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Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes For Healthy Dogs

Hand feeding husky easy homemade dog treats

For most dogs using treats during training is key to being successful. Nothing quite motivates our husky Aura quite like a delicious treat does!

We’ve already covered the best healthy dog treats that can be purchased in stores. However, even the best store bought dog treats come with risk of contaminants. To avoid this and possibly cut down on our dog treat budget I started looking into easy homemade dog treat recipes.

First we’ll discuss the issues with store-bought treats, then the advantages of homemade dog treats, and finally we will go over a few great healthy recipes for you to try out.

The Problem With Purchasing Treats

The biggest problem with purchasing store-bought treats is that many treats are made to be marketed to humans and don’t take a dog’s diet into consideration. There are countless products that use chemical preservatives and dyes which are not good for long term consumption by your pet. The preservatives make the treats last longer but could make your dog sick. The cost of store bought dog treats adds up quickly.Your dog doesn’t care what color their treats are, just that they taste good, so adding dyes is pointless and potentially harmful.

Additionally, because these products are marketed towards humans for they have a markup in their price tags which can add up really quickly depending on how fast your dog goes through treats.

Just like humans dogs can become overweight very easily if their diet is filled with sugar and empty carbs which is what many store bought dog treats are packed with. If you are going to purchase dog treats from a store consider going with one of our recommendations.

The Advantages of Homemade Dog Treats

There are so many advantages to making dog treats at home. The best and most obvious one is that you can control exactly what is going into your pet’s body.

You not only avoid any toxic chemicals making their way into your pet’s snacks by mistake, but you can control how healthy they are as well. No more added sugar! With a more healthy snack for your pet, achieved through healthy ingredients and portion control, you can feed them more of it and possibly extend training sessions.

Making treats yourself is also much more cost effective than purchasing pre-made treats. You’ll often get more out of your batches as well. With the money you’ll save you can afford to purchase more high end ingredients for additional homemade dog treats.

Making treats at home for your pup is also another great way to show your love for them! Let your pup hang out with you and lick up unused ingredients to make it a great bonding experience. Plus unlike people your dog is always going to love your cooking.

Healthy Recipe Ideas

Here is a list of healthy homemade dog treat recipes.

The Secret Ingredient

Hopefully by now you understand that store bought dog treats come with convenience and the possibility of being contaminated with harmful chemicals and ingredients. By sourcing your own high quality ingredients you can make healthier, tastier options for your favorite canine friend to enjoy without fear of obesity or getting sick. Be sure to keep in mind that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet with the rest coming from other sources like kibble.

The only downside to homemade treats are that they often don’t last as long as the store bought treats. You can make them last as long as possible by sealing them in an airtight container and leaving in the freezer for storage.

If you try one of these recipes you’ll need a secret ingredient, love. The fact that you have found yourself here indicates that you already have plenty of that for your dog so this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Is there a healthy recipe that your dog loves but isn’t here on our recommendations? Leave us a comment and let me know about it. If you try one of these recipes be sure to let us know how your experience was and if your pooch loved the things you made!

 

 

 

 

Best Healthy Dog Treats to Feed Your Husky

Dog Treats to Avoid

One of the best ways to train your dog is to use treats to reward and reinforce good behavior. However, with so many products on the market it can be overwhelming for a new (or even veteran) dog owner looking to purchase treats and other new dog essentials.

The documentary ‘Pet Fooled‘ caused me to take a closer look at the dog treats we feed our husky Aura. So I’ve done the research and found some of the best healthy dog treats to feed your husky.

What Makes a Treat ‘Healthy’?

First off, treats should only make up approximately 10% of your dog’s diet, the rest being kibble or another source. Being able to break a treat into smaller pieces will give you plenty of training treats without spoiling your husky’s dinner! Whole Unprocessed Ingredients in Healthy Dog Treats

Many of the same factors that make ‘human food’ healthy also apply to pet foods and treats as well. Ideally we want to find whole, unprocessed ingredients that are sourced as close to the manufacturer as possible. Organic ingredients are less likely to contain contaminants but do cost more.

For the most part we want to avoid preservatives and dyes in our dog treats. If there are preservatives they should be natural ones such as vitamin C and vitamin E. We also want to avoid treats with packaging that doesn’t provide calorie intake information.

Ingredients to Watch Out For

Here is a list of ingredients to steer clear of when selecting your dog treats.

  • Artificial preservatives like BHA and BHT.
  • Artificial colors which are unnecessarily added.
  • Added sweeteners such as sugar and corn syrup.
  • Chemical humectants like propylene glycol, used to lock in moisture.
  • Byproducts or ‘meat meal’ which is everything deemed unfit for human consumption.

