|~1 Year and 4 Months Old||Male||Husky Mix||45 lbs|
Feature Dog ~ Kraken
Need to know…
Came down with healing fractures. He now has a plate and 6 screws in his leg. There is a risk of obstipation (severe constipation), arthritis and infection from the screws and plate. It is important that he remain at a healthy weight. Working on crate and leash training. Would be best suited for a detached home as he can be noisy. If there is another dog in the home, it is best to give him high value toys in his crate.
|No Cats||Gets along but needs slow introductions.||Does not live with but would be best suited with children 13+ and dog savvy.|
Release the Kraken! Ya that’s right, you heard me… The name is Kraken but don’t be fooled by my name I’m really truly the sweetest boy. I’m a male husky mix, weighing 45lbs and I’m approximately 2 years. I’m neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. I originally came down south with healing fractures and have since had surgery on my pelvis to get all fixed up. I now have a plate and six screws in my left leg, I have completely healed up now but if you look real close you can see a slight swing in my stride, you should know it doesn’t slow me down in the slightest. I run all over the yard and play with my foster sister without any issues at all. In the long term, I may experience obstipation (a severe form of constipation) due to narrowing of my pelvic bones and there is always a risk of arthritis and infection due to my plate and screws, so my future owner should be aware of the signs and seek appropriate treatment in a timely manner. I will need an owner that is willing to commit to my walks and exercise and to keep me lean, this is vital as excessive weight can cause added pressure to my joints.
I’m such a smart boy and my training is going really well, I know sit, down, wait and my recall is coming along tremendously. I’m very into my food so keep some on hand for some of my training sessions, it’s important to not over do it with the kibble however as I should listen whether you have it or not. Foster mom asks me to wait after putting my food bowl down until she gives me an “ok”. I’m so funny and I stare right into her eyes the whole time not breaking focus for even a second. I have a lot of energy so when I first got to my foster home I was pulling on the leash non stop. After only a few little leash training sessions I was walking right by foster moms side the whole time and looking up at her to check in, I’ve also gotten really good at walking along side with my foster sister who is a female husky mix. The best way to get me to stay with you and not pull on the leash is by doing 180 degree turns. When my head gets further than 24 inches from foster moms legs she would turn around and start walking in the opposite direction. I start off by needing a few of these turns each walk but after 2 or so I settle down and follow along really well. I sometimes whine a little when we walk by other dogs on our walk and occasionally pull towards them and bark, foster mom gives me a firm enough and a quick pull on the leash to get my focus back on her. As for people we tend to not get very close because of this ongoing pandemic, but the odd time someone has wanted to come say hi to me I get VERY excited and pull towards them. It’s super important you ask people to wait before greeting me until I’m calm and listening since you don’t want to reinforce the behaviour of running up to people.
I do love to play with toys, I will chase after a ball and chew on some nylabones. I am a bit of a fearful boy, I tend to be a little anxious in the house so it’s best to really slowly introduce me to the whole house. My nerves and fears usually present as energy and I will want to bolt around sniffing everything and sometimes barking but it’s a good idea to make me take my time by keeping me on leash. For the most part I’m actually pretty quiet in the house, I like my crate and I don’t make a peep in there. I am a little triggered by people knocking on the door or car doors closing nearby where I can hear it. I used to bark for a while after I would hear something but now I just let out a few huffs and settle down pretty quickly. I used to be nervous about the vacuum and bark at it but I don’t react at all anymore, I’ve accepted that it’s ok when foster mom does her cleaning! If I’m reacting is important not to coddle me and give into the whining as it only reinforces that there something to be upset about. Since I can be a bit noisy sometimes and I’m triggered easily by loud sounds I would be best suited to a detached home it’s important to note that I’m not usually reactive outside my crate but really only when I can’t see what’s going on or feel like I’m missing out. I’m a very energetic boy so the best time to brush me and trim my nails is after a nice big walk when I have gotten my energy levels down or after a good training session where my brain gets a good workout. I will sometimes nibble at your hands to try to initiate play but its best to just stop moving, don’t pull away or I will see it as a game and make the ah-ah sound… When I stop a quick yes as a reward and continue what you’re doing.
