Welcoming a Husky into your Home
We take a lot of pride in the high standard of care our dogs receive throughout their lives. We know that the investment we make in our dogs as puppies and youngsters leads to calm, balanced and happy adult dogs who will go on to make fantastic companion dogs in their old age.
Rehoming Our Huskies
We are always open to the possibility of re-homing some of our wonderful sled dogs if the right home comes along. The dogs would mostly be senior (8+ years old) and retiring from the sledding world, however occasionally there are youngsters that we feel would be better suited to the sofa.
Our dogs welfare is our upmost priority. They are all individuals with their own personalities, all cases are considered on an individual basis to ensure the perfect match. It is always a big decision to re home a dog, and something we take a lot of time and thought over.
Our dogs are very social and adaptable, but it may take a little
time and patience to help them learn how to enjoy their new retirement life
Our dogs are Alaskan Huskies. They are very friendly and loving, and have been raised with a great deal of interaction with people and other dogs. We have many success stories in finding our dogs a perfect family, both within Norway and internationally.
Things to consider when adopting a retired husky:
- They will need time to adapt to their new life. Our dogs are mostly used to living outside, although we do have them indoors from time to time. You will need to supervise them in your home and give them plenty of opportunities to go outside to avoid having “accidents” indoors
- They will need daily exercise. This doesn’t have to be a 10 mile hike every morning, but they do need regular physical and mental stimulation
- They LOVE cuddles and attention. One little cuddle is never enough! Our dogs are fantastically affectionate, and love to be around people. They are used to socialising with other dogs, and are very adaptable to meeting new dogs or living with other dogs
- They may not like to be left alone for long periods. This depends on the individual dog. If you have a dog yard set up outside, you may find your husky is completely happy to be home alone whilst you are out at work. However, if you plan to leave them alone indoors for long periods, you will need to build their resilience up slowly and train them appropriately
- They will shed a lot of fur, but they will quickly adapt to a life inside. Huskies fur is very adaptable to climate. If you have your dog inside year-round, you will notice that after initial shedding, they may develop a thinner coat. This fur can have less undercoat, but if you do then want them to spend time outdoors, they may get cold! If you are going for a hike, then no worries. If you are going on a camping trip and expect your dog to sleep outside then you will need to put a dog coat on them.
Read more about people’s own experiences of welcoming an Alaskan Husky into their family: Rehoming an Alaskan Husky
What is the process of adopting a retired husky from us?
If you feel you have room in your heart and your home for a retiring sled dog, this is the usual process:
- Contact us: at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us a little about yourself, your situation and your expectations. This will give us a feel for which of our dogs could be best suited to you and if you are who we are looking for!
- Visit the kennel: we will invite you to come and meet the dogs we have in mind. We encourage you to take a walk and spend some one-on-one time with them.
- Take your time: we understand that it is a big commitment and change for both you and our dogs, so it is important to have time to think after the initial meeting. Feel free to chat with our staff about any questions or concerns.
- Set up a trial weekend: If there is a dog you connect with, we will arrange a trial weekend. You will take them home to learn more about them and ensure it’s the perfect match. We provide all the necessary equipment for the trial (leash, harness, bowl and food) and be contactable at any time.
- Set up a 2 week trial: If you have your heart stolen by four paws and a waggy tail, then we can discuss an initial 2 week trial period and how best to make the transition from kennel to sofa.
- The final paperwork: If you are happy and the dog is happy, all that’s left to do is sign the rehoming papers! Now, collect the passport, return our equipment and go on to live your best life with a furry friend by your side!!!
Please note, all of our dogs come vaccinated, dewormed and with a passport. It is important for us to find suitable, responsible homes for our dogs and not just any home. Dogs are a big commitment. They require daily exercise, time and effort. We will always strive to find a great match so please consider your lifestyle and expectations before contacting us.
Training Tips for Your Retired Husky
- Have a daily routine: first thing in the morning and last thing at night, let your dog out! After mealtimes, let your dog out! Every 3 hours, let your dog out!
- Supervise your dog in your home in the early days. Watch for signs that your dog needs to pee or poo. This can be whining, pawing at the door, turning in tight circles with their tail held horizontally. (It can be smart to remove rugs or carpet in the early days, so it is easier to clean).
- Praise your dog for peeing and pooing outside, give them treats, cuddles and tell them how clever they are. If your dog pees or poos inside, do not punish them. Accept that you have failed to follow points 1. and 2. closely enough.
- If you can’t supervise your dog for a short period, then use baby gates or a crate to keep them in a small area, so they are less likely to pee or poo indoors.
- If you see your dog peeing or pooing inside, quickly take them outside, even if they are in the middle of going! Praise them if they continue their pee or poo outside.
- If you continue to have problems teaching your dog to be clean indoors, you should seek medical advice.
This training video is a fantastic start:
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