Siberian Huskies Are Truly Smart

Siberian Huskies are smart. Too damn smart sometimes. Wikipedia back me up on this:

Due in part to their intelligence, Huskies tend to be very observant on the actions of people around them and have been known to mimic common household activities such as turning on lights with their paws and opening doors with their canines.

So, without further ado, please allow me to present:

Zandini The Great

He’s Observant, Not Dumb

Zander — the younger husky pup, the boy and my ‘baby’ — has the personality of a pot smoker. Waaaay laid back and highly motivated by food. And compared to the scheming Saskia who we half-jest is plotting either her escape, our deaths or both, it’s easy to not give Zander the credit he deserves. That and he makes sharp turns and will konk his head in doorways.

And perhaps compared to Saskia’s standoffish ways, Zander has been dubbed more loving. His nicknames span from Zander Bing to now Zandini.

It began with his kennel. Aware of his size and strength, he worked tirelessly to bow out the kennel’s door to squeeze out and enjoy all the extra living space.

Having tasted freedom, the sight of gates, bars and (I fear doors will be next) are repugnant to the Great Zandini. And so I’m sure with much trial and error, Zandini worked the gate’s mechanics which now it takes him all of four seconds to open, to allow himself and Saskia upstairs to enjoy even greater comforts — the sofa and guest bed.

It’s The Quiet Ones You Have To Watch Out For

Oh yea, Wikpedia also mentioned the following:

Some undesirable behaviors they can exhibit include opening refrigerators (and eating the food inside), climbing fences or digging tunnels in the backyard to escape.

Or if not to escape, digging holes for the love of digging.

How to Bathe Siberian Huskies – A Pictorial

As you know, if you give a mouse a cookie he’ll ask for a glass of milk, a moose will request jam for his muffin and so on. But what you may not have known is that if Littlest Martha were to bathe some huskies, early enough in the day, she’ll wash the car, clean out the garage and do some “light” weeding.

A freak burst of productivity that can be attributed to the good feeling of accomplishment that comes from having clean dogs. If it’s such a good feeling why not bathe them with more regularity, as they certainly could benefit from it?

Quite simply: It’s a production.

Here comes the obvious statement of the post — these dogs have a lot of fur. Tons of it. And even though they’re constantly blowing their coats, the remaining fur has trapped enough dirt (I mentioned that I live in the desert, yes?) to coat your hand with a fine film of dust.

Disgusting, yes, I know. But to bathe two Siberian Huskies requires bribery, patience and the understanding that everyone is going to get wet — so decent enough weather.

Step 1: Get Your Materials

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If nothing else, when bathing your husky, you’ll need soap, water and a decent enough treat so that she’ll see what’s in it for her.

Standard Procedure: Bathe The Damn Dog

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Zander is demonstrating the Husky-Punk look. If you’re husky looks like he’s ready to see a Sex Pistols’ concert, add more water.

Practice Your Coaxing

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Saskia clearly knows something is up. I tell her she’s a pretty girl, a good girl but she and I both know that she’s only allowing this to earn her rawhide reward. So practice your coaxing, if you want. Or, you can save your breath.

Reward Handsomely

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The payoff is good when it’s a rawhide treat. That and if the human who had just tormented you would get the camera out of your face.

The Human’s Reward

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While Zander may be ashamed of being so shiny clean and silky smooth (yes, two cliches worth emphasizing), this — fellow humans — is your payoff. Enjoying the puppy-soft fur all over again. Well, after the wet dog smell has abated. Maybe wait a couple of hours. And open a window.

The Aftermath

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Oh yea. Now clean this up.               crap.