A Siberian husky's good points heavily outweigh the minor peculiarities of the breed. There is no more loving and beguiling dog than a Siberian. It has a great zest for life, boundless love in its heart, and a mischievious spirit. It is beautiful, with friendly, mischievous eyes. A husky is trustworthy around young children and delights in their company. It is not prone to much barking, but lets off a characteristic howl when making itself heard.|
Don't count on the Siberian to be a watchdog. It likes people, even strangers, too much to take offense at intruders. It can be relied upon to sound off when it hears someone outside, however, but this is more a welcoming yowl than a warning yowl.
The Siberian has an independent streak that often surfaces during the training process. When not interested, a Siberian will not feign excitement to please its owners. A wise owner must work around this by being a little more inventive than just following the textbook rules for training. Work running into the routines and the Siberian will perk right up! They love tag games and teasing. Use these as other trainers would use tidbits to reward good work and more than likely you will keep the dog interested.
Companionship is a vital factor in a Siberian's life. It will not do well alone. If it cannot have plenty of human attention, it must at least share its home with another dog to help it fill the hours until the master returns. Left alone it probably will become irrationally nervous and shy...traits foreign to the well-adjusted husky. It also wants lots of exercise and time outdoors, even though it can adapt to having only limited amounts.
For safely sake..ALWAYS remember that the Siberian will wander. It does not try actively to break away from its master... it just becomes enticed by any new sound or sigh and will take off quickly after it. A Siberian can be far away fast, and it is weak at sensing dangerous situations (approaching cars, open manholes, deep trenches). ALWAYS keep the dog on a leash when out in the open and let it loose only in well-fenced areas.
Huskies love to dig, especially down through layers of snow. They often dig a body-sized hole...their "nest"...and lie down contentedly in it. They also will dig into the ground, which is an annoyance. The resulting muddy paws and destroyed flower beds can irritate even the most mellow owner, so be aware and prepared. Don't plant flowers in the dog's exercise area and don't let the dog roam the flower garden without supervision. You've got to work out a balance, as the dog will dig and take great pleasure in it!
All fencing in the yard should be buried to a depth that exceeds the digging capability of the dog, or the fence can be mounted in a solid foundation.
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