Husky Lovers & Puppy Care

Puppy Care

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Puppies are like babies; they are lively, curious and they teethe.

  • Confine your puppy to a safe area inside and keep doors and windows closed and/or screened securely.
  • Your puppy should not be left unsupervised inside or outside.Puppies will investigate, wander about and possibly get into mischief.
  • Keep your puppy off balconies, upper porches and high decks.
  • Securely store cleaning supplies and other household or lawn chemicals.Make sure you keep these items where your puppy cannot gain access,preferably on high shelves in closets or upper cabinets.
  • Remove poisonous houseplants or place them in hanging baskets out of puppies reach.
  • Keep toilet lids down.Puppies may play or drink in the water,They could be hurt if the lid accidentally fell on them.Toilet bowl cleaners are harmful if swallowed.
  • Unplug,remove or cover any electric cords in your puppy's confinement area.If he chews live wires,the can lead to sever mouth burns,electrocution,or fires.Do not use electric pads or blankets to line your puppy's bed.It is also good idea to cover all electrical outlets with plug covers when not in use.
  • Never give your puppy any medication without consulting your veterinarian first. Keep all medications ,including vitamins, out of puppy's reach.
  • Check to see where your puppy is before closing any doors.Make it a habit to perform a "Puppy check" to make sure your puppy has not been accidentally locked in an unsafe area.
  • Keep all sewing supplies, small hardware supplies and crafts out of your puppy's reach. These things could hurt the puppies mouth or do internal damage if swallowed.They can also be a choking hazard.
  • Small puppies can get tangled in 6-pack beverage holders.Cut the holders apart to prevent this problem.
  • Keep plastic bags away from your puppy.He could get trapped inside and suffocate or he might chew or swallow bits of plastic which could be very harmful to his digestive system.
  • Ribbons around your puppies neck can be very dangerous.If your puppy catches the ribbon on anything, he may choke.He might also chew the ribbon and swallow it, which could result in digestive problems.

Supplies You Will Need for Your New Puppy

Crate: The crate will become your puppies"den",his special place to sleep stay and go to feel safe. A plastic crate is the best. When you put your puppy in his crate for the night or while you are gone, make sure the door locks securely so that your puppy cannot push the door partially open and get his head or paw stuck. When your puppy is completely housebroken and does not chew things, you might place a washable cushion or blanket inside the crate.Give him a safe chew toy while he is crated.For your puppy's safety be sure to remove his collar while crated. The location of the carte should be easy to clean and draft free.Put it near or in the family hub of activity,such as the family room or kitchen.You want your puppy to feel like he is a part of the family. This is his own home and he should feel comfortable there. To train your puppy to his crate, place a treat inside the crate and gently push him in as you give him the command "kennel".Close the door briefly.Once he is calm , praise him.Now let your puppy out of his crate.Repeat this for longer amounts of time,always praising him for going inside. Your puppy should nap in his crate and sleep there overnight.

Collar and Leash

Your puppy's first collar and leash should be made of lightweight nylon.For collar size measure puppies neck and add 2 inches.Check his collar frequently to be sure he does not outgrow it. As you puppy gets older you will need to buy a heavy duty nylon or leather collar and leash with a secure clasp or locking mechanism.

Identification Tag

An identification tag permanently attached to the collar should give puppy's name, your name, address and phone number with area code.This tag can make all the difference in the world in getting your puppy home safely if he strays.

Toys

Good toys:Pig ears, large rawhide chips,nylon chew and large rubber balls. Nyla bones and chew toys. * Bad toys: any toy that is small enough to fit in your puppy's mouth can be a choking hazard. Tug toys are not recommened for interactive play between owner and dog since they can unintentionally enforce aggressive behavior. *People things as toys: shoes and clothes as toys can make your puppy think that all shoes and clothes is fair game!

Behavior Training

As a responsible pet owner,you need to control your pet and discourage inappropriate behavior.Some corrections should begin with a young puppy even before he is leash trained. To redirect inappropriate behavior follow these basic steps: *Get your puppies attention by using a low pitched,serious voice.Say"ahhh!"This will startle him and he will stop what he is doing and look to you for further direction. *Provide an acceptable alternative behavior or distraction. *Praise correct behavior.In an upbeat high pitched voice say"good boy" or "good puppy" and reward him with calm petting or a treat.