You should also be aware that dogs can be allergic to certain ingredients just like a human can. One report found beef and dairy products to be the top two allergens among canines. If you suspect your dog of being allergic to something take them to your veterinarian as soon as possible to have an allergy test performed.

The Best Healthy Dog Treat Recommendations

Here is a list of the best recommendations for healthy dog treats.Newman's Own Premium Dog Treats Turkey & Sweet Potato Flavor

Dog Treats to Avoid

Here is a list of some popular dog treats that should be avoided at all cost.

Protect Your Dog From Obesity and Contaminants

Events like the 2007 Pet Food Recalls show that the best way to make sure nothing poisonous is getting into your dog’s treats is to make them at home. This way you can moderate exactly what ingredients are going into your pet’s snacks.

Aura the Husky

Obesity is an increasingly bigger issue among pets in the United States so be sure to remember that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s total diet. Consider feeding them dinner after training time because this way you can simply feed them less to account for any excessive snacking during the training session.

Is your favorite healthy dog treat not listed in our recommendations? Leave a comment below and let us know what healthy snacks you’re feeding your pet!

 

 

 

 

Siberian Husky Life Expectancy, The Siberian Husky Life Cycle

Siberian Husky Life Expectancy

It’s a depressing topic but knowing the siberian husky life expectancy is an important thing to take into consideration when thinking about adopting one of these majestic creatures. They aren’t puppies forever and you should be aiming to provide a forever home, not just a home until they outgrow you! Luckily we got Aura when she was about one and a half years old and should have many years to come with her in our lives.

Once again I’ve done some research and have assembled the best information on the siberian husky life cycle.

How Long Does a Husky Typically Live?

You can usually count on a healthy Siberian Husky to live approximately 12 to 15 years. Keep in mind this is under ideal conditions where the dog gets plenty of How long does a husky typically live?exercise and a nutritious diet. Additionally, female dogs tend to outlive males by a small margin.

Siberian Husky Life Cycle

Typically from 0 to 12 months of age a husky is considered to be a puppy. When they reach about 1 year old most huskies are about as big as they are going to get and are considered an adult dog. This adult stage lasts until the dog is about 7 years old at which point they are considered to be a senior dog. As a senior you can expect your dog’s energy level to decline and they could potentially develop health issues that shorten the life span.

Common Health Issues in Huskies

Here is a list of common health issues that huskies are susceptible to.

  • Hip Dysplasia – an orthopedic condition found in medium to large size dogs where the top of the thighbone doesn’t fit properly into the dog’s hip socket. Common Health Issues in Huskies
  • Follicular Dysplasia – a condition that results in abnormal hair growth, hair loss, or even patchy and infectious skin.
  • Juvenile Cataracts – a condition where an opacity develops within the dog’s eye, specifically the lense, and potentially causing blindness. This usually develops before the dog is 2 years old and as young as 3 months.
  • Corneal Dystrophy – similar to cataracts this condition affects the dog’s eye again, this time the cornea, potentially causing blindness.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – once again another condition that affects the eyes, this time when the retina begins to deteriorate, and can yet again lead to blindness.
  • Zinc Deficiency or Dermatosis – huskies require more zinc in their diet when compared to other breeds of dog or they can develop infectious crusty patches of fur, or dermatosis, and other symptoms.
  • Gastric Disease – more common in working or sled dogs, gastric diseases can cause pain and other symptoms to the dog’s stomach and intestines.

Tips to Keep Your Husky Healthy Longer

Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your husky lives a full and healthy life.

First, when adopting a husky, if through a breeder make sure they are reputable and do not shy away from questions regarding the health of their dogs.

You should take your husky to the vet once or twice a year for checkups to make sure they are growing well. This will ensure that any big health issues are identified as early as possible and can be taken care of quickly.

Make sure your husky gets plenty of exercise and be sure not to feed them too much or they may put on additional weight leading to other health issues.You Can Never Love a Husky Too Much

A balanced and nutritious diet will help avoid gastric diseases and obesity in your husky. If you feed your dog ‘human food’ don’t do it too often and be aware of certain things that your dog should never have such as chocolate.

You Can Never Love a Husky Too Much

Adopting a husky is a huge commitment to make but before you know it a decade will have come and gone and your now senior husky will start to slow down and come to the end of their life cycle.

It’s important to be patient with your dog and know that you can never give them too much love.

We’re only here for a speck of time in the grand scheme of things and our dogs get even less so cherish every day with your beloved pet!

