To live and learn, that is the message today. Remember when you were a teen? The whole world was out there and you wanted to figure it out. You might have made some bad choices, or good ones. You needed a role model if you will to help you figure out what is right and what is wrong.
The same goes for a husky except you are the role model.
That is called learning about life. It is also what a puppy does in those first few months of his or her life. Good and bad are stamped upon their little brains. They grow so fast, not only physically but mentally that first year.
Begin training as soon as you can. At 8 Weeks old a husky can do more than what you might think. They are not frail by any means.
Remember that they are learning and growing approximately 7 years in our time during their first year. You have an open book to mold them into your life. Don’t waste it because they seem sweet. That will change when the equivalent teen years arrive.
What you get in the end will be a product of the work you put in that first year. You will work hard but the rewards will be equal to what you give.
Cooper and I walked and estimated 1000 miles together his first year. And to this day he is the best dog I have as far as following commands and taking his job seriously. On a walk or on a bike he is all business and that is because I worked with him.
He is well-rounded and socialized, and I think it is because I spent so much time and did the work. You have to work hard to get the results you want. The husky is not a robot, they require your time and knowledge.
When you take on the responsibility of husky ownership, it comes with a long list of things you need to do, and more importantly “LEARN.”
How can you teach if you don’t know your subject?
First you have to learn the breed, for without that you are lost. Study the history, study how they came to be and why they do certain common husky things. If you don’t know that, you can’t help but be behind and left guessing.
Husky groups are great for asking questions. But keep in mind not all huskies are the same. They are a product of the unique environment they live in. Some live in apartments, some on farms, some in Alaska.
Some only are only working dogs, some are pets, some are both. Do not judge someone when you have not walked in their shoes or live in their home!
Offer your advice and let them decide what is best for them.
And for those of you seeking advice, use your knowledge of your own dog to decide what is best.
It’s your dog and your family. You are his/her leader. It’s up to you to do the best you can… no matter what anyone else tells you.