Bringing Home Siberian
Before you decide to take a puppy home, our puppies have a special message for you...
"We are forever dogs.
We are not "until you get bored with us" dogs.
We are not "until you find a girlfriend/boyfriend" dogs.
We are not "until you have a baby" dogs.
We are not "until we get old" dogs.
We are not "until you have to move" dogs.
We are not "until you get a new puppy" dogs.
We are forever dogs, and if you can't promise us forever, then we are not your dogs!"
BRINGING HOME SIBERIAN
You've got the toys. You've got the bowls. You've got the leash and the cute collar. This is the straight-up advice you need when you bring home your brand new husky puppy. It is our hope that you will use this information to make the transition of your new family member easier on both you and your puppy.
You absolutely, positively cannot own one of these dogs and not have a sense of humor.
Do's and Do Nots
There are MANY important things you must remember when you bring home a new husky. When we see you at pick-up, we will try to remind you of as many as we can. Usually, however, new owners soon forget (or sometimes don't listen because they are caught up in their new cute bundle of fur) while we are going over it, and as a result, their puppy experience isn't as pleasurable as they thought it would be for at least the first few weeks. Most of these pointers should be common sense to you. Hopefully these pointers will help ease the transition for your puppy from our house to yours.
The 5 most important things to DO when getting a husky....
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH - This breed isn't for everyone. I cannot stress this enough. Even with research, there will still be surprises. There are many great resources out there. For first time husky owners, we HIGHLY recommend Siberian Huskies for Dummies by Diane Morgan. It not only gives a good background on the breed itself, it also contains helpful tricks and tips in training. The information is presented in a very interesting and entertaining way that makes it fun to read. It is also very affordable. Click HERE to check it out on Amazon. It is well worth the money spent and time to read!
2. USE COMMON SENSE - If it's bad for you, then it is probably bad for your puppy. If it's expensive, don't leave it down to be a chew toy. Seriously. You'd be surprised of all the stuff we've heard people telling us that their puppy destroyed, ate, or shredded. Do you prize your PS4 or Xbox One controllers? Keep them up. They apparently taste really good! (I've had to buy 2 extra PS3 controllers.)
3. LISTEN TO YOUR BREEDER - Even if it isn't us, and we are by no means claiming to be experts. Your breeder should be a valuable resource for information and advice on how to best take care of your puppy. Most of us have been around this breed for a long time and can give you some helpful information as well as a shoulder to cry on if your new puppy eats your favorite pair of $200 Nike's. (Although we will laugh at you for leaving them within reach in the first place ) Got common sense?
4. MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN THE HOME AGREES TO BRINGING HOME A NEW PUPPY - A little common sense goes a long way! If you have children, make sure they understand their duties and your expectations involved in bringing home a new puppy. Agree on how you are going to train your new family member. If everyone is on the same page, then the transition of your new family member will go much smoother. If you expect your children to do most of the work regarding clean up & training, and then they don't, please don't complain to me. YOU are the parent, and that is your job to correct. You are making the decision as a parent to bring that puppy into your home. If you aren't sure that your children will take care of a new puppy once the new wears off, then you do not need said puppy. A puppy should be a lifetime commitment, and should NEVER EVER be considered a toy to be discarded at the pound after a couple of weeks.
5. BE CONSISTENT - BE CONSISTENT - BE CONSISTENT - BE CONSISTENT - Siberians need structure and consistency in all training; behavioral as well as housebreaking. If you try something for one week, and then switch because the puppy is looking at you like you're crazy, and then switch again to something else after another week; your puppy is going to be confused, and you're going to be frustrated. Siberians are highly trainable, you just have to make them see the point. If you are trying to get your point across 6 different ways, it isn't going to work, and will only cause you and your puppy more headache - YOU more than your puppy. A Siberian will decide quickly that you are an idiot and will treat you accordingly.
If Siberians don't see the point during training, here's what you get.
DO love your puppy! Pet and praise him or her often, and make sure you play. It helps them bond with you and become your new best buddy.
DO puppy proof your house. Everything to hip level is now within their reach, and believe me, those cute little puppies can climb up onto the couch, and use the throw pillows to reach whatever goodies you have stashed on the back of it. If you don't want them to have it, don't leave it within reach....especially electrical cords! A bored puppy will wreak total chaos on your home. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
DO provide an area (if inside) for your puppy to go potty. Provide potty breaks often. Puppies usually have to go potty when they first wake up, and after they eat. If you stick to a schedule, it will make house breaking a lot easier.
***DO remember that puppies stress when they go to their new homes, and will have accidents because they are uncertain of where they can or can't go. BE PATIENT!
DO let sleeping puppies lay. They are babies, and sleep is necessary for proper growth and development. During the first few nights home, they get homesick for siblings and mama. Providing them with something that mimics a heartbeat like a clock and a warm water bottle wrapped in a fuzzy towel will help them relax. During the first few weeks, they twitch a lot in their sleep. Sometimes their legs will twitch like they are running. They will also whimper and whine, and even wake themselves doing it. This is NORMAL. Their brains are still establishing nerve connections and the twitching you see is due to their brains sending electrical pulses to their bodies. It's almost like REM (rapid eye movement) sleep for humans. Don't panic, just sit back and smile at how cute and funny it is! Puppies sleep 15 - 18 hours per day because they are babies. (Not all at once.)