 

 

 

Crate Training Huskies The Easiest Way – Free Dog Crate Training Tips

Crate Training Huskies Sleeping Husky

Dogs are den animals which means they naturally seek out small places that are easily defendable, giving them peace of mind, a feeling of safety. Purchasing a crate for your husky is a great way to satisfy this instinctive behavior and doubles as a great training tool. Our husky Aura suffers from separation anxiety so it was necessary for us to crate train her very quickly after we brought her home. After doing some research on the topic I have assembled some of the best tips for crate training huskies.

It’s Not a Jail!

There are many people that have an aversion to crates because they are reminded of jail cells looking at one. You should never use the crate as a punishment device though and if trained correctly your pup will see the crate as a safe home base and not a prison sentence. A crate is much more like a playpen is to a child than a prisoner in a jail cell.

Benefits of Crate Training Huskies

Here are a few of the benefits that come with crate training your husky.

  • Creates a sanctuary for your beloved pet to retreat to in times of stress.
  • Keeps your dog from making messes or chewing things while you’re away from home.
  • Greatly accelerates potty training because most dogs will avoid going potty where they sleep.
  • Traveling with your dog is much easier as many establishments require that dogs be confined in a crate.

Crate Training Supplies

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need to most effectively crate train your husky.

  • An appropriately sized crate for your husky that allows them to turn around and get comfortable. We have a 42 in L x 28 in W x 30 ‘fold and carry dog crate’ by Grreat Choice and it’s the perfect fit for her.
  • Towels and training pads for any accidents.Crate Training Huskies Aura's Kong Toy
  • Water bottle with a water and vinegar mixture to clean the crate.
  • Dog toys, a KONG is a great option.
  • Dog treats to help your dog associate training as a positive experience.
  • A sheet or some sort of cover to put over the crate.
  • Some sort of bedding or soft material to make the crate comfortable.

Crate Training Huskies

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to crate train your husky.

  1. Put the crate in a room where you will spend most of your time. Dogs are social creatures and want to be near you so this will make training much easier. We have Aura’s crate in our bedroom.
  2. Prepare the crate by putting a soft material down inside. For puppies if possible getting a blanket that smells like the mother is very helpful. You can also put a sheet over the crate which will make it feel safer and cozier to your dog.
  3. Decide on a command to give your dog when they enter the crate. We tell Aura to ‘go to your room’ when we put her in her crate. Whatever you choose, be consistent with it.
  4. Entice your pup into entering the crate by putting a toy or snack inside. If your dog tries to take the treat out of the crate then take it from them and put it back in. This will teach them that they only get the treat if they’re inside the crate.
  5. Reinforce this behavior by giving your dog a treat every time they completely enter the crate when giving the command. This can take a long time or not much at all depending on your dog. Just remember to be patient with them while they’re learning.
  6. At first sit in front of the crate with the door open to help your pet get comfortable with it. Pet them while speaking in a calm voice to help them acclimate easier.
  7. When your pet has become more comfortable with the crate, then close the door and wait a few minutes.
  8. Repeat this process and each time leave your dog in the crate a little longer. Start with five minutes and work up to half an hour, an hour, etc.
  9. Begin to leave the room once your dog can stand to wait more than five minutes in the crate. This will teach them to be more independent and that you’ll always come back.
  10. Slowly your husky will come to associate their crate with good things and will start to enter of their own accord. This is a good sign and you should further reinforce this behavior by praising them.

Additional Crate Training Tips

Here is a list of additional crate training tips to take into consideration.Crate Training Huskies Aura in her Crate

  • If your dog whines or howls do not let them out of their crate. Huskies especially are known to be very vocal and I know it can be hard but do your best to wait for a lapse in the whining before letting them out. If you don’t you then you will teach them that bad behavior will get them out of the crate.
  • Consider feeding your dog their meals while they’re in the crate. This will further associate good things with the crate.
  • Always be calm and assertive when your dog enters and exits the crate. Acting too excited will encourage them to see the crate as a punishment which we want to avoid.
  • Praise your dog when they show good behavior and ignore them when they behave badly.
  • If your dog has a collar be sure to take it off before putting them in their crate as this can be a choking hazard.
  • Some crates come with a ‘divider panel’ so that you can buy one crate that accommodates a puppy into adulthood. As the puppy gets bigger you simply push the divider back until it is no longer needed because your dog now fits into the crate appropriately.
  • Dogs should not be left in their crate for too long. Puppies are only able to hold the contents of their bladder in for short periods of time and require frequent potty breaks.
  • Tiring your dog out with playtime or by going on a walk before trying to crate train can be helpful as your dog will be tired and more likely to calm down.
  • For faster training have your dog sleep in their crate. If you go this route you’ll want to put the crate in your room and expect some crying. Be sure to let the dog out if you think it needs to use the restroom though.
  • You’ll periodically want to clean the liner to your dog’s crate. A water and vinegar mixture will do just fine.

