Temperament and Behavior {Texas Husky Breeder}

Husky Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, eager to please. Huskies are high energy and can be stubborn. Huskies love to dig and are known escape artists. Huskies are known to  have a high prey drive and should be watched around small animals. Huskies need mental and physical stimulation, including enrichment activities, frequent walks, biking, and hiking. Boredom can result in destructive behaviors. Huskies are pack animals and need pack camaraderie. Huskies can be strong willed, training can be a challenge but huskies are also known to be food driven which helps in training. Be prepared to devote time and effort to train and exercise your pet or else you can have one unmanageable Husky on your hands. Huskies need confident owners, structure, boundaries, and consistency.

I found the above on a couple husky pages.  It was very easy to find. I ask all puppy buyers to fill out a puppy application. One of the questions I ask is “have you researched the breed fully”.  This is because it is your responsibility as a buyer to know about the breed you are buying and to know their typical breed temperament. I also ask if you are prepared to train your puppy. I suggest all families attend puppy training classes. Especially if you are a first time husky owner. Puppies need training, and boundaries to establish acceptable behavior. You have to make it clear early on what behavior is acceptable and what is not. What is cute at 10 weeks is not what is cute at 10 months. If you have children do not leave your puppy alone with them, and please, please teach both puppy and child acceptable behavior and how to interact with each other.

If you pack around your puppy constantly, you are setting your puppy up for separation anxiety.  It will be difficult to crate train and it will whine, and howl and even destroy if left alone.  You need to teach your puppy that it’s OK to be alone, and that when you leave, you come back. Remember that your puppy is not a human baby it is a canine. And while it needs love, attention and affection it needs to be a dog. Often times a new puppy gets all the attention, everyone wants to have a turn and pack him round, unfortunately once that newness wears off and the attention declines, the puppy has a hard time adjusting. As hard as it might be, give your new puppy time to play alone, and learn to entertain himself. Enrichment activities, stuffed toys (kongs), etc are all easy ways to give your puppy things to do, while you busy yourself with other things. With that being said they also need pack time, if you don’t have other dogs, you are their pack and they need interaction and play time with you.  They need walks, they need to run, they need to be pet and cuddled. This is NOT a dog you can just ignore and leave alone in the yard. If you have other dogs, you need to know that husky play is rough play, It’s like watching football in my yard. They chase, tackle, pin, throat grab, tail pull, bump each other and roll each other. It can get vocal, and look scary.  But they are just playing. We do have to watch for signs of it getting out of hand, because sometimes it does happen.  If you have smaller dogs, teach your husky that they have to be easy and you may not be able to let them play at all if his need to play like a husky is strong.

*I do not have any huskies with bad temperaments. I would never own them, let alone breed them. I have children, and grandchildren and grand-puppies that come to play.

*I do have huskies with typical husky temperaments, for example birds and squirrels are chased out of the yard if they are not caught, and our chickens have their own yard away from the pack.  I have holes in my yard, we have had cords chewed, and damage to our walls.

*I do have some puppies with bad behaviors. For example, Zuko is a jumper, and several of my pack are counter surfers and trash diggers.

*I do socialization and enrichment activities with all our puppies starting at just a few days old. I would never, never, release a puppy that I thought was ill tempered.  It is very important that you continue socialization, and training to help establish good behavior and habits.

*I am not a professional trainer, but all of my dogs are taught basic obedience. This makes things easier especially when we have up to 8 in the house at a time.

Upcoming Litters: Week 9 {Texas Husky Breeders}

Week 8

Sun 1 July 2018 – Sat 8 July 2018

  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
  • She may express milk from her nipples.
  • Watch for her temperature to drop.
  • She may also become restless, seek seclusion and in the last few days, soil the house.
  • She will be ‘nesting’ 12-24 hours before the birth

Mon 9 July 2918

  • Expected date of whelp. Average is 62 days but may take place from the 58th to the 68th day.
  • Keep watching for that temp drop. If you’re actually taking the temp, it does drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Appetite will disappear as whelping approaches.
  • May see a clear discharge from the vulva.
  • At onset of labor may pace, dig, shiver, pant and/or vomit.
  • First fetus will be delivered within 4 hours of the onset of labor.

Please remember these calculations are based on Amara’s first tie. That may or may not be the one that took. It all depends on when she ovulated. Autumn’s first tie was 4 days after Amara.  Please adjust the above dates accordingly.  In the past both girls have gone several days past their estimated due dates so do not let that concern you. I will keep you updated the best I can while keeping my girls a priority.

Both girls are showing with little round tummies.  Amara continues to spend a lot of time in her puppy room.  She prefers to be out of the way of the pack.  Autumn is the opposite she likes to be where the action is. Both girls have strong appetites and do not seem to be uncomfortable in anyway.

