 year Cocker Spaniel was bit by a Rotti and refused to go outside after that. We had to then potty train the Cocker inside. We knew a second dog would be a great addition so Sport would feel more confident going outside. The hubs always loved the husky breed and I caved once I saw Luna. It was love at first site. I have fibromyalgia (a mild case with the doctor’s help) and I had to stop working a “day job”. I now write at home in between training Luna. I knew Luna would be a challenge, but I honestly didn’t think I would get this far with her this quick! She knows come, stay, sit, down and sometimes does it WITHOUT being told! I was trying to concentrate her potty training to the front yard because I honestly was getting tired of cleaning up the carpet LOL! BUT my neighbors got pissed at me and one wrote me a nasty letter saying I wasn’t “doing enough walking” with her. She’s pretty good with pee pee. I can get her to do it outside– even now that I’m walking the girl more for my stupid neighbors. We power walk every day in between sniffs. I can’t walk her for more than 3 blocks at a time with the fibro, but she gets at least 3 walks by me, personally, per day and 1-2 from my husband and kids. So 5 times a day she is out for a 3 block walk and that’s why the potty training must have been suckish I guess LOL! She’s great with my cat and other dog, plus the kids, but she’s got the puppy manners for everything else when excited. The pulling is a little hard sometimes, especially when a neighbor approaches me with their dog. With my condition AND with her being independent, I’m trying to train her to not go after cats, dogs, people, cars, and birds while walking. I make her sit and I pet her until she calms down (and hopefully the bird or whatever goes away). I do treats too, of course. This seems to work for me. She has been sitting on command while out in our yard. The walking will take time, I know. BUT having a retractable leash REALLY helps me. She is learning that when she on a short leash it is because I am telling her something. I CANNOT recommend this kind of training for everyone because it does take a lot of patience on the human’s part. You also have to understand the escape in them. If they don’t want to listen to you– they WILL either try to get out of their harness or pull you. If you try to attempt this, I would suggest walking your husky during the times when fewer people and dogs are out. I’m in an established neighborhood so I know when the neighbors (and the neighbors dogs are out) and I don’t walk her at those times. BUT aside from all my jibberish, I want to thank you for making me feel better! I really felt awful when that neighbor (who NEVER bothered to tell me her name in the letter) told me I was being creul for not walking the dog so SHE could see the dog being walked. AND I felt bad that I wasn’t doing enough with the potty training. Thanks again!

  2. Kelly says

    I have two female huskies 7 month old and an 11 week old both adopted and they are the best dogs ever and Bella my 7 month loves Layla (my puppy) so much they do everything together, it’s like in a way she’s kind of become her mother. When I first got Bella she was a little hard to train but now does wonderful. They are the best dogs ever so loving and kind

  3. Mariah says

    Hi I’m Mariah I just adopted a 10 week old baby boy! I also have a 2 year old great date I wanted to know how soon I should let them meet. My Great Dane is a teddy bear and rarely gets out of hand. Also I work nights but I’m home most of all of the day ! I’m gone from 11 at night until 7 in the morning but I’d be coming home on my break to take him out . Would this be okay ?

  4. Allie says

    We have a 3 year old male husky who grew up around small animals like ferrets, cats, and smaller dogs, but when we adopted a female husky puppy, he was became very annoyed. At first it seemed as if he was curious and just overwhelmed by the puppy, but the day we got her, he attacked her. There were adults in the room. People were busy and not watching the two dogs very closely and the male husky bit her, breaking her jaw and nose. This was extremely shocking. We are assuming that he was jealous or territorial and his wild instincts kicked in. He has no previous history of aggressiveness and is generally a sweetheart. The had to wear a sling-like muzzle until her jaw was healed. We are very lucky that she was not killed. The male is now not allowed to be alone with the pup and the two now have very closely monitored play-dates.

    • Satvik Chethan says

      Hey.I have two Siberian huskies and they are twin bros and they enjoy each other’s company.My biggest problem with them is the fact that they keep pulling out the grass which forced me to construct a fence separating the grass from the verandah but during the summer it gets really hot for them and I have to leave them unleashed on the grass but I’m scared about the fact that they might rip out the grass when I’m asleep…Need your Advice

  5. suter says

    i have an 11 months old husky male and i have to say, with him i would walk in the most dangerouse part of my city without fear someone attacking me. he dont let no one come closer then 5 feed to me , he sitt and make an deep gr as warning . my friend was coming last week over ,and he din’t accepting the dogs warning and so it was close , that my huskie attacked him when he come to shake my hands . so husky to protect there owners

  6. linda rosa says

    I have a 5 month old male. So far the only issue is potty training, he loves to go potty inside his kennel and “walk” all over his urine. I have been working on commands such as no, come, sit and drop. In regards to the chewing I have provided him with a bone, so far he has not tried to even chew a shoe. And I try my very best to take him on a mile walk at least twice a day, specially before bed time.

  7. kylie says

    i just can’t wait to see all the dogs that are getting tooken
    care of and i just cant wait to get one of my own!!!!!!!!!!!
    i will be so happy to get one of my own OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. joyce says

    I have acquired a Siberian Husky, puppy 10 months old. She barks and lunges at people and dogs while we are walking. She sounds mean even if she isn’t. I try train her and she doesn’t usually pull on her leash but she continually barks at every passerby. While training at home she is not motivated by treats so it is hard to train. She also continually nips at (playfully) our other dog. Pulls at his ears, jumps on him, wrestles him until he jumps on a bench outside where she can’t reach him. Gotten to the point where we let him go outside separately from her. Background on her, her previous owner gave her to me because the husky was kept in the kennel all day while owner was at work. From what I gather the dog did not get much exercise and chewed owners belongings a lot. Husky cried a lot, whined as well and pretty much didn’t have any training other than housebreaking. I like the dog but I am at a loss on the barking. I have never had a dog that barks like this dog. She has stopped the whining and whimpering as well and we don’t kennel her because we haven’t had any problems with chewing or other inside behaviors. Any help with training a dog not motivated by treats.

  9. Shania says

    Hi I have a husky about 3 months old and I recently took him to the vet and he told me to be careful of heart clogss is there anything I should know about this or something I should do?

  10. Sophia says

    I really want a Siberian Husky, but my parents go to work and I don’t get out of school until 3:00pm so there would be no one here to take care of it during the day. Would it be ok to get one?

    • shibashake says

      My Huskies are independent and high energy. They need a lot of people time, supervision, exercise, training, and structured positive activities.

    • Anonymous says

      IMHO no my love, I have an 18 month old sibe and he’s the most loyal loving dog I’ve ever owned, but if u leave him on his own for more then 2 hours I come to find anything not put away or bolted down chewed up ( this included my sofa) they really don’t like being on their own, I have a friend with 1 who behaves in the same way and my best friend is an agility trainer who says that sibes need constant companionship, obviously your young and sibes are def a breed that need a firm hand, my 16 year old son who usually walks him can get him to follow commands whilst out but not at home, sometimes the sibe behaves better if you have another dog when your out or he could lead that dog astray, my advice is wait until your older and if you really want a dog go for a smaller or lazier breed but tbf no dog really likes to be left alone all day.

    • Anonymous says

      Hi we have a female husky ‘Angel’ who is 9 and half years old. How long should we take her for walks each day? She is having treatment for early stages of arthritis. We found when we have taken her out for a 45 minute walk the next day she is limping. I am frightened in case we do more damage. She is not over weight and is in general good health apart from the arthritis.

  11. maru says

    I own two siberian husky gaia father ( 4 years old ) and cookie daughter (2 and a half months old ) and they like my other dogs they don’t give me trouble but right Now I’m having with the father cuse I found a stray male husky his 8 years old I named him Oda oda and Gaia are fighting everytime I heard it’s to show who’s alpha but I also own a collie female named lazz and an Akita inu male named Liu but they don’t fight with them only each other what should I do

    • shibashake says

      Are your dogs neutered and spayed? Dogs may show aggression for a variety of reasons, e.g. conflict over resources, fear aggression, etc. This ASPCA article has more on different types of aggression.

      I keep my new dog separated until I am absolutely sure that he will get along with my other dogs.

      I help my dogs get along by setting up clear dog-to-dog interaction rules. I supervise closely when there is a new dog to make sure that everyone is following my rules. As soon as I notice the *start* of any undesirable behavior, I redirect my dog before things escalate. In this way, my dogs know exactly what to expect from each other, what to expect from me, and what I expect from them in return. This creates certainty, and certainty helps to reduce stress and conflicts.

      I want to set my dogs up for success by creating calm and rewarding together time. The more calm and rewarding together-time my dogs have, the more confidence, trust, and positive associations they form. Similarly, negative experiences will undermine that trust, set back my training, and worsen their future behavior. Therefore, I manage my dogs carefully and protect them from situations that they are not ready to handle, and where they will fail.

      I set up a fixed routine and use management equipment such as leashes, gates, and more, as necessary, to make sure that everyone (dogs and people) are safe.

      More on how I help my dogs get along.

      However, dog behavior is very context dependent and you have many dogs, which makes things even more complicated. Given that the dogs are already fighting, it is best and safest to get help from a good professional trainer.
      https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/finding-professional-help
      https://apdt.com/pet-owners/choosing-a-trainer/

  12. Liz says

    I rescued a stray husky female today. She is beautiful and seems to be very gentle. She has already been introduced to my Maltese, cat, and most importantly my son. She seemed to like them all. I have owned Judy about every type of dog there is but never a husky. Should I worry about her around my one year old?

  13. Karen says

    Hi i asopted a 10 mnth old husky only to find out she has a liver shunt – she is now 2 do u no how much exercise she should have.

  14. Janet Stafford says

    I do not own a purebred Siberian Husky, nor a purebred anything! However, I DO own a 12 yr old mix which is includes Black lab, Shepherd and husky, and my reason for commenting is that I have always known she she, Nikki, is more husky in behavior than the other two, but after reading this entire article about a husky’s traits and behaviors, I am proud to report that indeed, my girl is more husky by far. In fact, there was not one thing mentioned that is not exact!! Now I know how to differ between what traits are personality and which are breed-specific. My Nikki was passed on to me from my daughter when she was 6 mo old and had been adopted from a shelter. My daughter is the one that should NOT have a husky breed, oddly enough, she and her husband do have two beautiful Sheba Enus! I knew basically nothing about the husky breed, but as fate had it, she and I became a match made in doggy heaven. She has been very difficult in some areas, and cause for some anxiety amongst others, and in other homes, but all in all, she has proven to be the perfect dog for me, my soul mate, if you will, and I have the same pride in her as a human parent does! I will think seriously about having another husky in the future. I love my Nikki!

  15. Tara says

    I am thinking about adopting a one year male Husky. I read that they have high prey drive, cats, rabbits, etc. I also have a female Maltese. I wanted to know how do they act around smaller dogs?

    • shibashake says

      How old is your Maltese? What is her temperament like? How does she react to larger dogs? Are you getting the Husky as a companion for your Maltese? What is the temperament of the male Husky? Have the two dogs met on neutral territory? What were their reactions?

      During walks, my Huskies are fine with calm small dogs. However, they do not do well with vocal, over-excited small dogs that move around a lot. In addition, my Huskies love to wrestle and play rough. This makes play with a small dog risky and unfeasible.

      Huskies can be trained and managed to live safely with cats and small dogs. However, size differences, prey drive, high energy, and love for rougher play, will mean that additional time will have to be put into proper supervision, management, and training.

      Of course, each dog is different, with their own unique temperament and background, so it will also depend a lot on the temperament of both dogs, their environment, background, and surrounding context.

      How I picked a second dog.
      How I help my dogs get along.

    • Kelly says

      We have a 5 month old male Siberian Husky, we also have a tea cup Chihuahua cross yorkshire terrier, they’re the best of friends. Our smaller dog warmed up to him after a week or two and now they play together most of the day.
      I think it helps to have them from a pup though, he grew up with her, being taught to play more gently etc. but otherwise they’re great together. My smaller dog was a very anxious and nervous dog, didn’t like other animals, but our husky has brought her out of her shell and shes much braver now. He even grooms our smaller dog

    • Anonymous says

      We have a 6 month old husky and a 7 yr old pomeranian they get along very well but the husky has so mush energy all he wants to do is play with her but he knows when she’s on the couch or the bed it’s a no play area and he lets he b you just have to b firm with where they can play

  16. Faith says

    My husband and I just rescued a 6 year old male husky. He is a sweet gentle soul. I have been training and raising dogs for years, and have worked with many “strong minded” breeds (rotties and Pitts mostly). Ice is my first husky. I have had no issue so far with him, he learns quickly, and seems very eager to please. He was kept on a logging chain for nearly 5 years, and now has my home and fenced yard. He gets along beautifully with my bully and Aussie, and is great with the kids. That k you for this article. It lets me know what to expect and how to approach his training, especially with him being an older boy. His personality is Awesome and I look forward to a life with this sweet boy.

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new furry family member! I am so glad that Ice has found a good and happy forever home! Big hugs to your fur-gang. πŸ˜€

  17. david says

    Hey my husky is just 10 weeks old and we just got him last week but he likes to chew on everything and on my hands not to the point to where it hurts but I feel like if I don’t do something it will become a problem because his jaw will get stronger. Also I’ve noticed that he pees often and its usually right after he drinks water. Is this normal?

    • shibashake says

      For puppy biting, I do-
      1. Bite inhibition training.
      2. No-bite conditioning.
      3. Structure and puppy self-control.

      More on how I deal with puppy biting.

      Also, when I get a new puppy, I always take him to the vet for a check up and to get advice on a vaccination schedule. In this way, I make sure that my new puppy is healthy and continues to stay so.

  18. Anonymous says

    I have a sibe and she’s like five months old .when we got her she was well behaved for a backyard breeder we got her when she was 2-3 weeks and now shes Really hyper but we expected that and now she’s kind of aggressive she tore open my brothers lip broke the skin when she bit me ony wrist peed on my bed and scratched my dad is her behavior just a phase or do we need to bring in a trainer ?, cause she loves to meet new people but when they pet her she snaps why doesn’t she.like people to pet the sides of her face ?,someone give me answers??

  19. Alisha says

    I have a 17 Week old Husky named Spirit. He was super easy to potty train, I had him trained to sit, shake a paw and lay down within 2 weeks of having him. Hes has had nothing but great behavior, but i I have noticed a change in the last week or so. He has started with food/toy aggression with other animals and is now reacting terrible to dominance. He will growl or walk away from me when I try to give him trouble or commands. Is he just at his toddler stage or is this something I should be getting a trainer to help me with?

  20. BRANDON says

    Blue is 20 months. I live in the country with no neighbors. I have 20 acres with National Forest on 3 sides of me. Do I need to keep him on a chain or in a fence? I’ve also had him neutered Thanks.

    • shibashake says

      With my dogs I use a 6 foot fence. I also put concrete blocks all along my fence line to prevent digging. My Huskies love to dig. I *would not* do chaining, as that can lead to frustration and other bad behaviors.
      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/pets/2009-08-12-stilwell-dog-chains_N.htm

      Fencing can be expensive, so one possibility for large properties is to fence up a smaller area, and create a smaller play and hang-out area. Then, we can go on supervised walks with our dog to explore the rest. I would not let my dogs roam unsupervised because there are rattlesnakes in my area, coyotes, raccoons, etc.

      A dog can also get worms or get sick from drinking contaminated water and eating leavings from other animals. My Husky used to hunt mice and other things at night, and she got worms from that.

  21. Jeane says

    I have a husky, but he doesn’t like his kennel , he kept on refusing to go back to his own kennel this few days after a walk , and he often tries to play with other dogs but he’s a bit too raugh and I don’t know if it’s okay to let him play. Can you help me solve this problem ?

  22. Rachel says

    So I am wondering, today I took my pup 8 mo. On a 12 mile bike ride, which he loved, but wore him out, he’s currently passed out at my feet, and from his normal behavior after a big run will be LESS active until tomorrow. What I am wondering is I want to do a 30-40 mile bike ride. And I’m wondering if this will be too much for him. I will have back up if either of us gets too tired to carry on but I just worry about over working him, however the husky is known to go long stretches pulling. Any thoughts?

    • shibashake says

      Personally, I would gradually build up the distance from what my dog is currently comfortable with. Jumping from 12 to triple that is not something that I would risk in one go. I would also consult with a vet to see if that kind of distance is ok for a still growing and developing pup. However, I don’t do such long runs with my dogs, so I don’t have much experience here.

      With my Huskies it also depends a lot on the temperature. They don’t do well when it is too hot or too humid. Of course I always take lots of water with me and make sure they are properly hydrated.

    • Anonymous says

      I wanted to build him up, I don’t want to just jump into a run that will be more than his normal distance. I was just wondering if it would never be a good idea for him ya know what I mean?I guess I could build him up and base my judgment off of it, but I wanted to see if anyone else ever does very long distance trails with their dogs. :)

  23. Jeffrey Woods says

    My Huskey is a sweetheart when i come home and a an evan bigger one when i am gone she is alwats on and alowed on my bed

  24. Mohammad says

    I have a new dog called Eski. The problem is I have no space for this husky. He is tied in a small room only at night. Is this safe for him?i don’t have a yard. thank you

    • shibashake says

      At night, I have my new dog with me in the bedroom. This helps with bonding, and also helps with the transition to a totally new environment with totally new people, which can be very stressful for a dog. Also, if there are any issues, I am right there and can take care of it. I use a crate if necessary, but I crate train my dog first.
      https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/weekend-crate-training

      I only tether my dog when I am right there to supervise. I do not leave my dog alone when he is tethered, because the lead may catch on something, he may get into a bad position that is difficult for him to get out of, or other unforeseen difficulties may arise. If I need to confine my dog when I am not around to supervise, I use a safe, properly sized crate or some other safe enclosure.

  25. Taylor says

    Would it be in my husky’s best interest to get another dog that is very similar to him? He always tries to play with other dogs and is very friendly.

  26. lilliana says

    Hello. I’m planning to adopt a husky and can you please give tips about huskies? Things about huskies and training them and just basic things about them?

  27. Britt2611 says

    I really need some help with my husky. She’s a very friendly loveing dog. She loves people and other dogs her size or bigger, but when she sees a smaller animal doesn’t matter what she wants to attack it. I haven’t really seen her go after anything other than when a stray mix smaller go is around our house or once when my sister in law brought her small dog over. I’m sure she goes after rabbits and what not but I don’t like the fact that she tries to attack small dogs. Please help!!

    • shibashake says

      With my dogs I do desensitization and counter-conditioning exercises to get them to be less reactive around other dogs. In order to be safe and effective, desensitization exercises have to be done in a structured environment, and in a very specific way. Therefore, we did exercises at our local SPCA, under the direction of a trainer, and with trainer chosen dogs.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/dog-to-dog-aggression#desensitize

      More on dog prey drive.

      More on desensitization and counter-conditioning-
      https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/desensitization-and-counterconditioning

    • K TROLL 294 says

      its the nature of the breed. I’ve got two dogs and they wouldn’t hurt a fly (okay not exactly a fly but still good) but try to put them on short lead so they get used to NOT attacking smaller breeds. Try it

    • Tommy Darden says

      We have a 3 yr old female husky. She is tolerant of smaller breeds and that is in part because we have taught her to differentiate between prey and play. We have a Chihuahua that she loves, but doesn’t hesitate to let him know when his behavior annoys her. When I first adopted her, I socialized her with all the dogs in my neighborhood. I did this in order to teach her that there is no need for her to be aggressive. The downside to that is that some dogs don’t want to play, and as a pack dog, many huskies think all dogs are packmates. She learned quickly how to discern the difference. With smaller dogs, I introduced her to very dominant small dogs that would fight back if threatened. She wasn’t sure what to think of that, so now, any time there is a small dog around, she wants to play, and if I notice her getting too rough, I quickly intervene & halt the behavior. Consistent training to show your husky the difference will help alleviate the behavior. It takes time and constant reminding, but the behavior can be curbed, though maybe not altogether eliminated.

  28. Patricia says

    Hi, i just adopted a 6 mths 20KG female siberian husky last week. I don’t have many experience with dogs. How often should i bring woofie out?? What is the difference between dry and wet food? Do i have to buy both? How often do we need to bathe her? Do we need to brush her teeth? And how often? Can i just use human toothbrush? When i’m walking her she tends to smells everything on the floor, is she just curious or is she leaving her smell there?? I’m really worried about her as she have some skin problems too, and afraid that it might be a wrong choice to adopt her as i might not have the time to take care of her 24/7. Oh yeah how long does a puppy sleeps a day?

    • shibashake says

      Wet food I mostly use in frozen Kongs to keep my dog engaged. Most of the time I use a high protein, grain free kibble. During puppyhood, I use puppy formula kibble.
      More on how I pick food for my dog.

      I bring my dog out when she needs to go. My dogs are potty trained, so they know to go to the door when they need to do their business. I also make sure to exercise my dog daily, and provide her with structured activity.

      I brush my dog’s teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste. *DO NOT* use human toothpaste. One of my Huskies has pretty clean teeth in general, so I brush her 3 times per week. The other one collects more gunk on her teeth, so I brush her every day. I take them to the vet for a teeth cleaning when they need it.

      I brush my Husky’s fur pretty often, especially after a hike, to remove dirt, grass seeds, etc. There are ticks and fleas in my area, so I also make sure to check my dog for those, and I use a topical tick prevention product recommended by my vet. I don’t need to bathe them much at all. Last time I bathed my Husky was when she got skunked.

      For skin problems, I try to get that resolved right away by taking my dog to the vet. I want to get that done as soon as possible before the problem worsens.

      How long a puppy sleeps per day will depend on the puppy, his routine, temperament, environment, etc. Each puppy is different.

      At around one-year old, my Sibe puppy sleeps for perhaps 3-4 hours during the day, and about 10 hours during the night. That leaves about 10 hours during the day where she is on the go.
      ~~[Siberian Husky Facts]

  29. jayden hamilton says

    I love siberians after reading this i feel in love with them i plan to get one in the futher because i am only 11 years old and what does casanaova never mind i’ll look it up. Thank you for your help

  30. valon says

    do husky pregnant with other dogs or just with husky beacus i have 1husky feamel she is 1year and i think he is in day of pregnant
    do husky pregnant with other dogs??

    • shibashake says

      Yes, Huskies can be bred with other dog breeds. In general, I spay and neuter all of my dogs. Here is why.

      In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your dog ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. Even an unsterilized dog who lives primarily indoors may escape or break away from a leash on a walk and could mate and produce puppies. Each year, millions of homeless dogs are euthanized or end up in shelters simply due to a lack of good homes.
      ~~[ASPCA]

  31. Mirza says

    Hi! We just got a male sibe from a couple that had 2 and had puppies. He had just turned 6 weeks and we took him ( too young maybe but needed to get out of that filthy house) I was scared he would develop some kind of disease living in that dump. Anyway! Niko is super healthy and energetic and we are crate training him. Still cries at night mostly because he needs to go out and pee. He is actually VERY good at letting us know he needs to go potty. He just walks to the back door and starts sniffing around. That’s the sign :)
    Also, I’ve had a male chihuahua flounce he was 2 months ( he is almost 5 years now) he is 2 lbs lighter than Niko hahaha and they play around all over the house. Niko can get a bit rough but does a good job on not hurting Ninja. I am just scared that eventually Niko will be too big and hurt Ninja while playing. Ninja will not grow heavier than 6.8 lbs Niko is already 8+ lbs
    Do you think it will be ok? I’m just concerned about little Ninja.
    Also, we have 2 cats. One is indifferent to Niko and the older one does not wit him near at all. I am not too concerned because they can always get away in high places in our house. Anyway, any advise?
    Thanks! Loved the article btw

    • shibashake says

      Hello Mirza,
      Congratulations on your new furry family member!

      He is actually VERY good at letting us know he needs to go potty. He just walks to the back door and starts sniffing around.

      That is awesome! I really love Sibes. They are wonderful, super smart, and absolutely amazing. πŸ˜€

      In terms of play and interaction between my dogs, I set up clear play rules and dog-to-dog interaction rules. I have a three legged dog, so I am very consistent and strict about these rules. I teach each new dog what the rules are, right from the start. In this way, everyone knows exactly what to expect from each other, what to expect from me, and what I expect from them in return. This creates certainty, and certainty helps to reduce stress and conflicts.

      During play, I supervise closely and I manage the general level of excitement by throwing in many play-breaks. More on how I manage play-time.

      Small dogs can get accidentally hurt by a larger dog during play, especially an energetic larger dog. During puppyhood, my youngest Husky got a sprained ankle during play because I couldn’t stop them fast enough, and my Shiba accidentally bumped into her. It was an accident and it wasn’t serious, but a smaller dog is really at a big disadvantage because they cannot run as fast and are not in the same weight class. Therefore, I am very careful now when there is a big size difference and limit play to smaller areas where I can effectively supervise, manage excitement levels, and quickly stop play if needed.

      More on the first 10 days with my Husky puppy.

      Big hugs to Niko and Ninja! Please share some picture links with us when you have the time. πŸ˜€

  32. Maja Lea says

    Hi.
    I got a husky puppy last week, she is 6,5 weeks old and her name is Lea. She is very cute and has two blue eyes.
    The first night me and boyfriend took her in our room, we make an improvised bed for her and put her there, she came out and walked around the room, then she peed all over the floor (luckily it is wooden so I could clean it easily right away!). She was very quite the first night and slept alone, but not in her bed but in the sofa in the room. The next day we took her in her place, we have a small garage in the backyard and we prepared it for our Lea, cause we want her to leave outside and be strong. We also work a lot so the house isn’t a wright place for her. The first day out in her house was dificult, she “cried” a lot, and was only calm when I was there with her. After two days she got used to living in her own “house” and finds her way of spending time while we are at work. After I finish working, I come home and spend some time with her in the backyard, I still don’t take her out on the street or in the park cause she recently got her injection.
    I only worry for this: I can’t spend all day with her, and I leave her sleep alone. Is it ok? I see her very active playing and running when we are outside, she learned to climb stairs. But she bites everything, she bites my hands, her toys, finds wooden sticks and chews them. I had the same problem with my doggy last year in the village, while he was growing he chewed everything.
    When my Lea received the injection she was really fine, she played all the afternoon, which made me happy cause she is healthy till now.
    She eats puppy food, I give her 100gr a day as the seller told me, but she wants more, Im scared to give her. Also I give her multivitamins, she loves it, but she can eat only one a day.
    I visit her many times a day after I come home from work, I feel really bed when I leave her alone, do you think she will love me when she grows up?

    About potty training, I think she is too small yet so I can teach her. She pees all around, only not in her bed, I’m planning on buying her a sand, but I’m not that worried about that cause she’ll leave outside. We build her a house now, when she is big enough we gonna place her house in the yard..
    Do you think my Lea will be fine this way??

    Sorry for the long msg.. Byee..

  33. stormy wilkins says

    hello,
    I currently have a female husky shes about 5-6 from what the vet says, well we also got another husky his name is zues and hes almost a year old. I know hes still a pup and all but from my research hes able to breed.. well she is on her id say about week and a half of being in heat, but everytime he tries to mount her she gets very aggressive and basically shes like flat out no. ive been keeping them together almost constant…im wondering if she is too old and doesn’t want to let him or if its just not the right time…our neighbor dog came over and she was all over him like you know she wanted him, but does not act like that towards zues, also im worried about her age and her ability to get pregnant the vet says she should be able to but im still concerned, I don’t want to lose her just bc we want lil sassys running around, at her age how many do u think she can throw out…shes very motherly and everything idk im just worried I guess…any feed back would be very appreciated, just email me anytime…

    • shibashake says

      I do not breed dogs so I don’t know much about the area. Did you get your Huskies from a breeder? If so, perhaps he/she can help? Another possibility, is to contact a local breeder that is registered with the AKC.

      Here is the breeder list from the Siberian Husky Club of America-
      http://www.shca.org/shcahp4f.htm

  34. Mel says

    Hi,

    I have a husky girl who is about 1 year & 2 months old now (had her since 8 weeks from a reputable breeder). She’s my first dog and I’m thinking about getting another dog when she’s 2 years old or so. I really like Shiba Inu’s too! I can’t decide whether to get another husky or a Shiba. I’m worried because Shiba’s seem to be quite a bit smaller than huskies.

    I notice that you said your Shiba cannot keep up with your husky puppy? I think my girl can just play all day longggg and my friends dogs get sick of her after a while so I want a breed that can keep up with her. Would a Shiba be a poor match in this regard?

    Also, I have heard mixed things about same sex aggression especially with female dogs. My girl has never shown aggression towards any dog but she has also never lived with another dog. Your two Sibes look to be both girls, has there been any issues?

    Thanks for your help!

    • shibashake says

      Big hugs to your Husky girl!

      I currently have 2 Sibes (both girls) and 1 Shiba. My Shiba has a more dominant temperament, so for a second dog, I got a submissive Sibe female (Shania). Then, later on, I got another submissive Sibe female (Lara), because my Shiba is the one that has more constraints, in terms of getting along with other dogs.

      There have been no issues with my two Sibes. They both have more submissive personalities and I am very careful about supervision, especially in the beginning. In my experience, the temperament of the dog, as well as supervision and training, play a bigger role than male vs. female. However, for a second dog, I still got a female (for my Shiba-male), because I wanted to do whatever I could to set both dogs up for success.
      More on how I help my dogs get along.

      My Shiba (Sephy) plays very well with both of my Sibes. He likes wrestling, chasing, and playing rough, and my Sibes like that as well. However, he is male and a pretty big Shiba (about 32 pounds). Most Shiba males are smaller than that, and the standard has a male at around 22 pounds. Sephy plays with Lara in the mornings and evenings, almost every day.

      In terms of energy, my Sibes have more energy than my Shiba. They also like being outside more, so I take them on longer walks. I make sure Lara does not bother Sephy when he is not in the mood for play. Lara also likes playing with me, and she likes running, jumping, and digging in the backyard. πŸ˜€

      More on Shibas vs. Siberians.