Last Notes on Crate Training Huskies

Crate training huskies is a fairly straight forward process and its benefits far outweigh any perceived negative emotions associated with it. Be Always very patient with your pet through the learning process and try not to get too frustrated if things aren’t working right away. It can take weeks to months to crate train your dog depending on a variety of different factors.

For further reading check out what the ASPCA and the Humane Society have to say about crate training huskies. Midwest Homes 4 Pets has a great video on YouTube about the basics of crate training.

If you had success or are struggling with crate training your dog please leave a comment below with your story! What was crate training your pet like?

 

 

 

 

 

New Puppy Checklist – New Dog Checklist

New Puppy Checklist

Bringing home a new dog of any age is a big decision that should be made together as a family. Even before we met Aura my partner and I knew that bringing home a dog would be a huge responsibility to share and had many open and honest conversations about it.

To help make sure you’re prepared to bring home your new pet use this new puppy checklist which doubles as a new dog checklist to make sure you have all the necessary essentials and then some.

Collar

There are many different types of collars for a new dog owner to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages. It might be a good idea to buy a variety to see what works best with your husky. Aura's blue martingale collar

For Aura we bought her a pink martingale collar that really brings our her eyes. Martingale collars are much gentler than a choke collar and much safer on the dog making them great for training purposes. To the right is a picture of the blue martingale collar that she came with.

ID Tag

In case your dog ever gets lost or escapes it’s a good idea to have an ID tag on them at all times. Huskies are especially adept at getting away so you may also want to get your pup microchipped as an added precaution.

We had a custom ID tag made at Petsmart and it was a very simple and easy process. We put Aura’s name and our address engraved on the front of her tag. On the back we had our names and phone numbers engraved. She is also microchipped so if and when she gets away from us anyone who finds her will be able to locate her home easily.

Leash

A leash is a very important essential for any dog owner to have. In Arizona a leash no longer than 6 feet is required by law if you have your dog out in public.

Like collars leashes come in a variety of styles but they’re all essentially just a rope you can attach to your dog’s collar to help keep control over them. We have two standard nylon leashes, one is about 3 feet and the other one is closer to 5 feet in length.

Dog Food

You’ll need something for your dog to eat when you bring them home and human food is unfortunately not going to cut it. Awhile ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Pet Fooled’ and it left me feeling like I don’t even want a dog because I’m going to end up killing it by choosing the wrong or contaminated food.

Our best advice is to do your own research and feed your pooch what you think is best, and stay consistent. If you elect to make any changes to your pet’s diet do it slowly so their stomach can acclimate to the new food.

Water and Food Dishes

At least one set of food and water bowls should be purchased before you bring your new pup home. Feeding them in the same place with the same bowls will teach them good eating manners and provide a perfect time for training.

Weighted stainless steel or chrome dishes are the best as they can’t be pushed around as easily or develop crevices from the dog chewing on it. If your dog is an outdoor dog and you live somewhere where it gets cold enough use a ceramic or plastic bowl as this will prevent your dog’s tongue from getting stuck to it in colder temperatures.

Treats

For many dogs treats are key for good training. In most cases nothing can hold the attention of a husky better than a delicious treat can.

Give treats to your dog to reinforce good behavior and to connect a good action to reward, or even just out of the blue every once in awhile to show you love them.

Chew Toys

Chew toys are a great thing to have around when you need your dog to entertain itself for a little while. These can also make good training treats if your dog responds well enough to them. Be sure to purchase new toys on a continuous basis to keep your pup interested and expose them to new experiences.

Aura absolutely loves toys that squeak and she can tear them to shreds within a day so we will definitely be buying her a variety of new chew toys on a regular basis.

Crate

Some people have an aversion to crates because they remind us of little jail cells but it doesn’t have to be that way. A crate Fold and Carry Dog Crate Box from Grreat Choiceshould be a safe sanctuary for your dog to run to when they are feeling anxious or afraid. If your dog is ever injured or you need to transport them somewhere it is much easier with a crate. Plus if you’re traveling with your pet many hotels will only allow crate trained dogs in their establishment.

We have a ‘Fold and Carry Dog Crate’ from Grreat Choice and it’s plenty big for our husky Aura. Its dimensions are 42 in L x 28 in W x 30 in giving her plenty of room to turn around and get comfortable in. We plan on eventually converting one of our closets into a custom space that can be used like a den for her.

Outdoor Kennel

Especially if your dog is an outdoor pet you should purchase an outdoor kennel which, similar to a crate, gives the dog somewhere they can retreat to the feeling of safety. If you don’t have a yard for your outdoor pup the kennel should be at least 6 x 12 feet and 6 feet high. Huskies are known to be good diggers and climbers when they want to get somewhere so putting it on a concrete slab is most ideal if possible.

