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The Siberian Husky is a wonderful dog that easily bonds with and loves the people in its family. As an owner, the main thing you need to remember is that this dog was initially bred to pull sleds, so it is a high-energy dog that needs lots of mental stimulation and exercise. Otherwise, you will have a very strong dog that can scale and dig under fences.
Keeping your Husky safe
Remember the nature of this wonderful breed. They were bred to pull sleds, so the Husky is a very high-energy dog that needs a lot of exercise. Most dogs scale and dig under fences because they are bored and have too much energy. A great place to start is to be sure you are giving your dog plenty of exercise by walking or running it regularly.
Preventing your Husky from digging under a fence is pretty easy. Purchase some chicken wire at your local home supply store. It is inexpensive and easy to find. Cut the wire into strips that are about three feet in length. Then staple the top section to the very bottom of your fence and press the remainder down on the ground. Cover this with grass, rock or whatever you have in your yard. If your dog begins to dig under the fence, the minute its paws hit that chicken wire, it will stop.
Be aware that Huskies are notorious for scaling fences. So now that you have fixed the bottom with the chicken wire, it is time to take care of the top. The best route to go is with a wooden privacy fence about six feet tall. It is very difficult for dogs to scale a smooth wooden fence like this. Chain-link fences, on the other hand, are pretty easy for them.
Consider other options if you are not financially or otherwise capable of building the proper fence to keep your Husky from escaping. A tie-off and a stake may be the best option. Some of the best dog supply companies offer these, and it is perfectly safe for your dog. Your dog can do its "business" and run around, but it will not have the option of jumping over a fence. Just be sure you do not leave your dog outside for extended periods unattended. And also be sure you don't stake it out too close to a fence. Your dog may still try to jump over with its collar on, and could seriously hurt itself.
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