      What type of dogs does your girl like to play with? Sephy was my first, so I picked my second dog based on Sephy’s temperament, and his play preferences. He liked playing with larger dogs, and he liked doing wrestling and rougher play. Smaller dogs or dogs his own size usually get overwhelmed very quickly, and are not a good match for him. I think it really depends on the individual dog.

      More on how I picked my second dog.

      Hope this helps and congrats on your new Husky girl! Sibes are just awesome! πŸ˜€

  35. Jasem says

    Hello, I just bought a husky 9 weeks old from the store. She’s a girl and I noticed while she running she cant keep her balance and also she sneeze all the time. What should I do?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy.

      I always take a new puppy to the vet for a check-up, to make sure that everything is ok, and see what the vet recommends in terms of vaccinations, Heartgard, etc. In general, I do not buy pet store puppies as they are usually from puppy mills, and may come with health and temperament issues.

      More on pet store puppies and puppy mills.

  36. caroliee says

    ive just brought home a 3 months old Siberian husky named Bowie. She’s a girl. First everthing fine, i follow the feeding instructions giving by the owner of Bowie , 3 times a day with two scoops soaked with the water. I put him into the cage and i let her out for poop n playing times about 30 minutes up to 5 times a day.
    Now my trouble comes.. i noticed her so hard to rise her body us8ng her rear leg, it seem like stiff..
    and now just started today, she look unhappy and not like to play.. i already started the supplement food glucosamine last week but not getting better but its getting worst today. do you have any idea of her rear leg problem? is she get in the cage to long time so cause her leg problem? can you help?

  37. Em says

    Hiya.
    I’ve been doing some research as me and my boyfriend are looking into getting a husky. I’m very experienced with dogs on general but I’m worried about pack leader training. I understand that you have to work a being the alpha, however, I don’t really understand how I would do that? Also, I’d be greatfull if you could recommend some recall techniques as I feel this is very important.
    Thankyou for your time

  38. Kody says

    My gf bought me a husky puppy about a month back and this page has helped with so much thank you Niah. I only have one concern my dog is my companion and i take her everywhere i go if i can i travel alot and stay with friends all the time and they all love her shes as sweet as can be but when we get back or while at friends house i have to make sure i wake up eirlyier then everyone to clean up where she went at and she will never go in front of me only when noone is looking how do i stop this?

    • shibashake says

      How old is your Husky puppy? Is she fully potty trained at home? Is she crate trained?

      How I potty trained my Husky puppy.

      However, a dog, especially a puppy, may not generalize potty training rules across multiple different locations; especially if the new location has animal scents. For example, my dogs are fully potty trained for my house, but when we go to the pet store, they may try to pee, so I watch them very closely. They may also do this in training class, and other places that smell like dog or cat.

  39. KaYee says

    I just want to say according to the statement of huskies not being easily potty trained, all dogs can be potty trained depending on how well you keep up with their schedule. I have 5 month old siberian husky and she took about 2-3 weeks to fully understand potty rules in the house when I first got her at 2.5 months old. It would take longer for any dog if you do not follow a schedule. Siberian huskies actually HATES soiling their own sleeping area. They can learn to hate it or not mind it at all. It all depends on how well you keep track of their timing. If they are constantly taken outside at a timely schedule then they will learn to hold it until let outside. My husky would bolt to the door and make me run after her to open it so she can go potty outside in our yard. Afterwards she just walks back to me because I often praise her with a treat then she sits for me to calmly put her leash on. All dogs personality are different disregarding their breeds. They will have SIMILAR personality but that doesn’t mean they all have exactly the SAME personality. I’m just sharing my experience or at least what I believe. Still a great page of information regarding huskies.

  40. Abigail M. says

    I have 2 Huskies, both from the same litter and 10 months old. (They are both fixed since they are Brother and Sister we didn’t want any accidents). We found out very quickly on that they loved staying in cool/dark locations to sleep in, and would never sleep apart from each other. So, my Husband and I decided to crate train. This was a huge win for the overall house training goal and by the time that Maru (the male) was four months old, he would sit by the back door and whine when he needed to go. The key to crate training is to remember that place (the crate) is their haven. You never force them into the crate, and you never reach in and grab them out.
    As for leash training, as much as both my Husband and I never thought to use them at first due to the stigma surrounding them, we used training collars and it worked wonders.

  41. Thea Weir says

    I have a Siberian Husky, Skylar, who just turned 7. We have had her for 5 years now and I am finding she is starting to do some strange things that she has never done before. She refused to be outside all summer long and winter too but now, starting about 2 weeks ago, all she wants to do is be outside, but not loose, she will only stay out if she is tied to a lead. Also, when we walk her, well I don’t anymore since I landed on my face when she took off after a rabbit, she pulls pulls pulls. We had her trained to walk nicely with a bit of pulling but now she pulls from the time we leave the house until we get back. It is getting very annoying. And, she now will attack any dog that comes near her and there are a lot of people in the neighborhood who let their dogs roam free (they are there too) and the dogs come running up to her and she attacks. She has never done that before so I don’t understand why she is doing it now. My son and his wife have always brought their dog over whenever they visited and they always played together and we would take them for a walk together. Also, my husband and I want to quit smoking so to start we decided only to smoke outdoors, so we could cut back. Problem is if we don’t take her out with us every single time we go out, she will pee on the floor, almost as if to spite us. She is constantly licking the floors in every single room. We do not give her “people food”, only dog food which she seems to love and the occasional treat when she is particularly good. I am at my wits end with her. I suffer from chronic pain and I am finding it very hard to deal with her for about the past 6 months. The stress of her attacking other dogs, peeing on the floor and constantly licking the floors is causing my pain to get worse. We have had 5 wonderful years with her but now I really regret getting her. We have had dogs before including German Shepherds and Collies etc and I found that having a Husky is a lot more work but I found it very rewarding till recently. Is there anything I can do to change some of this behavior?

    • shibashake says

      Problem is if we don’t take her out with us every single time we go out, she will pee on the floor, almost as if to spite us. She is constantly licking the floors in every single room.

      Those sound like like stress/anxiety responses. Does this always happen when she is alone in the house?
      More on dog anxiety.

      Did anything unusual happen around the time when she suddenly refused to go out? Did the peeing and floor licking start at around the same time, or did that develop later? When was the last time she visited the vet? What was her daily routine like before the change in behavior? How did she act previously when other dogs run up to her? What was her body language like – was she stiff or relaxed? What type of training is she used to?

      When there are sudden changes in behavior with my dog, I rule out physical issues first. After I do that, I try to identify the source of the behavior change, by carefully considering what events could have contributed to it.
      More on how I deal with my dog’s bad behavior.

      However, dog behavior is very context dependent, and it sounds like there may be different things going on here ~ stress, separation anxiety, sudden changes in behavior, dog-to-dog reactivity, and more. Reactive behavior can also be triggered by stress and anxiety. Given the complexity of the situation, I would get help from a good professional trainer.
      http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/finding-professional-help

      ASPCA article on separation anxiety.
      How I deal with my dog’s separation anxiety.
      How I deal with dog-to-dog reactivity.

  42. Iulia says

    Hy ,

    I have a 8 month Husky named Skye and I really really need your help . I have two big problems:( . I have let my puppy off the leash in the park since he was 3 4 months and we used to cycle lightly with him and he used to follow us perfectly never went far from us but at the same time we used to let him go to all dogs and socialise which has turned him into such a good and friendly dog . Now when I go with him in the park and he has no leash he always follows me and never goes far but when he sees a dog he just goes so so far at the point where I can t even see him anymore so I have to run after him because he never comes back when I call him at all :( How can I train him to listen to me but also be free to enjoy the park ? Second problem is that he is very very fussy with food … He just gets sick of his dry food and wet food and he can be stubborn and not eat for days. I do not give food from us yet he is not attracted at all to eating it :( I am just worried he doesn t eat properly. He is over 20kg now . What can I do ? I am really sorry for the long message . Really looking forward for your reply. Thank you Iulia Neagoe

    • shibashake says

      This ASPCA article has a good set of recall training techniques-
      http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-come-when-called

      However, Siberian Huskies are an independent breed, so on-leash or on-harness exercise is usually recommended. Here is an excerpt from the Siberian Husky Club of America –

      There is one final characteristic of the Siberian Husky which we must point out β€” their desire to RUN. There are many breeds of dogs which, when let out in the morning, will sit in the front yard all day. Not the Siberian Husky. His heritage has endowed him with the desire to run and his conformation has given him the ability to enjoy it effortlessly. But, one quick lope across a busy street could be the last run that he enjoys, ever. Because of this, we strongly urge that no Siberian Husky ever be allowed unrestrained freedom. Instead, for his own protection, he should be confined or under control at all times. Sufficient exercise for proper development and well-being may be obtained on a leash, in a large enclosure, or best of all, in harness.
      [Siberian Husky Club of America]

      In terms of food, my Sibes also have very sensitive stomachs. Therefore I try to limit the type of foods that I give them, and I pick their dry food carefully. I also make sure not to overfeed them.

      I am currently using Wellness CORE original for both of my Sibes and they seem to be good with that. I also give them some Trader Joe’s chicken jerky treats, which have limited ingredients and are made in the USA. China made jerky treats have had problems with contaminants and recall.

      I recently started giving probiotics to my younger Sibe, who has the most sensitive stomach. I am currently using the Mercola probiotics. It is still too early to say for sure if the powder has had a clear positive effect.

      More on how I pick my dog’s food.

      Big hugs to Skye! He sounds like a wonderful boy. πŸ˜€

  43. Savannah says

    My Siberian husky puppy whines ALOT! We just got him and he went into a room and pooped In there, I cant let him in that room because every time I do he will bend down and poop in the room, I try to take him out but it doesn’t work. is it normal for puppies to poop in the house a lot? Im starting to get worried when he whines and I don’t know why. Any tips that might help my problem?

  44. Cassie says

    So, about a year ago a coworker of mine was moving and wanted to know if I wanted his two dogs – a 3 year Siberian Husky and a 3 year old Lab. Also, I have a 5 year old cat, that had NEVER been around any type of dog, and two hamsters . I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. Well, first thing I did was take them to the vet. She told me that they were both underweight and the lab had a bb (like from a bb gun) lodged in his hip bone and the bone had healed around it and that it would cause more pain to remove it at that point. Well, before I took them home, I called my coworker and asked if either had been around cats. He said no. Okay, so I took them home to meet Pipa (the cat) and my fiance. Barney (the lab) went first, and it didn’t go well. He growled and barked and she hissed and tried to claw him. So my fiance took him for a walk so I could introduce Naughty (the husky) to Pipa. It was FANTASTIC. Neither one wanted to attack. I was a little cautious when Naughty went to sniffing Pipa, but all was fine. It was very clear that neither one of them had been leash trained, nor were they taught any commands; they also weren’t potty trained. So I took a week off from work and set about the task of training. Every morning, I took each on a 1 hour long walk, we live in the country and have nothing but woods and farmlands around the house, and I also took them on a walk later in the afternoon. Naughty did amazing, by the time our walk was over the first morning, she was no longer pulling nor was she trying to get off the leash. Barney was a little harder, he was only worried about getting the food out of my pocket and not grasping doing good got him the food, but he learned by the third walk. Barney did the best with potty training, but they both had it down by the end of the week. Next came commands, first I started with the basics – sit, stay, lie down, come, and talk. Naughty was AMAZING. It kind of surprised me because I had done some research and mostly Huskies and harder to train than Labs. But not in my case. Naughty had all of them down on the first day. Barney knows them now, but it took about a month for him. By now, Naughty can do all the basics, and she can “stand up, turn around, give hugs, dance with me, and play dead”. They have been together all their lives, and they’re still best friends. They won’t go anywhere unless the others with them. They get along great with Pipa, all three of them sleep at the foot of my bed. And Naughty “mother-hens” her all the time. I haven’t had a problem out of either one of them, nor have I had a problem with Naughty escaping, or trying to “hunt” Pipa or the two hamsters. Naughty tells me when it’s time to brush her hair, because she’ll grab her brush from my bed-side table, come to where ever I’m at, drop the brush and lie down on my lap. When we go to work, I leave Barney and Naughty in the back yard. The front half of it is wooded and the back connects to the farm. I haven’t had any trouble with either one of them getting to the cows; HOWEVER, Naughty does like to hunt. She is always bring dead things back up to the house. She’s brought birds, deer, raccoon, field mice, and she’s even brought us a coyote she killed. It amazes me that she’s such a fierce hunter but is she gentle with our cat and my 2 year old nephew, she’ll lie down in front of him and he’ll get on her back and she’ll walk around with him holding onto her ears. Best investment I’ve ever made.

    • TJ says

      Please do not allow your nephew to do this to your Husky. Your dog may seem OK with it but then again may be sending out subtle signals that are being missed. No dog should EVER have to put up with any child riding on it and pulling its ears!

  45. Angel says

    I’ve got one husky male, named Cerberus, who is almost a year old. My partner and I love him to pieces, even sometimes our cat Licorice does too. An important tip for any cat/husky owners is that your kitty has a high spot where he or she can relax, just like a dog should have a bed (my preferred option) or a crate.

    I met Cerberus at 5-6 weeks and couldn’t wait until he hit the 8 week mark so I could bring him home. He kind of chose me and I couldn’t leave without calling him mine. I often visited the breeder and played and trained with him. He literally learnt the sit command (by treat training) in 5 minutes. Don’t underestimate their intelligence because a smarter a dog is, the more independent they are, and will be more of a challenge to train. I found treat training, especially when they’re tired, several times a day for about 10 minutes was the quickest and most effective method.

    Potty training was hell, especially for my partner because when I’d clean up his messes I’d end up vomiting so my poor partner was stuck with the majority of it. I found that potty training pads at the back door worked well overnight, as well as taking him outside and treating him when he went potty outside. However when we moved houses Cerberus was much better as he now has a bigger backyard.

    We will soon be getting another husky puppy as a companion for Cerberus. They really need a lot of company with both other dogs and humans or they can become depressed and/or get up to a lot of mischief. In the mean time we’ve been having puppy play dates with other male dogs including his older brother, whom Cerberus absolutely adores. In the mean time we are puppy proofing the house and backyard because we learnt the hard way – I once had to jump in front of a car to stop Cerberus from being hit or ran over, thankfully no one was hurt and nothing was damaged but I quickly learnt to keep a very close eye on him. Especially while I’m hopping out of the car to quickly run in and grab some food!

    Huskies are very cheeky, playful, loving dogs and are definitely part of the family. Cerberus adores children, especially babies and will happily lick them till they’ve got drool falling off them. Many of my friend’s children adore Cerberus and he them. It’s important that other animals and children are introduced correctly to each other to avoid any mishaps.

    One major thing I will be doing differently is leash training our new pup much earlier on, even if up and down the hallway or around the backyard, before he becomes stronger than me so he doesn’t end up running me instead of the other way around.

    All in all having a husky has been a wonderful, but not an easy, experience. Cerberus is now very well behaved, of course when he wants to be, and knows several commands and tricks. He loves to show off, and he loves attention and treats for rewards. With our new husky puppy I think I’ve definitely learnt a few ways to make it easier, many of which were mentioned in this article. I will definitely be recommending it to any friends of mine who are thinking of getting a husky!

    • shibashake says

      Thanks for sharing Cerberus’ story with us. He is a lucky boy! I would love to see pictures of him as well as his new sidekick ;), so please post us some image links.

    • Anonymous says

      With my Husk’s piercing two blue eyes, I rarely can get half a block without someone wanting to stop, ask about his breed, pet him and often spend a few minutes playing with him. In fact, Buddy (my Husky) is the only dog that I’ve ever owned where the mailman actually spends sometimes up to 5 minutes playing with him when dropping off my mail. Is Buddy A TON OF WORK because of his shedding and my home always looking like I’d prefer un-announced guests? Yes! But I would not trade him for the world. He is so loving – he truly is my best friend! If you are willing to take care of a Husky (grooming, vet visits), I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND A SIBERIAN HUSKY AS A PET!!

    • Terri says

      I also have a Siberian, He has been the best, I have had other gogs but I think Deeks has been the best so far, He goes almost every where with me, The minute the keys rattle he is on his way to the car, I keep a gallon of water in the car all the time and refresh it almost every day so I know its fairly fresh. I think if anything were to happen to him that would be it. I would never get another pet, thats how good of a mate he has become

  46. Carolann says

    I have a one year old huskie called spike. We got him from a rescue centre when he was 7 months old. He is hard work and everything you have said is totally true but he is worth all the effort. He is so lovable, funny and loyal. His best friend is our 2 year old GSD, they are inseparatable. Thank you for all the great advice on your site, especially around training as Spike is one strong minded fella.

    • shibashake says

      Thank you Carolann.

      His best friend is our 2 year old GSD, they are inseparatable.

      Haha, yeah, I love it when my dogs cuddle up next to each other. Best thing ever. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to Spike and his best buddy!

    • John Diulus says

      I forgot to mention something that I found important (I’m the anonymous poster above)! Not only is the care of Buddy important, but I found his protection equally important. I had to put a lock on my gate as in my first two years of owning Buddy (he I’d 4 now), I had 5 (yes FIVE) attempts of people trying to steal Buddy from me. My vet suggested to me that some people see him and his two blue eyes as an item of value and not a pet! He telos me that people steal Huskys for the purpose of breeding them and then selling the litters for literally thousands of dollars. My vet also noted that since Bud has TWO BLUE EYES, that he alone would fetch a nice dollar for someone wishing to sell him. So even though he has one of those implanted chips with my ownership info, PLEASE PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM THE BAD PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!!!

  47. Steve says

    Excellent information re: Huskies. Got my beautiful girl from a shelter–previous owner didn’t do their homework. Please post this information on every relevant website. Thank You!!!

  48. briar says

    thank you for talking about my favorite dog but i want to train my poppy could you send me a video of how to training it .. and thank you again :)

  49. Dan says

    I was a cat person growing up. My mother had several cats, but we never had a dog. When I moved in with my girlfriend (now wife), she wanted a dog. A bit naively, I suggested a husky because I always thought they seemed very interesting and friendly.

    This is where the story gets interesting. We looked into rescuing a dog first and foremost; and used several websites to further this goal. One night while browsing one such site, I offhandedly mentioned “If we get a very young dog, who hasn’t grown too attached to his name… I think “Loki” would be a good name for a husky”. Within a minute, my wife made a squealing noise, to which I naturally looked over to discover that she had found a BEAUTIFUL 2 year old rescued husky who’s rescuer lived a mere 10 minutes from her mother…. the dog’s name? Loki.

    We took it as a sign, and within a week, he was living with us. Boy was the responsibility and work involved in owning a husky (and a rescue to boot) unexpected. We didn’t do our research and dove in prematurely. But we grew into the role quickly. Loki is the best decision we ever made. Within 6 months he was the friendliest and most outgoing animal I’ve ever seen. He LOVES his walks, but doesn’t like to be out for too long, and oddly, isn’t too energetic. I fear his abuser may have left him locked in a cage for most of his puppyhood. We got him a crate (not sure of the dimensions, but it’s insanely large, at least 8 feet long) and we never force him to stay in it, we leave the door open and keep his bed and food/water bowls in there. Just so he has a private area to call his own… he uses it often, but more than not, he’s laying in his ‘sad spot’. The side of the couch with an armrest to lay his head on while the wife and I are at work. I only work part time so that I can make sure he’s not alone all day

    To anyone thinking of getting a husky; this article is nearly PERFECT. They are not a breed for someone who wants a cute, low maintenance animal running around. They are a lifestyle in the purest sense of the word. Despite never expecting, or indeed, even WANTING this lifestyle initially. I wouldn’t trade it for the world now. He’s the best friend I never knew I wanted and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

    • shibashake says

      They are a lifestyle in the purest sense of the word.

      That is a great way to put it! I will have to include it in the article.

      Big hugs to Loki! He is a very lucky boy. πŸ˜€

    • Anonymous says

      It’s funny you say he’s not energetic… I also have a male husky(jake) got him around 6 months old and he is the laziest dog I’ve ever seen!!! My female has all the energy in the world.. I have wondered so much y he’s like tht… But I was told he was in a cage with allll his brothers and sisters from birth to a couple days before I got him… So maybe tht is y.. Thanks for sharing bc it’s bothered me since I’ve had him:(

    • Anonymous says

      Also let me add tht I live in Louisiana so when I take him out for a walk/run it may be the heat tht makes him want to go right back inside… But even a night (the time I run them) he doesn’t like to run for very long before he’s wanting back in… I just don’t know … maybe we have the only two non energetic huskies in the world???

  50. Colin says

    First let me thank you for taking the time to read and possibly give me your best input for my current situation. To attempt to keep this short, I am currently active duty military stationed in Texas. I recently purchased a husky and am set to pick her up from her breeder next Friday. This is my first dog on my own and I want to be sure to give it the most loving and nurturing environment I can possibly provide. I know much about husky’s since I grew up around them all my life but that was up in my home state of Ohio. I guess my main concerns are the different climate, the fact that I live in a apartment and that the uniform requires me to be away from home 9 hours at a time with the exception of a hour lunch break in which I spend at home and plan to. I know for the first few months she will be my main priority and will be accompanying me where ever I go as much as possible, but just fear since this is my first time raising a puppy by myself that I will not know everything that I should or should do to acclimate to it’s needs… Again thank you for the your time and any advice is appreciated.

    • Colin says

      Forgot to mention that she will be 6 weeks old this up and coming Wednesday as well. Have already set up and appointment with a vet to start her vaccinations the following Saturday as well :) thanks again!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your upcoming puppy!

      A few puppy things-
      1. Puppies learn useful social skills and boundaries from their mother and siblings when they are young. For this reason, it may be an advantage to leave puppy with her siblings until about 8 weeks old. A bit more on why.

      2. In the beginning, my Husky puppy needed to go potty pretty often. She is still pretty small and can’t hold in much liquid. I needed to be around a lot to supervise and potty train her. Here is a bit more on potty training.

      3. Puppy Lara was also a bit afraid of being alone. A new home and suddenly being away from her siblings was a big change, so she needed a lot of people time at the start. When alone, she would get stressed and start to cry/vocalize. I slowly desensitized her to alone time, but that took some training. Getting a friend/neighbor/relative to help pet-sit in the beginning can be very helpful.

      4. My Huskies can’t really take the heat. During the summer, they prefer to be indoors on some cool spot. We have a fan blowing on their favorite rest spot/s. They are also a lot less energetic when it is hot outside. When we go on walks, I make sure to bring a lot of water and have rest stops in the shade as necessary.

      5. Take lots of pictures. They grow up very quickly. πŸ˜€

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy.

    • Anonymous says

      Hey Colin if you are at good fellow I have a husky who needs a playtime buddy he is ten but still enjoys chase so please let me know I’d be up for a play date

    • Pamala McBrayer says

      Bad breeder, bad breed choice for you!
      Siberians require a human contact presence in their environment MOST of their day. They are extremely human social, bonded, and pack oriented. They MUST have companionship, they MUST have exercise. Therefore, they are like Lays potato chips…you cannot have just one. Another dog keeps your dog company, but also may become a partner in crime! We have 8 here at home…I rescue them from shelters after people learn the hard way how difficult they can be. Please reconsider your choice and choose a GSD, ACD, or Labrador for active lifestyle dog that can adapt to apt living, long human absences, alone. Otherwise, if you must have a Siberian, I recommend choosing a trained, senior…about 7-8 years old. They are plenty active, but calmer, and more patient, and ready for more napping, extended separation. DO NOT GET A PUPPY!!! Disaster for you just waiting to happen. Period.

  51. anonymous says

    I have a friend who has a male husky and a female husky and said they would give me one of their puppies once they give birth. My problem is that I have a female cat who will be 2 years old in July. I’ve heard that huskies have a high prey drive and I’m worried for my cat. Can anyone give me some advice on this.

  52. Stephanie Mestizo says

    I own a husky and its such a wonderful dog it gets along with everyone in the family and they are great with kids and It also gets along great with my cat

  53. Wendy Harrison says

    Hi there!
    I’m currently fostering a sibe mix 2 yr old female (I suspect there’s a little German shepherd in there too). She is the sweetest girl, although she does have a mind of her own – typical sibe!
    She came into the rescue I foster for already pregnant, and tonight it’s time…her temp has dropped and she’s nesting up a storm!
    The suspected sire is a purebred Sibe and rumour has it there was only 1 actual mating snuck in. I think she’s got at least four in there, possibly five (I guess I’m about to find out, lol). Is this a standard litter size for these lovelies? And is this breed prone to easy deliveries? I’m actually a English Springer gal myself, so this is a learning experience, lol. I love her sweet attitude…will her temperament change drastically post-whelp do you think?
    One more thing…is there anything in particular I should look for in a prospective adopter for her? It appears I need to keep an eye out for an experienced dog owner, and not one who’s at work all the time…but is there anything else I should be on the lookout for so that when the time comes to put her up for adoption?
    Thanks so much…your info here is well thought out and extremely helpful & insightful. Thank you for this site and also thanks in advance for any answers!
    Kind regards,
    Wendy & “big momma-to-be”, Ebony

    • shibashake says

      Hello Wendy, How did things go? How is your mommy girl doing? What size litter did she have? My breeder had a litter of 3 and 7 last two times. She said 7 was on the high side. πŸ˜€

      I am not a breeder, so I am afraid my experience is limited in this area.

      In terms of prospective adopters, one important thing is to make sure that the backyard is secure. My Sibes love to dig, and they have high prey drive. One of them dug under the fence once and escaped into my neighbor’s yard while going after some earth critter. We now have concrete blocks all along our fence line to prevent dig escapes, and a 6 foot fence to prevent jump escapes.

      Another thing my breeder emphasized was the need for a Husky to be on-leash (when not in an enclosed space) because of high prey drive. Since your girl has some Shepherd in her, I am not sure which side will be more dominant, but it is something to look out for.

      Big hugs to your girl! Would love to see pictures of her puppies if you have some online.

  54. krissy says

    We have a deposit on a husky pup in a future litter, have hallways wanted a husky and my husky mix at home is getting older now so decided it was time to add a new dog. In researching the breed several sites have suggested that this is a dog that needs a job to be truly happy, and may need excessive amounts of excercize. Now while I’m not aquireing an Iditarod champion, actually a pup from a line of smaller dogs, I’m couriouse of how much excercize I need to be prepaired to provide on a dayly basis. Dog will go everywhere with me, even to work for most of the year but should I expect to have to add a mile run along side the bike every morning to start the day(once pup gets older) or will long walks and tons of play in the afternoons (evenings when the weather is too warm) going to be enough?

    • shibashake says

      With Lara (3 years old) we walk her for about 1.5 hours daily, and she usually has two short but high energy (supervised) play sessions with my other dogs. She also works for all of her food through good behavior during walks, play-sessions, grooming, and whatever is left over we put in interactive food toys.

      Shania (over 6 years old) is a three legged dog, so I walk her a shorter distance, although I am usually out with her for longer because we take long breaks in our walks.

      Both my Huskies love being outside, especially in cooler weather. Lara, especially, needs to go on a good-sized walk every day. When it is hot during the summer, they have a lot less energy and tire more quickly, so we go on shorter walks and bring water with us. I try to observe them closely and adjust our walks and other activities accordingly.

    • john says

      My boys get 4-6miles a day hooked up to a mountain bike in any weather, if you dont they will kill your house big time, i have the short and tall siberians my oldest are 8 and 9 years old the shorter husky isnt as strong, cant run as fast and eats more than the larger type ( thats what ive seen anyway) and cannot keep up no matter what, in the U.K most of the huskies are the small and inbred when they see a real racing stock husky, oh the hatred, you couldnt believe. If you feed them dog food you will be plagued with a shorter life time of bad health like yourselves with all that GM food etc, fish from the loch, and organic meat from the store is the way to go. My organic huskies never go to the vet no bad breath or skin probs. ive known people to have had two dogs in the time ive had one for 9 years and they still make jokes that i spend more than they earn just on non GM foods and Non GM Organic meat, yes GM meat look in to it. ( you should see what they feed the human kids) Have fun they will never let you down. save up for new knees and hips too.

  55. Paige says

    hi,
    i have a 2 yr old male Husky called Locky, for some reason he has suddenly decided he’s going to mark certain areas in the house, nothing has changed in his routine or environment so i cant understand this behavior when he has never done it before.
    Some people have recommended neutering him to tackle this problem as well as the fact he goes mental and pulls on the leash trying to get to the next scent in his path while out for walks (ive tried numerous training techniques to stop this but his entire attention is focused on scent when he’s out for walks, and ive tried everything to distract him so his attention is on me but to no avail)
    So i have been wondering if neutering him will help, but then ive also had people tell me that neutering him could turn him vicious, my grandfather experienced this and his dog had to be put down after he became so bad that he was a danger to everyone, it was a shock to see this bouncy, happy and loving dog completely change and as you can imagine, i don’t want this happening to my bubbly, goofy and playful boy, what do you think?
    your advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks

    • shibashake says

      My male Shiba Inu is neutered and my two Husky girls are spayed. I did this early on, as soon as it was safe to do so. I did *not* notice any of my dogs becoming more vicious after the neuter or spay surgery. However, I made sure to lower their activity after the surgery, and made sure that everything healed properly. Just like people, pain and other physical issues, can cause stress to a dog and change behavior.

      I would consult a vet about your concerns and about after care instructions.

      Here is an excerpt from an ASPCA article on spaying and neutering –

      Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
      Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
      ~~[ASPCA]

  56. shawna says

    My huskies name is Jax(jumping jax, he greets people by jumping up on them and licking them). He’ll be 4yrs next month. He is more of a calm dog. He has no interest whatsoever in toys, but loves to run and he is fast. He is the escape artist. He also loves to go for a car ride and is a very picky eater. He is very loyal to me only. He follows me all around the house and goes crazy if I don’t pay him any attention. He will sit and stare at me til I look at him or say something to him, and he will only listen to me. And when he sheds his winter coat, wow I could stuff several pillows!

