(Closed) do we have the wrong breed?? (long vent sorry)

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Huskies are working dogs and require A LOT of exercise. My mom has a Husky who gets walked multiple times a day (by her husband and step-son) as well as is played with outside most of the day and is still a handful sometimes.

Do you guys have a treadmill? Have you thought about training it to run on the treadmill to burn off some energy?

Perhaps you could also look into local dog walkers as well. They could come walk the dog while you are at work or school. It is an extra expense however.

Or perhaps, if you’re like me and love the couch, you could use your dog as an extra push to get motivated to be more active and do nightly walks. There was a period of time where my SO and I did walks several times a week together, and not only was it great time for us to talk about the day, but our dog even walked better with the both of us. Also, as my dog is a puller, I bought her a doggy backpack and put 3 pound handweights on either side of her back in the pockets and not only does it slow her down, but she crashes IMMEDIATELY when we get home. Not to mention the backpack works great for keys, phone, water bottles, and doggy bags! You can find them online at Amazon for pretty cheap.

Just some suggestions. I hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

OH NO! That’s really hard, I am an owner of two (2) huskies and I KNOW how energetic they are. Luckily we have a big enclosed backyard for them to play in and both being hyper they wear each other out.

As much as it sucks, if you do not have time for your husky, it isn’t fair to her if you do not have time to exercise her properly. I would strongly suggest finding her a home where she will have the appropriate exercise for her breed. Husky’s are one of the most hyper-active dogs you could ever have and the NEED exercise.

How old is your husky? Mine are one and two years old. They start calming down around 2, but they still need a good amount of exercise everyday.

Good luck! I know you are in a real dilemma. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I second getting a professional dog walker or roping a friend/relative into spending time with Colby – evening walks are a great start though!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know someone who has three huskies.  I actually wouldn’t call them hyper compared to other dogs I have spent a lot of time with- labs, pugs, boston terriers and cocker spaniels.  They do need to be walked at least once a day, or to run outside in a fenced in yard.  How much exericise does she get- how long do you walk her?

I’m assuming your husky is a puppy?  Puppies require sooo much more work than adult dogs.  It might be more of a puppy thing than a husky thing and she’ll calm down as she gets older.

I would suggest at least checking out some books from the library on the breed and how to train them. 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have two border collies who are extremely high energy. I feel in love with Roxy as an 8 week old pup in the shelter and knew nothing about. Well she turned my life upside down and I absolutely love her for it! I have since given up the gym and I walk at least 4-5 miles everynight and have developed a love for hiking on the weekends. And because of all the excercise we do I adopted an abandoned BC mix and she has completed our little family.

Colby might be the best thing that happens to you. She will never let you be lazy and will always get you moving even if you have a bad day.

There are five nights that you are home. After work walk in your house get changed and take Colby for a walk or to the park. It will be hard at first but after a while you will probably look forward to a nice relaxing walk at the end of a stressful day.

You just have to make the choice as to whether you want this to work. But I have found when you put 100% into a working dog you get 200% back.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I 100% agree with Roxy821, it would be a fantastic alternative than finding a home for your husky.

After all, once you find a home for your husky it might not be their last home. They say most huskies go to 2 or 3 homes before settling in because people don’t know how to deal with them. You don’t want Colby to be past from one family to another, who knows who she will end up with.

As from what Roxy said, I was kind of lazy before my dogs and I’m out walking and hiking and doing everything I can with them. I really really really enjoy the walks it’s so stress relieving and it’s relieving to know my dog is relieving her stress as well because they look forward to their walks. There are other alternatives and night walks sound like that would be a good way to exercise her.

I hope you find a solution, Colby will calm down you just have to pay your dues first. lol ๐Ÿ™‚

But ultimately it is what you think is best for your pet.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

How old is your Husky?  I think that does play a lot into the energy level. 

