4 Things You'll Have to Give up for Your Husky
Huskies are wonderful dogs. Huskies are intelligent, energetic, loyal, friendly, easygoing, and the list goes on.
If you're thinking about adding one to your family, you're probably in the process of researching the breed to make sure it's a good fit for your household. You've probably heard all the coolest things about Huskies.
I love my Husky, I really do, however, she's not the most chill dog I've ever met, if you catch my drift. There are some serious adjustments I've had to make in order to make sure she's happy and well cared for. Some of these adjustments have been a little hard for me (see #1 below). I wish I would have known ahead of time. Would I go back and get a different breed if I had? Absolutely not. It just would have been nice to have a little glimpse into my Husky-owning future, just so I knew what was coming.
Every new dog will require certain sacrifices, but I really feel like Huskies are just a little bit special when it comes to the kind of lifestyle they require. So, I'm about to come at you from a different angle and tell you about some of the things you'll have to give up if you want to make it work with a Husky hanging around. They're not that awful, I promise!
1. Your Mornings
One of the first things you'll learn about Huskies is that they have tons of energy. Huskies are working dogs, and they like to go-go-go. They rise with the sun and are ready to start every day with a bang. You can forget about sleeping in or relaxing with a hot cup of coffee! Your Husky will want to go out and do something first thing in the morning. A long walk, a run, or a trip to the dog park first thing in the morning is ideal. The more exercise they get, the better. Otherwise, they'll get restless very quickly. A restless Husky is a force to be reckoned with.
My Husky is ready to go at 5 a.m., every single day. Never mind that the sun isn't even up yet, it's time to get up and get the day started. She makes sure that I'm awake before sunrise, and even brings me my socks if I'm taking too long to change out of my pajamas. At first light, I take my coffee to go as we head out for our daily adventure!
Impatient Husky Wants To Go For A Walk
2. Your Alone Time
You're not really a fan of alone time, are you? I sure hope not, because you probably won't get much of it with a Husky hanging around!
Huskies are pack animals. They will see you as a part of their pack and will want to spend a ton of time with you, especially if they are the only dog in the house. They are happiest when they can be with you. A Husky will not be okay with spending large portions of the day at home alone. They're not a dog you can just throw in the backyard and forget about. This is the kind of dog that is best at being your companion. They'll want to go everywhere with you . . . probably even to the bathroom if they can get away with it.
This "no alone time" thing is especially true if you have a pup. Huskies are exceptionally intelligent, which means they require more mental stimulation than some other dogs would. If a Husky pup gets bored, you're asking for trouble. They'll end up destroying something just to keep themselves occupied. A pup will need plenty of supervision and interaction!
My Husky goes everywhere I go, with a few reasonable exceptions, of course. We go on daily adventures together, and she even sits with me in my office while I work. She does just fine when I have to leave her alone, but she prefers to spend as much time with her "pack" as she can!
3. Your Nice Yard
Huskies and nice landscaping don't mix. They're natural diggers, and the habit is extremely hard to train out of them.
I thought I could stay on top of it at first. I thought I could just watch my pup very closely and discourage any digging the second it started. I was very wrong. I turned my back on her for less than five minutes and she had dug a hole big enough to fit her entire head into. Since that moment, it's been impossible to get her to stop. She loves to dig, and doesn't care much about whatever consequences she'll face. Unless you plan on hovering over your dog every single second they spend in the yard, you're going to end up with a few holes here and there.
My Husky loves hanging out in the backyard. She's definitely an outdoors kind of girl! I've had to come to terms with the fact that she's going to dig. As long as she's not digging her way under the fence, I'll just let her have her fun.
4. Your Clean House
If you plan on adding a Husky to your family, your vacuum cleaner is about to become your best friend.
Huskies shed outrageous amounts of fur. Every. Single. Day. If I don't vacuum daily, I start finding huge balls of fur accumulating in the corners of every room. Even with daily brushing, you're going to end up with loose fur floating around your house. It will be on the floor, on the couch, in your bed, on your clothes, in your eye, etc.. You may even occasionally find it in your food. It's bound to happen, and it's just something you're going to have to live with.
See, it's not too bad, right? I love my Husky more than anything, and having her around is more than worth dealing with the little quirks that come with the breed. Although it's been hard for me to part with my beloved quiet mornings, I love that she gets me up and out into the world on a regular basis.
If you have a Husky yourself, you probably know all too well what I'm talking about! If you have anything to add to the list, please leave a comment below!
© 2017 Kristen Haynie