Thanks to Jerry & Kathryn for sharing the photo of their two boys with me! Noki (Misty's boy on left) and Siku (Izzy's boy on right) sledding! What good boys!! Looks like they are having lots of fun!!!
Just reminding everyone to keep in mind the heat when it comes to your puppy! Please don't put puppies inside of car without your during the summer heat. It's amazing just how fast the inside of the car heats up.
When going for walks/runs during the summer heat - try to make it morning or evening not the heat of the day - unless it includes a swim for every 1/2 mile or so.
Swimming pools would be much appreciated! Just pay attention - the plastic swimming pools they can also see as "chewing toys" and your swimming pool suddenly has a hole.
Hope this information is helpful! Have fun in the sun! But puppies might prefer the shade.
It's amazing what your dog can do when only given the opportunity. Most dogs really do want to be "good boys" or "good girls". They only tear everything apart and become "bad" out of frustration. Main reason for this is you are not communicating with your dog in their language.
What is their language you ask?
I talk to my dog in English and for the most part they listen. Whatever language you speak, they will listen, if they understand what you are asking of them.
My husband always makes the comment how our dogs know every word in the English language but just can't speak a word of it. I think there is a lot to be said about this statement.
Dogs get confused when things aren't clear. I recommend using one new word each week. Get the dog use to it. Get your dog understanding the meaning. And always, ALWAYS be extremely clear.
An example --
Let's say this week you choose the word SIT. All week long, you work on the meaning of sit. You say sit and you gently push their butt down with your hand. Then you say "good boy" or "good girl". Add a treat (I like to use pieces of cheese (real WI cheese). Just don't go overboard with the cheese, but a few pieces to work with them to train is great!
Don't make the mistake of saying "SIT DOWN".
Do you want them to SIT or do you want them to lay DOWN? See the confusion.
I said we were working on ONE WORD each week. Don't confuse the puppy. Be extremely clear. Also be patient. Give them a chance to do what you are asking of them. Take a deep breathe and give them and yourself a moment. They are very smart. They might need a breather to get their anxiety lower and then they will do what you say.
This starts becoming a game with them and they will really enjoy learning something new each week. Learn something new each week and refresh their memory with the words they've already learned.
Think about how well your dogs will be doing within a year. 52 NEW
Examples of words to start off with:
Hachi, the husky on the left in the top picture, was born at our place in the summer of 2012 and Meeka born at our place this last spring, 2014.
The two girls seem to be getting along well with each other as well as with their family. When Krystal send these pictures I asked if I could share them because they are just way to adorable not to share.
Thanks to Krystal who let me share the photos! They were just so awesome I couldn't resist! Beautiful family you have Krystal!!
This picture was taken a few months ago by my husband. I just seen the picture today and had to post it. Everything is so green and now I look outside and only see white!
We currently feed our dogs Taste of the Wild Dog Food. I like to get the Salmon flavor. The first ingredient is Salmon. It is a grain free dog food. I find this to be the best option for the breed. It seems to keep the dogs calm and it seems to work well with their digestive system. And if you look at the ingredients you will find overall pretty healthy food that is in the dog food. It cost about $45 for a 30lb bag. Your husky will not overeat when you are feeding him/her healthy. They will actually require very little food. On the other hand, if you don't feed you husky right (feed them junk), they will eat a lot of it. Kind of like giving yourself sugary foods it will actually cause us to eat more and be more hungry.
I also like to incorporate raw food as well as whole foods in their diet along with their dog food. Not as the main source of their diet, but maybe 10-30% of their diet. Any whole food that is high in protein seems works well with huskies. Good examples would be salmon, eggs, turkey, deer, beef & beef organs.
And it's always a good idea to give your dog a bone. Just make sure it's raw bones, preferably beef bones. This really does help improve their teeth as well as their coat. And it keeps them mentally stimulated for quite some time.