Husky Advice

We’ve been in and around the breed for 13 years now and have picked up few things along the way. We don’t breed huskies but do put alot back into the husky community. Guy has been on the Siberian Husky Club of GB committee forĀ 8 years, resigning from the post of Vice Chairman in 2009, but remaining on the committee. We have run the very successful SHCGB website, helping lots of people across the breed.

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15 thoughts on “Husky Advice

  1. dal

    could you please give me a bit of advice on how to stop my 18month old male sib leg humping my wife..we think that its now become a habit,because he has learned that if he does enought we take him out for a walk.have tryed to talk to the person we had him from?would have said breeder but that would be an insult to real breeders..but have found out through time that her site says life time of help given.but thats only till money banked..if you have any ideas or no of any one in the west midlands area we could talk to that would be great.thanks dal

  2. Guy Redwood

    Hi Dal
    You should consider putting in a complaint to trading standards if the breeder of the website has false information on it – i.e. ‘a lifetime of support’.

    If the breeder is a member of the SHCGB –, you should write to the husky club to inform them as this would be a breach of their code of ethics. This is one of the reasons why I would only ever buy a husky from a member of the SHCGB – club members have to uphold the code of ethics.

    Regarding the humping problem – this could get quite serious, very quickly, and you need to fix the problem asap. Basically, it sounds like your dog is asserting itself over your wife, thinking it’s higher in the pack than your wife. Your dog needs to know it’s place in the pack or it will spiral out of control, and worst case your dog will end up in rescue or taking a one way trip to the vets.

    Read some of the threads on the club bulletin board about aggression and dominance, like this one:

    here’s a nice page covering dominance


  3. Lizzie


    We have recently got a Husky and i am not too sure if to let me off the lead. He seems very head strong and i am worried about him running off!
    What do you think?

  4. Sarah E-G

    Hi Guys,
    great site.
    I’m messaging here as the contact section doesn’t have any contact info.
    I have two sibes, both unreg’d so I already know I can show or run competativly but have entered a few fun shows and done ok.
    I also just bought a scooter and hope to run my guys for fun but would feel so much better if I had someone expereinced to mentor from. Someone who could take a look at my dogs and equipment and tell me what I’m doing wright and wrong.
    I have started command training with them and they are now at a good age to start proper training but could really use some guideance.
    Is there anyone around the Nottingham area you know that might help me out?
    Eternally greatful for any help and advise.
    A newbie!

  5. alison

    I was hopeing for some advice. I have a 7 month old male siberian husky. As yet his testicals haven’t droped and the vet is surgesting when he is 10 months old he needs to have an op to find them and remove. I heard that huskies sometimes develop late. is this true? I don’t want to put him through surgery if not needed cause he’s just a late developer. I agree with Guy on the humping problem, with all type of dog it is a sign that they think that they should be the alpha of the pack and although with some dogs it could be considered funny, it could become serious with dogs that have a tendency to try and dominate.

  6. hredwood

    Hi Alison

    I have heard of testicles descending at about 9 months, but usually they will be down by about 3 or 4 months of age. Personally I would wait until he is at least 12 months old anyway before castrating as some people think it can affect their development if they are castrated earlier.


  7. hredwood

    Hi Lizzie

    Huskies should definitely not be let off the lead unless it’s in a secure area. We never let ours off unless there is a 6ft fence to keep them in. It is still worth teaching them recall, either using a long lead or in a secure area, in case he slips his collar. We’ve heard too many stories of huskies being killed or lost, so it’s really not worth the risk.


  8. Suzanne

    Hi Helen, and co! Was hoping for a bit of advice. We are looking to buy ourselves a Huskie, and want a puppie due to the age of the kids. Their 5 and 6 and feel their about ready to deal with a new addition. Do you think so? My main reason for contact is we are strugling to find a REAL seller or breeder to be honest and cant find a decent way to buy one. We want to be safe and make sure its all above board, is there any way you could inform us of where to look? We live in Edinburgh. Just been researching and seen how much experience you both had so thought we would ask. Hope this is ok. Hope to hear back. Mucho thanks


  9. vicky

    hi great website, i was just wondering if you could give me and my family some advice on owning huskies. My mom is thinking of getting a sibe but we have cats and she is very concerned that the dog would harm them. it would be very helpful if you could tell us in your experiance how huskies and cats get along as i am very eager for her to buy me one haha. thankyou xx

  10. HuskyPuppyGirl


    Just a couple of things…No1: We don’t let our husky off the lead unless in the garden, which is not very large! So we don’t know where we can go to either let him off lead or where we can go where there is no other dogs off led as they all seem to bark at him (we sadly live in a very small villiage!)
    No2: He is now just over 1 year in age and we’ve not had him castrated as I’ve heard many things on the ‘bad’ side of having it done in that it doesn’t actually change a lot of stuff, unlike my mother who says again and again “get him done, all the goes I’ve had have been done” ……… yes but they weren’t huskies were they mother !

  11. Guy Redwood

    The prey instinct in huskies is very strong, hence keeping huskies with cats usually leads to dead cats. Our cats never see the huskies. There’s always a closed door between them. Mookie sits by one of the doors for hours, just looking, waiting for the one time he can sneak through to ‘get’ the cats. We know people that have had cats and huskies together for many years and then one day, it’s all gone wrong, in a horrible way. It’s just not worth the risk. They only need one opportunity and it usually ends in tears.

  12. julia

    I don’t have a sibe but my partner wants to get one.
    Other than the escape artistry, i have one other consideration before buying: I am an endurance rider and our other dog, a retriever comes training with me happily and without problems. I realise huskies would thrive off covering all those miles at speed, but how reliable are they with horses, as i have heard they chase livestock??

  13. Guy Redwood

    Huskies should never be let off the lead, unless in a secured area. The prey instinct is strong in the breed and they will chase livestock and would be highly interested in horses. The only way to run them is on a lead or in harness attached to a rig/sled. One of the many fun aspects of the breed, is it’s independence. They don’t always(more often than not) do what you ask them to do – especially when asking them to ignore something that’s obviously quite interesting to them. You will find dog trainers that will tell you otherwise – but these are people with little knowledge/experience of the breed who just think they’re trainable like any other breed of dog.
    I think it’s safer to look for another breed of dog because it can go horribly wrong causing much heart ache.

  14. katie

    Hi i have a three year old sibe and trained her off the lead from a young age including comands ike sit and wait and paw shes very responsive. we let her off in the park and the woods and know she will come back or doing one of her circuits. We never let her off in open fields where rabbits or sheep are. I think if you have a very strong bond with your husky you are more likely keep control. I do agree they don’t listen only when they want to but its jst using your common sense.

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