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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by IzzyTwig, Nov 28, 2012.


  1. IzzyTwig

    IzzyTwig PetForums Senior

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    In December we'll be bringing home a new puppy, a beautiful brown and white husky pup with blue eyes. This is technically our first dog, though both my partner and I have grown up with dogs and taken responsibility for their care, ranging from lurchers, springers, ridgebacks, labs and bedlingtons so we're used to a variety of different dogs.

    I must admit this is a little sooner than planned but we found the perfect puppy with amazing parents, and to boot we'll be getting him just as I start a stretch of 5 weeks off work so perfect for socialising and training him.

    I just want to check I have everything ready for his arrival.


    Crate
    Bed
    Food and Water Bowl
    Puppy Food same as the breeders
    Treats
    Toys (Kong, nylabone etc)
    Lead and collar (we'll get a harness when he's bigger)
    Puppy shampoo
    Travel carrier
    Flea/worm treatment
    Slicker brush and rake
    Training books

    We chose a husky because we want a dog for lots and lots of walking and running and eventually we hope to go scootering with the dog.

    Finally we just need a name, we've so far narrowed it down to either Fenrir or Loki, any thoughts? I'll post pictures when we pick him up.
     
  2. Helbo

    Helbo PetForums VIP

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    I like Loki as a name

    As for you list...

    I'd add a crate cover - winter is cold and drafty
    Spare bedding - makes dealing with accidents easier
    Cleaning solution for accidents - biological washing powder, water and a white cloth works well.
    Feeding mat - some dogs can be very messy!
    An ID tag for the collar
    How about things for ear and dental care?
     
  3. Reverie

    Reverie PetForums VIP

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    I prefer Fenris to Fenrir. It's from a novel about wolves I loved as a child called 'The Sight', he was the wolf god. :D
     
  4. Pet Services Kent

    Pet Services Kent PetForums Senior

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    Sounds like you have most things covered except POO BAGS! Crucial!

    Bet you cant wait to get him home!

    Only thing i would say is that huskies are known to have a very high prey drive and you have three cats in your sig. Not saying its not do-able as i'm sure people manage it, but might be worth getting some advice from seasoned husky-folk about how best to introduce them/manage the situatiin so you can be prepared from the start!
     
  5. AngelEyes92

    AngelEyes92 PetForums Senior

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    Hi, good luck with the new puppy. Loki is a beautiful name. There was a Loki living by me, unfortunately he is now at the bridge but he was the most stunning dog!!

    I'm in no way questioning your abilities as a potential owner, but I would like to point out that huskies and cats isn't always the best idea. I do know people who have a malamute with their cat, and I also know of people who have kept their husky and cat together for their whole lives and the dog has attacked and killed the cat. They have massive prey drives, I mean HUGE prey drives.

    I would advise you at the very least to do a lot of research into introducing a dog with a big prey drive to what is essentially prey. Look into how to introduce a dog and a cat safely, and even if they do get along, I really cannot stress how important it is to NEVER leave them alone together.

    That aside, any pictures? :D


    Edited to add: I've just noticed that you mentioned getting a harness when he's older. Huskies have pulling in their blood, and a harness will encourage them to pull, so just be warned that it'll take extra training to discourage pulling with a harness. I use a half check. :)
     
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    Charleigh PetForums VIP

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    I would say you have everything :D except like someone said poo bags, I've gone through them like nobodies business. Like some one else said ear dental care, I wash my cockers ears every day atm as she has an ear infection but she needs regular ear cleaning and trimming, I'm not sure if a husky needs trimming but perhaps some safety scissors if he does. I also have toothbrush and toothpaste for my girl. Also for an id tag you can get a little unscrew one with paper inside, until you decide his name then get an engraved one thats what i did as i didnt chose Teddy's name until 2 days after i got her. Also blankets not a but they're handy for bringing him home making his bed snugly. Also towels! To dry him after a bath. Also im not sure what toys you have ut my cocker likes her soft toys aswell she lays on them and goes mad when they squeak :) I love Loki that's so cute :) good luck :)
     
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    A recommended vet and his details, Insurance...

    We on PF of course would love to see pictures... (some may say demand) ;) So a good camera!
     
  8. IzzyTwig

    IzzyTwig PetForums Senior

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    Yes I'm aware of the potential incompatibility with cats, so we've made sure the cats have their own space and the dog has their own space and they'll be never left together unsupervised. I've spoken to quite a few husky owners about the cat issue and I'm told as long as they're integrated early it can be done. Fortunately we've got a big house so there's plenty of room for all 4 animals. We'll be making introductions slowly but early on and the cats are pretty confident things so won't be the type to run off giving the husky something to chase, they're more likely to give the puppy a quick bosh over the head if he gets too playful/annoying/nippy.

    Poo bags, we have hundreds, forgot to mention them that's all, and we've got old towels for bathing cleaning up after muddy walks etc. Good idea about the blanket over the cage, we've got spare fleeces so we can use one of those. And I'll be sure to get some ear and dental care stuff, I must admit I'd forgotten about that.

    As for the harness, we may rethink that one, I've read conflicting views on what's best for a husky, I have looked into the canny collar so that might be an option, and we'll be getting a flexi lead once he's old enough to go on walks as I'm aware huskies can't be let off lead and I want him to have a bit of freedom.

    Fenris is lovely, now that's 3 names to debate lol!

    I was silly and forgot to take pictures when we visited, but I'll post pictures when we pick him up. As for the vet he'll be going to my local vets as they always make a fuss of the animals and are very reasonable with their prices and very knowledgeable. And I'll probably go with M&S for insurance, their life policy.
     
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    I don't like flexi leads personally, if he can't be let off lead I'd use a long line with a harness for off road walking. For on road, I'd start with a loose half check as he's a pup and a normal lead.
     
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    Yeah another husky owner :) hope it goes well with the cats. I know my mal hates them even tho he seen next door neighbours as a pup.
     
  11. Booties

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    I prefer Loki to either Fenris or Fenrir! Both of those two are very generic names for huskies/malamutes because of the wolf-like appearance. I think Loki is much more individual. :)

    I have no problem with flexi-leads. You can lock them at a short length, so it's not like you have no control at all. I personally use one and a harness!
    I would consider adding a poo scoop for the... Not-so-solid days. Also something for the puppy to teethe on if your toys don't have that "feature", a clicker might be good for training if you want to go about it that way.
    Otherwise, what everyone else said, re. covers, "accident" cleaner, etc.

    Good luck with the new puppy, I can't wait to see him! :D
     
  12. ispetfashion

    ispetfashion PetForums Newbie

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    Well things are different now I am sure they will gel around just need to train them a bit and need to keep eyes on them for first few days.
     
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