I have just orderd a Siberian husky pup. and Ill be getting him in june but I was just wondering if it really is true that they never can walk of leash. A friend of mine has a Siberian and his walks of leash when he's in the park..
Is it possible to train a siberian to walk of leash or not?
They can,but only if they don;t have the drive most huskies do. Huskies were bred to think for themselves so if they are off leash they don't want to be listening to you,they want to do their thing. I used to let my girl off leash but at a certain age she just turned off and would not listen to me. Now that she is older I may be able to get her to again but Its not worth trying to me,we havea lunge line I let her run on.
How do you deal with the hair? I have always had poodles so I never had to deal with a dog that sheds alot. I have gone in Nothern, double coated dog houses and the hair is like a magnet to everything. Being a grooming I know they have a double coat and when I was done bathing, blowing, conditioning and combing their hair I had as much hair on me as they had on them.
Well according to most husky breeders and books about sibes..you should never let them off the leash. Their drive is so strong to run that they tend to just keep going.
Now I don't follow that rule with my oldest husky, who is going on six. When my husband walks him..it's always without a lead. When we go to parks and out playing he's never on a lead. The only time we leash him is when we're taking a walk around our neighbor hood or by roads. He never goes further than about six feet away from you and he always looks back to make sure you're their. Sometimes we tease him and let him keep walking and we turn around and run in the other direction. When he realizes we've left him he comes chasing after us. And he always comes when called, even when other dogs are around. He will sit and look up at my husband, begging to be able to go see the other dog, but never moves.
As for our youngest sibe..I doubt she'll ever be aloud of lead. Her personality just won't work with being off lead. So what we do for her is allow her to run of leas within a fenced in tennis or basket ball court. She loves tho stretch her legs and run.
So to answer you question...I'm not sure if you'll be able to or not. To be safe don't unless in a secure or fenced in area.
As for shedding...It doesn't bother me much any more. I'm used to it being in our food, nose, hair, floor, clothes, and in every crevis in my home. I must....I just added another addition to the family
He'll look the same :) They only breed the black and white kind and thats why I chose that kennel. I've wanted one since I was five thats when my interest in dogs started.. I watched White fang at least 3 times a day. So I've read alot about the dog and am a member at alot of differant husky sites. And everybody says differant things. I have a small poodle and she's always off leash. Now I live in Sweden so we've got alot off beautiful parks here, I have one right outside my door. The husky owners i've met here usually let them off thier leashes in the park but never otherwise.
By the way this is my poodle she's not cut so she's got lots of fur on the pic and doesn't really look like she does in reality but it's such a cute pic.
For their own safety and that of others Siberian Huskies must not ever be allowed off leash, while the rare one may occasionally obey fairly consistantly their very unpredictable. Part of it is their high prey drive, their always hunting, and their independent thinking. A sibbie doesn't think 'I'm her dog' they think, 'She's with me'. As a young dog their very hard to train, even to just sit, I remember during one walk I pushed my girls butt down and said 'sit' 67 times. While they can be obedience trained I never felt mine were 'good' enough to show obedience. In their earlier years their the best, when they start to age (5-6 on) they often become more self centered, more eager to escape, to run and hunt, often seeming to ignore and look right thru their owner, particularly on walks. I accepted them for what they were, semi-feral, but in the end they simply were not what I wanted, not doggy and devoted enough. I did teach them to lunge, like a horse, on a 25 foot lead, that came in very useful, in bad weather especially. Sibs can be very destructive as puppies, I know of one that demolished a couch, two others that ate thru a wall to gain entry into the main house. They seem to resent being crated, and you'll often see sibes with chipped teeth from chewing on their crates. Their far happier lying the snow outside. Their prey drive/hunting ability is legendary, I've seen them take birds out of the air, catch rodents with their paws, their so fast their just a blur. While they can be just fine with cats their have been reports of sibs living with cats for years, only to unexpectedly kill them one day. Its the wild part of them, so many dogs seem to know right from wrong, huskies never seem to grasp that concept, or show remorse. They really are working dogs who need a job, get bored very easily, and a bored husky is a bad husky. If yours ever gets loose run to your closest neighbors who have small livestock, your dog will probably be there killing chickens and rabbits, chasing goats, that sounds so wrong but its true, and one of the reasons why you should never let your huskie off lead. I know their beautiful but their not for everyone, really research the heck out of the breed before you get one, if your expecting doggy behavior your going to be disapointed.
