- Breed: Siberian Husky
- Gender: Female
- Age: 6 months old
- Size: 25 pounds (adult size 35-50 pounds)
- Good with…
- Dogs? Yes!!
- Cats? Sorry, no!
- Kids? Yes! 12+
Hello! My name is Belle, and I am the cutest, most playful dog around!
***Belle is not a CDR dog but please fill out an application and it will be forwarded to her family!***
I was born on October 7th, 2021 at a breeding facility. My current owner got me when I was just two months old! At first, I was really scared because I missed my mom and siblings but eventually I warmed up to my new home! I discovered my favorite food, which is salmon, and learned a few cool tricks!
I am a puppy who loves being around people of all different backgrounds! When sweet humans are around, I light up with excitement! I will howl and smile to show affection! I also don’t mind being your furry sidekick! I love long walks and car rides! Whether taking a walk around the neighborhood or going on a long road trip, I am always happy for an adventure! I also love playing indoor games like fetch at home! Sometimes I jump on people when I meet them for the first time! I am still learning to respect boundaries and personal space!
I love verbal affection and praise! Positive reinforcement helps me learn what good behaviors are! I do not enjoy being cuddled or hugged for too long because I would rather play with you on most days! I also don’t love being petted or kissed on my head but I sure do love belly rubs! I also love fun training sessions with treats! So far, I know the commands: sit, paw, and down! I’m working on learning a few other commands too which my new owner can help me with!
I am full of energy! Sometimes I run back and forth around the house really fast! I also have a tendency to chew things that I am not supposed to like socks and rugs! While I mature and continue to learn what is and is not ok to chew and play with, please do not leave important objects on the floor or coffee table!
I truly hate being in a crate, so my current mom confines me to the living room (by closing off doors to other rooms) when she is gone and this is working quite well. She is helping me learn to hate a crate a bit less by putting my food and sometimes treats in a crate (always leaving the door open, thank goodness!), but it’s slow going. I am not a pup who should be crated at this point, as I will hurt myself trying to get out, it makes me panic so strongly. In the living room, I will relax most of the time on my dog bed or sleep at the door while my owner is gone! I don’t mind loud noises outside so cracking a window while I am home alone is fine!
When I am outside on walks, I wear a harness, but I do pull because the world is so new to me and I want to explore as much as I can! I sometimes jump all around (out of excitement) when I see other dogs or people! Sometimes other dogs growl at me so my current owner tries to keep me at a distance. Training treats have helped me learn commands in distracting outdoor environments. I need a ton of outdoor exercise as I am indeed a working breed!
I am super vocal! I howl when I am excited or when I am afraid! I howl a lot during the day and sometimes at night! Because of this, it is important for me to live in an environment where people understand my tendency to make a lot of noise! Clearly, I am not a good apartment doggy!
Some of my quirks include smiling in my sleep and jumping at the door when I see my leash! I can also be a picky eater which makes my current owner laugh. I guess some could say I have a mature palate!
I love meeting new people. I have no known issues with kids, but because I am so exuberant and am too young to know how to dial that excitement down, I shouldn’t live with babies or children under 12. I could accidentally hurt them, and that is not ok!
I love to play with other dogs however some older dogs do not respond well to me because of how excited I can get! We Huskies have a very “rough and tumble” play style that involves hearty wrestling and lots of play neck-biting. It’s totally normal for Huskies and many other dog breeds to play like this and find this the most fun way to play ever. But other dog breeds do not enjoy this play style, and can actually feel upset or harassed by it. So best to match me for play dates with other dogs who have similar styles, at least until I am mature enough to have learned to calm down my play style (some dogs learn this, others never do).
I have never been around cats but since many Huskies are not ok with cats, best to assume that is the case with me.
- Going for walks!
- Trying new treats!
- Playing chase and fetch!
- Window watching!
Why I am looking for a new home
Unfortunately, my current living situation is not the best for my breed. I would prefer to live somewhere with a fenced yard where I could run around! Also, I would prefer an owner who knows a trusted individual who can watch me when they are out of town. Lastly, my current owner will be moving very soon and is having a hard time finding another dog friendly apartment.
I am vaccinated and I am currently in good health!
I am an amazing puppy! But not a puppy for everyone. I am quite high energy, and need a lot of physical exercise every day (running, playing with other dogs) as well as a strong amount of fun, positive training (learning tricks, commands, hopefully doing agility and other dog sports/games) in order for me to be happy and be in control and well-mannered in the home. I want an adopter who has some experience with positive training or having done doggy sports with a previous dog, and who genuinely has the time for plenty of outdoor exercise!
If you are interested in adopting me, please fill out an online adoption application and live close to Ithaca, Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester, or Elmira. We do home visits on every applicant, and can’t do home visits where we don’t have local volunteers. The rescue will forward it to my current family, who will a) be in touch with you and b) make all decisions about my placement!