    All your facts are true! Every now and then I do catch him trying to hike his leg inside. He sees a squirrel while we’re out walking and he goes deaf and his blinders go up. He is a wonderful companion dog.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Shawna,
      Thanks for sharing Jax’s story with us. I love hearing about happy Huskies! My Sibes also love to lick and they love being with people. Big hugs to your awesome boy!

  57. Amy says

    Thank you so much for putting this information out there. One of our babies got loose and was caught in a snare trap overnight, He made his way home and after 2 weeks of care had his hind leg amputated Monday. Any suggestions
    on how to reintroduce his brother to him, they are used to rough play and Abrams is the dominant one, they will be one year on the 11 so still crazy puppy stage.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I am a lot more careful with Shania (my tripod Husky). She can get overwhelmed during over-rough play and can get accidentally hurt. With three legs, if she even just sprains one of her other legs, it becomes really difficult for her to get around. For example, I do not allow my other dogs to chase Shania. Shania can do the chasing, but not the other way around.

      I supervise all play sessions with her, manage excitement levels, and make sure that my other dogs are not over-excited.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog#play-time

  58. Francis coleman says

    Ok… Please can someone help. My mom boight a huksy from someone for 80 bicls and i have no clue what age he is.. Hes really small and had him for about two yeats now… I dont know if its tje food im givong him or hes not getting enough exercise i will show pictures if you know ablut huskies to give you a better look for him.

    • shibashake says

      Husky is commonly used to describe a certain class of dogs – which can come from a variety of breeds. The Malamute for example, is much larger than the Siberian Husky. Even within the same breed, there are variances in size.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husky_dogs

      Has he been in to see the vet? What does the vet say about his general physical health?

  59. Jax2011 says

    I have a Sibe who just turned 2 in August. We got him for an inside dog but he got sick and as my now 9 yr old son said “hes pooping chocolate milk” gross i know but the best way to describe it. Ok so hes been outside ever since. Hes very loving and sweet. He loves people.he knows and loves jumping on them to give sugar. He will not jump on my 3year old son for any reason. Idk if he sencese that he has a blood disorder(hemophilia) or what for what ever reason is good. He is very protective over me.and my sons and somewhat over my husband. He also doesnt like strangers or strange dogs. We have 2 small dogs and he loves them. Also he pays no mind to cats and squirrels. Hed rather he doggie treats out of our hands and chase us or roll around on the ground and he loves his leash as long as one of my kids are walking him. Anyways my question is. Is he to old to house train. Id love for.him.to be inside. But we have carpet in most of our house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • shibashake says

      He sounds adorable. In terms of potty training, has he fully recovered from his diarrhea? If he still has it, it is probably best to deal with all physical related issues first.

      For potty training my dog, this is what I do. Adult dogs have better control of their bladder, so they usually do not need to go as often as a puppy. However, I still need to supervise my dog very closely during the potty training period so that I can catch the behavior, and teach him where to go.

      Also, during training, there will usually be some mistakes. I kept close supervision, but sometimes, I am not fast enough, so I make sure to have pet safe carpet cleaners around. I make sure to stay calm, be consistent, and keep close supervision.

  60. Tony says

    I went to get a Siberian Husky for my mom for Christmas. My mom already had a dog, 11 months old, the Sibe was a little over 3 years old… well they didn’t get along at all. The Sibe hated my mom’s dog, and I understand why too, my mom’s dog is very in your face, very wired with energy. The Sibe did NOT like this, which ended in a couple scuffles. In short my mom decided the Sibe was not for her. Now in the time the Sibe was here he bonded with me. He thought I was awesome, and I thought he was awesome too. Now here’s where I run into a problem. I returned him to the breeder I got him from but I’ve been weighing going back to get him. The thing is my wife has 3 cats, and we have a miniature Dachshund. Now I want to try to bring him home, but the issue is, if prey drive kicks in, scuffles would go deadly real quick with the cats, and maybe even the Dachshund. How should I introduce him to the pets already here. Should I even risk it? Can he be trained to get along with the dogs already here or am I better leaving him be.

    • Tony says

      According to the breeder he used to live with a family that had cats and when I was first introduced to him we were brushing him out so he wouldn’t shed all over the inside of my car. I didn’t mind if he did but the breeder wanted to brush him out anyway. Well while we were brushing him out there was a feral cat wandering around outside and he wanted to go check the cat out so he’d pull a little but pull back and he’d sit back down. So I think it was more of a “what’s that? I wanna check that out.” response as opposed to an “OMG I have to chase that down and kill it” Still all things considered I’d have a kennel for him at night until he’s used to the cats and they’re used to him just so we don’t wake up to something out of a horror movie. I’m just a little nervous about bringing him home cause I want to give him a home really badly but like I mentioned before my wife is nervous about the cats & even the Dachshund to some extent cause they’re so little and the Sibe isn’t. Biggest cat is 12 lbs. Dachshund is about 7 lbs, she won’t get over 10 lbs. since she is a miniature. The Sibe at the moment is 80 lbs. cause he’s got a little bit of a weight problem and he’s a wooley so he’s a LOT of hair.

    • Anonymous says

      I have my boy kobi who is1 year husky x malamute and havw a male cat too, they are not best of friends but they tolorate eachother, I had kobi from ten weeks my cat is 3 he does try to paw him sometimes but hes never aggrseive towards him, a few people I no have huskys and cats onw friend of mine has a malamute and twi cats and they sleep tigather, and mist husky get on with all dogs they love everyone good luck :)

    • Maddi says

      I have a 3 month old husky, I brought her home when she was 8 weeks old and I have 2 house cats (12 and 13 years old), the husky is very playful and does chase the cats quite a bit, but what we have learnt is to lock the puppy outside and show affection to the cats and then let the dog in supervised. We now trust the puppy with the cats as she likes to play and if the cat hisses the dog will back off. We also feed the cats first and make the dog wait to show that the cats are ahead of the dog in the pack and it has been working well so far.

  61. Josue Covarrubias says

    I recently got a husky puppy hes only about 5 months. I want to keep him inside the house with me and in my room. But my parents are against this totally. They think that this wouldnt be healthy for me? Im trying to see if you had any thing to say about this. What are your thoughts on this.

    • shibashake says

      When I was growing up, we also had a family dog that was an outside dog. I really wanted the dog inside the house, but it was my mom’s house, so her rules applied.

      My mom is a no-nonsense type of person, so discussion was out of the question. If I had a more open/communicative relationship with her, I would have talked to her about it, try to understand her reasons, and perhaps get her to try and understand my point of view. Unfortunately, that was not an option in my case. So it depends.

      Now I have my own place, and my dogs can be inside or outside as they choose.

    • Anonymous says

      I have a 10 week old husky . Her name is saydee she lives and sleeps in my room with me. But I do let her run in my huge back yard during the day to burn her energy off. I love her huskies are a special kindd of dog and they need alot of love but also have alot to give. I have lived with dogs all my life as long as your not allergic it will not hurt your health it will do the opposite its always healthy to have a good companion. Be tolerant with potty training you will get there

  62. Anonymous says

    I love my huskies. We rescued a very young kitten about three weeks old and Thor our Huskey loves her so much. They sleep together and she follows him everywhere. She even waits for him when he is outside.

    • shibashake says

      Whether a dog is good with other dogs depends on many things including socialization, training, temperament, past experiences and more.

  63. mandy says

    Hi just wanted to know of anyones experiences with huskys and cats. we have a 10 year old cat and are thinking of getting a husky puppy but ive heard that huskys have a high prey drive for small animals including cats so abit worried now! If anyone can tell me of there experiences that would be great! thank you :)

    • Kevin says

      We have a 10 yr old cat and I was pleasantly surprised with a 7.5 week old Sibe for my birthday on 11/27. Sadie is a beautiful dog and I have heard that if you raise the Sibe with a cat from the puppy stage, the relationship with the cat should be okay. Sadie tries to engage our cat in play (I think), but the cat wants no part of Sadie, constantly jumping to higher spots in the house whenever they are in the same room. Our cat (Chad) is pretty feisty with the puppy, but I do have concerns on how the two will interact as Sadie grows – they are natural predators. We will do our best to keep them compatible in and around our house.

    • Kate says

      I have a husky 12 months old, a poodle x jack Russell and 3 cats and they get on great together, one of my cats sleeps on the bed with me and the two dogs

    • Anonymous says

      I really wanted a senior husky but I have a chihuahua and cat. I took my chihuahua to the shelter to test with some of the huskies and it didn’t go well. I strongly suggest getting a puppy that way they can grow up together and try not to allow the cat to swipe at the husky In case he decides to respond the same. Very few huskies I’ve met in foster care were okay with cats.

  64. jenny says

    I have a 8 month old husky before he was fix he was really hiper he pulled he still does but not as much he jumps on people my kids love him especially the bb he’s 2 yrs old my problem is that he pees a lot I don’t give him much water cause we crate him but even at night when we don’t give him water he pees he’s kennel I don’t kno y oh and he’s poop is sometimes watery I don’t get y it stinks bad to wha can I do or do I have to take him to the vet thank you

    • shibashake says

      What is his daily routine like? How much does he drink? How much does he pee? Does his pee look normal? Does he seem to have problems peeing? How is his energy level? How long is he in the crate? When was his last vet visit?

      How long have you had him? Has he always showed this kind of peeing behavior or did it change suddenly? If it changed suddenly, when did it change? Have there been changes in his routine or environment?

      If I suspect that my dog has a *physical issue*, I give my vet a call. They have my dog’s health history and can advise me on the best course of action.

  65. luvmyhuskies says

    in regards to what From another Siberian Owner says said on Nov. 4th about puppies not going on cement.. That isn’t necessarily true. We have had sibs for 15 years and almost all of ours go on cement. Especially Duke our oldest. he has done it since he was a baby. In his defense he walks and poops for fear of not being let in as he might miss something that is going on inside the house. He is a huskie like no other. He gets cold lol and will not stay out when it is chilly out. We live in Wisconsin so our winters get quite cold. His brother on the other hand will stay out all day and night if we were to let him. But Duke is a social butterfly and needs to be where his people are. We have had all of ours since before they were a year old but all were either rescued or given to us by families who couldn’t keep them and we only had to fully potty train 2 of them. We have had 5 all together we lost our oldest just last year. :-( and we lost another due to cancer at a young age. and we are down to two now. Ours have always been “lazy” they will sleep all day if we didn’t get them out to exercise. We have yet to have a typical husky seems none of ours like to follow the husky rules..lol but we love them all and wouldn’t trade our time together for anything..

  66. frank says

    Just bought a sibe. 3 months old. Got her 1 week or so ago.
    My question… is it normal for her to sleep 6 to 8 times a Day?
    Jumps on couch – falls asleep
    Jumps in lap – falls asleep
    Car rides – falls asleep
    Jumps on bed – falls asleep
    Take her outside, runs around a while, then lays down.
    She don’t chase or alert to anything either. Birds, cats, dogs, people… she’s just like, ” so what, I see you”
    However very affection and loving towards me and my girlfriend.

    I’m kind of confused about her actions. Is this normal? How so if yes or no?

    Thanks

    • shibashake says

      What is her daily routine? How many hours (total) does she sleep per day? Is she eating and drinking normally? Does she seem energetic while playing? Is her poop and pee normal? What was her background (where did she come from)?

      Moving to a new home with new people can be stressful for a dog, so they may be more quiet or cautious in the beginning. This is also known as the Honeymoon period.

      However, when I get a new dog, I always take him to the vet as soon as possible for a general check-up. In this way, I can make sure that everything is ok physically and set up a vaccination schedule.

      Once I rule out physical issues, then I can focus on other factors that may be causing the behavior.

    • Anonymous says

      Diabetes can cause extreme tiredness and mutch more than normal thirst and urination, if this is suspected have the vet test his blood glucose level, I am diabetic for over 30 years so these symtoms seem like high blood glucose. Normal range for humans are 80 to 120 but I do not know the normal range for dogs. High glucose levels in humans causes frequent urination, loss of energy, more apetite and hostility increase. Good luck, just some personal expereances that also affect dogs.

  67. Samantha says

    Hi I have a female Siberian she is a year old now I am wondering I feed her twice a day she regularly wormed and has all we vaccinations I am wondering why she is not putting on any weight, ever since her winter coat has started to come off she looks to thin, what can I do to fatten her up abit??

    • Samantha says

      And also we have tries to train her not to jump on people what can we do there to stop this as we have two young children

    • shibashake says

      My Husky Lara is also very slim. I think she was born with a slim build. She has shorter fur, long legs, and is very energetic, so she burns a lot of calories. I feed her a lot more than my other Husky and she weighs more, but she still looks much slimmer. I think the fur really adds a lot of bulk, so her short fur makes her look more thin and her long legs further accentuate the effect. My vet says that Lara is very healthy, so I am happy with keeping things as they are.

      Here is a picture of Lara at 1 year plus-
      http://images.shibashake.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/7/files/2012/10/P1000181.jpg

    • Brynn says

      Don’t worry mines a year old male. Hasn’t grown much recently. I know a lady down the road that’s got a four year old that weighs twice as much. They keep putting on weight until they’re three so just wait. They don’t usually put them in a team until they’re three is what I read. I give mine more food than they say on the packet because he’s highly active. Don’t know but most people I’ve met just fill the bowl when it’s empty. Mine isn’t greedy and will only eat when he’s hungry. If you want them to put on weight you can buy weight harnesses for walking or I have a friend who attaches a tire to his down the park and the dog loves it. Mines just over 20 kg but I’m not bothered. I know he’ll grow.
      Wish you all the joy I’ve had with mine.
      Brynn .

  68. Erin says

    My boyfriend and I just got an 8 month old Sibe. We were told that she was potty trained and crate trained. We can’t get her to go potty outside at all though. We go on multiple walks a day that are a mile at minimum, nothing. So we will stay outside in the yard for another 40 minutes or so, she’ll sniff, nothing. Then as soon as we go inside she’ll go on the floor. You can tell she was trained because she’ll let you know when she needs out, goes to the door, and as soon as she goes on the floor she knows she is in trouble. I’ve read stuff about Sibes throwing fits like that when they are rehomed but I would like to know what could help her become more comfortable. She has the same food and treats as before, she has plenty of toys, and gets lots of exercise and attention. We absolutely adore her but it’s definitely starting to test our patience. Does anybody have any tips or ideas for us? It would be very appreciated! Thank you

    • Erin says

      Also she does play and cuddle with us. She loves giving us kisses too. She seems comfortable with us but obviously something is wrong

    • shibashake says

      Changing homes and changing owners is a very stressful process for dogs. Dogs may urinate because of stress, which is also known as stress incontinence or submissive urination.

      Dogs may also urinate because of physical issues, anxiety, and more.
      http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/submissive-urination

      What was her background like? Has she been to the vet for a checkup? What type of training methods are you currently using?

    • Erin says

      She was in a home with a couple and a 3 month old baby. They crate trained her. The reason they rehomed her is because the woman was working a lot plus with the baby she realized she wasn’t spending enough time with Jade (the Sibe). She has had all of her shots and been dewormed. The couple we got her from said that they had no problem with her going potty outside.
      I do think it is because of the stress of moving homes. The first 2 1/2 days we had her she refused to go potty outside. We would take her on 2-3 long walks (a mile or more) a day plus taking her outside to go potty constantly. We always go out with her and have a leash on her. We are still using the crate training. Plus when we go to take her out we say “Jade, go outside”, “go potty outside”, “outside” in a happy voice so she wants to go outside. She will sniff but not go potty. We will even stay outside for an hour trying to get her to go. When she doesn’t go potty outside we will keep her leash on her inside of the house to try and make sure she doesn’t go potty. She went potty 3 times outside Saturday night. Congratulated her and have her a treat. Now nothing

    • Erin says

      We have had her for about a week now and She is doing a lot better as she gets more comfortable with us. She has been going potty outside, besides having a few accidents in the house. She is playing with us more and sleeps with us most of the time now. I’m really glad because I was really getting worried. Now she is showing us how well she was trained (: Thank you!

    • From another Siberian Owner says

      This is for Erin – We got ours at 3 months and it took about 1.5 months to fully train. Ours did not do her business in the crate, but she always had accidents as we were not fast enough to take her outside and that is NORMAL. What you need to do is run her until she stops and wants to go. Puppies will not go on cement, or dirt – they need grass, and maybe that is not what you are providing to your puppy, i.e. a grassy area to go on?

    • Brynn says

      Do you walk her where there are other dogs. I’m only an amateur but sometimes if my dog sees another doing it they think it’s the norm. Makes it harder training then not to do things but interaction is a learning process for everyone. However I would give it time. When I went on holiday and got the dog back he pooed for the second time on my floor. First time was when I got him, first thing he did was go on the stairs. My huskies very sensitive to the mood so if we’re stressed sometimes he shows the same symptoms. (Restlessness after long walks, bringing bile up, picking up things that aren’t his.) I’m not in anyway judging you but with the level of care you’ve show then I’m sure the dog will be more than comfortable eventually. They can be persistent little buggers so we have to be too.

  69. Vivian says

    Hi, I just bought a 4 month old husky few days ago, this is my first time of owning a dog. I had read lots of articles regarding Husky, but is there anything I should be taking more attention? I have a question,my husky cant stay alone when sleeping and needs my company all the time. What is the best way that I can do to make him stay calm when I am going out?

    • samantha Dailly says

      I have a cross siberian husky, border collie, very hyper! She’s 7 month and when we first got her (5 month) she didn’t like being left in herself atall but we started her off by leaving her in for say 5 minutes herself, then a few days later 10 minutes, and slowly build up the amount of time you leave them in down over do it or you could create huge axiety problems for the dog. Hope this helps!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your Husky puppy!

      In terms of alone time, I slowly desensitized my Husky to it (similar so what Samantha describes). Here is more on what I did to get my Husky comfortable with alone time.

      A fixed routine and structured exercise also helps my Husky puppy to be more relaxed. Initially I do activities inside the house and in the backyard. I *do not* take my puppy for outside walks until he is fully vaccinated.

      For socialization, we did puppy classes and puppy socials at a nearby daycare. I checked both places out first, to make sure they are responsible, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. They both checked all participating puppies for vaccination records.

      Here is more on what I did to train my Husky puppy.
      Here is a bit more on socialization.

      Big hugs to puppy!

    • Brynn says

      Sams comment is really good. I leave the radio on when I’m there and when I’m not so he has an atmosphere he’s used to. Filmed him before and he was fine for at least 4 hours whereas before he was honking quite a lot. You can also buy doggy electrical devices you attach to the wall that do all kinds of things like give out treats and play music. I wouldn’t bother though as a radio was a lot cheaper and I can manipulate his musical taste. He likes rock.

    • Alex says

      Hi try giving him something to amuse him a ‘kong’ toy is good they are a little pricey as dog toys go (though notably cheaper on amazon) but they are great toys for intelligent dogs like huskies. Find something yummy to put inside it because they’ve got very sensitive stomachs I recommend something fish based my husky goes nuts for anything fish! And it’s good with his tum too. :)

  70. Anonymous says

    Hi, I have a question. My husky puppy is only 6 weeks old. I don’t know how much to feed her and how many times a day should I feed her. Yesterday she throw up and her had loosed bowel. Could you give me some suggestion? Thank you!

    • shibashake says

      6 weeks is really young for a puppy. Most breeders I know do not recommend separating a puppy from his mother and litter-mates until he/she is at least 8 weeks old. Here is why.

      When I get a new puppy, I usually take him to the vet as soon as possible. In this way, I can make sure that my puppy is healthy and also get him started on their recommended vaccination schedule.

      As for food, I usually get some food from the breeder so that I can slowly move my puppy over to her new food. I start with 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new food for a few days (3-4 days). If things look good, I move on to 1/2 old 1/2 new and so on. Here is more on how I pick my dog’s food. I use puppy formula in the beginning and switch over to adult after my dog is about 1 year old.

      In the beginning, I feed my puppy many times throughout the day. My breeder recommended at least three times, but I ended up feeding Lara more often than that. Food is also very useful as a training tool, for grooming, interactive toys, and more.

      Different types of food have different nutritional value, so how much we feed will depend a lot on the types of food that we are using. I would consult with the vet.

    • Brynn says

      My huskie had very poor bowel movents and was vomiting a lot and that was with Origen huskie food. I then changed to Arden grange hypo-allergenic. It’s half the price and really crunchy bigger bites. He still brings up bile occassionally but that is because he has a tight throat. His poo is solid and there’s no food vomiting now plus he loves it. The most expensive food isn’t always the best for our dog.

  71. Mo says

    I have a 6 week old husky and he’s currently on Pedigree puppy food but as he is growing I’m trying to figure out how much he should eat. He’s healthy and a little over 4lbs.

    Also he is in the stage of wanting to bite on everything and he barely uses toys rather use people or anything else he think he can chew. Suggestions?

  72. Shieba says

    Hi i have a problem. I have a husky her name is shieba she’s 8 and a half months old. Around 1month ago she had stoped from her piriod and just now she had bleeded 2 dark red spots blood :/ do you know what it could be ? Can it be something of piriod?

    • shibashake says

      Both my Huskies are spayed so I don’t have experience with this. It is probably best to ask her vet.

  73. Preston says

    I have a Husky and facts 1,3,4 are very true. The rest with my experience with my Husky are not true. It was very simple to potty train my Caesar, and he makes a great guard dog, he barks and growls at people he does not know. It really is how you raise them and what you train them to be.

    • shibashake says

      Yes, part of a dog’s behavior is determined by genetics (nature), and part of it is determined by training, context. socialization, past experiences, and more (nurture).

      For example, my Shiba Inu is a pretty good watch dog because he naturally alerts me when unknown people come close to the house. He stops as soon as I appear to check things out, so the behavior is under trained control. He is also more loyal to me and more cautious with new people compared to my Sibes. Therefore *all other things remaining constant*, the natural loyalty and caution makes him into a better watch dog than my Huskies.

      Also, I should have been more clear in the article. When I say “guard dog” I mean a dog who alerts me to unusual occurrences around the house. I do not mean a dog that is people aggressive. I suppose the more accurate term would be “watch dog”.

      My Shiba is quite friendly to people during walks, and to new guests, contractors, plumbers, and more, who come into the house. I made sure to train and socialize him so that his territorial barking and alarm barking are under healthy control.

      Dogs may also bark or growl at people for other reasons including anxiety, fear, and more.

  74. Shelly says

    Hello, my mom has 2 Sibes that are 15 months old (around now) and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for fighting. Theyre both sisters and weve had them since they were babies. The one seems to get really jealous and likes to corner her sister and snap at her and tell her what to do, I’m not sure what exactly we can do to show the one that se can’t be doing that to her sister.

    Thank you!

  75. Helen says

    Hello,

    my husband and I have recently rehomed a 2yo husky. We are no strangers to large dogs and he has been excellent at walking without really pulling etc. However his prey instinct is in overdrive! He is fine until the small animal runs and then he just switches and goes! Unfortunately with me on the floor behind him! He is also obsessed with farm animals ( horses sheep etc) . Do you have any advise for us at all? I want to be able to give him the best home possible with no stress for either of us!

  76. sudeep says

    Hello.
    I bought 2 husky off pet store where they had suffered from parvo and was about to be killed as they do not spend lot of money on the pups where i live. I personally took care of them for a month and they both did recover fully from parvo virus. not they are upto date with their vaccinations and have healthy apptite.. more than healthy male ( Jay) eats a lot more than female (Maya). but somehow i think they are smaller for their age. Tey are now 6-7 months old. they are pure breed siberian husky.
    Does their growth have to do with their previous parvo infenction? or am i doing somehthing wrong. They eat 1 1/2 cup morning and 1 1/2 cup night. except that i give them raw Fish, pork bones and meat. once every 2 days. they get half pork bone each today then day after tomorrow they get half fish each. Is this diet enough? or am i missing something here.

  77. Melinda says

    Hi, I have about a 5 month old sibe, he’s great MOST of the time sometimes when we take him out to potty and he’s pulling to go back into the house. I would run with the pulling then he turns around and start to jump on me and bite me. I think he’s trying to show domantance to me. But I turn him around tell him ” no, sit!” And he does after a few tries of trying to bite me. And he would do this sometimes when he’s laying down on the grass before our walks and I would start with a light jog and bam he tries to jump and bite on me again. My clothing already have a couple of holes because of this it stopped for a while and started to come back. (He’s not neutered yet if that helps)

  78. Adrian says

    Hi, im 20 years old and own a 6months old sibe, I’m the kind of person who loves to explore the outdoors and would like to have a long walk with a companion. My problem is, i couldn’t get my sibe to go outside with me, getting her outside the house is so difficult and requires to carry her just to get her outside. And whenever somebody will just passby she starts to panic and try to get her off-leash. She is very fearful into everything. I would like to take her out in a long walk in the beach near us for some runnings but she won’t even come near me at home. :”(

    • shibashake says

      How long have you had her? What was her background?

      My Husky Lara was also a bit shy and fearful when I first brought her home. Therefore, I start small, go in small steps, and create as many positive experiences as I can. The more success we have, the more confidence she builds, and the more she learns to trust me.

      For example, in the beginning, I would remain very calm and sit some distance away from her reading. I would have some very good and smelly treats with me. I may even place some treats around me. In this way, I let her approach me on her own, and in her own time. She also learns to associate me with positive experiences because she gets rewarded for coming near me.

      I start by earning her trust, and just doing simple exercises with her inside the house where she feels safe, and can be successful. Once I have more of her trust, I can identify more things that motivate her, and what things scare her. Then I very slowly desensitize her to things that she is afraid of.

      This article from the ASPCA has some useful information on how to help a shy and fearful puppy.

      Here is a bit more on dog anxiety.

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy.

  79. Anonymous says

    I LUV my Sib… She’s so awesome.
    I also go to the vet office advertised at the end of this post/article. They are the BEST!!!!

  80. suzanne webb says

    WE ADOPTED A YOUNG MALE SIBERIAN HUSKY STRAY,ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO.HE IS NOW APPROX 7 YEARS OLD.DESPITE THE BAD PRESS THAT SIBERIANS GET WE COULD NOT HAVE WISHED FOR A MORE LOVING,LOYAL WELL BEHAVED DOG.OK HE WILL NOT WARN OFF INTRUDERS.BUT HE IS WELL BEHAVED WITH OUR SEVERAL PEDIGREE INDOOR CATS AND LOVES OUR OLDER FEMALE GOLDEN RETRIEVER.IF,HE IS NOT LEFT ALONE FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS,HE IS A GREAT HOUSE DOG.AS,FOR WALKS,OF COURSE HE PULLS BUT A DOG SADDLEBAG CAN SLOW THIS DOWN.CANNOT IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT OUR BEAUTIFUL SIBERIAN,ZACH.

  81. ismenia says

    Ok hi my name is ismenia and well my me and my mom found a 6month old husky now it’s being my dream to have one and the vetnair confirm she is a sibe and everything went well we gotnher all her shots and well me and my mom already had a 8yr old chihuahua and a 5yr poodle and they have a bed and i dont know what to do she keeps taking the stuffing and ripping it and it really make me and my mom mad cause we love her and thats the only problem we find with her other than that she be a awesome buddy but im wondering if you got any tips cause my poor poodle ans chihuahua are basicly almost without a bed and the bad thing is our doggy door is big so she fits perfecly and is able to destroy their bed please help

    • shibashake says

      My Huskies, Shania and Lara also loved to chew when they were puppies. What helps with them-

      1. Teaching them what is ok to chew on and what is not ok.

      When Lara chews on something that she shouldn’t, e.g. curtains, I no-mark the behavior. Then, I redirect her onto something acceptable, like a fun chew toy, a tug rope, a Kong or something else. I make sure that the alternate chew is fun and will catch her attention, for example, I may move it around, put a little nice smelling food on it, etc. If she redirects, then she gets rewarded by getting to play a fun but structured game with me.

      If she does not want to stop or redirect, then I body-block her away from the curtains and engage her in doing something else. If she keeps going back to the curtain, then she temporarily loses her privileges to go into that room.

      In this way, she learns that-
      Play with chew toy = Attention, fun game, and more,
      Play with curtains = Lose access to the curtain area.

      2. Exercise and other structured outlets for their Husky energy.

      Lara is a lot more calm and better able to follow commands after her daily walk and play sessions.

      3. Fixed routine.

      I also set up a fixed routine for my Huskies, establish a consistent set of house rules, and follow the Nothing in Life is Free program.

      More on puppy biting.

  82. wendy says

    Hi I have a 13 month old husky and I have just taken in a 5 month old female whose owner could not look after her as he was working long hours.
    She seems quite bossy with him he doesn’t seem to be sticking up for himself.
    How can I tell that they like each other. I’ve only had her for two days. He is such a well behaved husky we love him a lot. I don’t want him to think that we don’t love him any more.
    I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.xx

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy and four paws up for helping out a Husky in need.

      Some things that help with my dogs-
      1. I make sure to set up clear dog-to-dog interaction rules (e.g. no stealing, no humping, no bullying), so that they know exactly what to expect from each other. I also set up a fixed routine for the new dog.
      2. I supervise them closely (especially in the beginning), and I teach them that *I* enforce the rules. I do not let them “correct” each other. If there is any of that to be done, I will do it fairly and consistently.
      3. I try to create as many positive together experiences as possible. This teaches my existing dogs that the new puppy is a big plus for them, in terms of quality of life and resources.

      Here is more on what I do when introducing a second dog.

      Big hugs to your two Huskies!

  83. Jorge Guzman says

    Hello my name is Jorge and I live in Dallas Tx. Im looking into getting a Siberian Husky thats 5 months old from a couple in Duncanville Tx. Well im 22 yrs old and have a home, of course with my parents. We have 2 chihuahuas with us and a pretty nice yard to run around and play. I work the graveyard shift and love to walk the White Rock Lake which im close to. Theres also Lake Ray Hubbard which im not too far off which allows for swimming. Texas usually at this time gets hot. Well I fell in love with the husky and have been searching for one. Im a pretty patient person and would love a companion of my own. What do you think? Please respond.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Jorge,

      Your young and active lifestyle sounds like it would fit well with a Siberian Husky.

