We're picking up our puppy in 4 weeks and there is so much to consider. You guys seem to really love animals and certainly will have some good advice.
My husband and I recently moved to Texas from California and bought a house with a huge backyard. I'm no longer working, so this gives me the time needed to train and care for a little puppy for the first time in my adult life! I'm so excited, and also freaked out about making the right choices for her.
So a little bit about our new friend: She's a Siberian Husky. When I bring her home, she'll be 8 weeks old. She'll be staying in the house while she's a youngin', but the ultimate goal is to let her have free roam of the backyard (which is huge) and let her come in and out via a doggie door. There's certain training like snake avoidance training (WTF) that has to be done before we can let her outdoors alone.
I plan on crating her during the evening hours and to help potty-train her. The idea of it really upsets me, but I've heard from many husky owners that it really is necessary, so I'm prepared to spend a few nights laying on the tiled floor next to her crate to combat the loneliness while she adjusts. Has anyone crate-trained before, and if so, any best tips that worked well for you?
I'm also looking for recommendations for a good, natural, non-filler based food.
Any advice will help so much. I'm reading books and online articles like crazy, but there's nothing like advice from real animal lovers.
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