CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!! That is really really young!!! I would advise you to (1) go get a crate and a book on training dogs. and (2) personal message "huskyseehuskydo" she has allot of huskies and knows allot about them!!!! My dog is an Alaskan Malamute....people think they are the same...but not at all... GOOD LUCK.. Hopefully you have allot of time... and patients
I have 5 Siberian Huskies. I would train it first on a leash- they like to pull and run. I hope you are very active. Huskies are very active dogs. They get bored very easily and will destroy things if they are. They are diggers and will dig holes just for the fun of it. I have my dogs on the electronic collars - it does work for them if you train them correctly on it. It would also be very helpful to have a fenced in yard. They are also escape artists- I knew of a Husky to scale a 6 foot high stockade fence. Huskies do not come when called but they will come if they see the point of it though. Huskies are very sociable dogs (not watchdogs though) - they love people- they love it when visitors come to the house- (that means extra attention for them) they are also the biggest babies. Huskies need alot of attention - they are like a forever 2 year old. They need to be under control all the time. They will take off and run and run. They are not good with farm animals and/or cats unless they are brought up with them as a puppy. Huskies do not require alot of food - they will only eat when hungry. Enjoy your Husky as they are really wonderful dogs. Beware of the potato chip syndrome - you can not just have one. I am living proof of it.
I am posting this on this thread as well so you don't miss it....
What is already posted is great info. I agree 7 wks is too young, esp. since you said you'd get him/her in a few weeks. Christmas is NOT the time to get to know your pup. There is WAY too much going on for the poor thing to take in. I would request that the breeder keep the pup until after Christmas. Most reputable breeders actually avoid having Christmas litters for this very reason.
You must, MUST, MUST be a very strong pack leader for this breed. I cannot stress this enough! A Sibe pup is not a good choice for a first time dog owner. If you had to have a Sibe, I would suggest adopting an older one. Since it sounds like its a done deal, PLEASE PM some of the long-time Husky owners on the forum for any and ALL questions. You are welcome to PM me anytime, I know Wiley offered as well.
If you can, spend some time with a Sibe (maybe you can hang out at the breeders?) before and after you get your pup. Oh, and have you seen the movie Eight Below? They really do all of that times 10. They can and will kill, and eat small animals. Everest caught and killed a hawk once. I would not have believed it if I hadn't saw it with my own eyes!
Having a Husky looks glamorous in the movies, but really, even as a future breeder and having done rescue work this breed IS NOT for everyone. I really don't mean to bum you out, but you gotta know. I would hate to see your pup end up in the shelter for people like me & Wiley to rehabilitate.
Please read "Cesar's Way" by Cesar Millan. It is good info at it's core, and will give you an idea of how to become a better pack leader. Siberian Huskies are the only breed that have ALL of the social cues that Wolves do, including the 'long stare'. They will try to pull that one over on you very young, so be ready. Some other great books are by Stanley Coren. "How Dogs Think" and "How to Speak Dog". You don't have to be an expert, but you do have to know the basics of dog psyhcology(sp?).
That's all I can think of for now, but there's tons more...
Wow! you have chosen a wonderful dog ! I used to have a huskey, they make teriffic pets. I would advise you to start him or her off on a good leash first of all. They are very strong dogs and as you know dogs are pack animals. You must become his leader so to speak. They learn very quickly. A lot of TLC goes a long way with any breed of dog. Training is so important for any breed of dog.Just the basic training goes a long way. I know you are going to enjoy him as a pet.
I hope the person named huskyseehuskydo reads this. I have a 5 month old Siberian Husky that has a real biting problem and it is not in a playful way. In fact, it is getting more aggressive. I took her to a training school and they said she is untrainable and not a safe dog. I don't know what to do. She has tons of toys and bones to chew on but that is not working. I have tried everything to solve this problem and I am totally lost on what to do. I would hate to get rid of her because I do love her but this is getting ridiculous. I had a Siberian Husky before her and she was the a real sweetie, like Huskies are suppose to be. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I got her when she was 6.5 weeks old. I thought that was a little young especially since when I got my sweet baby Sasha (who past away) was over 8 weeks. The breeder said she was okay to leave the nest.
ok the first thing is calm down, if you are wild most likely he/she will follow your example!!! and another is it a puppy so concragalations!!! you might want to get a cage BEFORE you get him/her, trust me from expereance!!!! and one more thing is GOOD LUCK!!!!