Monday, January 17, 2011

The weather outside is frightful, but the warmth is so delightful...

Suka's been spending a lot of time romping in the now these days.. Living in New York, we get ALOT of it. I've yet to get any pics of him in the snow though- Seems like I'm always doing daycare and can't just pick up the camera to hang out in the snow with my pup. We've gone on evening walks in it, but it's so dark that it's very difficult to get pictures (and I don't really want to ruin my camera taking out in the snow on a long walk) My goal is to get some snow play pics really Soon! He loves the snow, as any true blooded husky does, but he likes coming in, warming up and chewing on a treat too! :)

Suka's a great dog, he only has a few things he has to work on. He's gone into pull me on walks mode. He used to walk so well, but I guess now he gets so excited that I have to use alot of force to keep from being pulled along and off my feet (good thing I'm not wearing skates or skis- I'd be in PA before I could think straight!) He also has to be kennelled ANYTIME I go away, even if it's briefly. I've tried giving him a treat when I took the kids to school, and he pulled down the curtain and curtain rod, knocked over the piano bench, and added some scratches the leather loveseat with his claws because he was jumping up watching us in the window and frustrated he couldn't go (that was Before we even LEFT, and don't tell my hubby, He would be pretty mad!) I feel bad kenneling him, but I think that it's the only way I can keep my house from being ripped apart when I'm not home. The other thing I have to watch him over- He's a shredder. He LOVES to shred paper products so I try to keep those away from him as much as possible..

Suka is a lover..He is not aggressive towards other dogs or strangers (which is great, because his brother is another story) BUT, I believe that if it was a matter of protection he would step up (we've gone on nightly walks, and if someone is walking towards us, he is very alert and watches that person like a hawk) He will lay by you forever if you rub his belly or scratch his nose/neck. If he wants some lovin' he will jump up in your lap till you give him some :) And he is finally completely House Trained which is a complete blessing and I'm So thankful for (he took the longest to housetrain of all the dogs I've trained) Suka's also Great with kids..The only thing I have to watch him with, is when they are outside, he wants to rough play like he does with his doggy brother, so I have to intervene often, not out of viciousness, but it's scary to little one to be knocked down and chewed on by a big dog that wants to PLAY! :)
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  1. Suka sounds like a true Husky. The kenneling is good for him. Give him something to chew on while in his crate or a kong stuffed with peanut butter or yogurt that you have frozen. It will keep him busy and happy in there. With time and maturity he will be able to be trusted outside of his crate when you are not home.

    The pulling needs lots of training, but Phantom still pulls a lot so we aren't very good ones to be preaching about that. TD and Ciara do pretty well.

    And yes, outside, they forget that the little humans are pups too. Just keep reminding him of his boundaries.

    We would love to see some snow pics.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. hey Suka,

    What a pretty picture! You are such a gorgeous pup! But then, you are a "Suka"! ;->

    When I was first adopted, at age approximately 1.5 years, I chewed up everything. I destroyed two big pillows and a few other items. But I soon grew out of it, and having a lot of chew bones and toys helped. I was also an aggressive player - jumping and biting. But, with some patience and work, I outgrew that as well. I still have a lot of puppy in my, but as I have gotten older (sad!) I have become more calm.

    I am a Malamute, so I am a bit different than you (since you are a Husky), but I think you will eventually outgrow your puppy behaviour. Sorry you have to be kenneled. I was always an outdoor dog, so I just go in the yard when my human leaves. I have a dog house with hay and my food and water and toys, so I just love being outside.

    You sound like an amazing dog, and your family sounds very lucky to have you! :-> I hope your mom can get some pictures of you in the snow. Nothing better than a pup playing in the snow! I bet you look beautiful in the fluffy white stuff!


  3. We each have are areas to work on, mine is jumping up on people.

  4. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog :-) I couldn't decide which of yours to comment on, but then I read Suka's story, and it sounds like my Bentley has moved into your house with his crazy sister Porsche.

    Bentley loves the snow and cold weather (part Bernese Mtn Dog and part Beagle). He loves to shred plastic ziploc bags in particular, but since we've wised up to that move, he has upgraded to paper products. We had to switch over to an Easy Walk Harness with his (and a Gentle Leader for his sister Porsche) and that has made walking so much easier. We just finished up our Hounds on the Town doggie school (like basic obedience with the added distraction of things out in town like soccer games and other dogs and people), so behavior in general is improving (thank goodness - because we were kind of spiraling downhill for a while).

    Anyway, love your blog and again thanks so much for the comment :-) I will have to get some dog stories of my own up on my blog :-) Barbara