Welcome!

The Franklin Family

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God has blessed me with a wonderful, supportive family including my wife Barb of thirty years and four outstanding children, Drew, Justin, Summerlin and Rheannon.

Sky and Maclaren

Sky and Mclaren

The Husky

Siberian and Alaskan Huskies are medium sized dogs, typically weighing forty five to sixty five pounds, originally bred as pulling dogs with endurance. Huskies are extremely intelligent, high energy dogs who make excellent family dogs as long as they are are provided company and plenty of exerci se.

Lexi

Lexi

Nutrition

It’s especially important to feed Huskies a good dog food. Unfortunately, the kibble dog foods offered in most retail stores aren’t fit to be fed to any breed dog, much less a husky.

There are some excellent kibbles available for dogs, and we especially like Fromm Gold and several Acana mixes including Pacifica and Wild Prairie.

Crates

Each husky should have his or her own crate located indoors, or in a sheltered area. The crate should be just big enough to allow the dog to stand, turn around, and lay down in. The crate is a refuge, a place to sleep, and a place to eat. It should never be used as a place of punishment.

Sky

Sky

Feeding

Feed your husky(ies) twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Try to be consistent as to the time of day you feed. Open the crate door and place the food bowl in the crate with the dog and then shut and latch the door and allow a set amount time for the animal to eat. Keep this time consistent. Anywhere between five and twenty minutes is good. At the end of the time period, open the door, remove the bowl and put it out of the reach of the dog, and then allow access to water and outside to potty. This method works well if there are other huskies, dogs, or pets because it prevents fights over food.

It’s important to feed your Husky the right amount of food. Pay careful attention to recommended serving sizes based on the dog’s weight. Don’t worry if your husky skips a meal here or there. Just return the bowl the next feeding with a full helping of food.

Pack Leadership, Pack Ranking, and Dog on Dog Aggression

Huskies, like all dogs, are pack animals. If you have several huskies, if left to themselves, a hierarchy will develop. If two dogs are dominant, and want to assume pack leadership, then dog on dog aggression may occur. This starts with one dog showing a posture of dominance over the other. This may be a simple as placing a paw on the back of the other dog, mounting the other dog or pushing through a door way or entrance to be first into or out of a room or pen. More aggressive displays include dropping the lip and baring the canine teeth, with or without growling or barking in a hunched down position, and actual fighting.

It is important to prevent dog on dog aggression for obvious reasons – one of the animals is bound to get seriously injured or even killed. To de-escalate dominant behavior and minimize the chance of dog on dog aggression consider the following actions:

1. Enforce the fact that the owner(s) and other household members are pack leaders and all dogs are under them in ranking.
2. The pack leader controls the food and water. Feed the dogs as described in the section under feeding. Never allow any dog access to another dog’s food. 
3. When entering or leaving a room, pen, or building, the dog(s) must wait on the owner to enter/exit first and await a command from the owner prior to following the owner.
4. A dog jumping on the owner can be a sign of dominance. If you are standing and your husky jumps on you, hold out your knee and knock them back. Stand firm and say no. Like wise a dog playfully biting your hand or nipping at you can be a sign the dog is testing you for dominance. Show you are the pack leader.
5. If a dog shows signs of dominant behavior – immediately say “No” in a loud voice. If the behavior continues, obtain a training collar for correcting the behavior.
6. If you have a particularly strong willed dog, you can emphasis your “no” with the sound of a taser – hold it behind your back and fire it off as you say “no” in a firm voice.
7. Arrange the crates so the dogs are near each other and can see each other when they retire each evening and wake up in the morning.
8. Do not allow your husky to jump on the couch, your bed, or any other furniture without your permission. If you do allow your dog to get on furniture, enforce the rule that you have to give them your permission first. If they don’t get your permission before getting on the furniture, say “no” or “down” firmly and point to where you want them to go. If they don’t immediately get down, push them off the furniture. Give them a command such as “up” when it’s okay for them to come up.

The Play Pen

The Play Pen

Correcting Dog on Dog Dominance Aggression

If dog on dog fighting for dominance occurs, it is very important to prevent it from occurring a second time and to de-escalate both animals. If you are able to break up the fight before it is over, then the dogs very well may want to continue it when they are put together again until the dominance ranking is decided.

You want to enforce the fact that you are the pack leader, and neither dog has the right to fight for the spot.
1. Muzzle both dogs when not in their crates.
2. Using a training collar, correct any signs of dominance. Start the correction first with audible beep. If that is not sufficient, follow with a vibration. If the behavior is still not abated, then follow with an electrical shock. If the shock does not work, then separate the dogs and try again at a later time.
3. Place the crates of the two dogs adjacent to each other so they are next to one another when they fall asleep and wake up.
4. Make sure to feed the dogs in their crates with the crate doors closed.
5. Walk the dogs together muzzled, on short leashes, and force them to walk on either side of you, not ahead of you.
6. With leashes on both dogs, held apart by two people, try removing the muzzles, and using only the training collars. Correct any dominance behavior. If it looks like a fight may occur, separate the dogs and re-muzzle them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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