Siberian huskies were originally bred to be hard-working sled dogs that can withstand cold temperatures. However, the traits that make them great for hard work can also work in their favor to make them great pets too—when owners that understand the breed properly care for them. Because of this, Siberian husky puppies are especially popular. If you have considered breeding your own dog, or perhaps just adopting one of these puppies, learning more about the care of these puppies is important.
When the puppies are first born, the mother should know what to do to take care of her pups. However, you should make certain you keep an eye out for any potential medical problems or to make sure the mom is not neglecting any of the puppies for some reason. If this is the case, you may need to interfere and contact a vet or other professional to find out how you can help support the sick or ignored pup. At this point, especially before the puppies open their eyes, it is important to keep the animals in a warm, dry area.
As the Siberian husky puppies get older and start exploring their surroundings more, they may need some additional care to make sure they do not get into any trouble. A large box with high sides will allow the mom to get up and away from her pups without letting the puppies run free.
At around four weeks old, you can start offering Siberian husky puppies puppy food. You may want to offer it in a “mush” form at first, to get them used to eating something with texture. At this point, you should start spending more time with the puppies to get them used to human contact. Prior to this age, you would want to keep this fairly limited, as bonding with the dog mother is important and makes the mother less likely to reject her pups.
Puppies are ready to leave their mom at around eight weeks old. Puppies who are separated before this often have separation anxiety issues that make them harder to take care of and less likely to bond in a healthy way with their new family.
When the Siberian husky puppy first leaves its mom and littermates to live in a new family, it is very common for them to have a couple of nights where they whine and act up. It’s important for the person adopting the puppy to be understanding of this and help the puppy adapt. Creating a warm, comfortable environment with familiar items will make this transition much easier. A soft radio or ticking clock can also provide comfort for the young dog.
As the puppy grows, there will be a need to visit the veterinarian to check on the general health and get the necessary shots. The recommended ages for these shots vary, and it is best to contact your vet and find out what he or she recommends.
A Siberian husky puppy that is loved and properly cared for from a young age will grow to be a friendly pet that generally gets along well with other dogs and children. Learning more about this breed can help you determine the best way to raise your puppy into a happy and healthy dog.