      Few things to consider-
      1. Many Siberian Huskies have high prey drive. They will need to be supervised closely and carefully managed while interacting with small dogs, as well as trained on what are acceptable and not acceptable play behaviors. A Husky is going to be a lot bigger than a Chi, so even accidentally stepping on them, rough-play, or an accidental bump could cause harm. Also a small dog may be fearful of a large dog, and start showing fear aggression.

      Have you met the Husky you are planning to adopt? Has he been socialized with other dogs? How does he react to small dogs? How do your Chis react to large dogs? I usually like to meet a dog a few times, take him out on some test walks, gauge his energy level and personality, so that I can tell if he will be a good fit.

      2. Is the Husky going to be an inside dog or outside dog? My Huskies do not do well in hot weather, so during the summer they prefer to stay inside the house, with the AC or fans on. Swimming in the lake sounds like a lot of fun, but some dogs may not enjoy swimming. I would ask the couple about their Husky, his routine, favorite activities, and whether he likes being in water.

      3. Is the Husky potty trained? Potty training requires a lot of close supervision, so that may involve some extra time with the dog in the beginning.

      4. Consistency is very important in training my Huskies. What works well with my dogs, is for everyone in our house to pitch in and help with training, so that there is continuity, consistency, and trust with the whole family.

      Hope this helps. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  84. Bruce says

    I’m a 60-year-old man who lives alone and last lived with a dog when I was 12. I saw a beautiful 2-year-old Siberian Husky at the county animal shelter. I didn’t adopt him, but can’t get him out of my mind.
    I haven’t adopted him because of my age and what I perceive to be his need for hours a day of activity/energy expenditure that I may not be able fulfill. I’m willing to walk him at least a couple of times a day. (I currently walk alone for a mile, twice a day.) And, would like to take him to a local dog park, though I’m aware that caution is warranted if small dogs, such as chihuahuas, are present. I live in a small house with a small non-grass, fenced-in back yard.
    Please tell me what you think about me having a Sibe. Thank you.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Bruce,

      I think the 2 walks, as well as frequent human companionship and supervision during the day sounds great.

      Did you interact with him while you were there? What was his energy level like? Most places will also let you take the dog out on some test walks around the area. I usually like to visit a dog a few times, take him out, and see how things go, to help me make a good decision.

      Unless they have been leash trained previously, Sibes may like to pull, so that would be something to look out for.

      Do you know what his background is? And whether he has had prior training?

      If you are not sure about adopting, I would also consider contacting a local Husky rescue to see if they are interested in fostering him. Most city shelters are over-crowded, and have limited space. It would be a shame for a dog like that not to have a second chance.

      Please keep us updated and let us know if you have more questions.

  85. Katie says

    I have a 8 month old sibe puppy. He is the greatest dog ever. But when my boyfriend is over it seems like he has accidents all the time inside the house even after I take him out. But when it’s just me he never has any accidents. Do you know if thats a jealousy thing? And secondly, my puppy gets soooo excited and obnoxious when he sees new people. Hes gone to puppy training classes and it didn’t really help with that problem. He tries to jump on them runs around like crazy and barks like no other. Is that normal for this breed? And my last question is, when I start to play with him I sometimes get a little worried because his shoulder hair stands up and he starts barking and acting like hes going to bite me but never actually does even if my hands right by his mouth. I know huskies play rough but is he taking it a little too far? I did my research before getting him but these were problems that were never brought up.

  86. Manuela says

    I will be getting Husky Soon but i don’t know if they get furious and they will get angry and attack i am wondering because me cousins come alot and one of the are scared of dogs that bite

    Manuela

    • shibashake says

      I would consider carefully before getting a Siberian Husky. They are a *very* energetic and independent minded breed. Husky puppies are big time Energizer Bunnies. πŸ˜€

      I walk my Huskies daily for about 1.5-3 hours. We also do training exercises, grooming exercises, and structured games. If we do not provide a Husky with enough structured activities, he will find activities to do on his own, which may include digging up our backyard, digging under the fence and escaping, chewing up our shoes, and more.

      Initially, a dog will not know how to interact with people and what our human rules are. Therefore, it is up to us to teach them our rules, teach them to control the force of their bites, teach them how to properly greet people, and more. Independent minded dogs, like the Siberian Husky, will require more structure and more resource based training.

      My Huskies are a big time commitment, especially during the first few years, because they have a lot of energy and need a lot of structured exercise.

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy.

  87. Dana says

    Hi i’m Dana,

    I know its a girls name but i’m a guy. So i was planning to get a husky puppy soon. I want to keep him outside so i’ll have like a big cage for him since our fence isn’t that high. I’d take him out for walks everyday and even if i’m not home my little sister (9years old) and my mum will be home. So is there anything special i need to know? By the way this will be my first dog i never had one.

    Thank you :)
    P.S i love this site!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your upcoming Husky puppy!

      The thing that really struck me with my first Husky is that she is very energetic, especially as a puppy. She wanted to be doing things pretty much all of the time. I had to supervise her a lot in the beginning, and also do potty training exercises. Puppies still have developing bladders and need to pee very often, so I only kept her for a *very short* period of time in her crate. I also did crate training exercises so that she would not get anxious and cry when confined.

      More on how I potty trained my Husky puppy.

      She also really likes being with people. I spent a lot of time playing with her, training her, and getting her used to grooming. If I didn’t redirect her energy into positive activities, she would find her own activities that will not be very furniture or people friendly. πŸ˜€ If they don’t get enough activity, they will get stressed, anxious, unhappy, and try to escape.

      Huskies (especially a young Husky) may howl when separated from their family, when frustrated, over-excited, and more. This can make neighbors very unhappy.

      More on training techniques I used with my Husky puppy.

      My Huskies prefer to stay inside the house with me most of the time, especially when it is hot outside. I can keep them engaged inside the house, and I can supervise them when they play. I let them out in the backyard whenever they want to do their business, smell the wind, or just hang-out. However, because they have thick fur, they heat up very quickly and don’t cope well with high temperatures.

      When it is hot, it gets uncomfortable for them outside, so they usually want to come back in right away. I make sure they have a lot of clean water, shade, and free air-flow outside and inside. Note that enclosed spaces such as kennels, crates, and cars, may provide shade but they also trap hot-air in a small space, and that can cause heatstroke in dogs.

      More on how I keep my Huskies cool during the summer.

      Good luck and post us some pictures of your puppy when you can!

  88. Connor says

    Hi there !

    My name is connor , currently 16 years of age (nearly 17) and I’m in my second to last year at High school . I’m extremely physical and active and go to the gym on an everyday basis early morning. I have always wanted a husky and would love to have a husky boy with me for years to come . I am at school between the hours of 8.50am and 3pm . Is it ok to have a husky at home during the day while I am at school . As stated I am physical and would take the dogs for long walks and play every morning and possible twice a night ? Please help haha I really want one

    Thanks

    Connor

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I have always wanted a Sibe too when I was growing up.

      Some things that I considered –
      1. Will I be going to college after high school? Would I take my dog to college? College can be a very busy time, with a very variable schedule. This makes it more difficult to have a dog.
      2. Will there be anyone home with the dog when I am away during school?
      3. Where will I put my Husky during that time and how will I keep him occupied?

      In the end, I decided not to get a Husky until after college. Not saying that it is not possible, but there are many related questions to consider. Also, I wanted to train and bring up my Husky in my own way, without any family/parental constraints.

  89. Abigail says

    Hi, I am 13 years old and looking to get another dog. I currently have a male 7 pound 2 year old mini fox pinscher (mini pin/ mini fox terrier mix) named kolache. I really want a husky but I’m afraid that it could hurt kolache. The dog that I really want is a husky and gsd mix. Here’s the link to his listing http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/26484509 do You think that the gsd part of the dog could alter it’s prey drive?

    • shibashake says

      What a handsome dog!

      The first thing I would do is contact the rescue agency (together with your parents) and then get in touch with Bandit’s current foster parents. They will probably be able to give you some information about Bandit’s temperament and how he would be with small dogs.

      The thing is, all dogs have prey drive. Some dogs have more of it than others. With proper training and management, we can teach our dog to tolerate and get along with other dogs, and also with house cats. Dogs with higher prey drive, however, will usually require more training and management. Also, a large dog may inadvertently hurt a smaller dog during play, because of the size difference.

      Here is an article on GSDs and small dogs.

  90. Donivan Godsil says

    My Husky is almost 2, female, and still hasn’t started her menstrual cycle. I got her as a 6 week old unaltered pup, and definitely haven’t had her altered. When is this going to start already?! LOL Thanks

  91. Raychel says

    Hello!!

    I wanted to get a Siberian Husky, but I’m worried about getting one at the same time. I have a bird and 2 Guinea Pigs and I’m worried that her hunting instincts will be to attack or hunt them.

    I’m also at school for 7 hours out of a day, so I’m not sure if I’d be there to take care of her.

    What should I do??

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, dogs require a lot of time, attention, and exercise, especially energetic dogs like the Siberian Husky. I waited until after I finished school and had more time before I got my dogs. I am glad I did, because I had a very difficult time with Sephy, and it would not have been possible for me to properly retrain him if I had a tight schedule.

      Here is a story of my childhood dog.

  92. Laura says

    Hello,
    I have a 6 month husky. I’m having trouble with her jealousy with my other dog. They play all the time and get along well. They also are very well trained but whenever I give my Pomeranian attention, my husky comes crying and snapping at me for attention. Is there anything I could possibly do.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, my Huskies get jealous too but I make sure to teach them that they *only* get affection by giving me good behavior.

      Usually, when I start giving affection to one of them, the other one will come over. When she does, I tell her what to do, e.g. Down (which I have trained previously). As soon as she does this, I mark the behavior (Good), and then give her affection as well.

      If either of them shows any anti-social behavior (e.g. whining, pushing the other one away), then I no-mark the behavior, and tell her what to do (Down). If she does not go down and stay calm, then I withdraw my attention and ignore her. If she tries to push away or bite the other dog, then I no-mark and body block her away. If she keeps coming back, then I calmly say Timeout and remove her into a timeout area.

      In general, I start by teaching my Husky what to do, so that I can reward her for doing the right thing. Then, if she misbehaves, I give her many chances to do the right thing. If she does the right thing, then she gets rewarded with attention and affection. However, if she continues with her bad behavior, then she loses my attention, and may ultimately lose her freedom (temporarily). In this way, she learns –

      Down and calm = Get attention and tummy rubs,
      Whining and biting = No attention and may temporarily lose freedom in the house.

  93. Conor says

    hi thanks for this site it’s really helpful :)

    I am 13 and i really want a husky pup but my house and my backyard are not big
    but i have a big green outside and a huge park near my house i also live on the coast
    and there’s a big beach, my mam and dad don’t want it because they thinks it’s to big
    for the house. My question is that is a ok to get a husky if you have a small house and you bring it out on walks daily??

    • shibashake says

      Hello Conor,

      In terms of exercise, both my Sibes need quite a lot of daily exercise. Part of that is a long daily walk, but the other part is some off-leash time in a safe, enclosed space. Both my Huskies love to run, but they also have high prey drive, so they *need* some off-leash time in a safe enclosed/fenced space to do their running, wrestling, and playing.

      They play pretty rough so there is a lot of banging into the walls. I keep two large spaces free of furniture so that they have a nice and safe play-area inside the house. We also fully fenced the backyard so in cooler weather, they can enjoy playing safely outside.

      Here is a story of my first dog.

    • Jessie says

      Most Huskys are happy and want to explore. If he is that young and acting lethargic, he needs to be taken to a vet immediately to rule out Parvo or any other serious problems.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, my experience is similar to Jessie’s. Both my Sibe puppies were curious and wanted to explore when we got them home.

      Where did you buy your puppy from?

      I would take him to the vet just to be sure he is ok. I usually take a new puppy to the vet anyway for a checkup and to set-up a vaccination schedule.

  94. Cristina says

    I’ve found two huskys for sale on the internet for $300… worried becasue they are so cheap but they come with all their vet checks and papers. What should i look for when buying one?

  95. Cynthia says

    Hi, I have a healthy 2-year old Siberian husky who eats, plays and gets plenty of love and affection. We play with her and she plays with our other dogs. But lately, we’ve noticed that she’s been very emotional, crying and howling for no particular reason. Is this normal? Is there anything we can do to help her?

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, could it be some kind of physical discomfort or pain? Is she eating and playing normally? Anything unusual with her poop and pee? Any other changes aside from the howling?

    • Anonymous says

      She doesn’t show any signs of physical discomfort or pain. She eats and plays normally and has normal and regular poop and pee. She just seems to be extra emotional and sensitive as far as crying and howling for no apparent reason. She asks to be petted more than usual has the need to be near someone at all times.

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, is she spayed? It is probably best to consult with her vet since they have her entire medical history.

    • Cynthia says

      No she hasn’t been spayed. Thanks for your input I’ll be sure to consult with the vet.

    • shibashake says

      Then perhaps she is entering her heat cycle.

      During estrus, your female dog may appear nervous, easily distracted and more alert than usual. She may also urinate more often than she normally does. You’ll most probably notice changes in her behavior; this is caused by a shift in her hormone balance.
      ~~[WebMD]

    • Anonymous says

      I have a 5 year old husky and he crys when he can’t be with me nothing is wrong with him he just needs to be with me

  96. Violet says

    Hello,

    My husky is very jealous and I was just wondering if that is normal? She is two years old and hasn’t made any trouble but she has the tendency of biting my chihuahua after I have been giving him attention. I find it odd since she usually backs away and lets him do whatever he wants (like eating before her, or taking all the chew toys) but when it comes to attention she gets jealous and bites him. She doesn’t do much harm to him but she gives him and me quite a scare! She did attack a pug once on the neck so I had to give my pug to a friend. Is there any way I can train her to stop this? Or what is there for me to do?

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, mine are jealous about affection as well. If Lara sees Shania getting attention, she will come over for some as well. I make sure to tell her what to do, which is to lie down nicely next to Shania and then I give them both belly rubs.

      If one of them starts to misbehave or tries to push the other one away, I no-mark and stop scratching her. If she continues, I body block her away and go back to giving affection to the one that is good. If the other one comes over again and starts with bad behavior, I put her briefly in a timeout.

      In this way they learn-
      Lie down calmly = Get lots of affection and belly rubs,
      Trying to push other dog away or otherwise correct her = Don’t get any attention

      I make sure to *only* reward good behaviors and not to reward any bad behavior. Also, I find that it is better not to let my dogs correct each other. I set the house rules and I enforce them using the Nothing in Life is Free program.

  97. Mary says

    Hi,

    I just finished reading your tips for Huskies. I currently have a 2 year old husky. And boy is he is trouble sometimes. We got him as a puppy, and took him to obedience school, he did well and has learned and retained some tricks ( like sit, stay, and wait). But the biggest problem we have with him, Is the fact that whenever we try and walk him, it takes about 30 mins. To get his leash on and stop him from playing tug of war with us and his leash. After all that is said and done, I have to take off in a sprint for him to get “into gear” for this walk then he does fine. Do you have any tips for us, to help the pre-walking stage become less stressful? Any tips on how to keep him from biting at his leash and jumping on us, so we can just walk? Most times, he is outside in our backyard, running around prior to us walking him as well. Any tips will greatly be appreciated.

    • shibashake says

      With my Huskies, I make sure to never reward them for any bad behavior and to *only* reward good behavior. I also tell them what type of behavior I want from them.

      With a new puppy, I establish a “going out” routine.
      – When it is time to go out, I will go put on outside clothes as well as get their leash and collar.
      – Lara usually knows a walk is coming, so she gets excited. If she jumps on me, bites on me, bites on the leash, or does anything else that she is not supposed to do, I no-mark, and tell her what to do instead, e.g. Sit.
      – If she Sits, then I continue with getting ready.
      – If she continues with her bad behavior, then I put stuff back and go back to doing whatever I was doing before. After some time has passed, and I get another break, I try again.
      – Once I am done with getting the stuff I call Lara to the door and ask her for a Sit.
      – I put on collar and leash and we practice door manners.
      – Then we leave for our walk.
      – If she misbehaves at any point, I first no-mark and tell her what to do. If she stops, I praise and continue with our going-out ritual. If she does not stop, then she does not get to go on her fun walk.

      In this way she learns that –
      Jumping and biting = no walk,
      No jumping and biting = walk.

      Routine and consistent rules help a lot with my Huskies. I also follow the Nothing in Life is Free program.

    • Edna says

      I would recommend a harness. If your leash is the typical latch on to a collar around the neck, your husky will pull instictively. My “Nala” is 3 years old and I followed this tip from another husky owner. she’s worn a harness from age 1. I’ve purchased mine at Petsmart, the kind where the leash latches along the back. the first one I purchased latched at the chest, but I find that style awkward when whe walks slightly ahead of me. I’m also right handed and walk her on my left side. The leash latched on the back makes this less awkward for me. Best of luck!

  98. Allysen says

    Hi there!
    My sibe is 2.5 years old but isn’t very friendly. I took him to obedience classes, the dog park, and out for walks almost every day. For some reason, he is very warry of strangers, he dislikes most of them and growls and howls at them, his hair stands up, and he runs away if they approach him. Also, he does not talk to me hardly ever, only when he wants to go outside, is hungry, or if I howl at him while he’s stretching (even then he only does it sometimes, mostly when he wants to go out). Do you have any ideas as to why he’s like this, and hos I can fix?
    Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, what is your Sibe’s background? Did you get him as a puppy or as an adult? Has he always been wary of strangers?

      It sounds like he is afraid of new people. With my dogs, I do people desensitization exercises to help them get more comfortable around people and to help them associate people with positive things and rewards.

      The key with desensitization is to start small and with a *very weak* version of the “people-stimulus” so that my dog can still be in control and can still listen to me. I always try to make desensitization exercises be positive and keep my dog below his fear threshold. In this way, he learns to look to me for direction and starts to re-associate a previously scary stimulus with positive and rewarding events.

      Positive associations and successful encounters are important in dog socialization, so I only expose my dogs to situations that I *know* they can handle comfortably. Here is a bit more on dog socialization.

  99. Sean says

    Hello, I just brought a 8 week old husky/border collie mix into my home and introduced him to our 3 year old puggle. Now my puppy is a mutt, and as far as i know he is only 1/4 husky. We do not know what his father was. He was pretty tolerant of her constant sniffing, and there was no real issues, but I’ve read that husky’s will view smaller animals as prey instinctually. Im hoping, since hes so young, that he will learn to view her as family and not foe..But nonetheless I am concerned about what will happen when he gets bigger. Should I be worried?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy!

      When I bring home a new Husky puppy, I find that it helps to set up some dog-to-dog interaction rules and a fixed routine. In this way, my Husky learns what to expect from my other dogs and vice versa. I also do group dog obedience training sessions and try to create positive experiences when they are together. This helps them to work together cooperatively, and form a good bond.

      Here is more of what I do.

  100. Priyanka says

    Hello dear,

    I appreciate your guidelines and information regarding several aspects on huskies.
    My trouble goes like this….I have a male husky puppy one month of age. His head is constantly shaking and his hind legs aee really weak. While our female puppy from the same litter is doing great.
    I will appreciate if you can help me on this as we are very worried about his behaviour. In general he is quite active, runs, eats properly, play with us, gnarl and howl and so manu things he can do.
    Please help us.
    Thanks

  101. diana says

    my siberian husky 4 years old i want to breed her , she started her period april 24, 2013 when she ready to breed . is this a good week. thank you 5/13/2013

  102. teresa says

    Hi…i have a five month old husky…..she is starting to mouth very hard, and snaps at people for seemingly no reason….i dont know how to get her to stop…when shes in these moods i cant grap her as she hurts and goes beyond listening….its scary for my children…..apart from these times shes really lovely and is quite obediant, also great on her lead…..any advise appreciated.

  103. says

    My Siberian Husky, Faolan, is 8 years old and in great shape. Lately, he goes into these periods where he doesn’t want to eat and that means anything. No treats, no boiled chicken, no dog food, nothing. He didn’t eat last night and now this morning. He’s full of energy, runs, plays but doesn’t feel like eating. Is this normal for this breed?

    Thanks in advance.

    Peter

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, my Shiba Inu will sometimes skip one or two meals, but not my Huskies.

      The only time my Huskies don’t want to eat is when they have some digestive or physical discomfort. In the past, my Shiba would sometimes skip one or two meals, but even then, he would still eat boiled chicken, cheese, and other good stuff.

      Could it be a toothache? Have you looked at his teeth and gums? Has he skipped meals before or is this the first time? I would also call up the vet and see what they say.

  104. Julie says

    Hi,

    I just purchased a beautiful husky 3 weeks ago. I have an Akita and had a German Shepherd that passed away a couple yrs. ago. I never realized that a
    husky could be even more stubborn than my Akita and I thought my German Shepherd was high energy…..nothing like my husky. He plays rough and my children have been hurt by his sharp baby teeth. I know he doesn’t mean to hurt anyone but if you have little children you need to think twice about getting one. I have fallen madly inlove with this sweet rough playing baby so he’s staying but he definitely tries my patience. I’m hoping with continued training and patience he will turn out to be as wonderful as my Akita and as wonderful as my German Shepherd baby was.

  105. Melissa says

    I have two chihuahua mix dogs and a cat but I really want a husky for an outside dog. I have done lots of research but I’m just wondering if people find it difficult to take care of 3 dogs in a household. Also, my husband never grew up with dogs so it was tough to convince him to get these two inside dogs (which he now loves!), how do I convince him to get another (bigger) one?? Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      I currently have 3 dogs and they are *a lot* of work.

      A Sibe, especially, is very energetic and will require a lot of exercise and structured positive activities. I have to walk my Sibes every day for about 1.5 hours, we play fun chasing games in our fully enclosed backyard, and we do grooming sessions. I supervise them and manage their excitement level when they play together, so that there are no accidents. If a Siberian Husky does not get enough structured exercise he may become destructive or escape from the yard.

      My Huskies love to dig and they are very good at it. They will need to be trained only dig in certain areas, or our yard will soon be full of holes. They can also dig under the fence, so we will need to make sure that the fence line is secure wrt. underground escapes.

      A Siberian Husky is independent and will need structure, routine, and training.

      A Siberian Husky has high prey drive and will need to be carefully trained to get along with small dogs and cats.

      All this will take a lot of time, effort, and expense.

  106. Anonymous says

    Not sure if my Husky is an odd ball or not, but – he is very protective. He has only offered to bite someone once, but it was when him and I were talking a walk and this person reached towards me to hand me something and my Husky jumped up and “snapped” at his hand. It was more of a “get away” type thing, and I’m not sure that he would have actually bit.

    He actually gets along very well with my cat and my chihuahua. The cats, he tends to think are HIS cats- in he likes to clean them, cuddle them and follow them around the house.

    We let him out without a leash. We weren’t able to do this when he was younger, but he will be 12 this year and rarely ever offers to leave the yard without a leash. If he does and I’m out there, he will come right back- when my husband tries to get him to come back that is a different story. lol ((odd fact is that my husband has had this husky since he was a sophomore in high school and I didn’t come around until he had already graduated, but this doggy sure loves his mommy! haha))

    Also, about being protective- when my mom and dad come over my husky will stand between my father and I when we are outside of the house, and when we come inside he tends to position himself between my dad and I but will lay down and look other places, etc. Keep in mind, my dad is one of the quietest, happiest, nicest people that ever lived- so its not like he is threatening or anything. He will go up to my dad, but his paw on him, cuddle him, play with him…anything… But, when that pizza guy comes to the door- I’m lucky to be able to get to the pizza. lol

    • Anonymous says

      Could also be jealousy,spunds funny but i have a husky and have tested this and they are extremely jealous?When my partner and I hug my husky howls and jumps up on us until we part,then hes fine again,Its so funny but thiscould be why your husky seems “protective”.

  107. Anonymous says

    I just got a 1 year old husky and i was wondering if there is any way he can get used to being alone for about 1 1/2 hour. he also really hates being outside without someone there So how can i prevent him from doing his “business” inside when I’m gone.

  108. Adrian Avila says

    okay i have a serious question here, I just got a husky, he is eleven weeks old. I am trying to leash train him but all he does is pull on the leash or just does not listen, he comes when i call his name, I praise and reward him and everything but every time i try to take him out for a walk or run, i end up having to go back home due to the fact that my husky just hates the leash, or he doesn’t follow me. what advice do you have for me? I need help, pleeaasseeee

    • shibashake says

      While leash training my Husky puppy, I make sure to start at small and make the experience very positive. I first start by desensitizing my puppy to the collar and to his lead.

      Then, I do leash training inside the house. The house environment is safe, quiet, and comfortable, so Lara can get used to walking on a lead, and focus on walking without pulling. Once my puppy is comfortable with the lead inside the house, we do leash training in the backyard.

      After she is confident walking on a leash in the backyard, as well as fully vaccinated, then we start to do training outside – first in quiet areas that are low stimulus.

      I set my puppy up for success so that she gains confidence, becomes comfortable with walking on a lead, and learns not to pull. When she is comfortable walking in quiet areas, then I very slowly increase the outside environmental challenge.

      Here is a bit more on leash training techniques and how I trained my Husky puppy.

  109. Matilda says

    Hello, my name is Matilda.
    I’m 15 years old and currently a freshman in high school. My mom finally agreed to let me get a husky after years of begging. I know that having a husky takes alot of commitment but I’m willing to commit as much free time as I have to the dog. Walks after school and before bed. Also in the morning when my sister gets home from work. I have so many questions about potty training and also when is a good age to start taking them for walks. The dog will be a month or two when I get it. But I also have a four year old fixed female chihuahua. How will the husky act around her ? My mom said she doesn’t want the husky to be a inside dog forever. We have a pretty big backyard , but we also have a 10 year old (human years) mixed male chihuahua in the backyard, its kind of big and we think its mixed with pug. Should we introduce the husky to both the inside and outside dog at the same time ? The husky we are getting is a male. I would really appriciate some advice. I really want to prove to my mom that I can take care of the dog. Thank you.

    • shibashake says

      Potty training:
      With my Husky puppies, the single most important thing with potty training is supervision. I supervise my puppy very closely during the potty training period so that I can take her outside and reward her well for doing the right thing. At the same time, I can prevent mistakes in the house. More on how I potty trained my puppy.

      Walks:
      I start leash training with my puppy inside the house. Then, we move on to the backyard. I do not walk my puppy outside until she is fully vaccinated. Puppies still have developing immune systems and can get sick from smelling or eating bad poop from other dogs or other animals. Licking at contaminated water puddles etc, can also be an issue.

      For dog socialization, we go to puppy class. I make sure that it is a well-run class, which checks for vaccination records for all the puppies.

      Introducing a new dog:
      Some things that I keep in mind while first introducing a new puppy to my existing dogs-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/getting-a-second-dog#meeting

      This is what I do to help my dogs get along-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      **Both my Huskies have high prey drive, so I take extra care while introducing them to smaller dogs. I make sure that they are leashed and very well supervised. If I am unsure of anything or see any kind of stress, I end the greeting. It can also help to get professional help.

      Here is a bit more on the first 10 days with my Husky puppy and how I trained her.

  110. Kieth says

    I have a question, I have a puppy named Kat she’s almost 2 months, is it normal for her age to be very very hyper? Because of that attitude I cant train her. She potties at training pads at my surprise. Because its her second time using that yet she can already “go” there. But I cant train her because she is so hyper. Is it normal? We cant even go for a walk because she is only 1 1/2 month old

    • shibashake says

      Puppies are going to be higher energy, be more curious, and have shorter attention spans. The good news is that puppies are usually also more food focused and people focused.

      With my Husky puppy, I do very short training sessions all throughout the day, usually after a play session. I also use the play session to teach her good behaviors. I try to observe what my puppy likes doing most, and use that to motivate her.

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy. I also follow the Nothing in Life is Free program with all of my dogs.

  111. says

    My 2nd dog after getting out of the Army is a Siberian Husky Female Named Madeline Magnolia, I got her in October 2010 after my family stole my First Dog Phoebe, I Trained her well the first 6 months i had her in my Apartment before we Moved to a Ranch in Colorado. There she had 5000 some odd acers to run on and explore, I Take her on 7-10 mile walks one way before turning around and going back, but she would still get bord of that and Excape the Yeard (My Army buddy didnt let dogs in the house) Once when she was 11 Months old she went missing for 4 days and managed to Hunt and Kill a Full grown Doe weighing 125lbs, Madeline at the time only weighed 40LBS. In Janruary we came to Fla to do some busness not expecting to get stuck here for as long as we have. On May 9th the House Keeper Left the dore open and chased Madeline out the door with the Vacume cleaner, that was 10 months ago, I have spent over $7000 looking for her and have not had any luck. In December 2012 I rescued Kaiser a Male Siberian Husky from some Neglectful owners, when i got him he weighed 35lbs, Was infected with Flees, Heart Worms, Hook Worms. After $2000 in vet bills he is now a Healthy 55 LB 2 yearold Siberian Husky who Likes going on Walks, Sleeping all day, Getting Belly Rubs, dosnt like playing much, and LOVES FOOD!. He thinks everyone e meets wants to play and pet him. I know one day I will Find my Madeline Magnolia and she and Kaiser will play well together =D

  112. Anonymous says

    how do i teach my Siberian Husky/Alaskan malmmute how to heel he just wont listen.he gets to distracted and wants to play i tried to put him in an open area without any other dogs with his leash on and with treats and off the leash with treats too. what do i do? he just wont listen he is only three months old but he was easy to teach him to sit lay down shake roll over and he is potty trained and crate trained. please help me

    • shibashake says

      Does he already know the basics of leash training? I.e., is he trained to walk on a leash without pulling?

