We just adopted a 4 year old Husky last night. He'a a sweet dog and gets along well with our Shepard mix, but he's only been around one woman and other dogs his entire life and he's quite skiddish. We're wondering if anyone has any advice for what we can do to make him more comfortable. Would you suggest one on one training? He is well behaved and can follow commands. The other questions is... He often pulls on his collar and tries to back out of it when you have him on a leash. I saw a harness at the pet store today and thought that might be something that would work well for him. What do you think?
Not sure of the skiddish thing, but harnesses work great! They take some pressure off of the throat & put it on the chest area. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
if your dog is so skiddish than take him to Petsmart there are alot of other people and their dogs there.It would be a great opportunity for your dog.The people who work there love to give the dogs treats and Im sure your dog will love it I agree with Allie on the harness thing.It would be great! good luck!
a harness would work great. as for the skiddesh thing, take him to a petstore, or a dogpark, somewhere where there is going to be lots of people. and let him get used to seeing lots of people. give him a treat after he passes someone and doesn't get too spooked. good luck
I don't think a harness is a great idea for you. I use one and my dog still pulls a lot. However she is only 10 lb and the harness protects her trachea and the pulling isn't really a problem cuz she's so little, it doesn't bother me. I would try a gentle leader or halti collar, I think they are called. They go around the muzzle and are supposed to be very good. I would use one if my dog had a muzzle, (she is a smoosh-face) so I cant. Another type of leash I used on my old dog was one that went around the neck, then had two straps that went from the neck, down around the front legs, so when she pulled, it kind of stopped her by restricting her front leg motion. That worked very well. Well, good luck, if nothing works, get roller blades!
Thanks for all the advice. I'm still sort of unsure about the harness. This is a Husky and he is pretty good on a leash. The only problem is when someone makes a sudden movement near him he freaks out and backs away and struggles to get away. Any more suggestions for our new family member?
take him to a lot of places with you. training school would be a good idea because he needs to socialize a lot. sounds like he doesn't trust many people and is scared of them. He was either abused or not well socialized. Husky's seem to be a hard breed to train because they are pack dogs and like to be on top. So train train train. Do you have any kids? A nervous dog may be a biting dog so be careful around children.
Debbieniu: i looked for some links on how to socialize a husky and I found this one : http://www.rescueeverydog.org/husky_breed.html - Cached there were many others when i googled socializing huskies, I hope it helps. They are gorgeous dogs and i hope that all goes well with yours. What did you name it? Post pictures of the pup when you can. There was also something else that i was reading about socializing dogs in general and it suggests taking it everywhere you go for at least a year. (this was puppy to one year old but it sounds like some good advise) I hope the poor thing did not have a rough life. Did the shelter offer any info on background was the lady who had it before the first owner?
This dog was apparrently living with a 70 year old woman for his first 2 years. I guess she had a shelter she was running from behind her trailor where she had about 80 dogs caged in chicken wire contraptions. Two years ago he was adopted into a husky program and he hasn't had much experience with people. He's a sweet guy but scared of my husband. He was out in our yard for 2.5 hours trying to get this little guy back in the house. Thanks for some advice. Here's a pick of the guy. http://www.stephen-wright.net/twister4.jpg