Housing a Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is at its happiest when they can share in family activities. Most huskies will be quite comfortable inside the house and quite comfortable outside. The best arrangement is one in which the dog can come in and out of the house of its own free-will, through a dog door. If a dog door is not possible, then training the dog to go to an outside door to be let out is also very easy to do.
The Siberian Husky is a nomad, he has no fear of cars or homing instincts. If allowed loose, the dog will be hit by cars, fall prey to injury or disease and hunger. He will hunt stock, rabbits, poultry, cats, smaller dogs and other smaller animals to survive and ultimately if caught may be shot by farmers or confined in a pound to be put down, as he now has a tag 'vicious dog' by just fulfilling his natural instinct. Because of this, a Siberian Husky must be contained at all times.
You will need a yard that is fully fenced at least six foot tall, with no escape routes over, through or under the fence. Wire dug into the ground will discourage digging out [more on this]. Siberian Huskies are the best escape artists of all time – even the best cared-for dog may get loose, never to be seen again. They can get through microscopic holes, scale six foot fences with the grace of a gymnast, break tie-out chains and above all slip collars that even Harry Houdini would be amazed of. A Siberian Husky will be miles away from home within a very short space of time.
Husky owners must build strong enclosures and constantly check for that small hole, loose fencing or that gleam in your dogs eye that says, 'I know something that you don't.' The words 'escape proof' are not in the Siberian Husky's vocabulary.
Even after you've made your yard look like Fort Knox, a determined Siberian Husky will find a way to slip your guard. Perhaps on a walk you slacken your grip on the lead just as something catches its attention – and off he goes! Or you didn't check the fence line for the last week and missed observing the new excavations that were taking place down there. An unexpected escape can happen at the best of times. To maximise your chance of finding your dog, it is essential to have him microchipped and registered with your local Council. If your escapee Siberian is captured by or handed in to a pound or animal shelter, it is essential that they be able to locate and contact you. Microchipping is a simple and relatively cheap procedure which your vet can perform, which provides life-long identification that – unlike a collar – cannot be removed.
Most Siberians would prefer not to sleep in a normal dog kennel – they would rather lie on top of it. Whilst they are Artic dogs, they do require shelter from the elements in the form of a good sturdy house. The house should have a flat roof so they can perch themselves their to watch the world. However keep the dog house away from any fences, as this will become a launching pad to an escape route.