      What helps with my Sibes is to always start at the beginning, and to set them up for success. With walking, I first get my dog comfortable with having the collar and leash on. Then, I get her comfortable with having me hold the leash. Once we are good with this, I do leash training exercises, which teaches her not to pull while on a loose leash. I don’t do more advanced leash work, e.g. heel, until after we have mastered loose leash walking.

      Precision heeling demands constant attention from both dog and handler and is not appropriate for long periods of time, like for your daily walks around the block or to the park. Even dogs trained to heel need to learn to walk on leash without pulling when they’re not formally heeling.
      ~~[ASPCA]

      With heel training, I found that timing, position, and technique are all very important. It helped a lot to first do it under the direction of a professional trainer.

  113. Stolich says

    Hi Shibashake,

    I left my sibe with my mom and dad who are both 80 years old already. I got a call today and they are worried because my sibe named Stolich lost her appetite for the past 2 days and don’t want to eat anything. She drinks water and eat some grass for the past 2 days. By the way she is 5years old (human age). Is it normal for her not to eat for 2 days? She is active and everything’s seems normal though.. What should i do? Thank you!….Stolich

    • Deirdre says

      I have owned and worked with dogs for about 30 years. Dogs do sometimes not eat for several days. It is more important that your dog is drinking and her energy level is about the same. Sometimes, they are prone to not eat if they have some sort of anxiety (perhaps when you left her at your parents’ house?) Just watch the signs, she may start eating again shortly or you may want to offer her plain chicken and white rice if her stomach is a little upset. If ANY other signs become evident (lethargy, not drinking water) I would immediately take her to the vet. Good luck and I hope she is back to normal by the time you read this post!

    • Camillerella says

      @Stolich Maybe she misses you. Our husky is like that also (when he’s being stubborn) I have read that Husky doesn’t really eat much or has a huge appetite but as owners it is something to be consulted to the vet (like what Shibashake said) or the experts. I guess, what happen to your dog (unless she’s introduced to other dog foods or there’s a change in her diet) is something psychological. Dogs by the way, learn this from the elders, eat grass or certain plants/grass when they have an upset stomach or is hungry; I’ve seen our Siberian husky doing that and so our other dogs.

  114. Missy says

    I recently “rescued” a husky from a busy intersection. I have three other dogs, a neutered male Standard Schnauzer (the oldest, 10 yrs), a neutered male minature poodle (middle dog 5 yrs) and a spayed female chihuahua (youngest 4 yrs). The husky is intact and seems to NOT be dog aggressive but did give a warning growl while in the when first introduced which seems normal. My concern is the high prey drive. Do you think I need to worry too much about the smaller dogs? He did try to mount the poodle but the poodle put him in his place quickly. I still don’t allow them to all be in the backyard alone without supervision yet.

    Thank you!

  115. joyce donohue says

    I need help. My daughter, her husband, husky and two cats moved in with me. He crates her at bed time and when they aren’t home. I love her and take her out for walks, but sometimes she becomes aggressive with me and bites her leash and rund around my ankles an tries to nip me. I am 60 years old and only 4’11 inches. I don’t know how to stop this. I buy her a lot of toys and throw her ball around the house for her to chase. she is very high energy and tires me out. Help!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Joyce,

      Huskies are very high energy dogs. They are strong, need a lot of exercise, as well as structure and boundaries.

      Is it possible to do the initial training with your daughter or her husband? Getting help from a professional trainer may also be helpful. When my dogs were young, I also hired a dog walker and sometimes took them to dog daycare. This gives them an outlet for their boundless energy and also helps with socialization.

      Here are some of my experiences with leash biting.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/train-your-dog-to-stop-biting-on-the-leash

      However, each dog and each situation is different, which is why visiting with a good professional trainer can be very helpful. I always make sure that everyone is safe during training, and do not take on more than I can physically handle.

  116. Guy Hargreaves says

    I understand that Siberian Huskies are generally not good guard dogs, but I had an unusual experience with mine. The Siberian Husky is well known as an Arctic sled dog and has been placed in the “working dog group” category by the AKC, so I was very surprised when our Siberian Husky named “Odin” turned out to be a good coyote tracking dog at the ranch in Arizona. The coyote has killed several of our chickens and peacocks at the ranch. Yesterday, my wife Veronica went out to feed the chickens in their pen and found Odin was aggressively barking at something in the bushes behind the chicken pen. When Veronica walked up to the chicken pen she observed a hungry looking coyote covertly sneaking behind the pen trying to find a way to enter. The coyote ran away from Odin, but instead of returning to the ranch house Odin tracked the coyote for more than 1/2 mile into the desert brush behind the ranch house. When Veronica advised me of the situation, I grabbed a rifle and ran toward the sounds of Odin barking in pursuit of the coyote. By this time, our second Siberian Husky “Freya” was also in pursuit of the coyote with Odin. For a short period of time I couldn’t determine Odin’s location as he cornered the coyote in a wash about 1/2 mile away. To my surprise, Freya actually ran back to me and led me to where Odin had the coyote cornered. When I arrived, the coyote ran again but I was able to shoot him. We adopted the huskies primarily because we thought they were beautiful dogs and might be good to scare coyotes, foxes, and bobcats away, or just bark to let us know something was outside, but we never thought a working category dog would actually track a predator into the desert bush like a hunting dog.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, my Sibes also have high prey drive. They love to give chase. They don’t really have much guard/defensive drive though, which I think is a feature.

  117. nonyabusness says

    i love huskies i have always wanted one if i ever get one i might name him blue or if its a gril well idk yet but i love them i have been looking on for sale websites on them

  118. louise taylor says

    Hi i have two huskies. Storm is 14 months and nala is 16 weeks! They are great loving family pets but as you all know they take up alot of the day. They are playfull and very loyal and enjoy playing with my two young children(2 & 4 years). The only thing i will say to anyone thinking of getting a husky is be ready for there rough play. Both mine love to run at each other and jump high in the air. They play together using there teeth a lot and to people who are not used to there kind of play it does look and sound a little scary. But we love ours and wouldnt change them for the world.

  119. ariel says

    i have a Siberian Husky. she is great, but she is so hard to potty train!!! she will walk out side for fun and she is so energetic OMG..and we will be out for hours..and she wont go to the bathroom.she did 1 time….but for the most part she waits until we get home and tries to go on the news paper. i want to break that habit so bad. and she eats my sisters Cat’s food and wont eat her own dog food.its so annoying. and i think she is going through terrible 2 bc she is biting. and chewing on everything.

  120. says

    I have two husky girls, Hailey who is almost 7 years and Starr who is a little over 5 months. They light up my life! My little girl is having a hard time with potty training but I know it just takes time. They love to play together, my 7 year old plays like she’s 7 months lol. They love long walks but unfortunately I live in the north east so our winters can be a little brutal, at least for me anyway. Every word you said about this breed is true but even the challenges are worth it because once you are loved by a husky it’s hard to imagine life without that!
    Thank you for your post, being informed may help to keep some huskies out of shelters.

  121. Bethany says

    Thank you for putting this up. I know now that it is to early for me to get a husky right now. I am still young and only starting high school next year. I used to have a big dog. Anyways.. I wanted a husky because i had had fallen in love with them since i was very young. Now I know to wait until I’m older and have enough money for a big home for my Husky. Again Thank you for putting this site up ^ ^

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I have always loved Huskies as well. The eyes, big ears, and cool masks are a deadly combo. πŸ˜€

  122. John says

    i have 2 days with my 3 month old husk I had a question I was given a potty spot bottle which suppose to make his sense of potty trigger and also works as a spot is this good for the dog ?

  123. Christine says

    Hi, thanks for your site! Im a dog walker & pet care provider in Connecticut. I care for two Siberian Huskies quite often, & I adore them, and while looking for something else, wandered onto your site. Everything you said here was absolutely true in my eyes (especially regarding the cats & squirrels).
    Loved the pictures as well. Thanks so much for sharing your love & tips on raising a healthy & happy husky.
    Christine

    • shibashake says

      What a great comment to get on a weekend! Thank you very much. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to your furry clients!

  124. annie says

    Hi,
    My family and I rescued Rex from a shelter two weeks ago. He’s a pretty good dog and I’ve been using your site to help train and understand him better. But my husband and I have encountered the same problem lately. When out on walks he’ll jump up and start biting. He did this when we first met and slowly stopped and now he’s doing it again but sometimes harder and “be a tree” isn’t working. I know he means to play but he does it more aggressively around the kids and I’m not sure what to do. He resists his leash and I get scared he’ll get hit by a car but at the same time accidentally bite my kids. Please any advice? I really don’t want to give him back because I know for sure that he wasn’t being treated well at the shelter.

    • annie says

      I forgot to mention that he’s at least 1 yr. old. And was walking pretty decently on his leash until recently. He gives my husband a hard time because he cares for all the kids but the babies are home so he has to care for them all the time but not sure why he’s become more aggressive the past few days.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Annie,

      I had a similar issue with my Shiba (Sephy) when he was young. He would get excited or frustrated and start biting on the leash. Then, he started jumping on me and biting on my jacket.

      Here are some of my experiences with leash biting-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/train-your-dog-to-stop-biting-on-the-leash

      The key with getting Sephy to stop his leash biting behavior is to –
      1. Effectively prevent him from continuing with it during our walks.
      2. Show him that the behavior results in an undesirable consequence.

      With Sephy, what finally worked is to quickly march him home. When Sephy starts to bite the leash-
      – I no-mark the behavior to let him know that it is undesirable.
      – Then, I hold the leash close to his collar so that I have good control and can stop his jumping/biting behavior.
      – Finally, I just march him home at a quick pace. We do not make any stops, he does not get to explore, and the fun walk ends.

      In this way, he cannot continue with biting on the leash because he has to focus on marching home. At the same time, he has a place to redirect his excited energy, i.e. into the march home. Most importantly, he also learns that biting on the leash or on me, means that the fun, leisurely walk ends right away, and he has to go home.

      Some other things that helped with Sephy-
      1. I increased the frequency of our walks (so that we would have more practice) but reduced their duration (so we would only walk close to home). This makes it easier and quicker to end walks if necessary.
      2. We practiced proper leash walking in the house first, as well as proper door manners, before going out. This gets Sephy into the habit of walking properly and following walk rules before even leaving the house.
      3. I try to stay as calm as possible, and just focus on implementing my plan. Sephy gets even more excitable or stressed when he senses that I am not calm. He also picks up on the energy of people who are nearby, so if I am walking with others, I make sure that everyone is calm.
      4. In the beginning, I made things as simple as possible and only walked him by myself, and in more quiet areas of the neighborhood. In this way, there are fewer excitement triggers, and we are more likely to have a successful walk. In this way, both of us gain confidence, and then, we can slowly increase the environmental challenge.

      http://shibashake.com/dog/pack-leader-to-an-aggressive-dog

      Each dog is different though, and there may be a different trigger/source for the behavior. I tried many things before finding something that worked with Sephy.

      Hugs to Rex. Let us know how it goes.

    • annie says

      Thanks for the advice! Rex has actually gotten much better! He was even congratulated by a stranger on the street when we were walking yesterday. I felt like a proud parent! I’m very impressed at how quickly he has learned from us and wonder do huskies respond so quickly? I’m just happy to say that he’s a keeper. The time we’ve spent with him has been truly rewarding.

    • shibashake says

      That is so good to hear! Go Team Rex!

      Yeah, Huskies are a very amazing breed. Both Lara and Shania learn things very quickly as well – they also learn and observe things that I wish they would not learn. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for giving us an update on Rex. I am so happy that things turned out so well.

  125. Nina says

    Hi! Firstly I would like to say that your site is very helpful and I’m thoroughly enjoying reading everyone’s posts!

    My husband and I have contemplated having a husky for many of months, we have done the research and we are fully aware of what we are letting ourselves in for! Nalah is now 5 weeks old and yet to leave her mother, but we have been in constant contact with the breeder, and we visit her on a weekly basis until we get to bring her home when she’s 8 weeks old.

    One thing that really upsets me is that majority of our friends & family puts a negative spin on our decision of having a husky, saying that this type of breed is vicious, not good with children, will damage property and overall iniciating that we are not making a good decision. Now instead of enjoying the experience of having a dog I feel that we have to prove some sort of point, which are not our intentions! And I’m a bit wary that once Nalah’s here people will be too scared to visit us! Has anyone else had this experience with friends & relatives? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

    • Anonymous says

      Don’t worry about what the friends and relatives say, huskies aren’t what everyone believes. In my expierence around huskies, they’ve always been a loving and sweet dog breed. I’m sure you won’t have trouble with visitors, they’ll learn to except your decision!

  126. says

    Hello :) firstly I would like to thank you for the useful guide provided as I am sure it will help in the near future.
    I have just purchased a husky and I am slightly concerned about toilet training because we live in a apartment without a garden. We have two large parks nearby an we live right on the coast for plenty of walks and exersise but any help in regards to toilet training in our circumstance would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks liam.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Liam,

      Congratulations on your new Husky puppy!

      With my Husky puppies, I trained them on both puppy pads and going outside. If possible, I try to always take them out. However, if that is not possible, then I train them to go on their puppy pads.

      Initially, they wanted to bite-on and shred the pads, so some training is necessary to get them to “Leave-It”. But after that, having the puppy pads as a backup facility was quite useful.

      Here is a bit more on my Husky potty training experiences.

      Hugs to puppy! They grow up quickly, so take lots of pictures. πŸ˜€

  127. Stephen says

    Hello,

    Thanks for your help your site has been most informative.

    I got a new puppy around a week ago now, she is 3 months old. I Live in Dubai myself and have followed the various tips on here religiously.

    I Did a lot of research and decided to try a combinations of Click/Treat Reward based system, which to my comfort has been a great success. She responds well to the understanding that the clicking noise is a positive and often is followed by one treat.

    I Had a little trouble potty training for the first few days but i noticed how she had a massive likeing for this specific (Beef Jerky) Style treat. So i decided to make this a potty time specific treat and that has worked out for me brilliantly!

    I Have to questions i was wondering if you could help me with. I Have dismissed this as maybe excitement peeing but im not too sure.

    Usually i will leave her in her room whilst i sleep (A fairly sized storage room/really small bedroom) the problem i am having is she often urinates after i just open the door before i can even attach her lease and take her for a walk.

    Is this normal? I thinking it is either down to lack of control or excitement at seeing me in the morning.

    Also i do basic obedience training with her i.e. sit and stay which have worked well but i find she has a lack of focus sometimes. Is this just an age issue also? was wondering if it would get easier after she is 6 months old.

    Thanks a lot for the tips they are amazing!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new furry family member!

      the problem i am having is she often urinates after i just open the door

      My guess it that it is partly out of excitement and partly out of having a full bladder. When my Sibes were young, they couldn’t hold it in for the entire night, and often needed to go an extra time very early in the morning.

      In terms of excitement urination, this article from UCDavis may provide some tips-
      http://behavior.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/local-assets/pdfs/Submissive_and_Excitement_Urination_in_Dogs.pdf

      i find she has a lack of focus sometimes. Is this just an age issue also?

      Yeah, I think so. When Lara was a pup, she was very easily distracted. Everything was new, shiny, and interesting to her, so any motion or little noise and she would want to go explore. πŸ˜€

      Obedience training and structure can help to increase a dog’s focus and maturity will help as well. I start small though, and only very slowly build up the duration of focus commands. That way, she always enjoys her training sessions, and is always ready to do more.

      Hugs to your girl! Would love to see some pictures, so please post us a link when you have the time.

    • Anonymous says

      After a click should always be a treat:) the clicker marks the behaviour and tells the dog that click=treat. So the moment he/she hears the click, she/he’ll know that the behavior that makes you click, is correct. So clicker is just a easy soulution for perfect timing for rewards. A dog who’s familiar to the clicker and knows what the click really means, wont be confused if the treat is given moments after clicking because (here comes my favorite) you already marked the behavior with the click. So you wont be failing or mistaken if you have to run into the kitchen after clicking and fetching a treat :)

  128. Jin says

    Hello..
    I just have a question about Siberian Husky puppy. My neighbor brought a Siberian Husky puppy and they leave her outside day and night tide up short and at night it gets below 30 degree. I am just really worry about the puppy she looks like about 2-3months old puppy. I am just so curious about is Siberian Husky pups can sleep outside in cold weather without the doghouse. My neighbor don’t even have a doghouse for the puppy to sleep in. If you can answer me asap I will appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Jin

    • shibashake says

      I don’t really know the answer to that for sure. It is not something that I would want to test out.

      Here is a thread that discusses this question-
      http://www.dogster.com/forums/siberian_husky/thread/692797

      The general consensus seems to be that Sibes can *tolerate* extremely low temperatures, but there are several caveats. In particular, they may have to build a tolerance for it, and they may not do well when there are constant large changes in temperature; for example from their time inside the house vs. outside. Puppies generally have a shorter coat compared to adult Huskies, and may not be able to withstand the cold as much as an adult dog.

      Finally, being able to tolerate extreme cold also does not mean that they enjoy or are comfortable being in extreme cold or being exposed to biting winds.

      Here are a couple of articles on chaining or tethering-
      What You Can Do to Help Chained Dogs (Humane Society)
      Chaining and Tethering (ASPCA)

    • Camillerella says

      Good article. While reading your article I was smiling and all because I can truly relate to every description, issues, and/or guidelines of having a Siberian husky. They are really intelligent, our own sibe, Maxi (Maximilian, 1 year old) could already open our gate when he was just 6 months old or younger, I think – eventually had accomplish a soundless escap , fortunately our mixed-breed dog was with him and he (Max) didn’t total wander off. He can understand commands and reprimands (when he’s misbehaves) but he is just stubborn. I think you’re article is a great help to new owners or who want to have their own Sibe. More powers to you and do continue to help other people who wants to adopt or have their own Sibe and I hope you’ll have another article on other breeds too.

    • Camillerella says

      Upon reading to some comments…
      When Max was younger we let him off leash, we’re in a tropical country btw, and when it’s raining we just let him be in the rain for a few hours/minutes (we can’t let him do such stuffs now because he’s a lot larger than when he’s still a pup, it would just bring a huge mess inside the house after being in the rain and he’s a threat to stray cats passing by our house) because we’ve research that they can withstand -58’C and somehow it’s a “treat” for him to be in the cold since we’re in tropical area but our mum makes a petty fuss over it stating he might catch cold. Upon observing him, I think huskies even pups would likely to know discomfort over tolerance because there are times even it’s raining (and he likes it) he prefers to stay indoor. But we don’t put him outdoors when it’s raining when we’re about to go to sleep, he sleeps indoors actually :)

  129. Chris says

    Hey,

    I am currently considering getting a siberian husky, i have always loved this breed of dog. Your guide has been very helpful, thank you.
    I have 1 question though, i work 8am-5:30pm with an hour lunch monday-friday. Would a 30-45 min walk/jog before work and around an hour walk after work be enough exercise for it daily?

    i would be able to go home for lunch as i live close to my work place and interact a little with him/her a little.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Chris,

      My young Sibe, Lara, needs a lot of exercise. We walk around 1.5 hours daily, she plays mornings and evenings with our other two dogs, and she still does zoomies around the house and backyard. She also likes digging, so we put concrete blocks all the way around our fence line so that she can’t dig out while chasing after earth critters.

      Lara is currently almost 2 years old. She does well when there is supervision and structured activity during the day.

      Shania is 5 years old, and she does not do as much zoomies. However, she really likes her walks, and we are also out for at least 1.5 hours daily. She is a three legged dog, so we stop more often and smell the roses. πŸ˜€

  130. Orion says

    Hey, i have a question,

    I want to get a husky over the next 2 months. (Hopfully during the March Break when I will be home for a week.) But before I make the commitment I want to get all of my information right and make sure I will be raising my husky in a safe comfortable environment.

    1 I life in a 1 story house with an okay size backyard and a deck about 4 ft high. I life with my father. my brother, my grandparents and my aunt. They have agreed to have the husky but on conditions that when it grows up and gets bigger that it stays in the dog house when I am at school. (school is about 6 hours.)

    Keep in mind, the ‘dog house’ will be my deck in the backyard. My dad and I are craftsmen and are going to turn the whole underneath of my deck into a dog house (pretty big dog house) So it wont have to worry about being in a small creat, the dog house will be heated in the winter (I live in Canada and it gets -40 sometimes) and in the summer we will put fans and air conditioning. The floor will probobly be tile and the house will be big enough for it to have his food and water as well as his bed. I plan on spending lots of time with it when I get home from school, and maybe some nights, bring a mattres in the house and sleeping beside it.

    Though there are lots of people in my house, they have made it clear that the husky will by mostly my responsibility so I will be the one giving it walks and running and biking with it as much as I can.

    A question is, is this okay? It wont be in the house to much when it’s older so the dog house is big enough to keep it safe wile I’m away but not crampt up. I was even thinking of tying a 50 ft leash to it so it can roam the rest of the backyard (though not wile I’m at school or away for long hours) Does this sound alright?

    Like I said I want to make sure it’s going to be comfortable and I know they are high energy dogs and since I wont always be there I want to make sure that it will keep active with the space available.

    The dimantions of the dog house are about 15 ft wide and 8 ft long and 4 ft high
    My backyard is about 30-40 ft long and 50 ft wide. Fences are 6 ft high

    I’m really hoping anyone can get back to me on this!

    Thank you

    • shibashake says

      My backyard is about 30-40 ft long and 50 ft wide. Fences are 6 ft high

      That sounds like a really nice backyard. Is it possible for the dog to stay in the backyard without a tether? My Sibes enjoy running and roaming around in the backyard. They also love the sun and like smelling the wind.

      The other thing with Sibes is that they can howl and be pretty noisy. One of my Sibes, Lara, can be pretty loud. She also loves the company of people, so if there is activity and people in the house, she will usually want to come in and join in on the fun. She may sometimes vocalize to come in. In these situations, someone will have to be there to supervise and train her on what to do.

      In my experience, it is generally best when everybody in the house participates in the upbringing and training of the dog. I find that consistency is very important while training my dogs. Otherwise, they may get confused about rules, and may not bond with certain members of the household. This may in turn result in guarding behavior (e.g. space, objects, food, people), anxiety, and other issues.

  131. Juan C says

    Hey first off I would like to say I love your site. We recently just adopted a 6 month old beautiful SIberian Husky/Samoyed mix puppy. I have had huskies growing up so I know the breed very well. We had a 25 acre farm in Ocala,FL and with a non-alligator lake in the middle and they loved to run free like you mentioned they are super independent. Just goes to show you though I grew up with 3 huskies and I am still requesting help. Bella seems to be a little too aggressive when playing. The only thing I don’t like is that she bites my golden retriever’s neck really hard and twists as if she is trying to pull off meat like a wolf. I know she is only a genetic bond away from being a wolf. The three huskies I grew up with never did this and they were full bread huskies. Any advice on how I can stop her from doing this. Like you mentioned she may have been removed from her siblings too soon.I don’t know b/c I rescued her. I looked into the samoyed’s and it doesn’t seem to be a samoyed problem which I figured it would be more likely to be a husky problem. Thank You..

    • shibashake says

      My Sibes get the most rough during play when they are over-excited. One thing that helps with them is to manage their excitement level.

      When they are playing, I throw in a lot of play-breaks. During a play-break I call one of them over to me, and we do some obedience exercises. I reward them very well for doing this, so when I call, they are usually very happy to come. These breaks help them to refocus on something else (me), and helps them to calm down. After a short break, they go back to playing.

      I also have certain play-rules. Two important ones are no-humping and no kill moves. A kill move is when one of them grabs onto another’s fur, and then pulls hard back and forth, as if shaking prey. If I see any of them starting any of these moves, I no-mark, interrupt them, and stop play briefly. During break, they do commands for me, I refocus them, and get them to calm down. Once they are calm, they may go back to playing.

      If a dog keeps going back to the same behavior, escalates the behavior, or redirects aggression onto me, then he goes to timeout.

      Here is a bit more on how I keep the peace at home with my dogs.

  132. iau says

    I do not fully agree about potty training. I have never had any problem with this with my siberian. She is also very careful where to go in the garden when she is doing her business.

  133. ashein says

    heyy, i am getting one, is it okay if we leave it for about 5 hrs alone. a day, but that happenes at least twice a week is it okayy, and is it hard to potty train.

    • shibashake says

      In the beginning, I make sure that there is someone available to supervise puppy, most of the time. Puppies, especially Sibe puppies have a lot of energy, and are full of endless curiosity. They can get into lots of trouble without proper supervision and management. Supervision is also very important for potty training.

      Once puppy Lara was potty trained and had some house rules under her belt, I started training her to be relaxed when I am not around. First, I just go into another room and then come back. Then, I slowly lengthen the duration that I am away, as she gains more confidence.

  134. Andrew says

    Hi,
    We are getting a Husky pup in the coming days (just waiting until hes 8 weeks old) and very excited. Ive researched the breed and feel we can definitely handle a Sibe. Just a couple things I’m concerned about…
    1. We went and visited the pup at the breeders home a week after picking him out (5-6 weeks old), we knew he was a little quieter than the other pups but when we saw him again he seemed almost dis-interested in us compared to the other pups who were jumping all over us, he just stayed in his corner for 5 minutes before moving around. So just wondering is this anything to worry about later or will he come out of his shell after we bring him home and give him some attention?
    2. Also we have a medium sized, secure and walled garden say 20 meters X 20 meters…ish but have great parks and other areas close by to walk him to as he gets older, including a beach. So im just wondering is it ok to keep him in the back garden as a pup to play or should i take him for long walks aswell?

    Thanks

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Sibe puppy!

      1. Quiet Puppy
      Lara was also more shy and quiet compared to the rest of her litter. But it turns out that she is the most affectionate of our three dogs. Shania loves everyone so she will rush to say hi to all the people that give her any little bit of attention. Lara is still friendly and likes to meet people, but she is not as gung-ho as Shania, which I think is a feature.

      I actually like the more quiet pups. They tend to be more calm and are better to snuggle with. πŸ˜€ Also, puppy will also change as he matures.

      2. Walking
      I didn’t walk puppy Lara outside until she had all of her shots. I did start leash training her in the backyard though, so we would be all prepared when she is ready for outside walks.

      I start with short but more frequent walks. In the beginning, she pulled a lot so short walks worked better for us. As she started to improve, I slowly lengthened our walks. I also started in more quiet areas. That way, we had more successful sessions and can slowly build up to more challenging environments.

      Sibe puppies are a lot of fun and are big energy balls. We used up a lot of frozen Kongs. πŸ˜€

      Happy Holidays and big hugs to puppy when you get him.

  135. Travis says

    Hi, i have a 9 month old female siberian husky. I got her at 5 1/2 weeks and She has alwas been very attached to me but like all huskies it was more playful in nature. However she recently (for lack of a better term) hit puberty and for the last 2 weeks she has acted more affectionate. She will rest her head in my lap for long periods of time, she stares into my eyes and she follows me closely, not running ahead but staying right at my side. Its almost as if she is sick and im getting concerned. This is the first female dog ive owned, is this normal?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Travis,

      Your Sibe sounds wonderful. Both Shania and Lara are very affectionate and like being with people.

      Its almost as if she is sick and im getting concerned.

      How is her energy level? Is she eating normally? Is her poop normal? Are there other physical signs that indicate she might be sick?

    • Travis says

      Yes, everything seems as usual and she doesn’t show any other sighns of sickness. Its just an extreme change from always wanting to play to suddenly being mellow and calm. It happened almost overnight and she has been like this for over a week. im not complaining as long as this is normal and healthy.

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, being suddenly mellow and calm does seem a bit strange for a Sibe puppy.

      Is she spayed?

      Have there been any other changes in her routine? Is she getting more exercise elsewhere? Is she energetic during walks? Does she still have energetic play sessions but just less often, or is she not interested in play at all?

      What kinds of activities does she do during the day?

      With my Sibes, if there is a big change in energy level then there is usually a reason for it. For example, they get less energetic during warm weather. They also may get less energetic if they have a fever, an upset tummy, or some other physical discomfort.

  136. SHANNON says

    Hi.
    i have 2 beautifull and wonderfull pure bread siberian huskys they are brother and sister. we only planned to adopt 1 but ended up with 2. my first question is they are both the same age but my boy is much bigger than my girl, we adopted her because we felt soory for her as she was under feed the owner had 5 dogs and feed them all out of the same bowl and they had to fight for food. she is so loving and a happy go lucky dog but i am concerned about her size she is a lot smaller and lighter than he is she is 6 months old and weighs 6 kg the vet said she would put on weight and she has a bit but not much so i would like to no if there is anything i can do to help this. and number 2. i was wondering if the moon has n e thing to do with there behaviour. as i have noticed when the moon is just over half my kids (huskys) like to play all night long no matter how much we run them and play they will stay up all night and wont settle but they only do it when the moon is just over half full ?
    thank you

    shannon

    • shibashake says

      1. Weight

      At 6 months they are still growing, so if the vet says that everything is well, I wouldn’t worry too much. My Sibes didn’t put on a lot of bulk until they got older (around 2 or more). They are so active when young, they just burn everything off.

      How is her appetite? What type of food is she currently eating?

      2. Activity

      I have read that dogs are crepuscular – they are most active during dawn and dusk. From observing my dogs, that seems to be the case with them. They have the most active play sessions when they wake up and after work.

      I haven’t noticed any increase in activity level when the moon is half full. However, my Sibes have very high prey drive. If there is a lot of small animal activity, they will be a lot more excited and will do a lot of hunting and pouncing. Perhaps the increase in activity is related to more stuff happening in the environment.

  137. Renata says

    Hello ShibaShake,

    Have some news. Akima finally arrived Home this morning. We take her to the vet, and he says she’s ok. But he says he is sure that she is not a Husky. He says she’s a Malamute. I really don’t know about that, so I don’t know to who should I believe.

    Anyway we’re happy to have her in Home.

    Let me know if you want the photos and how can I send them to you!

    Say hello to your beautiful dogs!

    Renata

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy and big hugs to her!

