Siberian Huskies are a very social, pack-oriented breed. This is a breed that always does well when there is another dog, or a regular human presence, in the house for company.

Left to their own devices alone in a backyard, Huskies can become very destructive. These dogs will channel their energy into rearranging your pot plants, digging a few trenches, stripping a few trees, not to mention jumping up and down on the roof of your car! This is destruction 'Siberian Style!'

This may well create difficulties if the whole family is working away from home during weekdays. Apart from the possibility of unwanted yard remodelling, Siberian Huskies left alone for long periods are likely to be much more persistent at finding a way to escape their confinement; alternatively they may bother the neighbours with hours of incessant howling in frustration.

These are general trends; not every Siberian Husky fits the mould. If you will be expecting to leave the dog alone for a good amount of time each day, there are several possibilities to consider in planning for this.

One possibility is to have two dogs so they keep each other company. There is no need for the other dog to also be a Siberian Husky – two different breeds will keep each other company quite happily. One of each sex are more likely to get along harmoniously – two dogs or two bitches may compete for dominance within their pack hierarchy.

Another option is to seek the advice of your pup's breeder in choosing a puppy who has shown more of an independent nature – ie. is more comfortable being alone for periods of time and not constantly seeking the company of its litter mates. (This will obviously have necessitated some careful observation of the litter over time by the breeder – and your confidence in the breeder to advise you with this selection.) This won't guarantee you will be problem-free, but at least you're starting out by maximising your chances.

A third possibility is, rather than buying a young puppy, to adopt an older re-homed dog from a previous home where they are used to being alone for periods of time.

Other options are to find a way to stagger working hours such that your pup is not left by itself for long periods of time – especially in the first few weeks of coming to live with you, or getting a friend or neighbour to check in on the dog if you have to leave it for several hours.

One last thing to consider – if your Husky will be left on its own for long hours during the day, you will need to spend a hefty amount of time with him when you return to the house in the evening. Unless you're planning to spend several hours outdoors on each and every cold winter evening, this will pretty much discount the possibility of an outdoor-only existence for your dog. A Siberian Husky will be most unhappy if left alone all day and then ignored in the backyard when you get home at night.

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