Today, we’re going to talk about huskies. I suppose I didn’t need to say that if you’ve already read the title of the article. It makes it pretty obvious. So let’s move on.
You may think of huskies in a number of ways.
As the most wolf-like dog around. For their beautiful blue eyes.
For starring in that one movie with Cuba Gooding Jr. Probably that one.
However, there may be some things you didn’t know about the noble husky.
For example, did you know that huskies can file your tax returns if properly taught? OK, I made that up, but it’d be a pretty awesome trick. I definitely could have used that a few weeks ago.
So maybe you are already convinced.
Maybe the door to door husky salesman has convinced you to grab one of the little blue-eyed fuzzballs.
Well, there may be a few things you need to know before you commit to this new pup.
Also, why would you get one from a door to door husky salesman? And why would there even be a door to door husky salesman?
Let’s take a look at 7 things you should know before bringing home a husky companion.
1. Huskies Love To Exercise
If you’re more of a couch potato, huskies may not be the best fit.
Of course, if you were really that lazy you wouldn’t have gotten past the intro of this article.
So I can give you credit there.
Huskies will do everything in their power to get you off the couch, out of bed, and out of your favorite armchair after a long day at work.
Their love of exercise is one of the many reasons you always see them pulling sleds.
So I suppose if you really aren’t in the mood to exercise but your husky is putting the pressure on you, you can always take the good old sled out for a run. But maybe not in summer. Trust me on that one.
2. Your Husky is Going To Love Adventure (Maybe Too Much)
Huskies are great adventurers. As we went over in the last section, they’re not content sitting around all day, waiting for you to give them treats (although I’m sure they’d appreciate the treat part).
They want to see the world outside. They want to go where the people go (I’d keep quoting that song but I’m worried I will get sued. And I’d prefer not to).
However, this love of the world beyond the backyard can be a double-edged sword.
While you may find their ambitious spirit charming, they will do everything in their power to escape from your backyard.
No matter if you have a fence, motion sensors, or full moat around your house, they will do everything they can to escape.
This is another good reason to keep your husky well-exercised, as you may be able to curb their adventurous nature.
For a little bit at least.
3. Your Husky Can Get Bored Pretty Easily
We live in a world of constant entertainment.
Considering phones have gone from actual, you know, phones, to being mini televisions, radios, and game devices, we can be entertained non-stop from morning until bedtime.
Unless your battery dies, which is always a pain.
I’m getting off track, so let me get back to the point here.
Huskies don’t have the luxury of this constant entertainment. So they can get bored.
Like sitting in the theater watching Godfather 3 bored. (Heyo!)
Simple things like this can really help::
However, huskies aren’t really like humans when it comes to being bored.
When a human is bored, they post in on social media about how bored they are and hope somebody notices.
When a husky gets bored, they can be a bit…destructive.
In other words, if you want to try and keep your couch, lamps, and commemorative plates from being destroyed, keep your husky active.
4. Huskies Shed (A Lot)
Do you love petting a dog and inadvertently grabbing a large chunk of hair?
Do you like finding that your couch that used to be black is now a shiny gray?
Do you love keeping your vacuum busy? Really?
Then a husky may be right for you!
Seriously though, your husky will shed a ton.
You may love that beautiful thick fur, but you may love it less when it’s all over your house.
Unless you just got a new vacuum and are excited to try it out.
In which case I’d say go for it.
No judgment on your hobbies here.
5. Give Your Husky A Purpose
As they are animals that enjoy exercise and adventure, you’d expect huskies to have quite the ambition as well.
Well, your prediction would be totally correct.
Man, the more I learn about huskies the more I learn that we have nothing in common.
I don’t think I’ve left the house in two days.
Is that getting too personal?
There’s a reason you see huskies pulling sleds so often – they really do enjoy it!
This is not a dog breed that just wants to steal your food and pose for the million pictures you’re going to take.
Your husky will want to give you a hand whenever possible.
This is one of the many reasons that taking them on jogs is so important, as it makes them feel as though they are doing something.
And, if you’re to put a little backpack on your husky to make them feel especially helpful, go for it.
Just send me some pictures because that sounds really adorable.
6. They’re Not Great Listeners
Now, when you read that title you may think something a bit different than what I mean.
You may think that means huskies won’t listen as you tell them all about your day and how Sharon from work is gossiping again and Frank stole your lunch from the refrigerator. DARN YOU FRANK!
What I’m actually talking about is the fact that they’re more like having a rebellious teenager.
So any teenager is what I’m trying to say.
In other words, your husky will not always listen to you.
You will really need to be a great leader with your husky if you want it to listen to you.
Your husky won’t respond to guilting or passive aggressiveness.
You’ll need to be direct and in command if you want them to behave.
7. They’re Noisy
Now, this might be a bit of a make or break for you. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like a neighbor that hosts loud parties, your alarm clock in the morning, or that heavy metal band that practices in the apartment under yours (how rude!) a husky may not be the best dog for you.
If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like a neighbor that hosts loud parties, your alarm clock in the morning, or that heavy metal band that practices in the apartment under yours (how rude!) a husky may not be the best dog for you.
If your husky is left alone and hasn’t had much interaction, it will howl.
And you will hear it. No matter where you are.
While this isn’t ideal, it is a trait that can be changed with the proper amount of effort.
And no, I don’t mean installing a soundproof barrier in your room.
Keeping your husky entertained and exercised will help keep it from getting bored, meaning it won’t feel the urge to howl about how bored it is to the neighbors.
What Have We Learned About Our Husky Today?
We’ve learned a lot about huskies today.
So let’s go over everything. Which is kind of the point of a conclusion.
So I guess I don’t need to put this intro in at all, huh?
Well, I’ll just take it out later (Note to self: take that out later).
First and foremost, your husky will love to exercise.
A snow storm isn’t enough to keep them from running around outside.
In fact, they’ll enjoy that quite a bit.
Keeping your husky exercised will not only avert some potential problems, but you’ll make your pup much happier.
And you can’t put a price tag on that, can you?
Well, outside of the price of treats.
Along with this athletic quality, they will want to go on adventures.
Whether you want them to or not. Just make sure they’re not able to break out and go on their own solo adventure.
Just because you trust your beloved furry friend doesn’t mean they won’t get into some trouble.
In fact, their love of adventure may come from the fact that they are so easily bored.
Keeping them occupied with plenty of walks and even just playing a nice game of fetch with them will keep them happy and fight off boredom.
Something else you should be aware of for your sake (and the sake of your furniture and carpets) is that fact that your husky will shed quite a bit.
If you don’t have the extra time to keep your vacuum at work, a husky may not be the best breed for you.
Your husky will also want an overall feeling of purpose, whether that’s going for a fast run or even carrying something around for you.
You’ll want to take command with your husky.
Because they’re not the greatest listeners, you will need to use plenty of positive, but direct, training to make sure you don’t raise too much of a rebel.
Finally, your huskies’ boredom can lead to some pretty loud howling.
Like many other potential issues, keeping your new pup occupied will keep it from showing the entire neighborhood it’s beautiful voice.
Huskies are great dogs.
They are adorable, adventurous, and great companions.
It’s no wonder you want one, but you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the responsibilities of taking care of a husky.
As long as you’re able to put in the playtime, physical effort, and cleanup, this blue eyed friend is perfect for you.