      I will send you an email so that you can send me her pictures. πŸ˜€ Or if you are on Facebook, we can hook up there as well.

  138. Taylor says

    Hello I have a beautiful 15 month old Siberian Husky, she loves to play all the time, shes a rescue, i rescued her from a lady who had another husky (pure white huge), she was very tiny and her bones stuck out, ive had her since 08/2012 and since shes put on alot of weight. I never knew how active she was in general till i got her, and being in a apartment she doesnt get as much excersie. Now shes been very good excellent with other dogs that are in my apartment or she knows. My issues are 1. she doesnt stop eatting tissue, 2. she barks,snarls at strange dogs, 3. shes very greedy when it comes too food ( which i could understand from a starvation perspective) 4. She gets along with our other dog who is small but she tends to over power him and i would love to know how to stop that. 5. She whines even if i leave her in the room for 2 mins going to the washroom and back.6. She has this fear of water so i cant bathe her, 7. She has this drinking issue where she starts drink really fast and than starts coughing in away, what is the cause of that cause it scares me every time she does it. 8. Also when i got her i was told she was 11 months but how can you tell their real age without going to the vet?

    • shibashake says

      1. Tissues
      My younger Sibe, Lara, likes eating paper and cardboard. I think she starts by having fun playing with it and ripping it apart, then she just eats it. I make sure she can’t get to any of these things. One of the house rules is no-jumping on counters and tables, so I just make sure that the floor is clear.

      Lara really likes to play and chew, so when she gets into that mood, I play with her using chew-approved toys. In that way, she gets used to chewing on those and associates them with positive attention and play. If she does get to some paper, I usually redirect her onto something else which is better, e.g. chew toy with extra food in it. She is very happy to make the exchange. The key is we want to redirect in a positive way without inadvertently encouraging resource guarding issues.

      2. Dog to dog reactivity.

      3. Both my Sibes love food. This is actually a good thing because then I can easily motivate them to follow house rules. I do this by making them work for all of their food and following the Nothing in Life is Free program.

      4. This is what I do to keep the peace at home with my dogs.

      5. Desensitization exercises may help with this.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/separation-anxiety-dog-why-how-reduce-dog-stress#desensitize

      6. With my Shiba, I make bathing into a fun game, and that helps.

      7. Not sure. My Sibes will sometimes drink really fast and start coughing because it went down the wrong way; but it may not be the same thing. I would talk to the vet about this.

      8. People commonly look at a dog’s teeth to estimate age. But it is only an estimate, and may be not very accurate.

  139. Mark says

    I defiantly see why you stress the ” do not trust them with cats” part, but i must say, My husky loves her little friend Rocky my all black cat. Tho from time to time…or every time they play I do see Her trying to drag the cat around by its head, but before i can get up or even ask her to stop the cat breaks free and lunges at the dogs face lol, they are awesome together and i don’t think i could separate them at this point. she is very protective of the cat. In-fact the person who gave us the kitten let her go to early…the cat grew up thinking Shadow was her mother….and Shadow grew up thinking Rocky was her baby. Breast feeding, cleaning each other, the whole 9 yards.

    My cat even goes to the bathroom outside now, I found that odd. Every now and then I even catch the cat digging along side Shadow. its adorable

  140. gail wilson says

    Hello, i have adopted a 17 month husky/malamute. I am collecting her this thursday and am seeking advice with bringing her into my home with my 4 year dalmatian dog . What advice can you give me as my dalmatian will be very happy and excited to meet her ? Thank you gail

    • shibashake says

      I think it depends on the location. My Sibes really do not like hot weather, so they like being inside during the hot summer months, with a fan and lots of water.

      Sibes also need a lot of structured activity and people-time.

  141. sian says

    Hi
    Im getting a 10 and a half month old husky called shadow , my concerns are that 1 i have a 1 year old male german shepard who is a live wire bringing shadow home for the 1st time would that make for a bad situation as my dog (tyi) would think it was his birthday and christmas all rolled into one , 2nd concern is i know i have to be pack leader but im scared that if i try and show shadow that im boss he may not like that since not being with me from a younger age .

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I know what you mean. When my dogs get overly excited, they can start playing too rough, and play may sometimes get out of hand. What has worked out well is for me to supervise them during play-time and manage their excitement level.
      1. I throw in many play breaks. After a short play session, I will get my dogs to refocus on me and do a short obedience session. They get rewarded well for it, so they are happy to take a short break. Afterwards, they get to play again, but they are more calm.
      2. I have play-rules for my dogs. For example, there is no humping and no stealing. If someone does something they shouldn’t, I no-mark (Ack-ack) and stop play briefly. I calm them down with an obedience break, then we try again. If a dog keeps going back to the same undesirable behavior, then play stops and he goes for a short timeout.

      Here are more of the things that I did when introducing a new dog.

      As for being pack leader, I find that it is most effective to achieve leadership through the control of resources. I do this by following the NILIF program.

    • sian says

      Hi again :)
      Thank you for your time in writting back to me , Shadow is now home and BFFs with tyi they never leave each others side , i put tyi in the kitchen let shadow check out his new home they both smelled each other threw a little gap in the door and hey presto . Your advice works a treat shadow trys to do the dirty on tyi and steals his toys/bones so i do what you suggested and all is well , thank you again :)

  142. Renata says

    Hello Shibashake,
    First of all, I love your page, it has been so useful for me.
    Since I was younger I was looking forward to adopt a Husky. Two years ago I almost did, but unexpectedly I had to move to Italy, and my planes changed.
    Happily I’m back home now, and I just adopted a Husky, she have 4 weeks now so she’s not still at home, but I’m waiting for her impatiently.
    Every time I have some free time I read your page, I want to be ready in every sense when she arrives. I already started buying all the things that she’s going to need. So your site has been of much help for me because all the tips you give about kibble, toys, and all the supplies.
    Some days ago I found a very good offer in Amazon for the Furminator, so I already buy it. But I was wondering as you said up in the article that is better to start with a soft brush, I was wondering which one would you recommend?
    Thank you very much for the amazing site, keep the great work!
    Renata

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Husky puppy!

      In terms of soft brushes, I just got a regular one at the pet store. I didn’t use it all that much, more as a training tool to get puppy used to having an object touching her skin. Initially, I made sure to just do soft touches, then once puppy is more used to that, I apply a bit more pressure.

      Would love to see your Husky puppy when you get her. Please post some pictures for us when you can. πŸ˜€

    • Renata says

      Thank you very much for the answer.
      Of course I’ll send you some pictures as soon as I got her!

      Greetings for you and your lovely dogs!

  143. says

    Hi we have had Bruna our rescue Siberian Husky for over a year now and when she came to us I would say she was about 6-10 months old. We literally bought her from a neighborhood girl that had lost her way that was literally in the streets and although she initially wanted $100 for her we ended up giving her $60 the girl was strung out on drugs very bad. Since we already had two male dogs and are hands full with Casper a golden retriever now 12 yrs old which we have had for 9 yrs now and Oliver a mix Corgi with what looks like a golden 2 yes old we rescued him a 3 mos. The idea was to find her a home immediately but just get her out of this young girls hands because she would sell her for $20 if need be for a quick fix. Long story short she’s still here but her and I do not get along at all. There is no socializing between us but she loves my husband and our 3 boys that no longer live at home in their 20″s. Perhaps I am not used to having a female at home perhaps she is not. use to having to share attention I am not sure but even if I want to play her with if we are alone she will and she is friendly but any of the boys or my husband come home she acts as if I have beaten her not as if we have just been playing with the other two dogs. Very strange; to say the least this negative behavior which has never existed in our home before is causing an uproar and a dog I was trying to protect will have to go if things don’t change, Is this normal??Don’t know what to do?

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, the first thing that comes to mind is that perhaps the Sibe puppy is fearful of women. She probably had a very difficult relationship with her last “caregiver”, and there was probably a fair amount of inconsistency and erratic behavior involved. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for a puppy to grow up in such circumstances. It is a good thing that you and your family found her and rescued her.

      Dogs are also very good at sensing emotions from the people around them. When I first got my Shiba Inu, Sephy, I had a very difficult time with him. I did not know the breed very well then, and was totally blindsided by many of their difficult “quirks”. I spent most of my time taking care of him, walking him, and feeding him, but when my partner got home, Sephy would act as if I didn’t even exist. If I tried to go give him affection, he would get up and move away.

      This really made me feel hurt, frustrated, and angry. I was definitely not happy with the situation and felt like I was around only to take care of the bad stuff, while my partner enjoyed all the rewards. Sephy likely sensed many of my conflicting emotions, and shied away from them and me. It became a self feeding cycle because he would sense my negative feelings, start behaving badly, I would have more negative feelings, and it went downhill from there. It was not a good situation.

      I knew things could not continue down the same road, but I realized that I loved Sephy even then, and I really wanted to keep him. πŸ˜€

      After that, I just focused on reading all that I could on dog behavior and then applying what I read to improve our communication and training. I observed his body language carefully, and tried to see things from Sephy’s perspective. I no longer went to him, to give him affection, but instead let him come to me in his own time. I also started following the Nothing in Life is Free program, which really was a great help. NILIF taught Sephy that the best way to get what *he* wants is to first do what *I* want. It also taught him that I am the source of all his resources, and he has to work for what he wants.

      Once I got organized, I started feeling a lot better about things. I redirected my energy into creating a training plan and providing consistency and structure for Sephy. We both gained confidence and became more sure of what to expect from each other, and things started to turn around.

      Sephy has many quirks, and it is part of his nature to be somewhat aloof, but we get along quite well now.

      Big hugs to your Husky girl and all your other furry companions. Let us know how it goes with Bruna.

  144. Matt says

    I have wanted a husky so long, and have found a 10 month old one for adoption. He is pure bred. At first I was all about it then I started thinking 2 times a week he would be left alone all day in the crate then starting at the end of January he would be in the crate 5 days a week due to school schedule. I know I would give him a lot of attention when I am home but the fact that he would be left alone for long periods at a time I am on the fence. I really don’t know what to do not to mention I don’t have a fenced in yard so our exercise would all be on a lease. Any advice?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Matt,

      I am sorry for the late reply. I have been busy with lots of site changes and updates.

      Yeah, Sibes are very active and they are very good at escaping if not properly supervised. I walk Shania and Lara every day, they have fun play sessions, and they are still Energizer Bunnies. There was this one day where we took Shania and Sephy to the vet for their yearly checkup, so we skipped walking Lara. While we were having an early dinner, she dug a hole while chasing a gopher and got into my neighbor’s yard. Luckily we were home to get her back. πŸ˜€

      Like you, I also love Sibes, but I didn’t get Shania until much later. I am glad I waited. I think it would have been very difficult for me and Shania otherwise. Sibes also have a wide range of vocal stylings, and can become quite vocal when bored or not properly redirected.

      A smaller, low energy dog, may do better with a busy schedule and just on-leash exercise.

      Some things that went through my head before getting Shania-
      I want a dog, should I get one?
      Difficult dog breeds.

  145. Nick says

    Hi everyone,

    I have been looking to get a puppy, specifically a Sibe. I am trying to do as much research as possible so I can prepare to bring him to a home he will love. Id like some pointers if you have any. I live in a house with 5 friends (all eagerly want this puppy and all have agreed to take care of it while i am at work. My concern is I Live in Boston MA. I am an active person and plan to take him on runs etc. But what would some of the more experience dog owners recommend for me?

    Regards,

    • shibashake says

      Heh Sibe puppy-hood is fun and also hectic. A Sibe puppy is going to be a big big ball of energy. Some things that come to mind-
      1. Potty Training – Sibe puppies will need to be potty trained. During potty training, supervision is key to prevent mistakes and reward successes. Get ready to have some days with little sleep.

      2. Consistency – Consistency in training and rules are important for all of my dogs. I make sure everyone in the family follows the same rules and training with puppy. This can often be difficult because it is tough to say “no” to a Sibe puppy.

      3. Walking – Both my Sibes like to pull so I started leash training early. I first train in my backyard. *After* they get all their vaccination shots, we start doing outside training.

      4. Socialization – Group puppy classes can also be useful for socialization purposes. Some of the daycare centers near where I live also offer puppy play sessions during weekends. In addition, I try to slowly socialize my pups to people, strange objects, loud noises, etc (in a positive way) – so they build confidence and are not fearful of unfamiliar things.

      5. Take lots of pictures and have fun! They grow up really fast!

      Bite inhibition training and NILIF are also helpful with my Sibes. Let us know how it goes and share some picture links with us. πŸ˜€

    • Anonymous says

      Hi,

      Thank you for your response! I appreciate all the pointers. Do you have/know of any signs I should look out for regarding the health of the Sibe? I am sure Ill learn to pick up on certain things but I know with puppies you need to be extra careful so Id like to know of signs of early stage problems so i can take action sooner rather than later.

      I was told by a friend that “Cage training” is recommended usually, it might be a good idea according to her I am in no way saying lock him up (I would never!). What i mean is to buy him a nice roomy area for him to sleep and at first shut the cage so he knows its his little “home” i guess you can call it. Is this something I should consider? I personally am skeptical of that because I want him to feel free but at same time show him how to respect the house rules.

      Again any assistance is greatly appreciated and I will definitely upload some photos of Lennon (future name) when he arrives!

      Regards,

    • shibashake says

      Both my Sibes are energetic and love to eat. When there are changes in their food excitement level or activity excitement level, then I know that something is not right. Changes in poop quality can also reflect quality of health.

      They are both sensitive to heat though, so during the summer they are a lot less energetic. However, their love for food remains undiminished!

      When I first get a puppy I usually take her to the vet, just to make sure that everything is ok and to set up a vaccination schedule.

      As for crate training, I usually go slowly and pair it with rewards. This helps puppy to associate her crate with calmness, safety, and positive events. Two of my dogs – Husky Shania and Shiba Sephy sleep in their crates all night in the bedroom. Lara, the youngest one, likes to roam about, so she spends most of the night downstairs. At night, we give each of the dogs a safe chicken-stuffed toy to work on in their crate. We let Lara out when she wants to go downstairs. However, during the potty-training period, we have to take them outside a lot more often. I don’t use the crate for punishment.

      Here is a bit more of what I do with crate training-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/how-to-calm-a-fearful-reactive-dog#crate

      The crate can be a useful management tool when we are unable to supervise our puppy. We may also need to transport our dog, or keep him in a daycare center, for which crate training would be very useful. I crate train all of my dogs so that when they need to stay in a crate, they are comfortable with it and don’t get stressed out.

      Good luck with your Sibe puppy! When does he arrive?

  146. Mellie says

    Hey, maybe you can help. I have a four month old husky, and she’s perfect for the most part, except for little potty training issues here and there. but the part that makes me nervous is when we are sitting outside and a person is walking their dog and the dog comes close all of a sudden Arctic (my dog) jumps onto my lap and does this howl growl bark sort of thing till the dog is a quite a good distance away. How do I show her other dogs aren’t all mean or going to hurt her.

  147. Connie says

    Thursday night I recieved a 20 week old male Siberian Husky. The person I got him from gave me enough food for Friday morning and told me he was feeding him Blue Buffalo so I went and got the puppy formula and fed him that Friday evening. Unforutantly Friday night he got a severe upset tummy. I talked to the previous owner and found that he was feeding him the adult food. Sunday I switched him back to his food and the upset tummy just got worse and he started vomiting. This morning (Monday) I took him to the vet and they said it was probably the food and anxiety since he has not played at all since being at our home. They gave him a shot and but him on prescription dog food for the next week. After the vet visit he is no longer vomiting but still will not play. How long does it take for them to settle down with a new family at 20 weeks and start playing and acting like the active breed he is?

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, that seems unusual for a young Sibe. How did the puppy act with his previous owner? Why is he giving up the puppy? What was puppy’s previous routine and training like?

      I got my Sibes as puppies at around 8 weeks old. They were a bit anxious in the beginning, when I got them home, but they very quickly got over that and were playing soon after (on the same day). It is strange that a young Sibe puppy should be so anxious.

      Where did the previous owner get the puppy from? Did he buy it from a pet store? Has puppy had all his shots?

      How did puppy act when you first went to visit him? Was he shy then? Was he also shy with his previous owner? What does puppy currently do all day? How is his energy level? Does he have a healthy appetite? How is his stool?

  148. Christina says

    Hello. We have a 14 month old Sibe, that we’ve had since he was 8 weeks old. He’s a great dog. We did have problems with him digging giant holes in the backyard, but that has since stopped. Now he has been chewing up my patio furniture cushions. Lately he has also been growling and snapping at my kids, and not in a playful manner. He doesn’t like strangers at all. What concerns me is the growling and snapping, because I’ve been told that once a dog turns on his owners you have to get rid of it. He has nearly bit another child too. What can we do to stop this type of behavior?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Christina,

      When does he show the growling and snapping behavior? Is it when there is a lot of activity around him? Is it when he is resting? Does he play with the kids? How do they play? There is usually a reason why dogs growl in warning – sometimes it is out of fear, or they got startled awake, or they are guarding something, etc. If we can identify the source of the behavior, then it becomes more predictable and we can train our dogs to use alternate behaviors to deal with his stress or fear.

      Some things that I do with my Sibes-

      1. People desensitization exercises.
      I teach them to associate people with positive experiences and outcomes. In this way, they always look forward to meeting people. More on people desensitization exercises.

      2. Structured and supervised activities.
      Sibes are very energetic so I try to set up a fixed routine with lots of structured activities (e.g. long daily walks, play sessions with me, play sessions with other dogs, obedience training, grooming, etc.). This gives them a positive outlet to drain their energy and they are less likely to come up with their own Sibey activities which are likely not very furniture friendly.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/hyperactive-dogs-how-to-calm-a-hyper-dog-or-hyper-puppy

      3. Rules while meeting and greeting people.
      I also teach them clear rules while meeting and greeting people. Similarly, I ask people to be calm while meeting my dogs, and not to grab any sensitive areas which may cause pain. Dogs have very different greeting rituals than we do, and may view certain actions, e.g. hugging, as a threat. I have similar interaction rules at home during play with people and play with other dogs.
      How to meet a dog.
      Hugging a dog.

      Here is a bit more on my experiences with bad dog behavior.

  149. Rommie says

    Hi I adopted a beautiful dark blonde and off white Sibe with wicked green eyes. He sleeps with me every night. His decision not mine. lol When I received him he was seriously skinny and still is. He was really nervous around other people until he settled in at the house.

    I have changed his diet to include veggies, pasta and some rice to see if this would put some meat on his bones. I also checked his stool to see if there were any worms or eggs visible, nothing? He is 19 months old, active, healthy eating, seems happy enough though he will pee on the floor when I leave him. Any suggestions on his eating and the peeing on the floor oh and the couch :( ?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Sibe! He sounds like a very sweet guy.

      In terms of feeding, I try to stay away from anything that has wheat, corn, and soy. They are more difficult to digest and my dogs also have allergies to certain grains. My Shiba Inu is allergic to wheat and my Husky Shania is allergic to oats. I am currently feeding all my dogs a grain-free high protein kibble (Innova EVO). Here is more on different dog diets.

      As for worms, both my Sibes have gotten tape worms before. They both like hunting for rodents, and that is one common way that they get worms. When they had tape worms, I noticed that their stool had become softer than usual, but they were still active and eating normally. Then a few days later I noticed the worm segments in their stool.
      To confirm, I took a stool sample in to my vet for tests. However, I found out that the worms do not always show up in their stool; they only shed sometimes. Therefore, the lab test came back negative, even though my dog had tape worms. Worms and other intestinal parasites are always a pain because the vet tests may not always catch them.

      As for body weight, my Sibe Lara is also very slim. She is very very active so I think she burns away a lot of her calories.

      In terms of peeing on the floor, here are some of my potty training experiences with my Sibes.

      Big hugs to puppy!

  150. katie says

    hi, our family is thinking about re home a 1-2 year old Siberian husky female (white) from dogs trust, it says in the description that she is well trained and will enjoy her walks and not escape from the leash, but is that true? We have wanted a dog for quite a while now but there’s one member of the family that isn’t too keen about it, we are trying to persuade her to see if she will come around. All this information has been very useful and may push her further forward into getting one. Thank you!x

  151. Huskylover says

    hi i have a 2 1/2 yr old female all white siberian husky.. she is very bad sometimes! i constantly work with her but she doesnt seem to understand. i have 3 yr oldmale who is sweet as can be and doesnt give me any problems except he nips when in play mode. can you give me advice on settling my females behavior down? she jumps on furnature when being scolded in a play stants. before we got her she was abused and had 2 homes!

    thank you!

    • shibashake says

      When my dogs jump up on furniture, I give a no-mark (Ack-ack) to let them know that it is an undesirable behavior. Then I tell them what to do instead, e.g. “Off”, and lure them off with a treat in hand. If they get off, then I reward them with the treat and a fun game.

      Sometimes, in-training puppies may not yet understand what I am asking them to do. In this case, I gently lead them down using their drag-lead and reward them when they get down.

      It usually takes a while for new dogs to learn the lay of the land and my house-rules. A dog with a difficult past will likely take even more time and patience. Once my dog learns the rules and knows what “Off” means, then I am more strict with him. If he keeps getting onto furniture and ignoring my warnings, then I stop play or put him on a brief timeout.

      But I only do this for more experienced dogs who should know better, and not for dogs that are still in-training.

      Sometimes, Shiba Sephy will jump onto furniture during play because he is too excited. To discourage this, I introduce many obedience breaks into their play session. I just call them over to do some simple obedience exercises with me. They get rewarded well, so they usually don’t mind taking a small break from their play. Play breaks help to calm things down, and prevent any of them from getting overly excited.

      Here is a bit more on calming hyper energy.

    • Darlyn says

      I Have just rescued the atypical Siberian Husky. 10 days ago I got a call from the local P.D., dog picked up and they were calling Animal Control who would euthanize in 2 days. I would have to bring him back if anyone called, but I rushed to get the “puppy” so the call wouldn’t be made to the A.C. Puppy looks to be about 7 months old??Looks to have baby teeth still. Extremely well trained, walks on the leash like a gentleman, sleeps next to my bed, no accidents in the house. Gives my outdoor kitties nose sugars, they aren’t thrilled.Is not as energetic as I feared, is actually the most laid back dog for a Siberian I’ve ever seen. He’s red and white with blue eyes,too skinny, maybe growth spurt?Leggy But pure Husky, people followed us all thru Petsmart admiring the red wolf!But SO mellow!? Napping now.

    • shibashake says

      What an awesome story!

      At the moment, he must be very happy to be getting regular meals and some TLC. He may show more of his Sibe puppy-ness after he gets used to his new digs. πŸ˜€

      I am so glad that he found a good home.

  152. Daniel says

    what is the cost of a Siberian husky pup ?
    also I was wondering how much would it cost for food and insurance every week as I love this dog breed but financially I don’t know how much he/she will cost.

    • shibashake says

      what is the cost of a Siberian husky pup ?

      They ranged from about $600 to $1k when I was first looking for a Sibe.

      how much would it cost for food and insurance every week

      Cost of food will vary widely depending on food type. My dogs are allergic to various grains, so I only give them grain free, high protein kibble. Those cost a bit more. They need regular Heartgard medication and I also apply flea and tick prevention medication. Then there are various incidentals including bully sticks, boiled chicken, toothpaste, Greenies, etc. They also go for yearly vaccination shots and teeth cleaning which can range from about $100 to several hundred (when teeth cleaning is needed).

      I don’t get insurance for my dogs, so I don’t know what the payment and coverage structures are like.

      Unexpected vet bills can be quite high when accidents happen. One of my Sibes got bit by a rattlesnake recently, and the total cost was about $2k. She had to stay over at the emergency hospital for over 2 days so that was pretty expensive. Some dogs have recurring allergy issues, others may get hurt while playing, etc. As they age, there will likely be more unexpected vet bills. We try to keep up an emergency dog fund for such occurrences.

      Finally there is also the cost of training, which can be quite high. Hiring help for dog walking and dog daycare can also be expensive.

  153. michelle says

    i have a siberian husky pup, she is 14 weeks old, bother eyes are very light blue, she is pure breed and absolute wonderful to be around. i have been reading on loads of sites that they are hard to train, everything training wise seems to be so easy to do so far, exept toilet train seems to be slightly difficult although she is getting there. at 14 weeks she can, sit, paw, high 5, roll over, wait, stay and crawl, also walks great on the lead and sits and waits at the side of the road till i tell her to cross. great nature with my kids as i have a 1yr old, 4yr old and a 6yr old.

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Sibe puppy! She sounds like a very wonderful girl.

      I think Sibes do well when they are actively engaged in positive activities. They are full of energy and always ready for action.

      Big hugs to your puppy! Take lots of pictures and share some with us. πŸ˜€

  154. Mayra says

    I have a siberian husky mixed with german shepard and she is 16 weeks old. her eyes are very cute one is blue and the other is brown. She is so active and playful but she fears small dogs. Yet she likes playing with big dogs. Her name is oreo.

    • shibashake says

      her eyes are very cute one is blue and the other is brown.

      That is awesome! Shania has a blue and a brown as well. It is a very good look. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to Oreo! She sounds like a very happy and beautiful puppy. Please share some pictures of Oreo with us when you have the time.

  155. Ray says

    Hi again, thank you for your reply!

    I am also planning on getting his first shots on the 8th week. I would really love to know how many shots is usually administered. How many days or weeks for the following shots? And how about anti-rabies?

    I appreciate your reply and really helps me a lot to be prepared when I get him home. I get as much info as I can around and evaluate what’s best.

    Thanks again!

    Best regards,
    Ray

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, Sibes are pretty awesome dogs. They are affectionate and a whole lot of fun, but they also have an independent spirit and a lot of energy. My Sibes do well when they have consistent rules and a consistent routine. They do well with the NILIF program and reward based training.

      They really love going on their long daily walks, and love meeting new people. Lara, who is now over 1 year old is still full of puppy energy so she loves to play, jump around, wrestle with the other dogs, run all over the place, and then jump around some more. She is more than a handful, and requires a lot of attention and time, but it is fun to spend time with her. πŸ˜€

  156. says

    I am a mother of three girls the youngest 4 yrs old. My mother could not care for her husky for personal reasons so I now have him. He is 7 yrs old a male. I have been looking up what i need to do with a husky since i have never had one and have found that she has not done anything even close to what she should have. He is house broken, and i think the reason he chewed alot of her things is because he was bored and she never exercised him. Not to mention he was alone alot. I have a stay at home mom, at his age what can i do, to make him fit into my home and make him happier. I have him for at least six months. Its been 4 yrs years of just him and her. He is friendly however he seems nervous around my youngest. They are the same height. Which makes me nervous. I love animals i have a 6yr old akita. I would like to welcome him totally into my family but there has been a lot of changes. What is the best why to help him with this adjustment.

    • says

      I am a stay at home mom. so i have time to work with him . but where do i start. sorry for the typo. Its a big change for everyone .

    • shibashake says

      Hello Katrina,

      Some things that help my dogs adjust in the beginning-
      1. Interaction Rules
      When there is a new dog, there is uncertainty about the rules of interaction – how do the people interact with the new dog, how do the existing dogs interact with the new dog, and how does the new dog interact with his new family.

      I find it helpful to be clear about interaction rules with everybody. I come up with a set of consistent rules, and teach both people and dogs what those rules are. That way, everybody knows what to do, there is consistency and a clear routine, which reduces stress for everyone.

      2. Go Slow

      I try not to force anything. My Shiba Inu does not give his trust easily, so it takes him a while to warm up to new dogs. I make sure that the new dog does not pester him (one of the interaction rules), and I let Shiba come to the new dog in his own time.

      3. Supervision, Management, and Positive Experiences

      I try to set everyone up for success. In the beginning, I find that it is important to supervise a lot because everyone is learning the new rules of interaction. Some people let their dogs “work things out for themselves”. I do not. I believe that it is better that I step in and resolve issues so that they do not need to use aggression to resolve it themselves.

      I only expose the new dog to situations that he can handle and where I know everyone will be successful with. In this way, I try to create many positive experiences, which will help to establish trust.

      This is more of what I do when introducing a new dog to my existing dogs-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      Bigs hugs to your pack!

  157. Ray says

    Hi again, thanks for the response I really appreciate it!

    How about showering them? Is it OK for a 6 week to be showered already?

    Thanks again!

  158. Ray says

    Hi!

    I am about to have one siberian pup which is 6 week old on July 19th. I just want to ask if it is OK for a 6week old siberian pup to have his first bath/shower? My other question is when should a siberian pup have its first vaccine and deworming?

    As a first timer I want to get as much info as I could to be able to raise the dog well and to make both of us have a happier days together. Thank you very much for the added helpful infos!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Ray,

      Congratulations on your upcoming new puppy!

      My vet usually starts with the first shots at 8 weeks old. Some people start earlier, but my vet is pretty strict with the 8 week thing. It is my understanding that vaccinations that are given “too early” are not effective because the maternal antibodies are still present.

      Most breeders do not place their puppies until they are at least 8 weeks old. During that time, puppies learn a lot of social skills from their mother and siblings – they learn not to bite too hard, they learn play rules, they learn communication skills, etc. Here is an interesting thread discussing this issue-
      http://www.lab-retriever.net/board/puppy-health-care/7391849-6-week-old-puppy-too-early.html

  159. Monica says

    Hi there, I have a 3 month old Sib named Jack. I live in a nice trailer park, but I do not have a fenced yard with no trees and I am not allowed to keep Jack inside the home I am renting. If I keep him outside, what will I need to make him comfortable since he is a special breed? A run line, a cage, a pool to keep him cool, a tarp over the cage for shade? Forgive me but I am new to this breed and any advice is greatly appreciated. : ~ )

    • shibashake says

      During walks, my Sibes like to hang out under shady trees. I make sure to keep them well-watered and to keep their water bowls very clean.

      They like to be in the open where they can enjoy the breeze. When it is hot and there is no breeze, I make sure to put the fan on. I have several stand fans that I can use anywhere.

