is this okay for a huskey?

(31 Posts)
worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 18:58:32

Namechanged as people know me on here.

So SIL (DHs sister) got a huskey for Christmas. She was very excited about it and really wanted one. However me and DH had our doubts about her meeting some of the dogs needs. We asked if she knew how much exercise a huskey needs and she said yes and said that we were just jealous as DH and I would love a huskey but we don't have the time for one. (We plan to get one when the DCs have left home as we will have much more time for one)

So we went round a few weeks ago and the dog was locked in the downstairs bathroom for being destructive. Apparently this is was BILs fault as he didn't have time to walk the dog that morning. SIL said that she doesn't walk the dog anymore as it is too much for her so BIL does it. But BIL works 6-8 during the day and they have no garden. Apparently the dog keeps having accidents during the day and SIL thinks the dog is just being annoying and she believes that it can hold its bladder and just doesn't want too.

BIL poped in today and we were all talking about dogs. I said we probably walk our dog about 3 hours a day all together. He was shocked as he only takes the dog for half an hour in the morning and half an hour at night. I said that was a bit low for a huskey.He said that he doesn't want to take the dog for much longer and SIL won't take him anymore because he pulls.

Later on SIL called BIL whilst he was at ours.The dog had started running around the house with shoes in it's mouth so she locked it in the bathroom and now it was barking and wouldn't stop. She also said that the neighbours had been round and complained as the dog was barking most of Monday. SIL had stayed the night at her friends so the dog had been completely alone in the bathroom while BIL was in work.

PILs are also concerned that the dog may become so disruptive that it becomes violent with the DNs. They have told SIL that they are worried and maybe she should find a new home for the dog but SIL won't as she thinks the dog will just get used to it.

Is there anything we can do because the dog really doesn't deserve it and I would hate for something awful to happen.

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:00:39

Sorry forgot to add that although I have always had dogs I have never had a huskey so I don't know if this is normal breed behaviour and I am worried for nothing.

lljkk Wed 04-Jun-14 19:02:29

Fig no that is not normal. sad
Why do people do this kind of thing? Utterly baffles me. It's not working for any of them.

Lilcamper Wed 04-Jun-14 19:07:30

This is not right for ANY breed let alone an intelligent energetic one like a husky.

Dogs don't train themselves and locking him in the bathroom is teaching him NOTHING but humans are cruel.

This is neglectful and abusive. angry

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:08:38

lljkk- that's what I was worried about. Huskeys seem to be a very popular choice around here at the moment but I do wonder if they are all having there needs met.

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:09:56

Does anyone know if there is anything I can do about it. I feel really bad that the dog is suffering.

ohtobemeagain Wed 04-Jun-14 19:14:21

We have a Husky and she would go insane with this treatment.

The thought of what that poor dog is going through sad

Huskies are highly intelligent and need mental stimulation. They are also one of the worst for separation anxiety. If they only got it at Christmas, then it's just a baby still and this will not be teaching it anything.

Mine will steal and chew anything left within her reach - So we don't leave anything out. (my lounge is the tidiest it's ever been grin) If SIL doesn't want the dog stealing shoes, then put them away.

If she doesn't get sufficient exercise, she does zoomies around the house destroying everything in her path.

She took the longest to house train of all my dogs, but that was because the RSPCA said she was a GSD, and so we taught her like you would a GSD. Once we learnt that Huskies train the owner, we all got on a lot better.

Huskies are not for new owners which is why ALL the rehoming centers say they will only rehome to experienced owners.

I'm painting a negative view here. In a loving, experienced home, Huskies repay you a million times over, in a bad home (which your SIL's is) Huskies are ruined and can become destructive and downright dangerous. That poor dog will be going insane by being locked up like that.

OldLadyKnowsSomething Wed 04-Jun-14 19:15:28

You could try phoning the RSPCA, but if the dog's fed and watered there's not much they can do. Environmental Health might be an option, because of the noise nuisance.

This is a problem which is only going to get worse, huskies are the new staffies. sad

ohtobemeagain Wed 04-Jun-14 19:15:47

Persuade your SIL to phone Husky rescue

lljkk Wed 04-Jun-14 19:17:44

I think the breed is a red-herring; the over-riding factor is it's a young but very under-exercised dog. & under-trained, I think.

Yes it's energetic & has destructive instincts, just like most puppies. Arrrgh.

Is there anyone your SIL & BIL would listen to & respect, with regard to the dog's situation?

Lilcamper Wed 04-Jun-14 19:21:33

The RSPCA might be worth a call because his basic freedoms aren't being met.

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:27:56

I don't know who they would listen too. They used to ask us about dog stuff until we questioned the amount of exercise it was getting. They won't listen to the ILs either.

NatashaBee Wed 04-Jun-14 19:30:34

The dog will not 'get used to it'. That is no life for any dog, but especially not a huskey who needs hours of exercise and high levels of mental stimulation. Where did they get it from? I'm assuming not a breeder. Maybe you could put them in touch with a dog behaviourist for advice?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 04-Jun-14 19:33:56

They sound utterly clueless. That poor dog must be going out of his mind.

Is he neutered?

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:42:21

They got it from a friend of a friend apparently.
I gave them a number for a behaviourist who is also a friend of ours. (And has helped us train our Ddogs for years) our friend even said she would do it cheap for them she would assess the dog for free and training sessions would only cover the cost of petrol but SIL won't have it and says that it is too expensive.

lljkk Wed 04-Jun-14 19:43:23

What did they pay for this husky? How old is it?

toboldlygo Wed 04-Jun-14 19:43:25

I have a Siberian husky with racing, agility and obedience credentials as long as your arm and even she would be going batshit insane in that sort of situation.

It will end badly - a bite, council intervention for noise nuisance etc. Why on earth do they want this dog? Any dog, really, given their complete lack of commitment to even basic care but least of all this breed of dog.

Would they speak to a rehoming charity? www.shwauk.org.uk/

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:43:28

No he isn't neutered.

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 19:49:22

It's about 9 months old. They payed £200 for him.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 04-Jun-14 19:51:19

So, an un-neutered highly intelligent active breed with a high prey drive contained in a house with little exercise?

It will end badly & the dog will be blamed. sad

lljkk Wed 04-Jun-14 20:01:07

And it probably costs £20/month to feed. But they won't pay for a behaviouralist. Arrrggh...

I hope it has had jabs, at least.

I'm such a wimp I'd probably have to avoid going over there altogether.

SpicyPear Wed 04-Jun-14 20:09:30

I actually felt physically ill reading this for all the reasons other posters have given. If it continues to be treated this way it will not get used to it, it will go crazy and could well become a danger.

If they have any heart or sense they should be looking for a specialist breed rescue space ASAP.

worriedfordog Wed 04-Jun-14 21:33:49

I don't know if it has had it's jabs or not. I would hope so though.

ender Wed 04-Jun-14 21:59:05

Its a 9 month old large-breed pup so 1 hr of exercise a day is more than enough. The 5 minutes per month rule for the first year is just a rough guide but makes sense as muscles and joints are still developing.
3 hours a day would be way too much at this age OP.

Lilcamper Wed 04-Jun-14 22:27:11

The rule applies to on lead on path structured walks. Not mooching about sniffing and being a dog.

This dog is getting no mental stimulation and being punished because the owners CBA to train him.

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