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Husky socialisation help needed in berkshire area (UK)

Discussion in 'Dog Behaviour and Training' started by NewUser24092018, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. NewUser24092018

    NewUser24092018 New Member Registered

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    Hi,

    My partner and I adopted a 8 month old Siberian male husky 2 years ago from a family.
    It's very clear that he was not socialised at all. In fact, he was only toilet trained.

    We have managed to correct his indoor behaviour, but the main problem is his behaviour around dogs.

    When he sees a dog, he goes berserk.
    And because of this, we can't go anywhere public with him.
    I mean, we try and always regret it.
    But worse than that, my partner and i can no longer go on adventures around the world like we used to because no boarder will take him.
    The ones that would, send him back early which leads us having to cancel our plans.
    One was an animal warden, the other a dog boarding local company with a lot of experience with dogs.

    We don't know what to do. He's been to many behaviour one to one sessions and group sessions, but we get told there's not much we can do or we just get no results.
    As I'm sure you all know, dog training is very expensive.
    The best charge £100s an hour, which we can't afford, especially as it'll likely lead to no results.

    Apologies for the rant, but I wanted to celebrate a very hard year for my partner and I with a couple trip in December.
    But even if i find someone crazy enough to take him for a week, they'll send him back early and we'll have to buy tickets to fly back early.

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
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    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    I would suggest U not choose a sitter who has OTHER DOGS on site -
    instead, U could hire someone who will have him as their sole in-house dog, at their home, & who is willing to exercise him in a dog-free zone. :)

    He’s friendly toward ppl, correct? - so he can be approached, petted, brushed, have his leash clipped on & removed, etc? // Just checking, as if he’s unfriendly toward humans, U really can’t leave him to someone else’s care.
    At that point, it would be either staycations, or zero-vacays whatever :shrug:

    - terry

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  3. Kara 1

    Kara 1 Active Member Registered

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    Try rescue remedies they are a rescue but have boarding kennels ..they are very experienced with unsocialised dogs ...they may have room to board him ....the details are below ...
    And huge respect to you for not giving up on your boy ...
     
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    NewUser24092018 New Member Registered

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    Hi,

    We can't seem to find anyone who will take him in as a sole dog.
    I guess because they can make much more money having multiple.

    He's friendly to people, he'll get so attached that a person he's known for ten minutes can leave and he'll start crying.

    I signed up to tailster, which sent 67 enquiries, but no quotes.
    The local dog boarders talk to each other and have essentially blacklisted him.

    My partner is already talking of cancelling our upcoming trip because of him :(
     
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    Phone caring for canines and speak to Lynne she maybe able to help and its not too far from you ...
     
  7. Josie

    Josie Administrator Administrator Registered

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    Sorry to hear this @NewUser24092018 it must be so frustrating for you.

    I don’t know much about Huskies but It sounds like you haven’t found the right behaviourist yet as at only 8 months it sounds a bit sad that they’ve written him off with other dogs :-(

    Does he react the same with other huskies?
     
  8. NewUser24092018

    NewUser24092018 New Member Registered

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    We got him when he was 8 months. That was two years ago.

    He goes nuts with any animal that moves.
    It's clearly frustration that he can't go play with them, but he can't play with everything!
     
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    NewUser24092018 New Member Registered

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    I'll do that, thanks.
     
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    i know here i nthe states we have a bunch of apps that people can sign up for to DO pet sitting or dog walking Rover and Wag (not sure if Wag does house sitting or just walking) not sure if they service the UK but could be good to check out, especially if hes people friendly but not dog friendly.
     
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    Well done for sticking with him. I can't leave my dog with anyone else either as he can be unpredictable with people, but we were never ones for travelling anyway so it wasn't such a sacrifice.

    Do you think you've done everything you can training/management-wise? If not, if you gave a full run-down of his normal routine, particularly how much exercise/training and mental stimulation he gets, what his behaviour is like when there aren't other dogs around, how close you can get to other dogs before he kicks off (even if half a mile!), someone might be able to give some fresh ideas.

    Otherwise, as you love your holidays so much, would it be feasible to offer to pay a dog boarder twice or even three times as much as normal, and just have a holiday, say, once every two years instead of once a year (or go for half the time, or somewhere cheaper)? At least then you'd have something to look forward to.
     
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    I understand their are people that do house sitting, in that they stay in your house. That way the dog stays in its own home.
     
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    I wouldn't feel comfortable with a stranger alone in my house.
     
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    Our dog was a bit like this when we got him, just over two years ago. He's still like it a bit, but has improved a lot. I think patience on your part - as you have already done - is key. We started treating our dog when he passed other dogs and didn't fuss, and this seems to work. It's now at the point that if we pass another dog and he behaves, he'll look up at me, expecting a treat which is great. I know not all dogs are the same, but I thought sharing my experience might help a bit.
     
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