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Old 01-06-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default New dog, pound called him a Husky. Are they right?

Hello! This is Cody. He needs a thorough brushing (the administrator at the pound said that his three months there were very, very hard on him), but this is the picture I took on the way home from adopting him today. I was just wondering what anyone thinks he might be? The pound called him a Siberian Husky. He's 50-60 pounds. Do you think he looks like a Husky? Purebred? Mix? What with? He doesn't seem to be extremely high energy, and he's got a sleeker/slimmer body shape than you would think from this photo.


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He looks like a mixed breed. Doesn't really look like a purebred husky to me, at least not what I'm use to seeing.

As for what he has in him, can't really say from that picture, it's hard to tell.

He might have some sort of shepherd mixed in him(or maybe some sort of spitz breed). If you can, try posting other pictures of him(a side shot with him standing, a front shot, face shot, basically different angles). It might be easier to guess that way.

I'm sure Cody will feel great after a good brushing and in his new home, thanks for adopting him

*Also, It might take him a few weeks to adjust to the new household before he starts showing his "true" self. Where you'll see more of his energy and personality* ADD: Just saw your other post and you've seen/worked with him before adopting him so you probably already know him pretty good

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Yeah I was hoping to get some more pictures today but he's so shy he just wanted to stay in his crate. Hopefully tomorrow he'll come out of his crate and I'll get some more pictures from the side and perhaps from the front. I actually knew him before he went to the pound (which was why the pound adopted him out to our family even though they had deemed him potentially vicious), which is where the lower energy observation had come from. I used to be able to pet him and he'd be eager to take treats from my hand, but right now he won't even make eye contact, poor baby. Hopefully we can get him back to normal pretty soon!

I didn't think he looked like a pure Husky either, glad to have a second opinion on that.

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Looks more like maybe a Shepherd x Lab or maybe Chow mix. Don't really see any Husky in him. Why was he deemed vicious?

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Chow is interesting because one of his owners thought he was part Chow, though I have to say his body shape doesn't resemble that of a Chow at all (more on that tomorrow, hopefully). As for why he was deemed vicious:

"Cody approaches the kennel door stiff, and hold his tail tense above spine level...If a kennel staff member enters his kennel, he becomes very rigid and raises up on his toenails...Multiple staff members have attempted to make friends with Cody by gently tossing him treats when they approach his kennel. Cody's behavior has only slightly improved during his time here."

That's why. They never even gave him a behavioral assessment. Fact is I've interacted with this dog a fair amount and he never so much as showed a tooth. In fact he's always been shy, but very smart, very quiet and very interested in people. So let me get this straight: they pull Cody out of his safe place by the neck with a catch pole, separate him from his companions and put him in a cold cage for 3 months with his main human interaction being throwing treats in his direction (Napoleon Dynamite, anyone?). He didn't growl, didn't bark, and didn't bite, but because he pulled away and tried to keep to himself, HE'S the vicious one? Sorry for the emotion, but seriously.

He's definitely going to need some help becoming less shy (we're not quite sure of his history but it wasn't a positive one, and he'd made a lot of progress before going to the pound), and afterward he'll need some obedience training. I'm prepared for a project dog, though, and it makes it doubly nice to know that this one needs it so much.

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Have you ever heard of B.A.T(Behavior Adjustment Training) if not, I'd suggest looking into that, it's interesting and might be helpful in helping with Cody.

I also recently read a book on calming signals, reading that might help you too(it helped with me understanding my dog better and I noticed she often shows calming signals with me, now I know how to respond to those and I've noticed she's done better with me since I've started responding to her when she shows calming signals).

Good luck, there are a good amount of trainers on here so I'm sure they'll be able to give you advice if you ever need help-I've gotten a lot of help with my dog on here

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Oh those both sound PERFECT! Thanks so much. I'm going to read up on both of those things tonight and maybe buy/download some books on them so I can get to work with Cody. What was the book you read? And yeah I'm sure I'll be here with questions quite a bit.

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If you look on YouTube, three are several good videos on BAT. Cody is a lovely dog and it is wonderful of you to save him.
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The book I read was "On talking terms with dogs: Calming signals" by Turid Rugaas. It's a small and simple book but includes a good amount of useful information.

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Fantastic, thanks! And thanks JGLI for the tip on the YouTube vids!

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