We bought our house with adopting a dog in mind so our backyard is plenty big and has very high walls.

Grooming Tools

Here are a few grooming supplies to pick up before you bring your husky home.

  • Rake Brush – Huskies have two coats of fur and a rake brush can help get knots out and untangle hair.Rake Brush, Wide-toothed Metal Comb, Slicker Brush
  • Wide-toothed Metal Comb – Like the rake a wide-toothed metal comb or ‘collie comb’ can be used to further untangle matted fur and is a little gentler.
  • Slicker Brush – Once you have raked your husky’s undercoat out you’ll want to use a slicker brush to smooth the fur over and keep it fluffy and soft.
  • Spray Bottle – Filling this with water and using it when brushing matted fur out with a rake or collie comb can be very helpful. Depending on how your dog reacts to it and spray bottle can be used as a deterrent for bad behavior.
  • Dog Nail Clippers – Husk nails should be trimmed three to four times a year but be careful not to cut too deep or you’ll cut the quick and cause a lot of pain for your friend. You can always have a professional dog grooming service take care of this step if you’re concerned about messing up.
  • Dog Shampoo – Try not to bathe your husky too much or you will dry out their skin and fur. A few times a year is more than enough or whenever your pup gets into something nasty and makes a mess.
  • Small Tooth Brush with Dog Toothpaste – Toothpaste made for humans sometimes contain toxic ingredients to dogs so be sure to get tooth paste specifically made for dogs or just use water.
  • Grooming Table – It’s really nice to have a space dedicated to your pets grooming needs.

Dog Bed

Even if your dog sleeps in your bed it is important to get them a spot reserved especially for them. Feel free to put your dog bed in your dog’s crate or leave it somewhere else around the house that your dog is likely to nap.

Dog Door

A dog door isn’t necessarily a necessity but they are a nice thing to have for convenience. A good dog door will allow your pet in and out at will and certain models can do more than others such as letting your pup in but not back out or vice versa.

Gates

Baby or doggie gates can be used to restrict your dog’s access to certain parts of the house. We plan on purchasing one to teach Aura to stay out of the kitchen when dinner is being made.

Cleaning Supplies

Especially if you’re bringing a puppy home expect there to be mishaps and spills so here is a list of some cleaning supplies that will come in handy.

  • Paper towels – for when you inevitably need to clean a mess up.
  • Baby wipes – an easy way to wipe your dog down without a full on bath if they get into something icky.
  • Stain remover – if you have carpet anywhere in your house this will come in handy if there are any accidents.
  • Training pads – especially for puppies you may want to line the area they’ll be in with training pads while potty training.

Miscellaneous Extras

These items aren’t absolutely necessary to have but are very convenient to have!

  • Bag Dispenser – Having a place to keep all your doggie bags neat comes in handy. You can purchase the bags separately or like us just save and use plastic grocery bags.
  • Pooper Scooper – Especially if your yard is your dog’s main restroom one of these will make picking up after your pet much easier on your back. I try to go out and clear our yard of dog droppings once a week or so.
  • Food Scooper – If you monitor your dog’s diet a dedicated scoop that measures out the perfect amount of food is awesome to have.
  • Dog Literature – If you’re going to own a husky, or any dog for that matter, it’s good to do a little research on the breed. We recommend Siberian Huskies for Dummies by Diane Morgan as a good start.

A Whole Bunch of Love

The most important thing on this checklist is love. Dogs are very intelligent creatures that pickup on whatever energy you’re putting out there. If you’re stressed or angry they will know it. They’ll give you unconditional love and will know if you’re giving it back.

Bringing home a puppy or new dog is an amazing experience but can also be a stressful one. I hope this new puppy and new dog checklist helps prepare you a little better if you’re thinking about adopting a dog.

Leave a comment below with your new puppy checklist and let me know if there’s something I missed!

Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions – How to Cure Dog Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety Sad Husky

We adopted our husky Aura through the Lucky Dog Rescue organization a few weeks ago and she has really made our home complete. She is so well-behaved, housebroken, rarely barks, and sometimes even comes the first time you call her name! However, there is one problematic behavior she has been displaying.

My partner and I work opposite schedules so most of the time someone is home with her, but when we do have to both be away she will take seemingly random items and chew them to pieces. Sometimes she even gets up onto tables to find things, something she wouldn’t dare do in front of one of us. I’ve done some research and this behavior appears to be a classic case of separation anxiety. Here are some dog separation anxiety solutions that you can use if your pup suffers from this condition.

