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larish09
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PostSubject: Advice needed   Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:31 pm

I got my first ever husky 3 weeks ago she is 9 weeks old now. She knows her name sort of but does not always come. When my parents or brother go to pick her up sometimes she will growl and bite their fingers. I know she is going through teething right now but is that a concern. When you to her no she starts howling and then will become very active. Is there a way to stop her from growling or biting when this happens? I did a lot of research on the breed before i got her so I know what I was getting myself into but I never saw anything with growling or biting.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:40 pm

Welcome to the forum, I have to say getting your pup at 6 weeks makes an uphill battle for you. She missed out on 2-4 weeks worth of socializing with her litter mates and mamma. They tend to be more mouthy than pups who are more developed at 8-10 weeks old. Under training there is a thread about 7 pages long called Puppy Biting, please read and if you have more questions don't hesitate to ask.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:06 pm

Couldn't have said it better myself, Renee Smile.

Iarish09, thanks for coming here! I hope you will use this forum as a way to help you through anything that you need. One of the things I will suggest. Get as much reading about the breed as you can. You can never stop learning. So a book I got in the beginning that helped a lot, was my first 'for dummies' book. Called "Huskies for Dummies" you can get it from amazon pretty cheap, cheaper if you have a kindle. It has pretty great information on things you should know. Huskies are different than other breeds in many ways.

Husky puppies are particularly mouthy, it may not be biting at all, rather just playing. They're whole world is associated orally at that age, and skipping the last couple of weeks of the whelp box, took away some of the time they needed to nom on their ma and brothers and sisters. So keep calm, do some reading and research, you'll get the hang of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:00 pm

Lucy, I have to agree that puppies can be really mouthy and Husky's are all too well know for being vocal ... but given that the OP got her pup early (which is in the past so we can't do anything there( she may not have known that.
What concerns me is that she describes the vocalization as a growl.  At that age it could be a play growl but it's still a growl and that does concern me.

Renee pointed you (the original nameless poster) toward a thread with a lot of good information - but basically what I hear you saying is that you have a puppy who's having a temper tantrum if he doesn't get his way.  In my mind, the absolute best way to deal with that is to keep a leash on the puppy all the time and when he starts to throw a tantrum you escort him to whatever you've decided to use for a time out area.  Please don't use the crate, if you have one, for a time out - their crate is supposed to be their space, something they like going to when they want time to themselves.

It may be just teething and I'm sure the other thread had all sort of solutions for that ( a wet frozen dish rag works wonders! ), but it may be an early form of aggression and that you want to nip in the bud!
As a side note, you do not want to teach him not to growl - a growl is a dogs way of warning others (people and dogs) that they're unhappy.  If they are taught not to growl, they just bite without warning ... that is definitely not what you want.

And sorry, I got the gender wrong but I'm not going back to fix them all!
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:30 pm

I have more time to elaborate on my first response. First Lucy gave awesome advice as well. Al lol, he gave fantastic advice too.
I'm not admonishing you for getting your pup early, I too got mine at 5.5 weeks old, I argued with my husband and breeder that this was not good for her. Mom and siblings teach one another not to be mean, which translates to a less mouthy pup when you bring them home. I didn't discover this site until my girl was well over a year old. I battled a tremendous amount of issues with my girl. Through a great amount of determination and positive behavioral reinforcement my girl is everything i had hoped for. I had to do every single thing that was advised on the thread I mentioned. Like Lucy said you and your family have to remain calm. You will notice that most of us will say to new husky owners patience of a saint, repetition and consistency will be key in the training of your new pup. There are too many huskies in shelters and rescues because new owners do not seek out help in training of their new bundle of joy. They are not like most breeds, in attitude, training to coat color. Your diligence to training as well as nurturing will pay off. You are now playing the role of momma, so you must treat her like any other child.

Many people do what Al suggested as in tethering them to you. This helps in many area of training, potty training, as well as keeping them out of trouble. The dish rag is great, also a semi hard chew helps, you can freeze different items to get good results. I agree on not discouraging the growl, you need to be focused and watch body language to determine if it's a play growl or a more serious growl. My girl still play growls and I definitely know that is what she is doing. Many people use a bathroom, some place safe and puppy proof for a time out, think of the tantrum like a human baby tantrum, sometimes you have to let them cry it out. When they become quiet reward, for good behavior.

I hoped I helped more, it can be very frustrating, especially when you think you know what to expect and the unexpected happens.

Btw your new bundle of joy is gorgeous.

Renee
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:02 am

Oh, I like you too; Lucy's advice was Awesome while mine was just a measly Fantastic ... gee, you sure know how to hurt a guy! << obvious tease >>

And yes, in those last couple of weeks, puppies learn so much from their dam/siblings, bite inhibition and initial socialization are only the tip of the ice berg ....
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:15 am

LOL Al, I couldn't think of another adjective equal to awesome, thought fantastic would fit, lol.

Please elaborate on what you were saying. Some of us young whipper snappers may learn a thing or two. Hahahaha

One thing I can say is that Miya and I have a mutual respect of each other, she values her raw meaty bone as the best thing ever and does some guarding with hubby and kitty, not me. In fact I have sat on the ground watching her eat and she has came over to me, almost in my lap, and place the bone in my lap, I'm thinking she wanted to share with me. She was THE WORST PUP EVER!! I swear, but we have such a bond that is hard for me to describe.

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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:51 am

I really believe it is a play growl because she is always around our collie who is only a year old herself. I have no plan on getting rid of her and neither do my parents we all knew it would take time to train. When i first picked her up I thought they had to be 8 weeks when someone picks up a puppy but the breeder said she always started giving them away at 6 weeks so i thought that was normal for husky. She listens to me when I call her (her name is Destiny) and she will come right away when I call her but when it is someone else such as my mom or dad she will just look and just come to me. The biting i really believe is from teething because she does like to try and nibble on my collie and my oldest dog which is a husky border collie mix... There are a lot of people around where i live when they see Destiny say she looks adorable but that i will be getting rid of her because of how they are. When people say that it actually angers my parents and myself because those people said they never did research on the breed before they got their pups.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice needed   Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:24 pm

Oh yeah. Many will try to tell you what you are "doing wrong", put their many unneeded two cents as it were, the remainder of your pups life. There are people who have huskies that are on their last legs that still fend dumb butts off on a daily basis. The best things you can do. Number one ignore and walk away. Number 2. Learn how to be an informational smart ass. Learn your stuff and get good at come backs. That'll teach em! Number 3. Just be informational. Some times showing people how knowledgeable you are makes them back off. But in the end you get sick of trying to prove to random strangers that you know what you're doing, so number 1. Is a highly used go to. Just a simple smile and a "bye" works. And the other great thing you can do, surround yourself in a life style of husky people. There are h2m2 groups that specifically give northern breed dogs a time to be in a pack setting with like minded crazy fuzziness, and the crazy people who love them; whom are also greatly considered family to you now, because of the huge thing in common. Smile
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