Siberian Husky puppies are more than soft, furry bundles of love. They need appropriate food, training, medications (both preventive and corrective), toys, bedding, socialization with other pets/people and exercise. We've compiled lots of information from our responses to the most frequently asked questions by our puppy buyers and others looking for information. Hopefully this page, and the links below, will help you to be prepared rather than overwhelmed by your new puppy's needs when you bring him home. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions about your new puppy.
Siberians do best on a simple diet based on chicken or fish. All of our dogs and puppies are currently on a natural raw diet consisting of human grade raw chicken, fish and eggs, with beef, venison, raw bone and organ meat added occasionally. We now wean our puppies directly onto raw. We feel this is the healthiest and most natural diet for them so we no longer use commercial dog foods except as a matter of convenience when traveling. Our dogs each eat approximately one pound of raw meat per day. The recommended serving for raw is 2% of the dogs weight per day. (More for hard working, high drive dogs). If you are considering making the transition to raw and have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.
We do understand that raw feeding is not for everyone and some of our puppy buyers prefer to feed kibble instead. We spent years searching for the perfect dog food before switching to raw. There is no perfect commercial food but the foods listed here were our favorites.
Of all the commercial dry kibble foods we have tried, Wysong impressed us the most. They are based in Midland, Michigan but ship throughout the US. They began in 1979 and provide one of the most natural and healthy diets we've found from a commercial dog food company. They also have cat foods, pet treats and supplements and commercial raw diets in addition to canned and dry pet foods. We haven't tried their supplements, commercial raw or canned foods. We've used the dry kibble "Maintenance" formula with our adult dogs with excellent results and the "Growth" formula for our puppies. We were extremely satisfied with both products. If you simply can't handle the idea of feeding raw, this is the dry kibble we would most recommend. You can find more information about their products on the Wysong website. Use the coupon code "SAVE10" for 10% off your order.
Consider your puppy an investment that you need to protect. You will only get back what you put into it. When it comes to food, training and care;
Garbage in = Garbage out.
Sojourner Farms offers a FANTASTIC freeze dried, grain-free raw food called "Sojos Complete". The main ingredients include raw turkey, sweet potato, egg and other wholesome foods. It's all freeze dried in an easy to carry package and you simply add water before feeding. One pound of the mix produces 5 pounds of nutritious raw food for your dogs.
This is a fantastic food for raw feeders who don't want to deal with the mess of handling raw meat. We still use this food ourselves because traveling to shows can be a huge headache with a cooler full of ice and frozen hunks of raw meat. Trying to cross the border with raw meat for Canadian shows can also be problematic and slow due to import regulations. This pre-packaged mix eliminated all the trouble as well as the need to drag around a big cooler. We can't say enough good things about this food for the sheer convenience. If it is fed daily as the main diet, I would suggest adding human grade fish oil daily and organ meat and some bone at least once a week.
Piper at 34 days old, eating a pheasant wing. We suggest feeding raw outside or in a crate, as puppies will invariably carry it over to your carpet, rug or couch to finish their meal.
Here are a few other supplements that we have tried and approve of. Familiarize yourself with the more common supplements so you will know what you may need if your dog starts having problems. Good health begins on the inside.
Missing Link Vitamin Supplement
Missing Link is a general daily vitamin formulated with all natural, unprocessed, human grade whole foods. M.L. provides, Omega 3 and Omega 6, fatty acids, enzymes, probiotics, fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. "Missing Link Plus" includes all of the above PLUS Glucosamine for joint support in aging or arthritic dogs. It's available at several online retailers including; Sojourner Farms and All Pets Considered They both charge about the same for it.
For those who are a little more brave and want to feed a commercial raw diet, Dodgerzden is a good source of multiple commercial raw foods. They carry Nature's Variety, Primal, Raw Advantage, Stella & Chewy's and several others. We haven't purchased any of their pre-packaged commercial raw but we do buy their beef bones and chicken necks.