There is another dog in my foster home, she’s also a female husky mix who is about a year and a half old. We get along like peanut butter and jelly, foster mom thinks we look so hilarious when we play because we both just pounce up and down on the ground in front of each other. We like to chase each other around in the yard and tackle each other as well. I’ve been pretty good with my foster sister but I can be a little sensitive when it comes to sharing toys, I’m a little hard to read and most of the time I’m fine but every once in a while I might let out a snappy bark when she tries to grab a ball from me. Foster mom is quick to respond to this with a loud “enough” and she will take the toy away. It’s a good idea to give high value items to me in my crate. I also met my neighbour he’s a big male bouvier the first time went well and we walked along together fine but the more I settle into my foster home the more reactive I have become. I hadn’t seen the neighbour in a while and when we went for a walk I was barking and pulling to get to him, once calmed down foster mom let us sniff noses on a loose leash and we quickly went on our way focusing back on the walk. I did have another foster sibling in the house for a while, he was a 6 month old male husky mix, he was very quiet and timid and I wasn’t the most welcoming. My barking at him really slowed down after a while but I would still react when foster mom would take him out of the crate. We had been doing introductions outside on leash and off my foster homes property, it should be noted I’ve been MUCH more reactive while we were in the back yard, front yard or inside the house. All intros should be done off my home turf and letting me get right to the dog your introducing me to has not been a good strategy. It’s best to get both dogs on leash and have us working separately on sits, stays, turns etc., Once I stop worrying about what the other dog is doing that is the best time to let me go say hi, remember that I should be approaching calmly and not dragging you over there on a tight leash. It’s also a good idea to watch my body language and face to assess how I’m handling the introduction, If I start to show my teeth or put myself overtop of the other dog this is a sign that I might be getting aggressive. When I do this foster mom gives me a quick correction with the leash by pulling up and walking us away quickly, we continue to work on sit’s and stays but remember intros are best when kept short and more frequent.
There are four cats in my foster home and I have indicated that I would like to chase them. I’m always kept on leash around the cats and any attempt to chase, whine, bark etc. is met with a verbal correction “out!” and a snap on the leash to walk me away. I have gotten less reactive to the cats over time but caution should be used when having me around them, for now I am on leash in hand always when the cats are out and about.
There are no kids in my foster home so I’m not too sure how I’d be, due to my personality and energy levels I will be better suited to a family with kids 13 and over and dog savvy. The reason for having older children in the home is that they need to understand my boundaries and give me the time and space to take it slow while adjusting to my new surroundings. Since I am so shy I would really benefit from professional training to help me grow my confidence and bond with my new family. I should go to a confident and experienced dog owner.
I’m a bit of a sucky baby and I’ll take all the attention if you give it to me. It’s best to give me no attention for the first 30 days so I can settle in and get used to my surroundings, too much attention in the beginning can cause me to become very dependant on you and create separation anxiety over time. The best way is to have me slowly earn it over time using training sessions.. I can be a little nervous meeting new people and have ducked or backed up when someone comes to greet me, it’s best to ask anyone new to take their time when coming to say hi to me so I am as comfortable as I can be. This is a good reason to keep me on leash as well since I can be a bit of a shy boy, it will give you and I a little more confidence in new interactions.
My crate training is coming along well and I absolutely see this as my quiet safe space, I have all my meals in my crate as well. I go in as soon as you bring me to it, open the crate door and point. I normally settle in right away when I go into my crate but there is always a chance that I may act a little differently in new surroundings so don’t be alarmed if I’m a little more vocal (whining and barking). I do prefer a little privacy and like to have my crate covered with a sheet so I can relax and not be overwhelmed by everything going on around me. I currently have a blanket to lay on and the odd chew toy to keep me occupied. I spend time in my crate at all different times, I’m in there at night as well as when my foster parents leave the house. I also go in during the day when people are home as well so I don’t associate the crate with being left alone.
I have had 0 accidents inside the house, foster mom likes to take me outside immediately after taking me out of my crate so that I can continue my accident free record! I haven’t shown any cues that I need to be let out but foster mom keeps me on a pretty regular schedule of letting me out. This is a good time to utilize the leash so you can get me out for a pee right away to avoid any incidents.
I’ve been pretty good in the car so far. I used to whine a little since I get a bit anxious but I have come a long way since I got to my foster home, I usually look out the window or just lay down and nap the whole time. I don’t get car sick or anything like that but regular short car rides would be good for me to calm my nerves. I happily climb in the car when led to the door and am given the ok. It’s best to loop my leash and close it in the door to ensure I don’t bolt out the door when it is opened and you have something to hold onto before you open the car door. Foster mom always asks me to wait for both entering and exiting the car, this will make sure I’m always safe and you won’t have to worry about losing me from the car. We also practice waits for the house with all the doors, front and back.