Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Our First Blogiversary! Let's Talk About Canine Socialization...

This blog is a momentous one...it's the FiveSibes first blogiversary! One year ago today I began sharing my writings and photographs of our five Siberian Huskies with the posting of my very first blog article titled, February is Canine Dental Health Month, featuring our alpha queen, Harley, flashing the camera with her pearly canine whites! Little did I know then just how wonderful this blog ride would be or the many wonderful pet-loving folks I have met along the way. Thank you all for sharing in "a day in the life of FiveSibes" many times over since that very first blog entry. I enjoy and appreciate  your readership, comments, thoughts, support, and friendship; and am certainly looking forward to the next year of canine and pet chit-chat!


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!







25 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary - great PSA for having a pack of pups! We are fortunate to have a well-bonded group too. Ciara has finally managed to win Phantom over.

    We loved the slideshow, especially the "bonding" to each other section - those puppy pictures are just so sweet.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  2. Happy Blogiversary, Five Sibes!!! Aroooo-awoooo!

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  3. Happy first blogoversary! I know how impawtent it is to get socialized as a pup but I didn't have that luxury because I was in a shelter for my 1st year but ever since I joined my pet sitter humans I have been socialized a lot! Good fur you fur showing us how to stay socialized!
    xoxo.....Daisy

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  4. Happy blogiversary sibers! Excellent post on socialization woooowoooo!!


    RA & Isis

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  5. Happy Blogaversary!! Love the video!!! lots of love, Holly and mom

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  6. Happy Blogoversary!!! I loved the slideshow!

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  7. Happy one year Blogoversary! Love your blog, you are a real pro :)

    Wyatt

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  8. Happy Blogoversary! May there be more to come! Woooooooos

    Pepsi

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  9. Congratulations on your First Blogoversary! What a great accomplishment! I am so happy to have found you pups and your blog! You pups are great fur-friends and I look forward to another year of enjoying your life with you and continued learning from all the informative information you post.

    The video was pawsome, by the way!

    Suka

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  10. HAPPY BLOG-O-VERSARY, 5 SIBES!
    We're furry glad to have met woo. Great video, and look - woo saved the best for last:
    BITEY-FACE!
    BITEY-FACE!
    BITEY-FACE!

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  11. Happy First Blogiversary, Five Sibes! We loved the video!:)

    Love,
    Teddy Bear

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  12. Happy 1st Blogsversary!

    Here's wishing you another great year of blogging.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

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  13. Happy 1st Blogoversary for you! :)

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  14. Happy blogoversary! Great post to celebrate the big day. :)

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  15. Happy Blogaversary! We wish you many many many more posts filled with great advice, wonderful adventures, family stories. We love your blog (and the video).

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  16. HAPPY BLOGIVERSAY!!!

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  17. Happy Blogaversary!
    And many more to come!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  18. Thanks, everyone, for sharing in our special day! Husky hugs x 5!

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  19. Happy Blogoversarys to woo!!!! Glad woo is here to share wif us all!

    Mya Boo Boo

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  20. Great video! And congratulations on your blogging year - so glad I found you and I'm looking forward to many more years :)

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  21. Happy Blogoversary and what a great blog it is too. Slobbery kisses to you all.

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  22. Happy one year of blogging to you!!

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  23. Happy FURst Blogaversary!

    Here's to many many more!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  24. Congrats on your blogaversary!

    I couldn't agree more about socialization... for all breeds. It helps make even dogs who were born fearful more comfortable with their world. (My K falls into that category).

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