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by MrsCelie on 17 August 2017 - 15:08

Hello, I'm considering adopting a 1 year old Husky and wanted to get some advice. On this Italian breeder resource (I'm Italian) they say I should not let him home alone. Even for 2 hours a day? 

by Nans gsd on 17 August 2017 - 18:08

Probably not a good idea at least until you get to know the new dog. They are known to scale fences, can be destructive, some are cat killers, etc. you do not want this dog loose in your neighborhood if he scales your fence or otherwise. Just a word from the wise, used to have several, love the breed but not good if left unattended. You could put the dog in a super strong kennel with a top on it and on bricks so he or she cannot dig out. Water included at all times of course. Nan

by GSCat on 18 August 2017 - 03:08

Once housebroken, our Siberians had run of the house, just like our GSD, and they could be left unattended. The keys are housebreaking, constant training, lots of exercise and play time with the people when you do get home, something to keep him/her/them occupied (ours learned how to use the TV remote from the cats), and very consistent discipline. Having a second dog helps (we had GSD and Siberian Huskies). Siberian Huskies are kind of like having a hyperactive 2 year old with fur that molts twice a year, that will never really grow up.

We did have to Siberian-proof the house, which meant all the doors had deadbolts that required a key to open from outside AND inside, the garage door remote was taken with us, all windows were locked, and other than the sliding glass door, there were no sliding windows. Some people will toddler-proof a house with cabinet latches, toilet latches, etc., but we didn't need to go that far. Some Siberian Huskies are cat killers, so there has to be a safe room or floor that the cat(s) can access, but the Huskies cannot.

I would never, ever leave a dog outside for any length of time without supervision, especially a Siberian Husky, due to both escape and theft.


by Hundmutter on 18 August 2017 - 06:08

Time and practice, consistent behaviour; as with any dog. IE slowly work up to the length of time you leave the dog indoors alone. Then the dog gets to realise you will come back. And use a crate to help you establish this.

Particularly important to take these steps carefully with a rescued dog, no longer a small pup, no matter what the breed - but especially with some active ones! Same principle as avoiding stress leading to fouling, or 'separation anxiety'.

Yes, husky-proofing the house so that cupboards etc can't be pulled open, and there are no 'easy pickings' to chew or otherwise destroy. Like 'puppy proofing' it. Plenty of treats and toys to keep him busy. Try 'hiding' these so he has to look for them before he can enjoy them; makes them more interesting to him. Yes too to lots of exercise; wear him out more, he has less inclination to get up to mischief.
Good luck.


by Lunastar on 18 August 2017 - 08:08

Siberian Huskies are very hard to keep in yards and love to run away like other people have said. I see people at least once a week on Facebook, posting that their Husky has run away and they need help finding it. Also I know of a person who tried to have a Husky in an apartment and they ended up in huge trouble when the dog actually dug up the floor and clawed a door, to get out of the apartment. So beware that Huskies are not good in small spaces, they like to have lots of room to run. Their coat is also a pain as they shed a lot, so be prepared to have dog hair on everything you own.

Also, I really hope you are not wanting a Husky like the people who are fans of Game of Thrones that want a direwolf like dog:

Way too many Huskies are flooding the animal shelters and rescues right now, so you really need to be sure you want one and will keep it all it's life.


by GSDguy08 on 18 August 2017 - 17:08

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Do your homework, and then some. These guys are not for everyone. Here was the pack I used to have. I used to work with/train, breed, etc. 

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