The puppies are growing fast. They’re happy, healthy and great cardio companions. I knew when we brought them home that they would need a great deal of exercise and I was prepared to see that they got it. It’s been a learning experience for all of us. At first I tried walking them on separate leashes but when one would be trotting forward at a nice pace, the other would veer off to the right, left or even run behind me. We were a funny disaster going down the street. I was sure I was eventually going to trip over one of them and couldn’t figure out what to do to prevent squished puppy. Luckily a friend with more experience advised me to get a Y-leash. It’s been a life saver. I can walk both dogs holding one leash. They like the Y-leash since it keeps them moving in roughly the same direction and therefore they aren’t getting tangled in each other’s leashes anymore.
Thankfully, they’re learning better manners when we encounter other dogs on our walks. Their instinct is to bound over to them in a wildly rambunctious fashion. Obviously that’s undesirable since other dogs don’t necessarily want to see them up close and personal, especially since their approach is so energetic. We’ve got that down pretty well. They now wait nicely (most of the time) and are able to walk up to other dogs in a more relaxed manner.
They approach other dogs more quietly and gently these days but they don’t approach other small animals that way at all. They are quite good hunters. So far the body count in the backyard is as follows
TWO RATS – (I never knew we HAD rats in our neighborhood, I had never seen even one but they managed to catch two over the last few weeks. Chasing them to take the rat away from them before they actually eat it is quite the cardio workout.
THREE BIRDS (a blackbird, a dove and a robin)
They also managed to trap a squirrel in the woodpile and would have eventually gotten it but I heard it screeching and managed to get them out of the area before they could complete the deed. Two days ago they treed a raccoon early in the morning.
We’re having lots of fun over here learning, exploring and exercising together each and every day!
My boys have always wanted a dog and had recently resorted to telling me that if I continued to deny them the opportunity I was going to ruin their childhood. That’s not what made me finally relent but now that they are older (10 & 16), they’re able to shoulder the responsibilities of pet ownership (under adult supervision, of course). We now have not one, but two husky puppies at our house.
Huskies are bred to be working dogs. They like to have a “job.” They are curious and very energetic. All the research I did on the breed told me that they need and want A LOT of exercise and that’s where I come in. It seems I’ve added two cardio partners into my life. A happy husky is a well exercised husky. They are born to run….they want to run….they NEED to run.
Did I ever mention I’m not a runner?
What I should say is that I wasn’t a runner until now. Part of the commitment I had to be willing to make was to see the dogs get proper exercise. They don’t love the heat so early morning exercise is best for them. Conveniently, this is when the boys are at school (or in the summer at work/camp etc). That leaves me.
I’ve accepted the idea and am now actually looking forward to our runs. Luckily, they are too young to go quite yet so we’ll start with slow walks, then fast walks, then jogs…then jogs with some real running thrown in. We’ll grow into it together.
The good news is that for the next number of years I’ll have a built-in reason to exercise every day. While I might be willing to flake on myself once in a while, how could I ever deny my new little favorite, bestest, most adorable, darling babies…..I mean, the puppies, their daily excursion?