Let your Husky get used to the camera. The click and flash of a camera can rattle dogs at first. Let your dog give the camera a good sniff, then start casually shooting the surroundings (if you’ve got a film camera, you can do this before you load the film). Once your Husky’s gotten used to the camera and starts doing his own thing, begin taking pictures.
The idea is to keep things natural and relaxed. What not to do: Grab a ton of treats, abruptly shove the camera in your dog’s face, and repeat, “Mommy’s gonna take your picture!” at high pitch.
Take lots of pictures. This is the first rule of photography, no matter what the subject. The more you take, the better your chances of getting a few amazing shots.
Turn off the flash. Most amateur photographers do best with warm, natural sunlight. To avoid washed-out pictures, shoot in the mornings or evenings, on slightly overcast days, or in the shade on a bright day.
For indoor shots, you’ll probably need a flash. You’ll get a more natural-looking shot if you use an off-camera flash and swivel it upward so the light’s bouncing off the ceiling.
Get down on your Siberian’s level. If you stand over your Husky and look down, every shot you take is going to look like everyone else’s.
Pay attention to background. Simple backgrounds, like a white sandy beach or green trees, make your Husky stand out. If you’ve got a point-and-shoot camera, have your dog at least a dozen feet in front of the background so he’ll be more in focus than whatever’s behind him, and of course, watch for the tree branches growing out of his head. Pay attention to color.
Enlist help. A friend with a squeaky toy will come in handy if you want a head-on shot or a regal profile. However, keep your Husky”s personality in mind with this tip. Some dogs get amped up really fast when their toys are around, so it can have the opposite effect of what you intended.
Get creative and playful. Lots of full-body shots taken from ten feet away can get mighty dull. Get up close so your Husky fills the entire frame. Get even closer so you get the full effect of that long, wet nose. Photograph your dog head on, in profile, at 45-degree angles. And don’t get hung up on perfection. Sometimes that shot with your dog’s tail out of the frame is the one you’ll have hanging on your wall for years. The best shots are often the spontaneous ones.
Siberian Huskies are highly energetic dogs who do well in activities involving pulling, the reason for their many accomplishments with sledding. Since many owners now have these sled dog breeds as pets within settings that are not ideal for sledding, other activities have been found which are good for the Siberian Husky and fun for the owner.
- Skijoring is an alternative to sled pulling, but mainly used in somewhat the same environment as sledding with the exception that the owner (cross-country skier) does not need a full pack in order to participate.
- Dog hiking is an alternative for owners who live closer to woodland trails. The owner travels with their dogs along trails in the wilderness. This activity allows the owner and dog to gain exercise with out using the huskies strong sense of pulling. Some companies make hiking equipment especially for dogs in which they may carry their own gear including water, food, and bowls for each.
- Carting, also known as dryland mushing or sulky driving, is an urban alternative to dog sledding. Here, the dog can pull a cart which contains either supplies or an individual. These carts can be bought or hand-made by the individual.
- Bikejoring is an activity where the owner bikes along with their dog while they are attached to their bike through a harness which keeps both the dog and owner safe. The dog or team of dogs can be attached to a towline to also pull the biker.
- Dog scootering is a mushing activity which relates to bikejoring and carting, where the owner rides a scooter that is pulled by the dog.
If you are like most parents-to-be, you’ve spent hours preparing your home for the arrival of your new baby. You’ve arranged the nursery, stocked up on supplies and baby-proofed your home. If your pet husky will be awaiting your arrival from the hospital, be prepared for how you will introduce your dog to the newest member of your family.
- Greet your husky alone for at least five minutes when you arrive home from the hospital if you are the mother. If you are the father, wait outside of the home or in another room with the baby. Let your husky get out all of his excitement before he is in the presence of your fragile baby.
- Let your husky smell you and become acclimated to the smell of your new baby on your skin and clothing. You can even bring one of your baby’s blankets in the room for your husky to smell.
- Put your husky on a leash.
- Command your husky to get into a sitting or laying position, then tell your dog to stay. Get a firm grip on your husky’s leash.
- Enter the room with your baby in your arms if you are the father. If you are the mother, stay with your husky, giving him attention and making sure he does not jump up toward the baby.