Snap wants you to know his usual routine consists of leaving his crate each morning to roam the yard for a couple of hours. Then he eats a small breakfast either on the deck or in his outdoor kennel dependent upon my activities for the day. If I am staying home, Snap eats and continues to roam the yard; if I am off to work or other activity that takes me away, Snap goes into the outdoor kennel. As well, when I am working horses or am engaged in other outdoor activity that is not “for” Snap, he stays in his outdoor kennel.
While he is out for the day, I engage him with short games of fetch, or we practice walking with leash and harness, or we simply sit on the deck and enjoy our treats together. Snap is a real champ at bringing sticks and rocks and other special “finds” to rest on the deck next to the back door. He comes when called while he is out roaming, except, of course, unless he is focused on a bunny or frog in the yard. Then it takes him a bit to disengage and come running to me. Each evening, just about dark, Snap comes inside for some playtime and then he goes to his crate for his supper and then to sleep until morning when we begin the routine over again. He is beginning to transition from the night crate to the matt on the floor beside my bed, but he has not quite yet made that transition.
Of course, all of this is his “now” routine which is easily adjusted in a new environment; however, knowledge of his current routine may well provide keys to understanding his behavior.
Snap’s roaming on his own is accommodated by his in-ground fence which has given him the freedom to do “dog” stuff independently while keeping safe from the husky need to roam too far. He has never breached the fence even in pursuit of a bunny or squirrel. This is accomplished, in part, due to very early training and NEVER allowing him to cross the fence line for any reason. In fact, when I take him walking outside the fence perimeter, I load him in the truck and drive him past the fence; this way he maintains his fence respect.
While in his kennel or crate, he is very particular that he has his bucket of water with him. As well, he is still in the stage of puppyhood in which he chews and shreds his crate matt. He loves his large crate as he tends to whine and cry with the smaller one that does not allow him the space to really stretch out. Attached are pics of his crate and kennel; his intention is to bring his crate and kennel to his new home, if possible.
His morning meal consists of a cup of dry food topped with a scrambled egg. Whatever portion he does not eat immediately is left for him which he comes back to munch during the day. His evening meal consists of two cups of dry food with one of his favorite toppings: two tablespoons of canned dog food, or a third of a baked yam mashed with butter, a diced chicken thigh, two tablespoons of peanut butter, or a third of a diced banana. During the day his treats are Milk Bones biscuits, or a chunk of apple, or a chunk of banana. At night after his supper or in the yard on a “slow” day, he likes a Purina Chewnola bar.
Snap has been an easy dog to house train, in part, I suspect, because of his routine. I have never had him “ask” to go outside; but neither has he defecated or urinated in the house or his crate since the wee beginnings of his puppyhood. As a male dog, however, certain scents can set off his “leg raising” and urination just as he attempted during his last visit to the vet’s office.
He has limited experience with other dogs. He has played with male dogs of similar size both at the Benson dog park and while in the care of a boarding kennel.
He is UTD on all vaccines with the exception that he may be due for a Bordetella vaccine for boarding. He is neutered, chipped, and smiles a lot. He sits easily, lies down for a biscuit reluctantly, and exhibits true Siberian Husky personality in all ways.
I LOVE this dog, but my life situation is changing soon so that finding him his home is imperative.
Although I have many “wants” for Snap in his new home, my top three are
Unconditional love but needed discipline which involves loving him with understanding of his huskiness, his Siberian Husky behavior, which is innate not a choice on his part
Ability to roam independently doing “dog stuff” in a secure yard, not confined to a crate while family works eight hours a day and then back in that crate for the night. Too much confinement brings out the worst of husky behavior
Opportunity to be an indoor/outdoor part of a family, either with a single person who makes Snap a priority, or a family of multiple members each giving time and attention to Snap. He will love you once he knows you are his.