Our dogs and puppies have all benefited from a Kelp supplement daily in the past. Fortunately the NuVet has Kelp in it so we no longer have to add a separate supplement. Kelp powder is a valuable natural source of calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, lithium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sulfur, zinc, chromium, cobalt, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, sodium, thiamine, vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. It makes a wonderful, natural multi-vitamin all by itself. It is especially high in iodine which gives it many of it's healing powers.
We believe very strongly in the benefits of adding it to our dogs diet. High levels of iodine help the thyroid and pituitary glands function well and in turn the thyroid controls growth, energy levels and metabolism properly. It stimulates thick, healthy hair and strong nail growth. It's beneficial to the pancreas, prostate and reproductive organs of both the male and the female.
Siberians, as a breed, tend to have low thyroid scores. This is why we test our Siberians with OFA Thyroid and also why we ensure they receive Kelp in their supplement.
It acts as a natural antibiotic in the body and is also an anti-inflammatory. It stimulates healthy cell growth, clears the digestive system, inhibits the growth of tumors and helps clear the body of toxins and poisons.
Our dogs were given 1/2 a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of ground kelp powder with their meal once per day. We sprinkled it over their meat and gave it a minute to soak in before feeding the dogs. Fortunately it is now included in their NuVet.
You can find good quality kelp at many online stores.
Herbalremedies.com has human grade Norwegian Kelp powder for around $3. They have capsules as well but we haven't tried it in that form. I find it's easier to sprinkle it over the food rather than try to get the dog to eat a capsule. If you have multiple dogs you may want to buy a larger package. Healthy Pets sells 1 and 6 pound packages of "Naturvet Kelp Help".
3. Fish oil
Our dogs also get fish oil every single day, either with fish in their meal or a dose of fish oil. I strongly recommend a daily dose for all dogs and puppies regardless of whether you choose to feed raw or kibble.
Fish oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids which have a full range of health benefits. They lower blood fat and slightly thin the blood while increasing good cholesterol. They prevent abnormal heart rhythms, inhibit hardening of the arteries and can bring down blood pressure slightly. Their most significant benefit is their ability to reduce inflammation throughout the entire body. Inflammation is a contributor to multiple diseases including cancers and auto-immune diseases. Fish oil helps prevent these by barring the production of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules. It also helps reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis if used regularly. It isn't a pain killer but with consistent regular use, the anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the symptoms long-term. Fish oil lengthens cell life which not only slows the overall aging process, it also significantly reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. (Macular degeneration is a common cause of blindness in the elderly)
Fish oil also helps maintain proper levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain which helps regulate mood and lessen the severity of symptoms of depression or mental instability. Dogs do not make any Omega 3 in their bodies so they are completely dependant on their diet to provide them with this. They rely on you to be sure it's included in whatever you feed them.
Salmon, tuna, anchovies and sardines are the richest in Omega 3s.
We have used "Nutri-vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil For Dogs" with good results. We just put it over their food at meal time. The Nutri-vet is made with wild/non-farmed Alaskan salmon and stabilized with anti-oxidants. You can buy it at Healthy Pets and Greg Robert Pets, We've also used "Iceland Pure Unscented Sardine-Anchovy Oil". This one is nice because it doesn't have a fishy odor like some of the others. It's available at Healthy Pets as well.
Glucosamine is something already present in our bodies, in the cartilage and synovial fluid. When Glucosamine supplement is taken orally, it is distributed through the body to the joint tissues where it helps regenerate lost tissue and ease inflammation. This is extremely helpful to dogs with osteoarthritic conditions or hip dysplasia. It is also said to be an excellent preventive supplement to reduce the likelihood of future joint damage by excessive wear and tear. If your dog develops stiffness, difficulty getting around or pain in his or her joints you may want to consider giving a daily dose of glucosamine with a meal. It is recommended that you double the general dose for the first 2 weeks for faster relief. It generally takes about 2-3 weeks for a marked response.