DO stick to the worming and vaccination schedule for your new companion. We've already started them on a wormer and vaccination schedule. Continuing it will help your puppy grow into a happy, healthy adult. DO NOT contact me after 2 months complaining that your puppy has worms. All it takes for a reinfestation is them licking their muddy paws to clean them after playing in your yard. Many kinds of worm eggs (like hookworms) live in the soil and can be viable for years. Owners don't really know whether their yard has them or not. We worm our puppies and have a fecal float performed on the litter before they leave. We use Safe-Guard to worm our puppies every week. We do our best to clean them out, but no fecal check is 100% fool proof, as any good veterinarian will tell you. Puppies have worms, it's pretty much a fact of life even when the mother is wormed. While we do the best we possibly can while they are here. Don't panic - a heartworm guard will take care of other worms just like heartworms. If you have them on preventative, it isn't something you should really stress over.
DO put your puppy on a good heartworm preventative year round when they are old enough. It will eliminate the need to worm your husky with other medicines. We recommend Revolution.
DO put your puppy on proper flea and tick preventative. Although they have a double coat, it is still possible for your husky to contract these pesky little critters - especially puppies. We use Revolution, a once a month preventative given between the shoulder blades. It takes care of fleas, ticks, mites, and heartworms. We normally give our puppies at least one treatment before they leave. If you choose to go with a different brand, that's fine, but wait a month before you treat the puppy again. Do NOT mix and match treatments! You could make your puppy very sick!
DO begin basic behavior training as soon as you get him or her home. It is important that your new puppy understands the rules of his or her new home, and accept that you are pack leader. Huskies who don't have rules to follow will usually take over their new home and run it as they see fit. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON SIBERIAN PUPPIES ARE RETURNED OR SURRENDERED TO SHELTERS!!
DO associate the crate (if kept inside) with something positive like a treat. Otherwise they will see it as punishment and grow to resent it. Try freezing peanut butter in a toy Kong and giving it to them when you put them up for the night. It takes them a long time to get it out, and when they do, they normally fall asleep.
DO understand that your puppy is intelligent and will use his or her intelligence for their own free will if not properly exercised and entertained. (You have been warned!)
DO NOT change the diet of your puppy from one food to another without gradually transitioning it. It WILL cause diarrhea and will take time to correct. Siberians have finicky appetites and sensitive tummies. I cannot stress this enough. If you don't like the puppy food we feed our babies, you are welcome to change it to something else, but do it gradually and mix the new food in with the food they are used to. It helps the puppies tolerate the change a LOT better. (A lady I thought would be a good home had actually changed the food on her puppy 5 times in 6 weeks!!! Can you imagine the runny poop he had? )
Sometimes the pups will have diarrhea just from changing homes. Give your puppy time. It isn't anything to panic over. (You'd be surprised that a lot do) Things like plain rice, plain pumpkin, yogurt with live cultures, and boiled chicken (not all of these in one meal) can help settle sensitive tummies.
(First time husky owners) DO NOT stress out over every little thing your puppy does or doesn't do. Be patient with him or her. If you are stressed and unhappy, your puppy will pick up on it and react accordingly. They can sense when their owners are uncertain. We are happy to act as a resource and give advice, but PLEASE remember to relax and have fun. If you can't relax, neither can your puppy. Your dog will grow up to be nervous and over-hesitant.
DO NOT take your brand new puppy to doggie parks, rest areas along the interstate, or any other place where you are unsure of who's dog has what. You don't know how other animals that pass through these areas are treated and cared for. Even vaccinated puppies can catch something. If you have gotten your puppy and done this on the way home, your health guarantee automatically becomes NULL & VOID. We are not responsible for what everyone else's dog has. (I don't care how long of a drive you have - bring towels and newspapers.) DO take them once their vaccinations are COMPLETE...it can be an enjoyable experience.
DO NOT give your puppy a bath every other day. Their skin is sensitive, and can get dry and flaky. The oils on their skin help keep their fur (and skin) healthy. If you must bathe your puppy once a week, get a gentle puppy shampoo with oatmeal in it. All dogs have an odor whether clean or not.
DO NOT leave them home alone for more than 8 hours a day in a crate. They can get bored and self-destructive, or worse, run rampant through your house destroying things when you finally let them out. If you are gone from home that long and leave your puppy in a crate, then you really don't need a one. Siberians have too big of an exercise requirement to be cooped up like that all day. Try a smaller breed that can adapt better.
DO NOT hit or smack your puppy on the nose when you are training a Siberian puppy. They do not respond well to this treatment as a labrador might, and will cease to view you with respect. We understand that sometimes people will react before they think, but puppies do not understand this. It can be difficult to re-establish this trust if you slip up.
DO NOT SHAVE YOUR SIBERIAN. Yes, they are double coated. Yes, summer is hot. However, if you shave your dog, you they will be even more likely to get heatstroke. Their fur serves a purpose!
If you tell me on your puppy application you plan on shaving your puppy, I will most likely turn you down. Don't disgrace a husky that way unless it's medically necessary.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE A CHOKE COLLAR ON YOUR DOG AND USE IT WHEN YOU ARE PUNISHING YOUR PUPPY/DOG. That's ABUSE, and unfortunately, one of our previous puppies - now our rescue - has had this done to him. If you plan on using one of those horrid collars with the double prongs poking into their necks use it on yourself (arm, leg, whatever), and see how it feels. If you still decide to use one, don't contact me for a puppy. (I belive there's a special place in Hell for whoever designed that instrument of torture.) Those things HURT!!!!!
DO NOT chase your puppy to his/her crate or "safe area" to continue punishment if they have done something to upset you. You are asking for trouble...seriously. Their "fight or flight" response can kick in and result in some bad consequences. DO NOT CORNER ANY ANIMAL, NOT JUST A SIBERIAN!
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