|Barked: Tue Feb 19, '13 6:13pm PST |
|Well sure, huskies have their issues, but bomb-proof as originally described "Meaning, least likely to become anxious, fearful, or aggressive towards strangers, cars, kids, and other dogs"
Kale and Teeko aren't fazed by kids. Kale is especially gentle and approachable, being older.
They can get excited about seeing other dogs on walks, large or small, but it's a different excitement than seeing a squirrel. Kale supposedly gets along with cats even, although I haven't personally seen it, my daughter has.
And after a day at the dog park last week where one adult brought in 3 small dogs, 3 young children, and scooters and a tricycle for the kids, into the big dog side of the park, and no problem... Better than being no problem, they all played well with the small dogs.
They need nice long walks or a dog park visit every day. I rarely walk them less than 90 minutes in the morning, or spend less than an hour at the park with them running around. Before Teeko came along, shorter evening walks were a must also, but now the two younger dogs play enough to wind down in the evening. They're not always "on". Ace is more "on" than the other two, but I think her husky is mixed with Belgian Malinois and/or GSD. She's the one more likely to get bored than the huskies.
That said, I know they're not for everyone, and too many wind up in shelters because people don't know what they're getting into. I don't consider the huskies we have to be annoyingly noisy - my mix is more likely to be making the noise unless it's over food. They can dig out of a fenced yard. We've experienced that. But it's rare because they're not left alone a lot. And we fixed the most diggable spot. Notoriously difficult to train for recall. I don't take them to any open areas off-leash.
There was also a recent story in the news about a loose husky who jumped in someone's backseat and started eating their pizza, and the owners of the car and demolished pizza were intimidated out of getting the husky out of the car and had to call the cops. Me, I think if they'd handed over the breadsticks, everything would have been fine.
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