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Old 03-09-2009, 11:53 PM
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my family and i are the proud owners of a husky (atleast we think hes a husky, he weighs about 54 lbs and is large for a husky and we got him from an animal shelter where they said hes a pure bred husky) anyway, tonight he nearly ran away, my father an i heard him barking, looked outside and he broke his collar and was chasing another dog...i got to him in time and we coerced him inside (we have a cable cuz our yard isnt fully fenced in) and my girlfriend said she heard that this is normal for huskies to do if they are on a cable, to find some way to break it or their collar and run away. i wasnt totally sure about this, i just figured that he just saw the other dog and was excited, i never did catch the other dog though....i hope its ok lol
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:58 PM
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yes...huskies are notorious for being excape artists.

It is important that all the dogs needs are met so he wont feel the need to entertain himself.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:21 AM
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Huskies are not only known escape artists, but have a very strong drive to RUN. Any knowledgeable husky owner will tell you NEVER to trust your dog off leash, and to make sure they're properly confined/leashed when outside.

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:07 AM
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Don't even worry about a fence, few fences can hold huskies Supervise him while he's outside. Huskies can be large. It's not standard, but Backyard breeding can produce them in many different forms...

If he decides to run, or gets away while nobody notices, you may never see him again-- especially if he's still new to your house, neighborhood, etc.

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Old 03-10-2009, 08:35 AM
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And as you've also discovered, a lot of huskies have a pretty powerful prey drive....which means it's doubly important to keep him contained properly. If he catches sight of another animal, he's going to want to chase it. And it most likely won't end well for the other animal if he does catch it.

Invest in a nice sturdy collar - none of the cheapie Wal-mart collars that break so easily - and a strong tether for him to be safely contained on when he goes outside.

Or, somewhere on the forum (search for kennels) is an excellent post for building an outdoor kennel that is covered to prevent escapes. You'll also need to make provisions to ensure that he cannot dig out as well. Huskies love to dig too.

Oh - have you discovered how vocal Husky's can be yet? They really can be a challenging breed, but most husky owners that have survived the trials and tribulations that come with the breed will tell you they're worth it.

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:44 PM
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yes i have found how vocal he is lol, he likes to 'talk back' to me sometimes, i can make noises at him and hell almost mimic it sometimes.

and yes i know that if he escapes theres a good chance i may not find him, hes from a shelter cuz he ran away in the first place, we have him on a sturdy tether and now he has a more sturdy collar so it shouldnt break again. i have found about his pull the hard way when i decided to go for a runwith him and i got shin splints from him pulling me so much lol, but it was worth it for him to be happy.

yes i have found that he is a quite difficult dog sometimes. he is smart, no doubt about it, but after he learns a trick, he gets bored and doesnt want to pay attention anymore. the dog we had before him was a white shepherd mix, and she was a cake walk to train compared to him sometimes lol. he has so much energy that its hard to get him to focus even on playing.
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