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Canine Confinement Challenge 'CCC'

A Siberian Husky is about the most challenging dog there is as far as escaping goes. They'll go under or over or through any fencing easily. They'll climb fencing you think is near impossible for their feet to hang on to anything. They will get out of a kennel through spaces you'd think a cat couldn't get through and the biggest challenge is that they don't come back. Once they get out a Husky will run and travel long distances.

The response defense we hear from so many after they lost their dog is: "We did everything we could and he still got out." Yes, dogs are great Houdini's and will out smart us anyway they can so WE have to be smarter than them and get one step ahead of them like Tom Hanks did in Turner & Hootch. If your dog escapes it is human error not dog error. The dog is merely being a dog.

You've heard it many times ......Prepare for the new dog before it comes home. It is so easy to fall in love at a Pet Store or the Shelter and bring a needy pup home before you are ready. Calls come in every week from those who buy a dog living in a Condo or a place who won't take the dog. Then they give it to their mom or a friend to watch it until they get a house. Then that falls through. Then they call us desperate as to what to do next. Please prepare before you buy for the dogs sake.

If your new dog destroys the house and the family works all day then the most safest and secure method of confinement is a garage and you can bet your last dollar that a dog under two years of age will probably destroy everything in there. Crates are too small for an 8 hour day and can turn a sweet dog into a frustrated angry one and back yards are very risky when they are left to do whatever they want while you are at work. Invisible fencing is a huge risk and should barely be trusted when you are home let alone when you are gone. If a dog is highly motivated they will go right through those. If you have no garage then look at fencing. A wood, wire or chain fence can be totally useless if it just sits on dirt which is so common. They can dig or climb in just seconds. A kennel is the same. Cement at the bottom is good but it does not stop the climbing and even the dogs who show you for months or a year that they have no desire to jump, dig or climb they will still surprise you when you least expect it.

It took us many years of rescue work and dealing with many dogs to learn the ways to protect them. This is ideas from what we learned. An outside kennel should be on concrete but that is very expensive. We used concrete blocks as pier blocks with 2' X 6' floor boards with 1/4" spacing (no more) in between them. Connect the decking with 2' X 4''s underneath and rest them up against the concrete blocks so the floor doesn't have much chance of moving. This is a real easy floor because when the dog digs and tries to rip their way out you can easily replace a 2' X 6' . Any opening in the entire kennel must not be open more than 6" and it does not come that way from the store. Figure on about 9 blocks for a 12' X 6' area. Always put a roof on the kennel. It is great for shade along with keeping them safe. The larger the kennel the more the dog can pace and entertain himself. Think of you living in a room the size of your bathroom for 10 hours everyday of your life.

Change Toys every few days. Branches, sticks, green wood, a wood broom handle, a garbage lid, plastic bottles, blankets, towels, old footballs or basketballs (not baseballs or mitts....anything made with tons of string), hard plastic, dumbells, soft cedar fencing and more. What do they play with in the wild? A $15. toy from a pet store? If they like to rip up paper or stuffed animals get them at the Thrift store and cut the eyes and nose off and let them rip and tear and make all the mess they want to. (Don't use stuffing that is made with little round pebbles.) Any dog under 2 years old needs to tear, rip and demolish things.

Domesticating dogs goes against everything they are. They are made to hunt, roam, work, run, chew, tear, bark, dig, climb and play. The more we can help them do those things the happier they are. They will settle down in their 3rd year and be happy just waiting for you to get home.

1- Puppy proof the pups room or garage. All items up. Nothing toxic where he can get it. Nothing on his level that you don't want torn up. 

2- Get that 6' fencing all completed with rocks at least 8" in diameter in groups and at a depth of 16" under the fence. At ACS no dog is left alone to dig out but we like the added security as these guys are very quick. 

3- Home Depot has 6'X 6' pre-fab chainlink fencing you can put together yourself. Your new dog can be pretty comfortable in an 18'X 6' kennel. The cost is at about $467. including all the brackets you'll need. 

TEST the dog before leaving him all day and watch him without him knowing you are there to see just how determined he is to get out. You may need to get 6 or 8 gauge wire to close up some holes in the chain link. With the rescue ACS did our fingers were bloody re-wiring kennels and patching little holes they would get their teeth into and pull until they created a hole.

There are dogs who when let out will just sit in a yard and not want to run at all. Not Siberians and they are not happy with a romp around the block. They want to cross the country. Their prey drive is huge so small critters like cats, squirrels or rabbits are great food for them. Training is SO important for all dogs especially Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyed, Eskimo and many hound breeds. Their noses take over their worlds.

Want To Buy A Husky? Yes, they are gorgeous but very hard to keep home.

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