|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 10:01pm PST |
|A puppy should not have unsupervised access to anything. Crating at night is best, as well as when you are out of the house or just generally can't pay attention to the puppy. This is how you potty train and prevent destructive behaviors like chewing, as well as begin to teach your puppy how to be alone.
Jumping gates, chewing through doors and opening doors are common within the breed. This is a working dog that is not amused by mundane games like fetch. They need mental and physical stimulation EVERY DAY, and if they don't get it, they'll find some of their own. If that means chewing through your basement door, jumping the baby gate in the hall and opening your closet to eat your $300 leather shoes, so be it.
For the most part, if you provide appropriate outlets, this is typically a non-issue. There are some individuals who are just incredibly strong-willed and mischievous, but they are not the norm. The other side of this is, as mentioned with crating, teaching them about being alone and impulse control. If they don't know how to be alone; If they think they get everything they want when they want it - of course they're going to act out. Who wouldn't?
For reference, Fox has jumped caution tape strung about 4 feet high just for fun. We were walking, she noticed it, and she ran over and jumped it. Ember is equally capable, but prefers to go through (failing that, under) things. Yet I can lean a cheap-o Walmart baby gate against a door frame, and they will both respect it. That's the work I've done with them.
As to kids... I don't generally recommend them as "kid friendly." Every breed can be good with kids, and every breed has it's "thing." Huskies are mouthy. They play rough, they are over-dramatic about being touched, and they tend to resource guard. Most that I have met like children on a conditional basis - if the child is respectful, they enjoy their company as with any human. If the child is pushy, they are tolerant at best and prefer to leave. So yeah, you can make it work. It really depends on your children and how much work you're willing to put into the relationship - In general, Huskies are more work than most people want.
FWIW, I would caution anyone with a human toddler against getting a puppy. A puppy means you're bringing another baby home. It's another species, but it requires just as much attention for up to 2 1/2 years (and that's just for emotional/behavioral maturity - with Huskies, the energy level doesn't start to drop until around 5 years). People decide to do it, and many are happy they did, but many more are miserable until the dog is mature and many others give the dog up before it's a year old. It's a HUGE deal, and you have to be sure you're up for it.
You're right that research is imperative, and this topic means you're on the right track... But to be frank, based on the questions you have asked, you have not done enough to be bringing home a Husky in a few weeks. From your post, it sounds like you decided you wanted a Husky, found one and are now researching them, when it should be the other way around. Think about your needs and what you want in a dog, then start looking at what different age groups and breeds have to offer. You can make anything work, but you'll be a whole lot happier if you find a round peg for a round hole, than if you grab the first peg that catches your interest and work on making it fit.
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