To start off with I am going to explain what separation anxiety is, its symptoms, and what causes it. With that understanding we will then delve into treatments for the condition and ways to prevent your dog from developing it in the first place.

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a condition where a pet experiences extreme negative emotions when left alone for even short periods of time. It can vary in severity from dog to dog and can sometimes be very easy to misidentify as bad behavior or miss altogether, especially in dogs with mild cases.

Our husky Aura has a mild case of separation anxiety which can be a common condition for a rescue dog that has experienced abandonment in the past. Aura’s separation anxiety makes life a little more difficult because someone always has to be with her or she will get herself worked up and cause destruction. I’m sure her experience is just as bad if not worse than our experience of coming home to shredded belongings.

It’s very important to understand that separation anxiety is not your dog trying to get back at you for leaving him or her alone. Your pet is truly terrified and being left alone is a traumatic experience for them so punishment will potentially make the condition worse.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

There are a number of different symptoms that could indicate a case of separation anxiety in a dog. These include but aren’t limited to;

  • Ignoring food and treats when left alone.Separation Anxiety Nervous Huskies with Owner
  • Attempts to escape their enclosure when left alone.
  • Constant barking, whining, and howling when left alone.
  • Urination, defecation, and even eating of feces when left alone.
  • Tendency to follow owners around the house when they are home.
  • Clawing and chewing at furniture and objects within the home when left alone.
  • Upon arriving home dog may act extremely over-excited, as if owner had been gone for ages.
  • Salivation and exhibiting other signs of stress (panting, pacing, trembling, dilation of pupils) when owner is preparing to leave.

A dog with separation anxiety may exhibit all or only a few of the symptoms listed above.

Causes of Separation Anxiety

It’s important to keep in mind that every dog is a unique individual with his or her own past but here are a few possible causes that might lead a dog to develop separation anxiety.

  • Dog has been neglected.
  • Dog is moved to a new environment.
  • Dog is abandoned or has a change of ownership.
  • Death of a dog’s companion, human or another pet.
  • Dog has been coddled and relies too heavily on its owner.
  • Adopting a dog before it’s old enough to be away from its mother.
  • Change in schedule where dog is suddenly left alone for extended periods of time, often for the first time.

Dogs are complex creatures and while a few typical causes are listed above, other factors can potentially contribute to the development of separation anxiety in a pet.

Treatments for Separation Anxiety

If your pet is affected by separation anxiety the good news is that there are a number of dog separation anxiety solutions to try.

  • Desensitize your dog to signals indicating your departure. Do this by picking up your keys or putting on your shoes but don’t leave the house, just hang out for awhile. Doing this a couple times of day for a few weeks will teach your pup that these signals don’t necessarily mean you are going to leave soon.Separation Anxiety Nervous Husky
  • Exercise or play with your dog before you leave. A tired dog is less likely to get worked up so if possible try to get up a little earlier for work and go on a walk or run with your dog. Not only is this a great bonding experience but your pup will most likely be too tired to focus on their anxiety.

 

  • Train your dog to be alone in a different part of the house. You can do this by teaching them to stay and then walking into another room. Gradually increase the time you make your dog stay in the other part of the house from seconds to minutes, maybe even an hour if necessary.
  • Crate train your dog. By creating a space that is reserved for your pup where you can pet and give him or her treats you are creating a safe space that encourages independence from you.
  • When arriving back home ignore your dog until they greet you calmly. You want to project calm and assertive energy when leaving and when arriving home. Dogs are very intuitive creatures and will pick up on your emotions. If you make a big deal out of leaving by giving a grand goodbye this can exacerbate your dog’s separation anxiety.
  • Leave the house for short periods of time, gradually increasing the time you’re gone. The severity of your dog’s condition will dictate how long these short periods of time are. For some dogs you can quickly extend the time by minutes but other dogs need a little more work and these periods of time should be increased by seconds when starting out. Start with an initial goal of being able to leave for 5 minutes, then 20 minutes, then an hour and be sure to approach these goals with plenty of patience and love.
  • Leave background noise on when you leave. This can be as simple as a television or you can even leave an audiobook or YouTube playlist of relaxing music playing when you leave. Recent discoveries indicate that dogs can understand quite a bit of human language and love being read to.
  • Give your dog a special toy or treat reserved only for when you leave. This toy or treat should be durable enough to keep your dog’s attention for at least half an hour. This will also teach your dog to associate you leaving with something positive. A KONG® filled with something tasty is a great choice for most dogs.
  • Consider the use of medication for your dog. Some dogs have such severe separation anxiety that they need anti-anxiety medication like xanax or trazodone coupled with professional training to help get over their condition. In these cases it’s best to contact a veterinarian and a professional trainer for help.
  • Take your dog to a sitter or doggy daycare. Maybe there is a trusted neighbor you could leave your dog with during the day. There are many affordable doggy daycare options located in the Phoenix area.

