As most dog owners are aware, pet insurance can make all the difference if your dog falls ill or is injured.
In today's world people are often quick to claim for damages if injured by someone else's dog, even if the injury was not the result of aggression. Owners of boisterous dogs such as huskies, malamutes and other sled dogs must be especially aware of this, as overzealous displays of affection by a large dog can result in injury.
We would highly recommend that anyone owning a dog should have pet insurance. Unless your financial circumstances are such that you can afford to cover any large unexpected vet bills or personal claims, then insurance really is a must-have.
There are many options available, with a wide range of policies offering different levels of cover at various costs. Petpals Direct is a specialist insurance company for pet owners. Among their range of policies, the Tenant Care package is specifically aimed at pet owners living in rented accommodation, and includes cover for damage to property as well as vet fees and third party liability. Petpals offer 1 month free insurance if you sign up online. Find more details here on their website.
If you buy a puppy in the UK that is registered with the Kennel Club, you will be eligible to sign up for six weeks free insurance with them. We take up this offer when we take on a new puppy, but shop around to compare prices and policies before committing to stay on after the free trial ends. If you take up this or any similar offer, do be sure to cancel the policy at the end of the free-trial if you do not wish to continue with the provider.
If you decide to run your husky or sled dog on a bike, scooter or rig, then you will probably need special insurance to cover this. Most forestry commissions and land owners will ask for proof of insurance before they allow you to run dogs on their land. In the UK, the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain, and some other sled dog organizations offer specific insurance policies to their members which cover 'working' sled dogs.
Some husky owners find products such as Bitter Apple Spray work well in discouraging their huskies from chewing the furniture. You can also try using Hot-Sauce like Tabasco, but it might not smell too good after a while if you use lots of it! (Also, we have heard that some dogs actually like the taste - or at least are not discouraged by it).
As far as food bowls go, there is no need to spend too much money.
We use simple stainless steel dog bowls to feed our huskies, which we wash after each meal.
Some dogs eat very fast and 'bolt' their food. It is worth finding a way to prevent this. One method is to feed the dog in a specially designed feeding bowl, such as the Brake-fast Dog Bowl designed with in-built obstructions to slow down the dog's eating.
Older dogs may be more comfortable eating from raised dishes that reduce the strain put on their neck, back and shoulders. Adjustable bowls such as the ones found Here are one option, or you can construct a simple feeding bench from a couple of pieces of wood quite easily.
There is no need to spend too much money on a Dog Bed for your husky - it will probably just get torn apart if you do!
Vet Bed does the job fine, and is reasonably priced and very easy to wash too.
Do buy a Dog Crate - it will help significantly with toilet training and keeping your dog safe amongst many other things (see our Crates Page for more info.)
Top of the list of recommendations from other husky owners are the Dyson DC27 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair Removal
and the Dyson DC14 Allergy Upright Vacuum Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers.
The Dyson DC31 Animal Handheld Vacuum with Dual Power Mode for Pet Owners is a useful hand-held vacuum that is more practical for cleaning the stairs/furniture/car etc.
Hoovering tends to stir up the 'doggy' smell from the hair and dust around and about being disturbed. A good thing to pick up is a pack of Vacuum Fresheners. Glade produce a product called Drop-in Vac which we use - others are available too.