Training Tips

Chewing:Puppies usually begin chewing because they are teething.As adults,they may chew when bored or in stressful situations. Giving a puppy ice can help alleviate sore gums associated with teething and plenty of safe chew toys to alleviate boredom. When you catch your puppy in the act of chewing say"NO!" or "ahhh!" and redirect his attention to chewing a safe toy. *Growling, nipping and biting:Most biting dogs begin as growling puppies that were not corrected. Then they tried snapping or nipping and got away with that and so they took their first bite. Because you can never trust a dog that has learned to bite a human,you must prevent this behavior from ever happening.You may be unintentionally reinforcing the behavior by playing rough games like tug-o-war. A puppy may attempt to nip you while playing.He does not understand that his bite is painful.When he bites yell out in pain "ouch",turn away and ingnore.Then slowly resume play. If he continues to nip stop playing.

Training Tips

Let your puppy play first.Otherwise,it is difficult to hold his attention.Keep training sessions short ,5 to 10 minutes daily.Several times a day is more beneficial.This compliments the puppy's short attention span and keeps the sessions enjoyable for you and your puppy. To help establish yourself as leader and one in command,your puppy might benefit from exercises teaching submissiveness.To do this,pick your puppy up and when he stop struggling, roll him over on his back.Rub his tummy calmly and establish your dominance-smile as speak calmly. Here are some tips to help make training your puppy more enjoyable for the both of you: Be patient,Keep showing your puppy what to do until he responds and then praise him.

Never loose your temper with your puppy or hit him.He won't understand why you are angry,nor will he learn from such treatment.Instead, he may fear you. When he responds, praise, pet or give him a treat.

Use puppy treats as rewards to help strengthen the behavior you request.His primary motivation should be to please you, not to receive snack.

Be firm and consistent.Always be sure to use the same tone of voice and the same words when giving a command.

End each training session on a positive note.If your puppy has not mastered a new command, go back to one he can carry out and praise him for doing so.

House breaking

There are three major steps in housebreaking:

  1. PROPER DIET AND SCHEDULING: The key word is consistency.You must be consistent with both food and water time of feeding. A puppy's stomach is sensitive to changes in food,so you should not vary or change his diet during the housebreaking period.By feeding your puppy at the same times each day,you can train his digestive system to become more predictable.He will need to eliminate shortly after each meal.During initial housetraining, remove water 2 to 3 hours before bedtime..
  2. SUPERVISION: After his meal, take him outside to the same spot each time.Stay with him and encourage him by using your happy voice with words such as:"potty time" or "hurry" so that he will associate these words with relieving himself.Reward him with a calm praise or a treat and tell him "good puppy"when he is finished.Then take him inside immediately.Do not extend this period into an outdoor play session or your puppy will become confused about the purpose of the visit. Other times your puppy may need to eliminate are when he wakes up in the morning and after naps, after he finishes playing,after he finishes drinking water and just before bedtime.Use the same door each time you take your puppy outside.He will learn to associate this door with going outside to eliminate and he may scratch or sniff at the door to tell you he needs to eliminate.. Other signs that your puppy is about to eliminate include sniffing the floor,whining, turning in circles or squatting.Take him outside immediately whenever he gives these signals..
  3. ELIMINATION COMMAND: First thing each morning,take him out of his crate,to his elimination spot.Provide encouragement and praise him when he is finished.Then take him back into the house. During housebreaking, when he is out of his crate,he should not have run of the house unless you are there to watch him. A puppy should not be confined to a crate for long periods of time since he will not have bowel or bladder control until he is older.A rule of thumb is to add to his age in months to equal the amount of hours he can be expected to be confined comfortably without eliminating. If you follow the crate method your puppy should be trained in 4 to 6 weeks.Some achieve it sooner,others take up to 6 months,so don't get discouraged if your puppy takes a while.A puppy is only as good as his teacher.Patience and persistence will reward you in the long run.

Feeding

Feed the food specified by the breeder. Your puppy will need to be fed twice daily. For proper feeding program, check the puppy food package for the recommended amounts for various age levels and breeds. If you decide to change your puppy to a different puppy food be sure to do so gradually over a 7 to 10 day period.This will help to avoid digestive upsets.Start by mixing small amounts of new food with his present food.Gradually increase the new food in his bowl while decreasing the old food over a 10 day period.

What Not to Feed Your Puppy

  • Do not feed table scraps
  • Do not feed bones
  • Do not feed cat food or kitten food
  • Do not feed a husky canned food
  • Do not feed candy
  • Do not feed red or green colored treats
  • Do not feed beef or gravy coated dog foods
  • Do not feed milk

Grooming

Huskies will shed twice a year, you will need to brush all the loose hair out with a rake brush. You can get a rake brush at Wal-Mart or pet Stores.If you brush him everyday shedding will not be that bad. You may want to buy a tearless puppy shampoo for your puppy.

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