How to Prevent Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a lifelong condition for dogs so the best ‘cure’ is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Luckily, many of the same treatments for separation anxiety can be used to prevent separation anxiety! Separation Anxiety White Happy Husky

  • Crate train your dog. It’s very important that your dog has a safe place and that they enjoy their time in it.
  • Get plenty of exercise. A tired dog is less likely to be destructive and get into trouble.
  • Reserve a special treat or toy for when you leave your dog alone. Take the toy or treat and put it away as soon as you arrive home. This will teach your pup to associate something good with you being gone.
  • Don’t make a big deal over arrivals and departures. When leaving don’t give a long-drawn-out goodbye as this can be a trigger for separation anxiety. When you get back don’t greet your dog until he or she is calm.

Can We ‘Cure’ Dog Separation Anxiety?

Unfortunately there is no sure-fire way to cure a dog of separation anxiety and some dogs will develop it despite our best preventive efforts. At least now you are equipped with the knowledge on what dog separation anxiety is, its symptoms, potential causes, and possible treatments for dealing with the condition.

For more information on dog separation anxiety check out these articles from the Animal Humane Society and the American Kennel Club.

Do you think your pet suffers from separation anxiety? Leave a comment below with their symptoms or what worked for you in curing it!

 

How to Show Your Dog You Love Them – Best Tips for Dog Lovers

Show Your Dog You Love Them

As humans I don’t know what we did to deserve dogs but I’m so happy they’re here. They are beautiful creatures that shower us in unconditional love and affection. I know Aura loves me, but how do I show her that I love her right back just as much? I did some research and found some of the best ways on how to show your dog you love them.

Dogs are just as unique as people and each one has a unique and distinct personality. While these are a few tips on how to show your dog you love them, keep in mind your own critter may take to some of these tips better than others or not at all. Most importantly to show your dog you love them you should spend time with and get to know what they like and don’t like.

Talk to Your Husky

Recent evidence has been uncovered that dogs actually understand human speech better than previously thought. So saying derogatory words in a happy voice, as fun as it can be, should be avoided. We tell Aura we love her every day in a loving tone to match. Telling your dog you love them, telling them about your day, or even reading them a book is a great way to show them your love. If you need something to brighten your day be sure to read about the Shelter Buddies Reading Program where kids in Missouri are learning to read stories to shelter dogs.

Let Your Husky Hang Out With You

This may seem like an obvious one but let your dog hang out with you. Dogs are social creatures like us and crave being around you. If your dog is an outside dog be sure to go outside and spend time with them! For your next vacation think about looking at pet friendly destinations because a dog can make a great vacation exponentially better. We let Aura hang out with us whether we’re hanging out watching television or out working in the backyard.

Raise Your Eyebrows

Dogs have an amazing ability to pick up on human emotions through body language and facial expressions. In 2013 a group of Japanese researchers discovered that dogs raised their eyebrows, especially the left one, when reuniting with their owner. Smiling and raising your eyebrows while talking in a calm or uplifting voice is a great way to show your dog you love them.

Socialize Your Husky

It’s extremely important to socialize your dog starting at a young age to avoid the Two Huskies Socializingdevelopment of aggressive or overprotective behavior. Going on walks, maybe to a dog park, is an excellent way to get your pooch some exercise and maybe meet some friendly neighbors. Better yet, plan a play date with a friend’s dog or enroll your pup in a class to pass the American Kennel Club’s ‘Canine Good Citizen‘ test.

Give Your Husky Physical Affection

Most pets, not just dogs, crave physical affection just as much as they do attention and food. Aura absolutely loves being pet and will transform into a puddle right before your eyes if you give her enough of it. Plus petting your dog is a great way to release helpful neurochemicals like oxytocin into your brain.

You may have heard that dogs actually don’t appreciate hugs as much as humans do. There is some debate behind whether this information is concretely backed with scientific data so it’s best to get to know your dog to see if he or she likes hugs or not. Aura loves to be cuddled and pet but is not a fan of hugs.

If you don’t want to risk hugging you can always go for ear scratching. The spot behind your dog’s ear is a nerve center that sends ‘feel good’ endorphins all throughout their body when you give it a good massaging. This is a very sensitive area so it’s important to be gentle with these precious parts by rubbing softly.

Take Your Husky on Walks

Dogs, especially huskies, crave structure and need something to do. Going on recurring walks at the same time every day is a great way to provide your dog with something to look forward to as well as ensuring they get adequate exercise. Plus they will love spending this precious time with you.

