Getting your Husky

You’ve done your research and you’ve decided that “yes, a husky is the dog for me”, what now? There are many different places you can go to adopt your new companion – animal control, a shelter, or a breed specific rescue. Don’t limit yourself to just one type of facility; you should take your time, visit the facility, meet the animals, and be patient. Ask them what kind of program they have, what kind of challenges they face, how many dogs come through their facility annually, how many have been adopted, and anything else you need to make an educated decision. You may not find the husky that was meant to be a part of your home when you initially begin this journey but with time and patience you will find your dog.

When you go to shelter, kennel or foster home, you should be asking the items below. It'll help you decide the final one ... the "forever" one.

Beauty

Looks are certainly a factor for many people when it comes to picking a dog. Many people like the classic black and white Siberian’s with blue eyes, others prefer the red fur, and others won’t look at a dog that isn’t pure white. Once you’ve narrowed down your options there are some additional questions to be asked.

Interaction

How much time per day or week is spent interacting with this particular husky? (This should not include the time used for potty runs.) The interaction time will be a telling point as to how well the facility knows the dogs personality and behavior.

Is this Husky currently interacting with other dogs and how? Does it have a dominant personality or passive? Is it social or more aloof?

Cats

Has this Husky been cat tested and, if yes, how?

Aggression

Has this Husky shown traits of aggressive behavior? Have there been any incidents or signs of food aggression or possession aggression? Have the organization clearly state if they have or have not tested/witnessed these types of behavior. If they have not tested for it, will they? This is key information because it will prepare you for what to expect once you bring your dog home. Food aggression in dogs is NOT uncommon but you need to be aware of your behavior in those first weeks to prevent any unfortunate incidents.

If you are told the husky (or any dog) has been receiving basic care you should ask what exactly that entails. If the dog you are considering has been in foster care ask to speak with the person providing that care so you can get a deeper insight into the personality, behavior, care and routine of the dog. Many times basic care entails exactly what it sounds like – potty breaks, short walks, and feedings without much exercise or interaction. If this is the case you may want to spend a few days at home with your dog when they initially join your family to help him “unwind” and “acclimate” to the new surroundings. Dogs, like people, weather change differently but the easier you can make the transition the less likely you will encounter a dog that lashes out either behaviorally or aggressively.