      Both my Sibes have high prey drive though, so they would chase squirrels and birds while in the backyard. Sibes often escape while chasing after prey, so it is important to make sure that they are well secured, but comfortable.

      Here are some things that I do to keep my Sibes cool in the summer-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/cool-dog-keep-your-dog-cool-in-the-summer

  160. Chris says

    Hi!

    I’ve been wanting a Husky since I was a kid but my father always tell me that it’s a pain in the pocket. My first dog is a mix of a dalmatian and a street dog which I didn’t mind because I loved him the time I saw him, my step mom gave him to me. He has a black patch-like fur on his left eye and he stands like a macho dog and I named him Zorro. We can only feed him leftover foods, but that is because of our status before. But nonetheless the whole family and relatives loved him.

    Back then we are not used to (not sure what words to use) “tie” the dogs on our backyards(currently we have 2 street dogs, we are using dog chains) and we are fine with our dogs going anywhere they want. But then one day he just didn’t came back home and those times the city dog pound is actually catching dogs roaming on the streets, but sadly we never found him.

    Now I really want one especially now that I am earning my own money and I just got off from a long distance relationship recently… so I thought I need someone to be there, who might want my responsibilities.. and yes someone that could accompany me and maybe someone who might need a friend and not just to fill in what I recently had.

    So, I want to know what age is good for a Husky to be taken in? And I’m planning to have an active lifestyle so if I will take my friend for a walk or jog around, when is the right time to like give my friend a drink? Is it OK to walk him 5km to and another 5km getting home? Also how many times a day should my friend get to be fed? Since I’ll be having my friend his own backyard and house to live in how many days in a week should he be showered/groomed?

    I’m really excited!

    Thanks again for your helpful post!

    • shibashake says

      So, I want to know what age is good for a Husky to be taken in?

      It depends on what you are looking for. A puppy will need to be potty trained and obedience trained. A Husky puppy is also very energetic and will need interesting activities to keep him occupied most of the day. Shania was an Energizer Bunny when she was young. She mellowed some at around 3 and then a bit more now that she is almost 5.

      when is the right time to like give my friend a drink?

      That depends a lot on the weather, pace of the walk, the dog, etc. When I take my Sibes out on a walk I make sure our route has many shady spots. They let me know when they want to stop, and I water them then. I make sure to take extra water with me during hot days. Sibes have thick coats and get hot quickly when it is warm outside.

      I don’t walk them as far during hot days and have many rest stops.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/cool-dog-keep-your-dog-cool-in-the-summer

      how many times a day should my friend get to be fed?

      During puppyhood I feed puppy about 5 times a day. Usually, people recommend feeding a puppy at least 3 times a day. I feed my adult dogs twice a day – mornings and evenings.

      how many days in a week should he be showered/groomed?

      Sibes blow their coat once or twice per year. During that time I brush them more often to get rid of the loose fur. In general, I brush them when they need it. I make sure to always check them for grass seeds, ticks, and other bad stuff that stick to their coats.

      In general, both of them have very clean coats so I do not bathe them very often. I find that a wipe down is frequently sufficient. If they get skunked, then a bath is necessary.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/dog-bathing-how-to-bathe-a-dog-with-a-fun-game

      Good luck! Congratulations on your soon to be new family member!

  161. Bethany says

    Hello!!
    I have a Siberian Husky puppy named Zoey and a Pomeranian named Harley!
    Latley Zoey has been bitting Harley like she would if she is attacking her! what should i do?? and when we first got her she was fine and they would play together but now its like she wants to play but she is getting way to ruff!! How do i get her to stop bitting her??

    • shibashake says

      Some things that help with my dogs-
      1. I supervise them very closely during play and have many play breaks so that nobody gets over-excited. During play breaks, they all do obedience commands for me and get rewarded well.
      2. I teach all my dogs play rules – e.g. no humping, no bullying etc. If they hump, I no mark and stop them. Then I do a play break. If the same dog humps again, then he goes to timeout.
      3. I follow the NILIF program with all of my dogs.

      Here are more things that I do to keep the peace at home-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

  162. says

    i have 2 husky’s and this morning i let them out on my fully fenced acre and they killed a ferel cat in the yard i was devastated. by the time i got to them the cat was gone.. they did drop the cat. but i want to try and discourage this- also one of them will catch birds in mid flight any suggestions

  163. Elliott says

    Hi I was really thinking about getting a Siberian Husky, until I seen the fact that they aren’t loyal to their owner. Is there any way I can change that and make the dog become loyal to me and intimidate others that try go near it? I would like to use my dog(when it has grown up of course) to protect me as well as to have as a great pet. I live in Dublin, Ireland and would like to know if you can tell me where to buy a husky puppy. Thanks, Elliott

    • shibashake says

      I suppose it depends on what you mean by ” intimidate others that try go near it?”

      Some people teach their dogs to bark or vocalize on command. This is often enough to ward of undesired attention.

      Nevertheless, both my Sibes really love meeting and interacting with people, much more so than other dogs. They enjoy their people time and it is not something that I would change. There are many other breeds that would serve better as guard dogs.

      As for getting a purebred dog, I would look at the Kennel Club breeder list. Registered purebred clubs also have lists of breeders that follow good breeding practices.
      http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/services/public/findapuppy/Default.aspx
      http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2101

  164. Brittany says

    I just had a question. I want to get a Husky so bad. But i just wanted to know if they were able to be trained to hunt small game animals. (ducks, squirell, rabbit, ect.) I already own a Coon dog so i was hopin my pup could follow what he does. Any little bit would help me. Thanks!!

    • shibashake says

      Both my Sibes have high prey drive and they naturally hunt small game. However, when they are in pursuit of prey, they are singularly focused on that task and will be gone in the blink of an eye. They will just chase and not respond to anything else. This is why Sibes are not to be trusted off-leash in an unenclosed space.

  165. Adam says

    I forgot to mention getting two is the only solution I have came up with, but it isn’t rocket science to understand as puppies it wouldn’t be possible to give the appropriate attention, being that of only 4-5 hours a day. Adopting two trained younger Sibes is realisticly all I’ve worked with so being fair to the dogs and realistic to myself I’m not too sure if at all this is possible, so again, just need your expertise on this. Would the Sibe find enough company with one of its own should I be gone for the time I mentioned below ?

    Thanks in advance.

  166. Adam says

    Hi there,

    Currently own a female German Shepherd, Skye, we got her from a local rescue and it was pretty obvious she needed a good few operations and a million tins of food to catch up on her weight. It was all worth the heartache at the start given how she is now though. Being a little more lazy in her mid-late years she’s still the most keep herself-to-herself, happy going house dog we always wanted. The only thing I regret is not being able to see her first two years. Not due to her horrible standard of living but merely the puppy. I think her natural response to commands originally came out of fear, of course she knows different now, but who knows going back to day one. She’s still terrfied of the hoover and the shower, though !

    But nevertheless I will be looking at a place of my own soon. I’ve read over a thousand articles on the Sibe because they have the intelligence of dog I’m used to and I think they look beautiful but never felt the need to reply to any until now. My only issue is I work my bollocks off a good 39 hours a week with a good 1 hours travel a day. Say from 11am-9pm Mon-Fri I’m not going to be there. Now our Skye is used to being alone at times, even though I’m still with family, there’s times she’s alone for as stated, a good 8-9 hours a day. Whilst is isn’t often her behaviour is no different. She’s still a lazy bugger ! How much of a problem would this be? I’ve never really felt guilty at any point my family are away and I’ve been to work, or vice versa, because she’s the smartest dog I know, surely she understands.

    So, yeah, I guess I’m looking for your expertise in a possible work around? I don’t wish to miss the puppy days of my first dog but I certainly can’t work from home.

    Thanks in advance !

    • shibashake says

      Hello Adam,

      I currently have two Sibes – Shania is almost 5 and Lara is 1.5 years old. I have never gotten two Sibes together before, so I cannot say what exactly that experience will be like. My guess is that it will be challenging, time consuming, tiring, and a lot of work, especially for two young Sibes. πŸ˜€

      Shania was very energetic her first two to three years. During that time she was always on the go and needed a lot of activity throughout the day. She calmed down some at around 3, and calmed down even more now that she is around 5. Still, she likes to have daily walks and also plays with my other two dogs usually in the mornings and evenings. She is a lot more energetic in cool weather. Heat really takes all the energy out of her and she does not like hot days at all. She stays indoors when it is hot outside and I make sure she stays cool inside and has plenty to drink.

      My dogs will often play together and hang-out together but I am around to supervise their active play time. I think dogs can have a lot of fun playing together but if unsupervised, they may also lead each other into mischief. When I got a second dog, it turned out to be more work than I expected because I had to teach them how to interact well with each other, supervise play to make sure that they don’t get over-excited, make sure there is no stealing of toys and food, etc.

      I also walk my Sibes separately. During walks, they both want to be lead dog so they pull a lot more when together. They also amp each other up when they are together and get over-excited really quickly if they spot a running deer or cat. This is not to say that they cannot be trained to walk together, just that it will be *a lot* more challenging – with a big emphasis on a lot. πŸ˜€

      For a really busy work schedule, I would consider getting an older Sibe that is already well trained and well socialized. Breeders will sometimes offer up their retired show-dogs and I have seen some really nice ones.

      If I really want a puppy or younger dog, there are several possibilities-
      1. Dog daycare.
      A good daycare offers small and well-supervised playgroups for the dogs. The dogs are usually grouped by size as well as energy level. A good daycare can be helpful in keeping a dog engaged and also help socialize him to other dogs and people. Daycare can be quite expensive though.

      2. Park walks.
      We hired a dog walker that did group dog walks at the park. It was a nice way to socialize my Shiba Inu, get him exercised, and provide him with a fun activity. It can be difficult to find a good dog walker though that is responsible and is able to handle an independent breed without resorting to extreme techniques.

      3. Pet sitter or get a neighbor to help watch the dog.

      Here is a bit more on my experiences with getting a new Sibe puppy and also with getting a second dog-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/a-new-puppy-first-10-days-of-hell
      http://shibashake.com/dog/getting-a-second-dog

      Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes when you get your pup(s).

  167. Tara MacDonald says

    Hello,
    My name is Tara MacDonald I have a 6 month old Siberian Husky, Skeimo.
    I don’t know how to train him to come…
    If you have any advice please get back to me.
    Thank you.

    • shibashake says

      In terms of recall, this article from the ASPCA gives a good overview of the range of techniques-
      http://aspcabehavior.org/articles/84/Teaching-Your-Dog-to-Come-When-Called-.aspx

      Sibes have an independent nature and high prey drive, which make recall training more challenging. My Sibes are pretty good about coming when called most of the time. However, if they spot a cat or a deer, they are off and it will be a long while before they think about anything else. I only let my Sibes off-leash in a fully enclosed area.

      Big hugs to Skeimo!

  168. Lizeth says

    THAT IS A LIE 2 ADULT MALE HUSKYS HURT MY SMALL DOG AND THE DOG MIGHT NOT MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE REPLY TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO ABOUT HIM

    • shibashake says

      Hello Lizeth,

      I am sorry to hear about your dog. Were all the dogs on-leash and supervised? Larger dogs can hurt smaller dogs even while at play, therefore training, rules, and supervision are important.

      I am not sure what you are referring to as a lie, perhaps you could expand on that.

      PLEASE REPLY TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO ABOUT HIM

      I am not sure what you mean. If the dog is hurt, I would rush him to his regular vet or to a vet emergency room. Or are you asking what to do afterward during recovery?

  169. Lina says

    Hi,
    I have a 8 month female Husky. Moon is afraid of visitors when they come over. She either runs and stay a distant away or hides under the bed. I’ve tired to socialise her with others at her own pace but it doesnt seem to work. It is said that they are sociable dogs but mine seems to be the opposite. She gets along with most dogs, but not with people.
    She barely makes any noises. Is that normal?

    Kind Regards
    Lina

    • shibashake says

      Hello Lina,

      People desensitization exercises may help-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/how-to-calm-a-fearful-reactive-dog#people

      She barely makes any noises. Is that normal?

      Part of this, according to my breeder, depends on the genetics of the Sibe. Another bigger part, I think, depends on the temperament and training of the dog. It sounds like Moon may be fearful of people, which may also cause hiding and being quiet.

      Once she gains more confidence with positive experiences and people, she will likely become less shy.

      How long have you had Moon? Has she always been shy around people? Where did you get Moon from? What is Moon’s routine?

  170. Alastor says

    I own a siberian husky, but my dad wants to get rid of her because he can’t handle her running away. I can though, so she is staying to never be gotten rid of.

  171. Joe says

    My husky and my English poodle don’t get along and most nights my English poodle barks all night at my husky wheat do I do??

    • shibashake says

      Hello Joe,
      When I first got Sibe puppy Lara, one of my other dogs (Shiba Inu) did not really accept her initially. To help them get along, I did a lot of group obedience training sessions, did not let puppy steal or bother my Shiba (especially when he was sleeping), supervised all play sessions, and defined clear rules of interaction between my existing dogs and puppy. Here is more on what I did-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      After about 10 days my Shiba accepted puppy into his circle of trust, and they have been getting along quite well ever since. I continue to enforce interaction rules as well as supervise play and food sessions.

  172. EdwardJacob says

    hi,
    i have an 11 month old husky that i love to death and just yesterday he escaped our backyard and bit a little girl. it wasn’t severe and he left like a half inch scratch on her forehead. i was very upset he did this, any suggestions on how i should attend to this matter? I don’t believe he’s aggressive because he’s never hurt us but ever since he was little and i would take him to the dog park he just wouldn’t get along with other dogs and vise versa. he’s never gotten into any trouble and it upsets me that he may now be perceived as an aggressive dog.

    any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, Huskies are full of energy and love to dig and play. I think the key is to prevent dog escapes as that can lead to accidents. I have a secure 6 foot fence around my backyard, and have recently put concrete blocks all around my fence line to prevent my Sibes from digging out while chasing after mice and gophers. Blocking the bottom of the fence also helps to keep out snakes.

      As for getting along with other dogs, there are many factors that go into that including trust, familiarity, tolerance level, etc. In general, I am not a big fan of enclosed dog parks. I prefer to do smaller supervised play sessions with friendly dogs.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/enclosed-dog-parks-good-or-bad

      As for perception by others, here is my story …
      http://shibashake.com/dog/embarrassed-by-my-dog

  173. Jay says

    very nice post. ill try to do this to my new husky. My Husky is around 4 months, i hope she can still pick up my training.

  174. Nichole says

    I hated the husky breed. I never want one. Growing up I always hsd dogs so to me it was obvious once I was married to get more. 2 months befoe my wedding we got a Havanese named him Harley he is now 10 momths old.then in march I got my husband to agree to get another dog he wanted a husky and I wanted a pit. We went to our local poumd to look at dogs and there was actually a husky so we got her out and playedwith her and he fell in love. I didnt want her but he convimced me he researched huskys yet when we brought her home I found out he researched husky movies like eight below. Boy did I get mad I found out about there prey drive and freaked. But she her name is Blizzard was in a fog for 3 days from being spayed nce she cane out of it she fell in love with Harley never a single fight Blizzard is 1 year old. I guess you can say im luvky and shewas house broken. I have a 7 year old autistic nephew who used to be scared of dogs helives with us. Blizzard loves to pull but once my autistic nephew has the leash she is calm as can be and walks next to him he pulls her skin and she licks hos hands. I am totally in love with her and I have a new lease on huskies she loves being in her crate for hours on end. Ony problem is I locked her in for a hour when I left and she chewed a tiny hole and squesed her body threw she got so cut up so now I put her outside on a long teater,when I leace she enjoys it. To me Blizzard is the perfect dog for us and I couldnt be happier God truely blessed me and my huband wuth her and eventually I will own another husky dog thanks to all the goodshe brng to my fanily. My husband and our two dogs are a happy fsmily together and I couldnt be blessed with anything greater than what god gave me my amazing dogs and husband.

  175. Kristen says

    I have a 5 year old female husky. For some reason she keeps peeing in her kennel and she will lay down in it every time. She is getting plenty of exercise and I have even cut down her water intake. Can someone plz give me some tips on what to do to get her to stop. She is only in the kennel at night. During the day the door is left open so she can go in freely as she pleases through out the day. It’s even where she goes to take her nap. I’m sure that she knows it’s a safe place for her but I can’t figure out the bladder control issue.

  176. corrina says

    hello i have a husky she is 11mths old , loves everyone and all dogs wants to play with them all , loves to get cats grrr i have to leave her on lead because i lost her at the beach she ran off into the sandhills for 3 hours i could not find her now when we go to beach she just wants to go into the hills would love to let her off lead but dont want to lose her .

  177. Mixed Breed says

    Thank you for the great information, tips and techniques. I have a Lab/Husky mix, and while he resembles a Labrador in appearance, his characteristics are more of a Husky. I have found your descriptions to be right on target! We rescued him a year ago and are still learning but this article will truly help. Our boy looks like a Lab, but has one blue eye and the famous double coat so he is truly beautiful but very busy. 65 pounds of love!

    • shibashake says

      Our boy looks like a Lab, but has one blue eye and the famous double coat

      That sounds absolutely adorable. Do you have pictures online? Would love to have a look.

      he is truly beautiful but very busy.

      LOL! Yeah sounds like a Sibe!

      Hugs to your wonderful boy! Btw. does he do Fetch?

  178. Jose says

    I just got a Husky few days ago, he is 2 y/o but he doesnt wanna eat. I feeding him Pedigree, i mixed the dry one with can food(meat) but he doesnt wanna eat….i dont know whats wrong with him

    • shibashake says

      Hello Jose,

      When there is loss of appetite, I usually take my dogs to the vet. It is not possible for a dog to tell is exactly what is wrong, therefore it is safer to let a vet check him out and see if there are any physical issues.

      In terms of food, my Sibes really do well on high protein kibble. Some high protein kibble brands include Innova EVO, Orijen, and Blue Wilderness. Here is more on what to look out for while choosing kibble-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/feeding-your-dog-a-healthy-diet#dry_food

    • Anonymous says

      You might have to invest in a higher quality dog food. We feed only dry (O R I J E N) and after trials this works the best. It is expensive but you will feed way less than you are used too as its concentrated and no fillers and grains. If you want to spend a little less try Blue Buffalo

  179. Guillermo says

    Hello, my name is Guillermo, I’m 21 years old and I’m in college. I live in Mexico city in an apartment but i go jogging everyday for about an hour in the woods at 5:00 am. I’m willing to adopt a siberian husky and i’ve been reading a lot about them, thats how I found your site.

    The reason I’m writing this its because I’d love to have a siberian husky, but I don’t know if its right for me to get one, since I dont have much space, but I could exercise the dog twice a day and the weekends I’ll take the dog to Cuernavaca, Morelos, thats where my mom lives and she has a big yard/garden. I also run on saturdays and sundays. I could go hiking on weekends also.

    I saw a video of a husky pulling its master in a bike, so I could also try to do that to get the dog tired.

    I’d play with the dog every day and try my best at being its master,

    My class schedule is from 7:00 am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00 pm from monday through friday, I have laboratory classes every 15 days so I’d have more time depending on the week.

    I’m asking your help,if you could tell me if I’m the right person to have this dog or not, and if theres any book I could get or any other activities to be a better owner please let me know.

    My class schedule is from 7:00 am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00 pm from monday through friday, I have laboratory classes every 15 days so I’d have more time depending on the week.

    Thank you.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Guillermo,

      Sounds like you have a very action packed schedule. πŸ˜€

      Each person is different is terms of what dog is ‘right’, so what I can do here is talk a bit about my Siberian Huskies and how they spend their day. I currently have two Siberian Huskies – Shania (over 4 years old) and Lara (over 1 year old). They are very energetic especially in the first few years.

      Lara wakes up at around 5:30 am, she goes outside to play, dig, etc., then at around 7 am she comes back in and plays with my other two dogs. After breakfast, I have a play session with her while my Shiba Inu is out on a walk. Then when they get home, there is another play session.

      After that, there is nap-time until about noon when I take her out on her walk. We are out for about 1.5-2 hours. When we get back, there is frozen Kong time and another nap. In the evening (around 5pm), they get active again so there is another vigorous play session. Then we brush teeth, and do dinner.

      After that, the dogs hang-out or play until bedtime, which is around 8:30 pm.

      Shania is older, so she is less hyper now and takes more naps. I also walk her for about 2 huors or more. She likes staying outside in the shade and watching cats and people.

      Both Lara and Shania enjoy being outside, unless it is too hot. They do not do very well on really hot days and sleep a lot more. During summer, I make sure to keep things very cool for them.

      Unlike the Sibes, my Shiba Inu is more of an indoor dog. He prefers to stay inside most of the time. He is energetic but much less so than the Sibes.

      Dogs are a lot of work, and can place a lot of constraints on our social life. It is more difficult to go out late for dinner, or attend parties because we must return and feed or spend time with the dogs. There are many rewards as well from having a dog, but I did not get one until much later after college. However, as I said before, each person is different. πŸ˜€

      Hope this helps. Good luck with college and send us some pictures if you decide to get a dog.

  180. Sasha says

    i have had a siberian husky for almost two years now she is the best dog i have ever know her name is Sasha white and gray with a touch of black and crystal blue eyes . she is so loving loves to cuddle and absolutely loves all cats and dogs and even really small kids she treats them like her babies its soo adorable ! i will nvr own any other kind of dog shes just wonderful ! i got her from a breed for half price because she has an underbite when i held her i didnt care i fell in love with her !

  181. Veejay Sagaran says

    Hi I have 2 siberians both girls one is 4 (misty) and one is 3 (Cassie) we’ve had them both since they were 12 weeks old. Our problem is with misty the dominant female. She is so grumpy and seems to have many mood swings. If u go up to her for a stroke her first reaction is to growl and snarl. She sleeps all day apart from her walks which she seems to live for. She is also very food aggressive and has to eat alone. Cassie on the other hand is the complete opposite she is so harmless and sweet. She is the perfect dog but she loves misty so much. If I was to get rid of misty would I have to get rid of Cassie with her? If yes I won’t do it as its not cassies fault. I just don’t know what to do. I’m sick of us being growled at please help.
    Thanks vj

    • shibashake says

      Hello Veejay,

      Dogs growl for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it could be a physical issue which could be causing significant discomfort. Sometimes, it could be behavioral.

      First, we can identify the cause of the growling. A vet will be able to diagnose a physical issue, and a good professional trainer will be able to identify what is triggering the behavioral issue. Once we know what is the source of the growling, then we can address either the physical discomfort or retrain the behavior.

      Here is more on dog aggression-
      http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/aggression.html

  182. Anonymous says

    Well, My grandfather has a husky mix and she is very aggressive toward our little dogs. (We live directly behind their house)She attacked my shih tzu mix and me and was ready to kill. We (my parents and my husband) have decided that this in NOT the place for her no matter how nice she is to people. We are worried that she will kill our cat or small dogs. However, my grandfather has not come to that conclusion. He is not a responsible pet owner as he allows her to be loose on the property and then she trots back to our house as she attempts to hunt. We are looking for a rescue organization for her as she is simply no longer welcome. My grandfather doesn’t want to get rid of her but he agreed to if we could find her a home.

  183. claudia says

    Hi
    I was just trying to do more research about huskies and found your website.. maybe you can help
    I have a 10 year old golden retriever and when i brought into the house a husky two years ago (the husky is 2 years old) , the husky has never stopped biting or attacking my golden. sometimes the attacks are so rough and she bites on her ears and growls savagely while doing it. it happened every now and then and even if we try to separate them, we cant. Just until yesterday that i came home and found my golden bleeding. her face had several wounds and they are probably from the husky’s teeth when she attacked her. when we started examining her face, the husky came and attacked her again. we couldnt separate them. we were trying our best because my golden was bleeding..bad.

    now we have put the husky in a crate. Do you know what might be the reason for this behavior? Also, will they be able to get along? is it safe to leave them alone? i dont want to, but i have other people in the house who say its ok. im truly concerned because i dont want my golden to be attacked constantly and she is 10, she is old and can hardly walk. so obviously she cannot defend herself. please any advise on why husky’s behave this way? or maybe it’s only my husky?

    thanks

    • shibashake says

      Hello Claudia,

      Young Huskies can be very energetic, and a bit too much for older dogs. I got a Husky puppy (Lara) early last year and she is a big energy ball. Therefore, I make sure to always supervise whenever she is playing with my other two dogs – a Shiba Inu (Sephy) and a three-legged Siberian Husky (Shania).

      There was one time when I left puppy and Shania to play out in the backyard when I was inside the house, and Shania got hurt because puppy accidentally stepped on one of her back legs during play. Now, I make sure I am out there supervising them so that I can have many play-breaks and stop puppy from getting over-excited. When I am not home, I separate puppy and Shania so that she can rest and will not be bothered by a high-energy puppy.

      I also make sure to give puppy a lot of exercise and walks so that she has an outlet for her energy.

      As for aggression, dogs usually fight over resources which can include sleeping space, food, toys, access to people, access to attention, etc. With my dogs, I train them to get along by doing the following-
      1. Having consistent and fair rules that everyone must follow.
      2. No stealing rule. I supervise and prevent any kind of stealing. If there are resource conflicts, I resolve it so that they do not need to do it themselves with aggression. I interrupt them early, *before* any aggression occurs.
      3. Group obedience training sessions. I teach them that they get the most resources when they are calm together and working with me.

      Most of all, I make sure to protect them all. This means that puppy does not get to bother my other dogs when they are resting. By the same token, I do not let my other dogs bully puppy, steal from her, or disturb her when she is tired. Here is more on what I do to keep the peace at home-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      If there are attacks with puncture wounds, it is best to get help from a professional trainer. Trying to stop a serious fight can be very dangerous because the dog can redirect his aggression onto us and cause great harm. In the interim, it may be best to carefully manage the dogs and totally prevent any fights from occurring.

  184. Mary Abercrombie says

    You mentioned that huskies can be trained to live with cats… can you tell me how to do this? Nikko is 1 yr. old neutered male husky who had been hit by a car and surrendered to a vet. I was told he was “indifferent” to cats while recovering from his broken leg at the animal hospital, so I hoped he might get along with my 3 rescue cats and brought him home to live with us. Now that his leg is healed, he wants to go after them… barks & jumps at the gate to “his room” whenever they come near. I also have trouble with him mouthing my arms when I put on his collar to go for a walk and with him running and jumping at me from behind when he is off-leash outside in the yard. (When I fold my arms and look away he just keeps jumping and biting at my upper arms.) Can you help me with these issues? He’s such a sweet dog… I would really like to help him become a happy member of our family.

  185. ilania says

    Hello! Our family recently welcomed a 5 year old Husky to our home, he has been great with the little ones; the only problem I’ve encountered is when I take him on walks, if he sees another dog, he gets into the hunting position; seems like he wants to play, but when he gets close enough to another dog, he goes for their throats! I don’t know if it is because he was never socialized with other dogs, or what! Because he is so great with people and with our family. I’m scared that he may someday hurt another dog, and I want to be able to take him to dog parks so he can run around and have fun… was thinking maybe some training school? Not sure what to do, any advice would be great! Thank you!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Ilania,

      My Shiba Inu Sephy was also reactive to other dogs. Two things that helped him-
      1. Creating neutral experiences.
      I made sure to stay very calm during our walks. When we see another dog, I cross the road or create as much space as possible, and just ignore and keep walking at our natural pace. By making dog meetings into a “non-event”, it just became routine and not worth getting excited over.

      2. Dog-to-dog desensitization exercises.
      This helped to train Sephy to have a higher reactivity threshold, so that he is able to pay attention to me and not go rear-brained whenever he sees another dog.

      Here is more on my dog-to-dog reactivity experiences-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/dog-to-dog-aggression

  186. Megan says

    Hello! My fiance and I just purchased a Siberian Husky from a nearby Pet store, We have an 18 month old daughter and another baby on the way. I recently have been having somee biting problems with my puppy, She is not only biting me but she is attacking my 18 month old baby! She seems to think when she runs back and forth that she is a walking toy! This is NOT OK for her to do! I have been giving her 5 minute time outs in her crate whenever she does this, but im not sure if that is the best technique to use? And also using the FIRM voice NO BITE!I am concerned that if we cant fix this problem sooner than later we will have to get rid of her and WE DO NOT want that. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank You.

    • rosanne says

      Hi

      You have to separate your dog from the inside of your home where your children are. Husky’s are outdoor dogs and can live outdoors year round no problem with a proper dog house and care. We run siberian and malmute sled dogs and although they are outdoors dogs we keep them away from children or small pets if they are known to growl at them. I think it is in their nature to often attack small things and unfortunately there have been a few fatal attacks in Canada recently with small children.
      You can still love your pet outdoors and the kids will grow to love her too but until they are bigger always supervise her around them and keep her outdoors.
      Hope this helps
      Husky lover

    • shibashake says

      Hello Megan,

      Congratulations on your upcoming new baby!

      In terms of puppy biting, that is normal puppy behavior. Dogs use their mouth to play and manipulate things, similar to the way with which we use our hands. Also, dogs respond instinctually to motion. Motion, always gets my dogs excited and they will want to chase and bite. This is especially true for a younger dog who wants to play and has a lot of energy.

      As a result, supervision is always very important especially for dogs and young children. Personally, I would have the dog on-lead and have someone hold the lead. At the same time I will be holding the child. It is important to keep things calm and set both of them up for success. It is probably best not to give both free movement when in the same area.

      In terms of biting, two things that help with my dogs are bite inhibition training as well as teaching puppy what things are ok to bite on and what things are not.

      Here is more on what I do when puppy bites-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/how-i-trained-my-husky-puppy#bite-training

      For timeouts, it is best not to use the dog’s crate because we want the crate to be a positive place that the dog feels relaxed in, and is happy to sleep and rest in.

      Also, Siberian Huskies, especially Sibe puppies are very high energy. Puppy will need a lot of exercise and a lot of activity to keep her occupied and out of trouble. My Sibe puppy Lara was always on the go and I had to spend many hours with her every day to exercise her physically and mentally.

