ARE SIBERIAN HUSKY GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

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Although the Husky is an incredibly loving breed that gets on well with all ages and other dogs, they are inherently independent in nature. You may not assume this due to them being pack-orientated dogs, but the Siberian Husky is actually extremely happy doing their own thing and do not feel the need to please their owner as much as another breed would. They thrive off attention, but this does not mean that they will listen to your commands. The Husky is known to be generally mischievous – the combination of high intelligence and independence can lead to your dog developing destructive behaviours, bad habits or just general mischief.  Siberian Huskies are incredibly difficult to train. Again, due to their independent mindset, they are not overly eager to please their owner. The powerful breed is mostly best suited to an experienced owner that is able to keep consistent rules and have the time to train this strong-willed dog. Huskies do have an amazing ability to learn because of their high intelligence, but, as an owner, you need to be experienced and prepared to set strict rules and boundaries throughout their training – consistency is key when training this breed. As a first-time dog owner, you also need to consider the amount of exercise a dog that you are looking into getting requires. This is particularly important with the Siberian Husky. They are very high energy dogs with an athletic build, and they require at least two hours of exercise every day. Obviously, it is all dependent on you, your lifestyle, how active you are and whether your dog can fit into this. The Husky could be a great addition to your lifestyle if you can give them this high level of exercise each and every day, but if you know that you can’t exercise them to this extent then you may want to consider looking into a less active breed. As a breed, they were first bred to pull a loaded sledge at a fast pace over very long distances which required high amounts of energy and stamina hence their high requirement of exercise nowadays. They are recognised by the Kennel Club in England as part of the Working Group of dog breeds and this confirms their highly active nature having first being bred to work. Siberian Huskies are impressively powerful and athletic dogs. As they have a lot of energy, they also need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and developing destructive behaviours. In order for them to be a well-rounded and balanced dog, they need plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Leaving your Husky on their own and to their own devices for any length of time can cause them to become bored and eventually develop unwanted and destructive behaviours, including excessive howling and being destructive around the home. They are not dogs that bark that much, but they do love to howl for no apparent reason at all which can be an issue with neighbours. As an owner, you need to make the right decision when getting a dog as it isn’t fair on either you or them if they are not appropriately suited to your lifestyle. Siberian Huskies are extremely curious and inquisitive in nature and these are important traits to be aware of. Their curiosity can sometimes cause them to get into trouble like getting lost or injured. Huskies athletic and agile qualities has led them to be very good escape artists and so you need to have an extremely secure garden with high fencing to stop them from jumping out. They are known for being very good diggers and can make their way out of the garden under the fence or just generally digging up the flower beds. These are all things to consider when considering having a Siberian Husky; they need to be kept busy, physically and mentally.  Overall, the Siberian Husky is much better suited to people who are already familiar with their specific needs, high energy and independent nature. They are a high maintenance breed and can be very demanding which means they need to be handled and trained properly and consistently in order for them to be manageable dogs.

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