My dogs name is “Two Jay”. He is a pure bred Siberian husky; black white and gray with a tint of brown on his legs. We brought him into our family when he was just about three months old and we’ve had him for almost four months now.
Huskies are very mischievous dogs, but at the same time they are the most loveable. Two Jay is a very happy, healthy and sweet puppy. Training Two Jay or any husky can be very challenging because huskies are the most stubborn of all dogs. As time is going by, Two Jay is learning and is obeying certain commands.
So far, he is trained to sit, give his paw, lay down and to go to the door when he is ready to do his business outside. Since he is a pure bred husky, he loves to pull when he goes outside to play. During the day we take him out in the front yard and he loves to watch the cars past by on the street. It is very tiring when you take him for a walk around the block because he loves to run, jump and pull you.
However, seeing him run and be happy always brings a smile to our face. Most people think that huskies cannot survive in Florida’s heat. That is not so much true. As long as you keep the house at a good temperature and make sure your husky has a plenty of water, huskies are able to survive the same amount of time as they would in a colder state than Florida.
The best part about coming home from a long day at work is walking in to the house to see Two Jay excited and wagging his tail waiting to give you a slobbery kiss.
Siberian Husky dogs have been one of the most challenging and rewarding dog breeds I have every had the experience to raise. I currently own a three year old female Siberian husky and a male four month old Siberian husky, and I can say from personal experience that the breed is not for beginner dog owners.
With an extensive canine background in areas such as training, grooming, and veterinary medicine I have had experience with many different breeds, however, my favorite remains the Siberian husky.
Below I have outlined several of the basics in obtaining and raising a Siberian husky throughout different ages to help you and your new companion each have an optimal experience.
Selecting a Puppy or Dog:
- Decide what age of dog will fit best for you, and what your expectations for your new companion will be. Keep in mind that puppies require frequent attention initially, rescue dogs can have behavioral problems to overcome, and older dogs may need special attention due to medical or age related issues. Regardless of what age group you choose, TIME is a necessity. IDEALLY for a first time husky owner, a dog that is out of it's "puppy" stages with foundation training (and no per-existing issues) would be my first pick. This is a RARE occurrence, however, so be sure to fully research the rescue/previous owner or breeder (in the case of a puppy) before bringing your new friend home. Another important tip is to TAKE YOUR TIME, it took me around a year to find my first husky that fit my selection criteria, and I do not regret it
The First Days at Home:
- Be sure to have everything ready for your new companion when he/she arrives home. Check with the previous owner to see what food they were feeding so that you can continue to feed your dog this, or do a slow adjustment from the old food to the new food you have selected for your dog. Make sure to have bowls (metal is best!), toys, treats, a collar/leash, and a kennel available for your new friend. Husky dogs generally kennel train well (if they have no previous bad experiences) and this is a GOOD thing. I now leave my year old out, but my seven month old Siberian husky still stays in the kennel because when a husky gets bored they tend to CHEW! (On this note- remember to "dog proof" your home by removing items they can get into)
- Select a veterinarian for your new dog, they can give you information on the correct vaccinations, health care, as well as advice on ear cleaning, nail trimming, and at home dental care. Providing your dog with these basics is essential, as well as starting them on a heart worm, flea/tick, and intestinal parasite prevention plan. I have found a wonderful veterinarian for my two dogs and have taken advantage of the wonderful knowledge that they bring to the table. My four month old Siberian husky just got a neuter procedure done and is recovering very nicely!
- An equally important component for your new companion is training and socialization. Siberian husky dogs are very smart, so they learn easy- but this can also get them into trouble. A good foundation in training, as well as socialization with other dogs and people is a critical component to a successful start with your dog!
Although these are just basics, they should get you off on the right foot to a happy life with your new Siberian husky. Remember to do a lot of research before bringing your four legged companion home, and then let the fun begin!