Physically Lean on Your Husky

Sometimes a dog will brush its coat against or lean on a person. The cute little critter isn’t trying to move the person out of the way or anything malicious, it’s actually a sign of love and trust from dogs.

When Aura leans up against me it’s the equivalent of a dog hug and is one of the ways that she communicates her trust in me. If you want to show your dog you love them feel free to lean right back into them (but not so much that you squish them) when this happens.

Let Your Husky Sleep With You

Letting your dog sleep in your bed can be a divisive issue amongst couples and Husky Sleeping on Floortruthfully we don’t allow Aura in bed simply because it’s too small for all three of us. However, letting your pup sleep with you is one of the highest forms of trust a dog can show and receive. While asleep dogs are in a very vulnerable state and so need to put quite a bit of trust in you before cuddling up for some ‘Z’s.

Letting your dog sleep with you is a great way to show your love and reap some positive health benefits as well. If you don’t want your dog up on your bed you can always join them on their dog bed or catch an afternoon nap on the sofa with them!

Gaze Lovingly Into Your Husky’s Eyes

Most people know you shouldn’t lock eyes with an aggressive dog because it can be perceived as a challenge from the dog and even instigate aggression.

However, as with most words context is extremely important. A recent study found that when a dog and owner share a calm, longing gaze, much like with petting oxytocin is produced in both the dog and the human. For best effect speak in a soft voice while petting and looking calmly into your pet’s eyes!

Groom Your Husky

Having your dog groomed on a regular basis, or better yet doing it yourself, is a great way to bond with and show your love for your dog. Huskies especially can develop very thick overcoats that need to be brushed often or it can become tangled and matted.

Baths are also a great bonding experience to have with your dog. Some dogs take to bath time with fun and pleasure immediately while others may have to be coaxed into letting you wash them. A good rule of thumb is to brush your husky at least once a week and bath at least once a month.

Heart Your Husky

Love Your Husky

Once again I just want to reiterate that every dog has a unique personality special just to them so it’s extremely important for a dog owner to get to know their dog to find out what kinds of thing he or she likes or dislikes.

Some dogs love being pet while others prefer not to be touched. Some like games of fetch while others refuse to be interested in any toys. The most surefire way on how to show your dog you love them is to spend time with and get to know his or her personality.

In what unique ways do you show your dog you love them? Let us know in the comments below!

About I Heart My Husky

Hello everyone! My name is Jon and welcome to my website, I Heart My Husky! Growing up my family always had dogs (and a few cats too) and it was a great way for my parents to teach us kids about responsibility starting from a young age.

After seeing the movie Balto as a child I developed a fascination with wolves and really enjoy how closely huskies resemble them in physical appearance. While I’ve taken care of many different pets over the years I’ve always wanted a Siberian Husky. I just find them so cute and cuddly looking.

Guess what? I finally got my wish!

Adopting Aura

Fast forward a few years from childhood and I find myself and my partner living in Phoenix, AZ. I haven’t had a pet since college (most dorms, and university life in general, is not very pet friendly) and we have both been wanting to adopt a dog. However we wanted to make sure whatever dog we end up adopting has plenty of space so our apartment just wouldn’t do.

After three long years of trying to purchase a house we finally qualified and got ourselves a wonderful home here in Phoenix with a yard big enough for three dogs! We might get there someday but for now we have just started with one.

It seems like the stars finally aligned because just as we were getting our house an adorable husky named Aura was living in a foster home and needed a forever home. We adopted her through the Lucky Dog Rescue organization based here in Phoenix. She is the perfect dog for us and we love her so very much.

Aura on the Kitchen Floor

 

Doing Things Differently

In preparation for adopting a husky I have purchased quite a few books, including the ‘Siberian Huskies for Dummies‘ book by Diane Morgan. In researching these animals more in depth I’ve realized that growing up I wasn’t the greatest pet owner of all time. I was never abusive or negligent but I definitely made my fair share of mistakes in raising them.

Adopting a dog in many ways is very much like adopting a child. Especially at first, they need constant supervision, plenty of attention, and lots of love. I’m sure I will make plenty of more mistakes but I want to do my best to be the best pet owner possible.

The Goal of ‘I Heart My Husky’

The goal of this website is to document our life with Aura and share what I’ve learned about these magnificent creatures we call man’s best friend. Along the way I’ll be sure to document my mistakes and my accomplishments to share what works and what doesn’t for us. Hopefully this will help other dog lovers out there also wanting to adopt a husky!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. If you’ve recently or have ever adopted a husky I want to hear all about them in the comments!

Take care,

Jon
iheartmyhusky.com

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