If you have any questions please feel free to message me. I will continue to update on the facebook page.  😀

Upcoming Litters: Week 6 {Texas Husky Breeders}

Week 6

Sun 10 Jun 2018 – Sat 16 Jun 2018

  • During the last several weeks, your dog’s nutritional needs nearly double. Feed small meals several times a day.
  • Increase water.
  • Enlargement of mammary glands as nipples darken and enlarge.
  • Your girl could start to be less comfortable, and could vomit on occasion.
  • There may be some clear fluid discharge from the vulva. This is normal.
  • Pigment develops as the pups keep growing.
  • Eyes and lids have formed and remain closed till 2 weeks after birth.

We have some very good signs of pregnancy now. Both girls are showing clear discharge.  Both are starting to get a bit irritable.  Autumn has become very picky, refusing kibble but eating sardines and other yummies.  We are moving to smaller meals throughout the day for her to try to make sure she gets her full daily serving. Both girls as always are on vitamins and get fresh foods daily.

There is only 4 days between both girls first ties with many ties over lapping. So there is a good chance they can deliver very close to the same day or Autumn can deliver before Amara, it all depends on when ovulation took place.

 

Deposit Information {Texas Husky Breeder}

DEPOSIT INFO FOR UPCOMING LITTERS: Puppy Application/Questionnaire is required for anyone interested in placing a deposit and does not guarantee you a puppy. We only take 2 deposits (pick one and pick two) per litter and only after we confirm breeding took place. We may hold off on taking deposits with first time momma’s to ensure they safely whelp. Since deposits are non refundable we feel this is best for potential buyers and us. We rather be safe than sorry. Deposits should be paid in full and sent promptly to reserve your spot. You may forfeit your spot if payment is not received in a timely fashion.

There is never a deposit to be placed on our waiting/contact list but it is your job to watch our page and contact me once the litter is born if you are still interested in a pup. I will try to reach out to people on the list, but I don’t have time to track people down and wait days for replies.  Deposits placed after the first two reserve picks have chosen are first come first serve and deposit must be made promptly. After that payments can be made as long as the puppy is paid off by 8 weeks old. Balance must be paid by the time the pups reach 8 weeks. Pups go home at 8 weeks, and only after their vet check including fecal test. There will be a boarding fee for pups not picked up on time unless prior arrangements are made. Pups will not be released unless complete balance has been received.

I am very easy going, if something comes up please be HONEST and talk to me.

Stages of Labor {Husky Breeder In Texas}

Alright guys, we are now playing the waiting game. Amara’s estimated due date was yesterday (the 31st) and Autumn’s is next Tues (the 7th).  I have been talking about stages of labor and I thought I would share with you guys what I am looking for.  😀

In some instances the first stage of labor is missed altogether.

Sings we are looking for:

  • Nesting behavior
  • Dam could become distressed (including: pacing, acting uncomfortable, panting, restlessness, discomfort, licking vulva, vomiting, and frequent urination.)
  • Temperature should be taken three times per day and should be 100-100.8° prior to labor.
    When temp drops considerably, to 98-99° puppies should present themselves within 24 hours. At this time, inform your vet of pending puppies. After the drop the temp will stay at about 99.4
  • Dam may refuse food as her appetite goes away.
  • Stools may turn dark.
  • Do not let dam out to relieve herself without supervision.
  • Offer smaller meals, and maybe try some more expensive canned food.

The first stage of labor can last 24 hours, and can go totally unnoticed. Do NOT give calcium during this stage of dilating. Calcium can only be given when contractions are a minute apart, and she is constantly pushing.

The second stage usually begins with a rather clear or mucous-like discharge from the vulva. In the second stage of labor contractions should start. There will be more discharge, and the presentation of a round, golf-ball size membrane sac of water. This sac is still the 2nd stage of labor and dilating. Do not give calcium. She is not ready to push. This is usually just the horn sac. Pup can follow in 20 minutes to a few hours. Some vets recommend not letting her puncture this sac. This is the protective sac that the puppies are in. But do not fret if she pops it. This is Her water breaking. After presentation of this sac, the puppy could be out in about 30 minutes, but it can take a couple of hours. If the dam continues to strain hard for longer than 45 minutes on a single puppy, it is wise to call your vet. (Remember there should never be time limits, as every situation is different.) It is always best to call your vet and do what he/she recommends.

The third stage: Presentation of puppy and delivery of placenta.

 

*Source: dogbreedinfo.com

Pregnancy 8 & 9 Weeks {Husky Breeder in Texas}

We are in the final stretch with about a week to go. I am working a few days this week and then will be limiting my availability to ensure I am home around due dates and home for puppy supervision. Both girls are right on track.  Nikita always went a week past her due date (she ovulated late in her cycle)  Hopefully these girls will stick close to their due date. I will update when girls go into labor via the facebook page.  I use to document and post photographs after each pup was born. I found that I was focusing more on posting then on momma and pups. More recently I have posted photos after whelping was done and mom and pups were resting.  I am not sure how I will work it this time. I think we will just see how things go. I have been asked for video, and if things are going smoothly I may attempt one or two. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Amara: 9 Weeks

*Gently clean nipples and vulva (my girls get a spa day)

*May become restless, seek seclusion.

