For this special date, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about an essential element of training, and not for just Siberian Huskies, but all pets - socialization. Many have asked me over the years how did we get our Sibes to be so well-adjusted and have a real pack-family mentality as they not only play and sleep together, but eat together as well. First, I am not alone in my training efforts. My daughter, the other Hu-Mom in this family, spends many hours with our Sibes too. Sometimes we are together with them, other times she is with them when I'm not and vice-versa. In short, we are fortunate that our Sibes are very rarely without human companionship.
In training canines, early handling and socialization is key. Especially for a Siberian Husky. They are extremely social dogs as any Sibe parent can tell you! If your dog did not join your family as a pup, the same rules still apply for a happy merging: that is to gently and slowly introduce your canine companions to a variety of experiences. These experiences can range from the human touch to going for car rides, getting into the bathtub, meeting people, being around apparatuses (i.e. walkers, wheelchairs, vacuums, etc.) and even joining other pets already in the family. The outcome can be very successful if all is conducted with lots of love and patience, and in an easy and positive manner. These early introductions set the stage for the human-canine relationship and help acquaint our pets with new surroundings and ease any possible fears.
Here is a slideshow on "socialization" featuring the FiveSibes and some hu-folks and friends who love them, as well as a few furpals. So grab some popcorn and pet treats, cuddle up with your furpal(s), and we hope you enjoy the show!