Huskies Extraordinaire of Cafitachiqui

The southeastern locale for great Siberian Huskies

Facts To Know

 

Containing Your Pet Is Essential

Siberian Huskies are known escape artists.  As a companion/owner you will need to pay attention to details when planning for a commitment to adding one of these beautiful canines to your family.  The photos shown above are actual photographs of one of our puppies in the process of planning a freedom run.  Sibes begin to dig very early and get more intelligent and more agressive at planning a way to escape containment for at least the first year and a half of their lives.  My husband and I stood by and watched as I took the photos so that I could use them on the website and then we concreted the area where the pups had dug.  Three puppies took part in 

trying to dig the hole.  If you look closely at the fence you can see evidence where the pups had been chewing and pulling on it as well.  Unless you purchase a top quality chain link product for your pet yard a Siberian Husky will be able to chew right through the fencing material regardless of the precautions you take beneath the fence. You will notice that there is a square cow panel installed over the kennel fence.  This is necessary to help contain our wonderful breed. Cow panels are available at most farm and garden supply centers. They average about $20.00 each and are 16 feet in length.

Crate Training, Chewing, Socialization

 

Young puppies should not be separated from mom before 8 weeks.There are important life lessons that the puppies will learn especially within the last two weeks from weeks 6 to 8.  Socialization skills with their litter mates and bite techniques taught by the dam are critical lessons that a young canine needs to learn.  Chewing starts at this stage also and will carry on for about the first year or two of your Sibes maturity.  Read up on the breed and know about its destructive behaviors as well as its need for companionship on a regular basis either from a human or another canine.  All these are important.  Crate training is a good technique making your Sibe a good indoor/outdoor pet. 
 
CRATE TRAINING SHOULD NEVER BE USED FOR THE PUNISHEMENT OF YOUR PET.  It should be accomplished gradually under circumstances of a loving environment. Pets should never be carried home and just locked in a crate.  Your sibe must be trained to see it as a safe and secure resting place.  A crate is a good pet resource if used wisely and can provide a safe haven for your canines.   
Place your pet's food and water in the crate to teach it to go in and out.  You can also throw snacks and toys in the crate to encourage your canine to go in and get them.  Close the door only temporarily while your pet plays or eats a favored snack then let it right back out so it does not begin to become anxious or whine.  Training and care will keep your pet happy and at home. Once your pet has become used to being happy in the crate you can leave your pet secure inside while you are away for short times to ensure the overall safety of your household belongings and furnishings.  Sibes will definitely chew and they can destroy an expensive piece of furniture or a treasured antique in a very short time.  They are only creatures acting out of natural habit and this is something you will need to work through with your pet if you would like to have them in your home.  Also, always ensure that your pet is permitted to take a toilette trip before entering the crate and upon being released from it.  DO NOT feed and give little water to your pet  when planning to leave it in a crate. Of course do not ever leave your pet outside with no water.

 

 

Socializing your pet is also an important part of training.  Siberian Huskies are naturally sociable and great with humans, both adults and children.  Spending time with your new Siberian Husky in training, playing and relaxation is important to building a relationship with your new companion.  However, there are other areas that you might want to work on as well. 

Most people would not initially think about other areas to work on social behaviour but you may want to train your pet to get used to the sound of a lawn mower in the yard or a vacuum cleaner, washer, kitchen mixer or other household items inside the home. This too is part of social training. Sudden noises can make your pet anxious or nervous.  By training your pets to be around the various sounds of your daily life you will help to create socially well-adjusted canine companions.    

 

 

Adding a New Puppy with an Older Sibe

I had an individual ask me a question recently on MySpace about getting a new puppy and how that would work in with an older established Siberian Husky.  She had said she could not find this particular info covered on any website so I decided to address this concern on our website. 

Yes you can have a puppy with an older sibe.  Either sex is fine as they will train the new puppy.  However, there are various things to know.  You would either need to get a puppy older than 8-12 weeks or keep close to the new puppy for a week or two while the older dog becomes adjusted.  A female dog might initially kill a young pup and is more likely to do so than a male dog. She will grab its head in her mouth and shake it and that can break the dog's neck in several places.  That along with the punctures from her teeth can and will kill the puppy. Females, especially those in cycle, pregnant or nursing a litter see the puppy as a threat.  However, they can be good at taking the new one under their care and tutelage for the most part after the pups reach a certain age. 

