An Alaskan Husky will do well with a nutritionally balanced, premium dog food. Because of how active these dogs are, a working breed dog food may be beneficial to help ensure that they are getting the calories they require.
To avoid the risk of overeating and unhealthy weight gain it is suggested to stick to a feeding schedule, rather than free feeding. Meal portions should also be made appropriate for the dog’s activity level and age.
Be sure that there is always clean drinking water available for them to stay properly hydrated.
These handsome dogs may look like a lot of work to keep looking great, but their coat is actually fairly simple to care for.
Brushing out their coat about twice a week will keep them free of debris and loose hairs. More frequent brushing will be needed during shedding season in order to keep up with the increase of dead hair.
Occasional baths will help keep them feeling fresh and looking good when they happen to play around in a particularly dirty spot. These dogs do a pretty good job of keeping themselves clean though, so baths should really only be given as needed.
To mitigate the risk of ear infections, check their ears every week for any debris or waxy buildup. Wipe the ears with either a damp cloth or a dog ear cleaning formula.
In order to keep them comfortable and to reduce the risk of injury while they run and play, their nails should be trimmed regularly. However, some dogs can wear their nails down naturally through heavy activity, so how frequently they will need to be trimmed will depend on the dog and how active they are.
Be sure to brush their teeth several times per week, if not daily, in order to avoid the risk of tooth and gum problems.
These dogs were bred to do some hard work, so they need a lot of exercise each day to remain fit and happy.
Long runs and plenty of time to gallop around and play outside are what the Alaskan Husky needs. Playing games with them will also help to stimulate there sharp minds as well as to keep them active and in shape.
For those who spend a lot of time working outdoors on a large property, these dogs can be a wonderful working companion, able to cover miles without rest and keep up the pace regardless of the chore.
Be sure to keep your Alaskan Husky on a leash or a lead whenever they are not in a secure space such as a large, private property, a well fenced yard or indoors. These dogs may be very loyal, but they tend to have a strong mind of their own and might be tempted to follow their own schedule.
Alaskan Huskies are very bright dogs and tend to pick up rather quickly on new lessons, but they can be stubborn if you do not start training them early in life.
These dogs need a strong leader to raise and train them. It is important to go into training with a firm but gentle hand to raise and guide them. Be consistent with training, but be sure to keep sessions fun and playful. This will help to keep your Alaskan Husky engaged and eager to do well.
They may lose interest with repetitiveness, so keep training sessions short and sweet. The key is to build that bond of trust between you so that eventually, obedience and respect will be a fluid action.