*Oct 31st, Expected Date of Whelp.

*Average Day is 62 days, but may take place the 58th to the 68th day.

*Watch for temp drop. Will drop from 101- 99.5 to 97-98

*May see clear discharge from vulva.

*At onset of labor may, pace, dig, shiver, pant and or vomit.

Autumn: Week 8

*Dam spends a lot more time grooming herself.

*Breasts become swollen as her milk forms.

*Nesting begins.

*Dam may not have a big appetite.

*You can feel puppies move now.

*Introduce whelping box (area).

Pregnancy Update 7 & 8 weeks {Texas Husky Breeder}

I want to first say thank you for all you patience. I am sorry if I get behind with updates and replying. If you are ever left waiting for a reply, please feel free to message me on facebook to remind me.  With work, kids, house, huskies, etc, it can get hectic and I can be forgetful. I am trying to work as often as I can because I do not work close to due dates to ensure I am home for delivery and then I limit my working when pups get older to make sure they get proper supervision.

Alright so here we go…. we are getting closer guys!  I hope you are as excited as we are. Both litters have a lot of interest, and while I appreciate folks wanting to put down deposits now, to be safe, I only take 2 deposits per litter.  So if you are seriously interested in a pup from either litter, please fill out and email me an application (located on this site), watch the facebook page for updates, and contact me after I post that I am taking deposits.  Please understand your deposit reserves your spot in line and not a certain color, gender, etc.

Amara: Week 8

*Dam spends a lot more time grooming herself.

*Breasts become swollen as her milk forms.

*Nesting begins.

*Dam may not have a big appetite.

*You can feel puppies move now.

*Introduce whelping box (area).

Autumn; Week 7

*May shred paper, blankets, or bedding (nesting).

*May become irratable.

*Definite abdominal enlargement.

*Abdomen hair will start shedding.

 

Amara has a nice size baby belly, I am checking daily and should be able to start feeling the pups move this week. She is spending a lot of time in her crate (going in by herself) so I will be getting her room set up this week and we will be getting her use to the whelping pool, hoping she prefers that over the crate. 😀

Autumn has a baby belly as well and I feel that she will have a larger litter this time around. Last time she had 4, she feels bigger already and still has 3 weeks to go. Autumn is very lovey to me and wants to be by my side.  But she is cranky with Amara and the younger girls. Moody is an understatement.  She went thought this last time and much of the crankiness ended after the pups were born. 😀

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or message me.

Pregnancy Update: (6th and 7th week) {Siberian Husky Breeder in Texas}

We are in the final stretch of Amara and Autumn’s pregnancies.  Both girls are doing great.  We can defiantly see a baby belly on Amara and the hint of a belly on Autumn. I will be spending this week, cleaning and disinfecting each puppy room, whelping pool, bedding, etc.

Here is what the calendar says to expect in the coming week.

Amara; Week 7

*May shred paper, blankets, or bedding

*May become irratable

*definite abdominal enlargement

*Abdomen hair will start shedding

Autumn: Week 6

*Feed smaller meals several times a day

*Increase water

*Enlargements of mammary glands

*May be discharge from vulva

 

Pregnancy update (5 and 6 weeks): {Texas Siberian Husky Breeder}

Good morning everyone.  I am finally back to using our blog. I hope to use it more often, and documenting Amara and Autumn’s pregnancies will be much easier this way.  We are finally seeing some signs indicating pregnancy in both girls! Before I begin, please remember due dates are estimates. We are basing these on 63 days past first tie. But this can change depending on which tie “took”.  Females are not always ovulating at first tie.  For example, Nikita always whelped a week past her due date. So we knew she ovulated late in her cycle.  Amara and Autumn both whelped within 24 hours of their due date last time, and we are hoping that is the case this time.  But you cant always predict nature.

Amara: Estimated Due Date, Oct 31.  6th week of pregnancy.  Here is some of the things the calendar says happens in the 6th week:

*During the last several weeks, your dogs nutritional needs nearly double.

*Increase water

*Enlargement of mammary glands as nipple darken and enlarge.

*There may be some clear fluid discharge from the vulva. This is normal.

We are feeding Amara small portions, 2-3 times a day. She wants lots of loves and cuddles.  She is easily irritated by the younger pups, so we are giving her some space. We have noticed a little belly starting to show.

Autumn: Estimated Due Date, Nov 7th.  5th week of pregnancy.  Here is some of the things the calendar says happens in the 5th week:

*Development of toes,whiskers buds, and claws.

*Eyes now close and gender can be determined.

*The puppies are not considered fully developed miniature dogs.

*She may be showing

Autumn, is having trouble finishing her dinner so we are feeding her small portions, 2-3 times a day as well. She is moody, playful one minute and annoyed the next. We are giving her her own space and she is spending a lot of time with Tyrion or with me.