There are numerous products that include glucosamine in them including supplements, treats, rawhide chews, foods, etc. You can find these products everywhere. For some examples of what is available to help arthritic or aging dogs check out Pet Wellbeing or Natural Wonder.
Natural homemade treats:
Gracin - Taja's Rock the World, the picture of perfect health & temperament
Alenka has OFA "Excellent" hips.
Alenka & baby Anicka
Commercially made treats are like candy for dogs. Like dog food, the ideal treat should be natural, derived from meat and grain free. Treats are great for training but should be doled out sparingly. Too many treats can cause digestive upset, obesity and a picky dog that won't eat its dinner. Treats with grains are difficult for dogs to digest and cause a lot of gas. We've noticed treats with a lot of wheat are the worst offenders. If our dogs eat wheat they can clear a room with their gas. We tend to avoid most commercial treats for this reason but there are a few good ones.
One of our favorite treats which we use for training and show bait is beef liver, boiled with garlic. You can make your own treats relatively cheaply. Buy calf liver. Boil it in a pan with garlic for 5 minutes or until it is no longer bleeding from the center. Take the liver slices out of the water and cut them into small bite sized pieces. Lay all the pieces out flat on a baking tray. Bake this in the oven at 250 degrees (fahrenheit) for 2-3 hours. This makes liver jerky. The longer you bake it the tougher it becomes. When they are finished you can divide it up into small freezer baggies or containers and freeze what you won't use right away.
Liver treats are fed in moderation. Liver is very high in Vitamin A so if you feed too much liver every single day you can cause Vitamin A toxicity in your dog. This can be easily remedied by stopping the addition of vitamin A in the dogs diet until it levels off. Then be cautious about how much is given in the future. A few liver treats every day won't hurt anything and are very good for your dog. Raw fed dogs need organ meat in addition to muscle meat, bone and fat so our liver treats help us meet this requirement but even kibble fed dogs will enjoy a few liver treats every day. You can also use chicken livers instead of calf liver.
Healthy commercial treats:
Sojourner Farms has several healthy commercially made
treats that are free of wheat and corn. They have Sojos dog treats in Bacon Cheddar, Peanut Butter Honey, Lamb & Sweet Potato, Duck & Cherry, and Chicken Veggie flavors. We like the Chicken Veggie and the Lamb & Sweet Potato.
If you don't want the inside of your house to smell like garlic and liver from homemade jerky, you can get the next best thing at Jake's Dog House. They have all natural Wilderness Jerky Treats made with Lamb or Venison. They also have Beef Paddywhacks (beef tendon) and Beef spare ribs. Our favorite is the 12" extra thick Beef Bully Sticks. These are smoked jerky muscles from hormone and antibiotic free beef. They're perfect for heavy chewers like Siberians and our dogs get a lot of chewing satisfaction out of them rather than chewing on things they shouldn't be chewing on... like furniture.
The following foods are TOXIC to dogs and should NEVER be used for treats or left laying where your dog could get to them!
Currants, grapes and raisins - Cause damage to the kidney
Alcohol - Can cause rapid intoxication, coma and death
Avocado - Leaves, seeds, fruit and bark contain Persin which causes diarreah and vomiting
Cat Food - While it isn't entirely toxic it's generally too high in protein, ash and fats.
Chocolate (esp Dark Chocolate), coffee grounds or coffee, tea, and other caffeinated products - Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
Citrus Oil Extracts - Cause vomiting
Fat Trimmings - Can cause Pancreatitus
Hops - Causes panting, racing heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures and death
Human vitamin supplements containing iron - Damage the digestive system, liver and kidneys
Macadamia Nuts - Unknown toxin in the nuts causes damage to the nervous system, digestive system & muscle tissue.
Marijuana & Tobacco - Depress the digestive and nervous systems, result in rapid heartbeat, collapse, coma and death
Onions - Raw, cooked and powder can all damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
Persimmons - Seeds cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits from peaches and plums - Intestinal obstruction.