I think you guys need to think about if you are willing to make time for ANY dog.  It sounds like you do have a lot on your plate, but like anything you have to make time.  Even if you get a lap dog or other breed, you are still going to have to go through training and walking. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Huskies are high-energy dogs. I love the suggestion above to give her a doggie backpack with weights in it. Here’s another idea: our neighbors have a big boxer with heaps of energy, and they also don’t have time to go for long walks or take her to the dog park every day. They don’t even have a fenced yard. So, every day, they walk across the street to the high school, take the dog off-leash in a grassy area, and spend about 15-20 minutes throwing a frisbee or a chuck-it around for the dog to chase. She’s sprinting hard for the entire time they’re out there, and comes home and collapses to nap for the entire evening.

Another idea espoused by Cesar Milan (the dog whisperer on TV) is to buy a pair of rollerblades and learn to use them. A few minutes with your dog running by your side while you zoom around on wheels will tire her out much faster, so you won’t have to dedicate an hour or more to walking her every day.

You’re smart to be asking about this now, because if you don’t start getting your husky the exercise she needs, she’s going to devolve into behaviors that will seriously make you want to get rid of her. Incessant barking, destroying the house, these are all things that a dog does when it needs an outlet for its energy.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

definitely get a dog walker. mine is only $10 for 15 minutes, but i’m in a big city so you might be able to find cheaper. doggy day care is GREAT too, but a little more expensive.

do you take her to dog parks? my dog is always exhausted after we go, and if we go a few days without taking him he gets a little crazy.

if you don’t have time to take her own walks or to the dog park or can’t afford to take care of her, you should reevaluate the situation. it’s not fair to her to be cooped up inside all day and ignored when she wants to play.

ETA: okay, if she’s only 1 year old she’ll definitely grow out of a lot of this behavior eventually. just stick it out! some breeds stay in the “puppy stage” longer than others.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know much about huskies, but like Roxy821 I have a Border Collie baby and I know if I don’t get my buns off the couch and walk or run him around a bit then I’m going to pay for it in other ways. I work part- time, go to school online full-time, have a 4 year old, a cat, and a dalmation/cocker spaniel mix. Oh, and my Fiance is out of state for work, but I make sure I get up and wear my bc down or I’m not resting for a minute (and neither is the cat, they are best friends but that herding instinct is strong). Even if I can’t get outside with him I’ll bounce a tennis ball around the house for him to chase or grab a favorite toy and have him chase me around.

Trust me, at first we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into and thought about finding him a new home, but when I looked at his little baby face I couldn’t do it. Most border collies end up in shelters because people don’t realize how much work they are and the thought of them putting him to sleep broke my heart.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m sorry to hear you are in this position, having a dog with a lot of energy is difficult. I agree whole heartedly with the PPs, exercise for your dog is probably the #1 solution. I am ridiculously lucky that my in-laws (who are semi-retired) come by at least 4 times a week to take my dog to go hiking, swimming/playing at the dog park and take her for long walks. Without them our lab would probably be out of control. I also agree with the @LittlestBirds who said to get the husky to do some sprinting if he’s into it. I know my lab will only play that game for a little bit before getting really bored. 

One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is food toys. We have a variety of them to keep our dog active and engaged in the home. We use treat balls from Planet Dog, a spinner thing from Busy Buddy, Linkables Trio Dog Puzzle, and on occasion we’ll use her Kongs (though they’re usually too easy unless we freeze them or put Peanut butter in them which ends up being a mess) Nina Ottosson also has AMAZING toys that are more expensive but really cool. We put a portion of our dogs daily meal into these toys, sometimes hide them around the house so she has to “go find” them and it keeps her pretty busy for a bit. She’s mastered most of them, so it takes her less time now that she’s older but it’s a good way to keep her occupied and make her work for her food. 

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As has already been said, and I think you know, yes, it is a very excitable breed. I have an Australian Shepherd, and sometimes I feel the same way you do. If your dog is an inside dog, it will have more pent-up energy. Its also important to realize, as someone else also said, is that dogs can change 180 degrees in personality once they hit two. I guess before then, they are exploring their instincts. For example, you can have an Aussie that will be aggressive and try to herd everything in sight, and then when it hits 2, it only wants to sleep and eat for the rest of its life. You just have to make it through the puppy stages. Good luck!

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