Males are not as likely to hurt a puppy. If you have had your sibe a while it should also listen and be attentive to you when you provide instruction in bringing in the new puppy.  An older dog often can fit in better but in this case it would be advised to introduce a female companion, not a male as there would be control issues between two older males.

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Vaccinating your Siberian Husky

Cafitachiqui Kennels practices natural techniques as much as possible in the care of our siberian husky family pack.  However there are times when standard veterinary medicine is needed.  One of the most important of these is to provide the necessary vaccinations at the appropriate times in their lives with only the most important vaccines and in different dosage cycles then that practiced by most breeders and vets. Our sibes receive their DHPP and rabies shots at 8-12 weeks. The Siberian Husky is one of the healthiest breeds and many vaccines are often given to canines that the canines simply do not need and that can in some instances even make your new canine companioin ill.  The multiple combo vaccines that are widely available are overkill in most instances. 

Huskies Extraordinaire of Cafitachiqui utilizes the services of two vets in the state of South Carolina.  One is PetMed Mobile which serves the state of South Carolina with a mobile source for standard veterinary vaccinations for your pets.  This service was begun by Dr. Stan Grist.  The standard DHPP is $7.00 and the rabies vaccine is $5.00.  Click the PetMed link to go to their website to learn more about their statewide program.

Our regular vet is Dr. Faulkener of Faulkener Animal Hospital on the Hwy 9 Bypass; 739 Lancaster Bypass East, Lancaster, SC 29720 next to La Chalupa.  Dr. Faulkener has provided quality veterinary care for most of our other needs pertaining to the health and well-being of our canine family. Their office number is 803-286-8131.

You are the caregivier for your canine famly member. You are the one responsible for their health and well-being.  Be certain that you are making the right choices with your family pet because their lives are in your hands.  Vaccinations may be habitually given way too often and in some cases given unnecessarily. In an article written by Jennifer Fiala, new studies suggest that "Veterinarians must promote the value of the exam and move away from their dependence on vaccine income. Emphasize communication, customization and learning the lifestyle of clients to attract patients to the practice."   Go to the link provided here to learn more about some of the controversial issues regarding vaccination practices American Veterinary Medical Association and vaccine use.

Be careful self medicating or providing inappropriate snacks for  your pet.

Human medication is not made for animals.  There may be some which are interchangeable but for the most part a pet owner needs to be carefull when wanting to care for a domesticated animal like a family canine. Some human over-the-counter (OTC) medications can actually be deadly for your pet.  Additionally, certian human foods may prove to be potentially harmfull for the overall health of your canine. 

Never give your canine Tylenol of any form.

Never give your canine Naproxen Sodium (Aleve, Naprosen)

Never give your canine Ibuprofen or any derivitive thereof.

Never give your canine any of your old prescription meds.

Never use Peroxide on your pets' wounds.  Peroxide can actually worsen an existing wound helping to create Hot Spots.

Do not feed your canine grapes, raisins or any form of chocolate. 

 

A Few Safe OTC Items

Your canine can be given Pepto Bismol but not with tetracycline.

Your canine can be given Milk of Magnesia but not with tetracycline.

You can give your canine Benadryl but only in a particular dosage amount by weight.  The recommended dosage would be 10 mg for a canine under 30 lbs, 25 mg for canines 30-50 lbs and 50 mg for canines over 50 lbs. However, I would recommended you check with your personal vet prior to administering any type of medications whether OTC or prescription.

Neosporin Ointment can be used on small wounds but not for deep or puncture wounds. The best thing for open wounds is to keep them clean and dry and prevent your pet from licking the wounds.  Their licking may cause the onset of painful and quick spreading Hot Spots. 

What are Hot Spots? Called by various terms such as Pyoderma, Acute Moist Dermatitis or Moist Eczema these Hot Spots can start off small and spread very quickly in the hot and especially humid climates.  Hot Spots can occur from a small flea or other insect bite or wound and grow into large wet or oozing sore spots on your pets' skin. These can also be the result of staph infections or even allergies. A Hot Spot can start as a result an irritant, itching or soomething which causes inflammation on your canines's skin.  Usually the canine will rub, lick, scratch or chew at the site whcih exacerbates the problem.  In a very short time, as little as one to two hours, sores can develop into more serious problems.  Hot Spots are very tender and painful to your pet.  

List of Popular Canine Registries

 

ACR = American Canine Registry

AKC = American Kennel Club

ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club

APRI = American Pet Registry Inc.

CKC = Canadian Kennel Club

CKC = Continental Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale

KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain

NKC = National Kennel Club

NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club

UKC = United Kennel Club

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