Rhubarb Leaves - Contain oxalates which affect digestive, nervous and urinary systems
Xylitol - Artificial sweetener in sugar free candy and gum. Can cause hypoglycemia, vomiting, weakness, collapse, and liver failure.
(Siberian puppies chew more!!!)
Puppies are babies and EVERYTHING goes into their mouth. Before your new puppy comes home you need to baby proof whatever area of the home your puppy will be spending time in. We don't recommend allowing the puppy to have free roam for several months. It will make housebreaking and supervision more difficult if you allow them to roam the entire house. Crawl around on the floor in whatever area your puppy will be spending its time and look at everything from his level. You need to provide a safe area for your puppy to grow. If there are electric wires laying on the floor they need to be concealed or removed. They WILL be chewed which can not only damage your equipment but cause serious injury to your puppy if they are chewed while they are plugged in. Make sure potted plants are removed from the area. The following house plants are toxic to dogs and should be removed from the house altogether. Even adult Siberians like to shred plants and chewing the wrong one could have fatal results or cause severe health problems.
Dieffenbachia - Dumb cane
Kalanchoe - Devil's Backbone
Ceriman, Swiss-cheese plant
Heart leaf philodendron, Philodendron
Gaga cutting her teeth on my oak hutch...
Siberian puppies go through LOTS of toys, very quickly! Somehow this stuffy (Boo Boo Kitty) has survived the attentions of two litters.
All puppies chew but Siberian Husky puppies have elevated it to an art form. If they can get their mouth on it, they will chew it. Unfortunately with Siberians, the chewing doesn't necessarily stop as they mature. Siberians are a mouthy breed that really enjoys chewing and they can be extremely destructive if their energy isn't channeled into toys or chews that are appropriate for them. Our puppies can go through stuffies in anywhere from a few minutes to a few days but we consider the endless stream of stuffies a necessary sacrifice to train them what is appropriate to chew on and what is not.
We strongly recommend having a large number of different toys available to entertain your puppy before you bring him or her home.
The toys that seem most attractive to them are those with squeakers, soft furry stuffies (which they promptly unstuff), rope toys, and CHEW STICKS. The extra large bully sticks are all natural braided beef muscle that stand up to a lot of chewing. They will keep your puppy entertained for days to weeks depending on how much of a chewer you have.
If your puppy is frustrating you by chewing and destroying things you need to start with the basics. Your puppy should be restricted to a small area in the house that you can puppy proof. You can do this with the use of doors, baby gates and occasional crating. Things that can be easily damaged by chewing should be removed from that area. That doesn't mean your puppy won't chew other things. Siberian puppies can and may chew holes in the walls, the floor, heavy furniture and even car seats if left unsupervised. Do not underestimate your puppy's chewing abilities. Puppy-proof his area and keep it as simple as you can to avoid heavy destruction. Then provide your puppy with a generous and varied amount of appropriate toys and chews as well as a crate for those times when you can't be with your puppy to supervise.. If he starts chewing on something he should not be chewing on, correct him quickly and firmly and redirect him to an appropriate chew. Puppies are BABIES and they need regular supervision and guidance.
Puppies usually prefer to chew on something that has already been chewed on. So if the puppy starts chewing on one leg of a table or a specific corner of the wood molding, the puppy tends to return to that same area to chew in the future. If you are having trouble with unwanted chewing on wood furniture you can buy a product called Bitter Lime Furniture Gel. You smear a little on any piece of wood that the puppy has been chewing and it tastes so horrible it discourages the puppy from chewing there again. We get ours from GRPets.
Follow any of the links below for more information and help with your new puppy.
We switched our dogs over to NuVet on the advice of a friend and have been extremely pleased with the results. The most noticeable and immediate result was in fast, heavy coat growth on a naked female after a litter. We can't say enough good things about NuVet and strongly recommend it over other supplements we have tried.
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