When you get your puppy you will know how wild he's going to be. My mother had two huskies at different times. The first from a puppy who could never be trusted off a lead. The second was a three year old when she got him. He had lived outside all his life and was a working dog living in a pack. He was the most loyal and trusting dog you could ever own and could always be trusted off his lead. Think he was grateful to be living indoors for a change! He would sometimes try his luck if he didn't want to go back home just yet but if you walked away he would always run after you to go back on his lead. Sadly he died in May aged 15 but the transformation from a sled dog to a pet was remarkable. He is sadly missed.
I have done loads of research and still am but I am deffinitly getting one.. This is my dream and i don't want doggy behavior.. thats one of the resons I want one :) I have a poodle and there is absolutly no doggy behavior there either.
And thats not the general impression of the poodle breed, but she really is a piece of work. *hehe*
***Edited By: aleczandra on 1/3/2006 3:07:53 PM*** Reason: forgot something
Hench are you sure it was a husky you owned? I'm asking because the things you said sound read or passed on. You make the sibe out to be a "roge" dog. Not doggy...what is that? Huskies are great dogs...and yes they should be researched...but gosh you make them sound horrible. Hard to train??...what are you talking about? They are one of the quickest to train because they are so eager to please and to work. Maybe it was just how you were training. And to say they get worse as they get older...are you serious? My five year old husky is very calm and pleasant.
Echo has been left home several times alone and has never caused damage to my home or anything for that matter. Usually he is waiting where I left him when I get back. And as for puppies...you've got it all wrong. My puppy is being crated now at 19 weeks and is doing great. I've had her for almost four weeks now and she has never went in her crate. She also learns very quickly and now can sit, give paw, lay down, and stop and walk on command while on a leash.
I think your not being fair to the Sibe by assuming they're all like the one you had. I love this breed and would never not have one. And I have cats, two, which eat out of the same bowl as the Sibes, with no problem. Yeah they like to chase them, but the cats like to chase the dog too.
Granted they are dogs that love to prey on smaller animals, run, shed alot, and have a high energy stature,....but it's not as bad as you make it seem. IMO.
I have not one, not two, not even 3, but 4 Siberians.
and they are the most lovable babies in the entire world. My oldest- I really can't speak about the others as 1 is 18 weeks, 1 is 6 weeks and one is a rescue that I got just last week. May I comment that I doubt I will ever breed......the momma that i rescued goes in to be spayed in 2 weeks.
he has never ever destroyed my home. He has never bit anyone including my other dogs, he was extremely easy to train, and other than being mouthy when he doesn't get his way I can tell you he is absolutely PERFECT!
Now I would never let my dogs off a lead but that has alot more to do with him being trusted. I have too many what if's and I care about him way too much to take that chance.
Siberians are not dumb dogs, you tell my boy to go get a toy and he has many and he will bring back the one I ask for. He can open bedroom doors, and I will not go into how loyal he is. Always look down before you walk.
and look around...there are breeders around (that are alot closer) that breed mainly in b&w sibs.
I know its not pleasant hearing negative things about a breed that you love, but people need to know the good and bad about a breed in order to make educated choices. I had a number of huskies, worked in rescue, and belonged to a small group/club of husky owners. Some of the info I gave came from personal experience, a friends experience/ husky owners situations. I'm not badmouthing the breed because I don't like them, I love them, and I wanted to tell what my impressions/experiences have been. I'm not talking about just one dog, although she was my fav. Somewhere in between your optimism and my negatism(is that a word?) is the real Siberian Husky, all is not good, nor is all bad. I like to be the Devils advocate, make people think, make them look a little harder. Sorry to upset you, but just trying to show another view. Sibs are so beautiful its hard for people to imagine they have a dark side.
Every sibe has it's own personality. Just like people. There is a book here in the states "Siberian Huskys for dummies" that is very good. Do you have the "Dummies" series where you are? Best to know "goods" and "bads" and sibes can have really bad "bads".