      Here is more on introducing a dog to a new baby-
      http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_babies.html

  187. Dave says

    Hi, I just recently bought a new pup that is 8 weeks old, he was used to being with his mother and brother at all times, and now is in constant need of companionship, when I leave him on a leash outside, or alone, he begins crying and howling angrily. Do I let him vent this out, or do I continue to give him attention at all times? This also happens at night when I want him to go to sleep, he wants me in the same room with him, otherwise, he begins howling and crying. I dont want to be cruel and just ignore him, and I dont want to run over when he wants it his way, are there any tips on how to curve this behavior?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Dave,

      Congratulations on your new puppy!

      In terms of the crying, I usually wait until my puppy has stopped making noise briefly, before giving him attention or anything else. If we give a puppy attention while he is crying, he may learn the wrong thing, which is that –
      Crying + Making Noise = Get Rewarded with Attention

      rather, we want him to learn that-
      Stop Crying + Stay Calm = Get Rewarded with Attention and Other Rewards.

      The only exception is for puppies who are still in the middle of potty training, and they are making noise to be let out of their crate. Sometimes, this could be because they need to do their business.

      When my Sibe puppy was still potty training, I let her out but took her outside on-leash. I try not to give her any attention while doing this. I also do not let her roam, we just go straight to our potty spot. If she potties, then I praise her and reward her then because that is very good behavior – i.e., she let me know when she had to go.

      If she does not potty, I wait a few minutes and then take her back inside. She goes back into her crate. In this way she learns that “fake potty trips” are short and not rewarding at all.

      Here is a bit more on my puppy training experiences.

  188. Dawn says

    Hi, I just adopted 2 puppies. One is full bred husky male and the other is border collie/husky is a she. She is very much the dominent one. They are from the same dad but different mothers. They are approx 10 weeks old. I took both of them because they had been together and whined so bad when we had seperated them. I could not leave one behind. They have been crated together at the breeders. Aside from little accidents here or there they have been very good however the male is very skittish, timid and seems to be very scared. Do you know what would cause that ? How do I help him with that? Also I know I read that puppies will bite one another but last night he was in the cage and laying on the blanket chewing on a toy and she went in and seemed to get mad he was cheweing on the toy and bite him and drew blood. I was so upset:( I took him out of the cage and made her stay in there to let her know I was upset with her but then she would not come by my later:( Do you have any suggestions? should I still be crating them together? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. I have a 9 year old miniture american eskimo and they are still getting use to one another and do not want to worry that she may hurt her:(

    • shibashake says

      Hello Dawn,

      Congratulations on your new puppies.

      You are very brave to deal with two at once. I usually have my hands full with just one. πŸ˜€

      In terms of crating, each of my dogs have their own crate so that they can rest and work on their food toys in peace when they want to.

      In terms of helping my dogs get along, I do the following-
      1. I give them very clear rules of interaction. I have a three legged dog, so there is absolutely no bullying and no stealing. I supervise them closely during meal-times and active play time. I also give them many play breaks, where they come over to me and do commands for rewards. In this way they don’t get over excited.

      2. I teach them that if they stay calm together and work together cooperatively, they get the most rewards. Group obedience training sessions are helpful.

      3. I teach them that I hand out the resources, and that I deal with resource conflicts. In this way, they don’t have to do it themselves with aggression.

      Here is more of what I do with my dogs-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      In terms of timeouts, this is what I do-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/puppy-biting-how-to-stop-puppy-biting#timeout
      My Shiba Inu may also go off by himself after a timeout. That is fine, I just ignore him. When he is ready or hungry, he will come back. πŸ˜€

      I also find that using a drag-lead is helpful for controlling and managing a more feisty dog at home.

      In terms of a more fearful dog, here are some of my experiences-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/how-to-calm-a-fearful-reactive-dog

  189. Alicia says

    Hello!
    Thank you for the tips! Brody is doing a little bit better everyday, but now he freaks out when he sees other dogs that aren’t part of our “pack”. He still snaps a little at Bubbah and actually made Bubbah bleed the other night over beggin for food while we were eating at the dinner table. I was not happy, but as soon I got up to correct split it up and Brody saw me get up he became very submissive to me without any issue. Brody iis starting to play a little bit with Bubbah, so other than the smaller issues that he’s realizing is a “no-no” he’s doing great! One more thing, he is SO fast! LOL He got off his leash last night and I had to chase him down nearly 2 miles before he gave up!! He loves testing my husband and I, that’s for sure!!!

    Again, Thank you for your help :)
    Bubbah and Brody thanks you too, and lots of puppy hugs and kisses from them as well!!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Alicia,
      So good to hear that things are going well with Brody. Thanks for all the puppy hugs and kisses. Those are the best! πŸ˜€

  190. Alicia says

    One more thing, Brody also doesn’t care for my pitbull jumping up on me.. I think he thinks he’s hurting me because he runs up and nips at him to get off. Is this normal?

  191. Alicia says

    I just rescued a red husky from animal control before they put him down later that day, I named him Brody. I’ve never owned a husky and a few things I quickly learned.. He does not like my cat and my cat does not like him. Brody gets mad at my rescued pitbull very easily and snaps at him a lot but thank God my pit (Bubbbah) is submissive. I learned he is treat agressive and with snap and my other dog but will not snap at myself or my husband. In fact he loves us and follows us around everywhere and is already perfectly trained. I just wish I knew how to fix those smaller things, like for instance why does he walk up to my other dog and hold my other dog’s mouth closed with his? If anyone could answer this and maybe how to make him get a long with our other dog that’d be great!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Alicia,

      Congratulations on your new Husky and four paws up for saving his life.

      In terms of conflicts between family dogs, that usually happens over resources, including food, toys, sleeping space, and also access to and attention from us. Some things that I do with my own dogs-
      1. I teach them that I hand out all resources, they have to work for those resources (including my attention), and there is no stealing.
      2. If there are any conflicts, I will deal with it so that they do not need to address it themselves with aggression.
      3. I teach them that cooperation and staying calm together gets them the most rewards. I do group obedience training with all of them together, and reward them for just hanging out together in a calm way.

      Here is more on what I do-
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog

      I should point out though that I got all of my dogs as puppies, and trained them all to have good bite inhibition. Therefore, if they should accidentally lay teeth on me, it does not cause any real damage. Using a drag-lead is also very helpful for home dog management.

      Hugs to Brody and Bubbbah!

  192. Damian says

    My family adopted a sybe 4 years ago. We wanted to get a small dog that does not shed, but when we came across a beautiful husky named maya from a rescue, we couldn’t resist. Because of her background, she did come with a few aggression issues, but now she is truly a part of our family. We have two cats. Maya was two when we got her so we were worried about how she would adjust, but she loves to give them kisses and will only chase one of them if the cat runs (but she would never hurt the cat). It was one of the best decisions we ever made and we couldn’t ask for a better dog.

    • shibashake says

      We wanted to get a small dog that does not shed

      LOL! Yeah it is amazing how some dogs just connect with us.

      Thanks for sharing Maya’s story with us. She sounds wonderful and it is awesome that she found such a good home. πŸ˜€

  193. king says

    hi every one well king is a really nice dog he used to attack us and biting with blood but know thanks for these tips he is a relly lovely dog I really love him :)

  194. Nicole says

    Hi,

    Ok, I’m about ready to give up, I was doing so well with my 7 month old siberian husky puppy, and all of a sudden, in the past few weeks, she has become horrible in the car, standing on my center console from the backseat, and I struggle with getting her to go into her crate when it’s time for bed, or time for me to leave for work, when all of this wasn’t an issue like a month or so ago. She still continues to get me up in the middle of the night to pee at least once but most of the time it’s twice, but my trainer said to ensure she has access to water in her crate at all times. I can’t even lure her into her crate with boiled chicken! When she used to go in all on her own. I really haven’t changed my routine or anything, only difference was she got spayed back on January 5th, of this year. And the car ride thing, she used to get in a lay down, but now just stands with her front paws on the console, a few times I’ve had to suddenly brake and her nose hit the shift. This was even with a zipline I bought from Petco recently as the trainer strongly suggested she be strapped in, if not in a crate. Now, after getting that zipline, which must be too big for my car, (Toyota Matrix) she won’t even get in it, to go to class! I have to pick her up, when before she used to jump in fine…I even tried a peanut butter kong which she absolutely loves and that wouldn’t get her to go in on her own! I’ve thought about crating her, especially since I am driving with her to Florida later this month, but I am concerned that she’ll scream the entire car ride. I don’t know what else to do or try to make this a more positive experience. And it’s very hard to try to get her kennel in my car everytime we have training class as it’s the Large one, adequate for her full grown size, so it’s kind of hard to maneuver in and out and in and out. I even tried to do the open and close the door thing that my trainer is suggesting to prevent her from door bolting until I give her the release word of “OK”, which she does fine at home with in her crate with that door, but last night, I practically closed the door on her nose, which almost freaked me out. And I also have this great, freedom no-pull harness, but she cries when I try to put it on her, she’s already broken a cheap collar from PetSmart so now I have a Lupine on her, but still, she needs a harness, and I did what the trainer recommended, putting it on the floor and letting her sniff it, then giving her a treat, then putting it on her, giving a treat and taking it off….I still continue to have to chase her around to get it on her when I really need to, when we have to go to training. And I read about your technique with walking loose leash, the stop and go, but if we’re at a park, or even in my development, and she pulls, and I stop, she just sniffs the grass, or something on the sidewalk or road etc. So it doesn’t seem like the point is getting across to her. There is another dog at home that she plays with fine, a 6 year old border collie, I have no complaints about that at all. I just think she challenges us and I don’t know how to stop it, and I can’t always re-direct her chewing on the furniture or other stuff with a treat or kong because the other dog is always there. My boyfriend says they (siberian huskies) have got to be one of hardest, if not the hardest dogs to train. He thinks she will never walk loosely by my side on a leash because their breed is known for pulling. I can’t do pulling or agility quite yet with her as it is my understanding, from another trainer I once inquired about it from, that she is not fully developed and done growing.
    Any suggestions/recommendations you can offer would be greatly appreciated, as I would love to get her into being a Therapy dog someday, as well as cart/sled pulling, skijoring, bikejoring, canicross.

    Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Nicole,

      Yeah, as puppies grow up, they will start to gain confidence, become more independent, and test their boundaries more. Sibes are a more independent breed, so they may test and challenge more than the average breed.

      1. Crate
      My Shiba Inu showed similar behavior in terms of getting into the crate. Initially, he was ok with getting in on his own. However, after some time, he learned that getting into his crate usually means we are leaving the house, and he has to spend his time alone in the crate. Once he learned this, wild horses could not drag him into the crate – during the day. But he was ok going in at night, because he knows we will be there with him.

      One thing that helped is to do crate desensitization exercises at various times during the day, when I am home to supervise. In this way, Shiba learns that going into the crate does not necessarily mean that people are leaving and has to stay home alone. Initially, I started with very short crate times, then I very slowly lengthen the duration.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/how-to-calm-a-fearful-reactive-dog#crate

      2. Food Rewards
      With my Sibes, I have noticed that food rewards are a lot more effective when it is rare, and also when they are a bit hungry. This last year, I put Husky Shania on a mini diet because she was putting on a bit too much weight. She is a 3 legged dog, so I have to monitor her weight carefully. A nice side effect is that food rewards have become a lot more effective. Also, I only use certain rare rewards for more difficult tasks. Teeth brushing, for example, usually gets them something special that they only get for doing teeth brushing.

      When I give them treats, I make sure to reduce their regular kibble intake by a comparable amount. I also break food rewards up into very small pieces.

      3. Other Rewards
      I try to use a variety of other rewards, in addition to food. For example, my Shiba loves playing chase games so I use that as a reward for him taking a bath.

      My Sibes like going for long walks, so I use that to get them to wear collars and harnesses. I also use it to stop them from eating outside poop.

      A key part of reward training, I found, is to use a variety of motivators, and try to identify which rewards are the most effective for different situations.

      4. Nothing in Life is Free program
      I follow the NILIF program with all of my dogs. This means that they have to do something for me before I give them anything in return, including food, toys, attention, and freedom.

      5. Leash Training

      I read about your technique with walking loose leash, the stop and go, but if we’re at a park, or even in my development, and she pulls, and I stop, she just sniffs the grass,

      When I stop, I also bring my dog in so that she is next to me. I just shorten the leash and therefore limit her freedom. We do not move again until she first does a Sit. She is not allowed to roam while we are in stop position.

      When we start moving again, I usually give her a shorter amount of leash. If she walks nicely for a while, then I give her more freedom. When I want her to slow down, I briefly tighten the leash, and that is her cue to slow down. If she does not, then we stop.

      I play around a lot with the length of the leash. The shorter the leash, the more control I have, and the less freedom my dog gets, and vice versa.

      I am currently using the Premier no-slip collar for all my dogs during walks. It is great for preventing collar escapes, which my Shiba is really good at. πŸ˜€

      My boyfriend says they (siberian huskies) have got to be one of hardest, if not the hardest dogs to train.

      Heh, yeah they are certainly a very independent breed and they can be a challenge to leash train. My two Sibes walk pretty well on-leash under normal circumstances. When they see moving deer or cat though, they will still pull. Both of them have pretty high prey drive.

      I just stop and wait until the deer or cat is out of sight, and Sibe has calmed down some, before moving on. πŸ˜€

      Hugs to your Sibe girl! Let us know how it goes.

  195. Vanessa says

    I rescued a Huskie who had 3 owners within 13 months. He was totally out of control and was very fear aggressive….. the blood we have lost! I had 8 cats and now have 5, he has never harmed any of them. I do have a German Shepard who I let take control of him, and he is now a gem. The bred can be difficult, but if I had had him from a puppy, I am sure that that the horror huskie that I recused would never have been created. At first he use to escape, but now he does not; he simply does not want to, he is loved after all. Bring the breed up properly and you should have no problems. They really are lovely dogs

    • shibashake says

      You sum things up really well! I think I will put it in the article. Thanks much and thanks for sharing your Husky story with us.

  196. Amanda says

    I have the cutest siberian husky living with my family and I and she is so crazy and hyperactive but what puppy isnt going to be like that. She’s about seven months old and Everyone loves her but not the things she tends to do in the backyard…. I’m refferring to her escaping and trying to look for adventure when no one is able to be at home at that moment. She also digs holes but we can tell she is intelligent because all the wholes are in a straight line with the same amount of distance between each one and the depth is just as similar as well. She has learneds the word, “kisses” from me personally and when i say kisses se’ll come up and lick my mouth. she is so beautiful and even though there cant be someone watching her every move everyday she still loves us and finds ways to entertain herself even if it is tearing up the yard and just making a total mess. GET A HUSKYYY! :):)

  197. Kim says

    I am tired of sibes getting a bad rep. Mine is now a year old and is the most awesome dog I have ever known. I got her when she was 8 weeks old. She was a dream to house train and lives happily with another dog and 2 cats. The one cat never bothers with her so she is not aloud to chase him (and she accepts this). The other cat loves playing with her. The cat has never, ever been harmed. You have to be a certain kind of person to have a sibe. They are definately misunderstood. Mine is the most well trained and behaved dog I have ever seen at 1 year old. Mine also sees right through people. She is very loving and affectionate, but has shown distaste for “fake” acting people. They are a very intelligent breed and I think some people are afraid to own one because they realize the dog has more intelligence than they do.

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, very interesting with the cats. How does she act with new cats that she does not know?

      Does she chase squirrels and birds?

      Both my Sibes have very high prey drive, so they always want to go after squirrels, birds, and some cats.

  198. Gigi says

    I got my first sybe when I was 12. Have been in love with them since then. 20 yrs ago my sister gave me her sybe, they couldn’t control him, he was 10 months old. Ended up he was from a puppy mill. Duke had so many health & temperment issues. I was able to keep him for 6 yrs, but had to finally put him down. 3 months ago we decided to get a dog, of course I only wanted another sybe. this time I did my homework & bought from a reputable breeder. It was so hard to make up my mind that I brought home 2. Best decision I ever made. Potting training was easy, the breeder had a hand in that, they already knew all neccesary commands. We have had to make some changes in our lives, more walks, nothing left laying around, worth it.

    • shibashake says

      I brought home 2. Best decision I ever made.

      Impressive! I think I can only deal with one Sibe puppy at a time. πŸ˜€ What are the names of your two? Are they male and female? Would love to see them if you have pictures.

      Potting training was easy, the breeder had a hand in that, they already knew all necessary commands.

      That is a very good point! Potty training difficulty is also very dependent on what they are used to at the breeder’s house. I will have to add that in the article. Thanks!

      We have had to make some changes in our lives, more walks, nothing left laying around, worth it.

      Yeah I agree. Sibes are awesome dogs.

  199. Crystal says

    Hi,

    I recently adopted a very young Husky pup. She is 12 weeks now. I have a golden retriever who is socializing her. My pup bites at my retriever all day and she puts up with it, but lets her have it from time to time. She bites with us playing too and we are working with her to stop biting at us. I’ve noticed lately though that when I tell her “no’, she bites at the air looking at me as she runs away, really sassy like. Is this something I should discourage? I have no idea how to. Also, should I tell her to stop biting my golden all day? I think my golden is just too laid back. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Crystal,

      What has worked best with my Sibe puppy is to teach her that when she bites she gets no attention, but when she is calm and follows commands, she gets rewarded with attention, affection, and treats.

      When puppy bites, I non-mark her (No or Ack-ack) so that she knows it is an undesirable behavior. Then I redirect her biting onto a toy. This teaches her that it is ok to bite on toys but not ok to bite on me.

      If she bites on the toy, she gets praised and I play a game with her with the toy. If she ignores this and keeps biting on me, I withdraw my attention by folding up my arms, standing up, and turning away from her. Once she is calm, I can give her attention again.

      If she jumps on me and bites at my clothes, I calmly say time-out and put her in a boring time-out area.

      Here are more of my experiences with puppy biting.
      http://shibashake.com/dog/puppy-biting-how-to-stop-puppy-biting
      http://shibashake.com/dog/puppy-biting-tips-solutions

      In terms of interaction with the older dog, I usually stop puppy from being a pest if my other dogs are not interested in playing. Here are some of the things that I do when introducing puppy to my existing dogs.

      Congratulations on your new Husky puppy! Big hugs to puppy and let us know how it goes.

  200. Annaleise says

    Hi, I was wondering if you had any tips for my new Siberian Husky. I adopted her about a week ago and introduced her to my already existing 4 year old female Siberian Husky and my 14 year old male Rotti/Shepherd (both spayed/neutered). She is just 10 months old now and has not yet been fixed. I have an appointment to have her spayed in about 8 weeks as she is in heat right now.
    The problem I am having is that she is bullying the 4 year old Husky and showing severe food aggression to the other dogs. She is not aggressive to myself or my husband, or any other person for that matter, but whenever there is food around she attacks the other dogs. She has drawn blood on the other Husky. I have read a lot of conflicting information on how to handle this situation and so I was hoping that you may be able to give me some insight.
    Thank you very much.
    Annaleise

    • shibashake says

      I have read a lot of conflicting information on how to handle this situation

      Yeah that seems to be the case with pretty much everything about dog training.

      Some people believe that the best thing is to leave the dogs to work it out for themselves but I am not one of those people. I believe that we should be the ones to set the rules, and if there are disagreements, we should step in and resolve them fairly and consistently. That way, our dogs always know what to expect, and they know that they should bring issues to us rather than use their teeth.

      Your adopted Sibe is still very new to the pack, so it will take some time to earn her trust and vice versa. In general, you want to manage things so that she doesn’t feel like she has to protect her food. The more she practices aggression around her food, the more it will become a habit.

      Some of the things I do with Sephy and Shania –
      1. No Stealing
      When Sephy and Shania are eating I stay there to supervise. I don’t use regular bowls to feed them, but rather they earn their food by doing obedience commands, and through interactive toys.

      However, Shiba Sephy is a bit of a mooch and he will wait until Shania has done all the work in getting the food out and then try to mooch off of her. So I always make sure that he doesn’t come close and bug Shania when she is working on a food toy. Nowadays I just sit next to Shania and Sephy knows he is not supposed to come too close. If he does I shoo him away. By the same token, Shania is also not allowed to steal from Sephy. I give them each their own food things to work on and there is no stealing.

      When Shania is done, she usually leaves then Sephy can come over and get the rest of the stuff if he wants.

      2. Fair and Consistent

      I make sure to be always fair and consistent. Nobody steals, so there is no need for anybody to protect. Each always has their own toys to work on, which I give to them after they do something for me.

      3. There is Always More Good Stuff

      Both my dogs know that I always hold some of the good stuff in reserve. Therefore rather than bugging each other, they will come over to bug me instead πŸ˜€

      I always follow the NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) program so they must work for all of the food.

      4. Absolutely NO Aggression will be Tolerated

      I am there to make sure there is no stealing, so there is absolutely no reason for the dogs to show any aggression. Sometimes, one of them will take the food toy and move farther away from the other. That is fine. But if anybody shows any aggression, then I take the toy away and nobody gets it.

      5. Interrupt Early

      I usually try to notice early signs and interrupt before anything at all happens. If I notice staring or a raised lip, I will interrupt, non-mark, and then I will either ask for space, and/or do some obedience exercises.

      These two articles have more information on what has helped with Sephy and Shania –
      http://shibashake.com/dog/second-dog-introducing-a-second-dog
      http://shibashake.com/dog/stop-food-aggression-stop-resource-guarding

      Your adopted Sibe is still very new to the family so I would go slow with her, and initially just carefully manage the environment so that she doesn’t feel the need to have to protect her food or resources. Once there is some trust and more of a bond, then you can slowly train her to accept having other dogs around her in the presence of food.

      Let us know how it goes.

  201. Amity Sequoyah says

    hi i used to breed and raise huskies,and wolves. Niether of which have given me any problem yes sometimes you will get one that is hyper or into everything but most of them were layed back and very obidient. I kept them in packs so that helped a lot with the order of things. after my first husky died r.i.p. shookey. i sold all of mine he was with me from the time i was 3yrs old till i turned 14. I just got my first husky in 4 years a solid white female. Little Luna is the same way calm clean and she does fine by herself for a couple of hours. i mess since we brought her home. I think that you need to write on your website that disaplining your husky is better done without popping or anything physical a husky will never forget it females more than males.

    thanks

    Amity

    • shibashake says

      Hello Amity,
      Luna sounds absolutely wonderful. I am thinking of getting another dog but cannot decide between getting another Sibe or a GSD.
      “I think that you need to write on your website that disaplining your husky is better done without popping or anything physical a husky will never forget it females more than males.”
      That is very true. In general, I would encourage everyone to use reward techniques first with dogs of all breeds. Controlling resources has worked very well in creating discipline and routine with my dogs.
      Hugs to Luna! And Shania sends many licks.

  202. Rizza says

    My Sibe seems to be a good enough guard dog. He’s watchful and alert if he sees anyone he doesn’t know inside the house. He even barks/howls endlessly. Is this a sign of problematic behavior?

    • shibashake says

      Hi Rizza,

      In addition to the vocalizations, how does Tango act towards the people? Does he approach them, run away, try to protect you, or something else?

      How does he act with people outside the house?

      Shania sometimes vocalizes because she is happy or excited. People sometimes think that she is being aggressive, but not every vocalization is an indication of aggression or stress. Sometimes it is just excitement or happiness.

      Shania also likes howling/singing. Get a squeaky toy going and she will start singing. Sometimes I even sing with her and that will also get my Shiba Inu to join in. :)

    • Rizza says

      Hmm… if the “stranger” is inside the house, Tango would bark and stay back at first, but then he would get closer and sort of touch his nose or mouth to the person’s hand or leg then back away again. He’d repeat it a few times until I reprimand him, but he’d still keep on barking. Deafening (o_o). So sometimes I’d have to keep him with me in my room while my dad or someone else entertains the guest.
      There’s this one visitor in particular, when Tango barks at her she’d try to calm him down herself by saying “No, Tango” in a calm and soothing voice, but it seems like it makes him want to bark more. And I noticed if she has her hand on my arm or back he’d jump on her and “bite” her arm. It’s not really biting, just um, touching his open mouth to the arm? Haha, sorry I don’t know how to say it.
      If he sees a visitor outside in the yard he would bark and sniff a bit but leave the person alone after a few minutes. There was even one time he played with a kid he saw for the first time.
      For the first 2 situations I don’t think he was excited to see the visitors. He seemed like he was in “guard dog mode” but having read in many articles about Sibes being poor guard dogs, it got me thinking maybe there was something wrong, or if he’s an exception to the norm. Hm.
      “Shania also likes howling/singing. Get a squeaky toy going and she will start singing. Sometimes I even sing with her and that will also get my Shiba Inu to join in. :)”
      Yeah! I noticed Tango would imitate the sounds we make. We were so amused and suprised. Just made us want to hug and cuddle him more.
      Ack! Sorry for such a long post!

    • shibashake says

      Hi Rizza,

      Sounds like Tango may be a bit unsure of people. One thing you can try is to help him associate people with positive things – e.g. yummy food.

      1. No talk, no touch, no eye-contact – This is important, especially the eye-contact part. In dog language, eye-contact can be seen as a sign of dominance so instruct your guests to just ignore Tango. As you observed with the woman who tried to talk to Tango, sound will often just make the situation worse – not better. Ignoring is best. Ask guests to fold up their arms.

      2. Create positive associations. When he comes near, have them throw a piece of really yummy food on the ground near him. Remember still no talk, no touch, and no eye-contact. Just keep repeating this so that Tango will learn that people in the house means yummy food. After a bit, time the throwing of the food so that you only throw when he is quiet.

      3. Once Tango is calm and not barking, then the guests can give him affection. But affection should stop as soon as he starts to bark again. Also note that dogs may see petting from above as threatening. In general, you want to approach from below the dog’s head and scratch his chest.

      4. Also no jumping. When Tango jumps, ask your guest to turn away from him – not move away, just turn away. As soon as he sits, you should mark him for good behavior (Yes), and praise and treat him.

      Let me know how it goes :) If nothing works, you can also try a time-out but I would only do that as a last resort.

    • Rizza says

      Wow, thanks so much! I do give guests food and let them give it to Tango. I’ll do the others that you mentioned. I always tell the guests not to try and calm the dog themselves because the dog seemed to get more agitated. Some people just don’t listen, sort of like wanting to prove to others that she’s a friend to all dogs and dogs instantly loves them.
      I also tell them about not making eye-contact and not raising their voice, and they’ve worked well.
      Thank you so much again! You’re such a dog-saver!

    • Rizza says

      “The Siberian Husky is a very special, and lovable breed, but they may not be the right breed for everyone.”
      I just want to add something about this. When my cousin saw I had a Sibe, she was green with envy. She said it’s her dream dog, she’s always wanted one, etc etc. But I told her before she gets one, she has to understand that a Sibe is very energetic and can’t be left inside the house all the time. The dogs she has in her home are the small toy breed, and I’m sure having a Sibe will be very different, not to mention very stressful for her, but most especially for the dog. I don’t want any Sibes being given up because they’re not understood. =(

  203. cj says

    really I have two sibes and they were very good in the house never an accident. You just need to take them out often whne there puppys and praise for going outside like any dog.

    • shibashake says

      Hi cj. You are absolutely right, if you take them out often and are consistent with the rewards and praise, they learn pretty quickly. I hope I didn’t come across as too negative. Relative to some other breeds though (e.g. Shiba Inu) , they are more difficult to house train.

  204. says

    When I first read your blog title, I almost thought you were selling your Siberian Husky. Scared me for a moment there! Shania is really pretty. :)

    By the way, what do you think of American Eskimos? My boyfriend’s friend owned one, but unfortunately it passed away a while ago and I never actually got to play with it. But we did see a few while visiting animal shelters. Their white fur is beautiful!

    • Sebastian says

      Linda,
      I’ve always loved the look of big, fluffy, white dogs like Samoyeds and Eskimos, but after after experiencing how quickly and thoroughly my Siberian’s white “socks” become mud drenched and caked after being in the yard for a bit, I sympathize with the winces I used to see on the faces of the Sammy owners in the dog park. Be prepared for more of an “off-white” dog most of the time, especially if eskomos are as active as siberians, which I *think* they are :)

    • shibashake says

      Hi Linda, How is Mochi? Hope you are having a good holiday season. I haven’t been blogging much because I started playing Diablo again in anticipation of Diablo 3 coming out. Can’t wait! :)

      I have never owned an American Eskimo but a neighbor of mine has one. She told me that her Eskimo is aloof wrt. people and dogs; and really full of herself. Sound familiar? :)

    • Linda says

      Hi Sebastian – The few American Eskimos I saw at the shelter seemed pretty active. So you are right, I’ll probably end up with an ‘off white’ furred dog. LOL!

      Hi Shibashake – Mochi is doing great. She used to be so well-behaved, and I went and blabbed about it to the world, so she felt her reputation as a shiba was threatened.

      I got some bitter apple spray to prevent her from chewing furniture and carpet. I give her lots of dog toys to chew on, but boy, she goes through them quickly. She’s a little chewing monster! As for aloof and being full of herself…oh yea, that sounds strangely familiar. πŸ˜€ In fact, I think Mochi has selective hearing. She’d only do ‘come here’ when she’ll get something out of the effort of walking 3 steps!

      How are your little Prince and Princess doing? I call Mochi the Princess because I feel like everyone in the house are her servants. LOL.

    • shibashake says

      LOL – I call my Shiba “Prince of Darkness”. He can be a crazy chew monster too. He cracked one of his teeth last year chewing on a processed deer antler. Now I am really careful about what I give him. Shania is really good for my “Prince of Darkness” though. She will usually come over and bug him to play with her before he can get himself into trouble. :)

    • shibashake says

      Thanks healthgoji. I did not do much research before getting my first dog, a Shiba Inu, and it was a very BIG challenge to care for him initially. So for my subsequent dogs I try to find out as much as I can :)

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