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My neighbour is one of the friendliest people you could ever meet. He’s in his early 50s with 4 young kids. A couple months ago, he got a husky puppy. She’s a beautiful dog, and I think anyone right for the breed would love her. That’s the problem.

It’s clear that my neighbour didn’t research the breed before they got her. Another case of: it’s a cool looking dog that will get me noticed. The family doesn’t do anything with her, they just throw her outside in the backyard for a couple hours a day. This ultimately results in her tearing up the backyard and digging holes, which they get mad at her for. Whenever the family is outside and playing and enjoying the weather, they never include the dog; she’s locked up in the backyard while they play in the front yard. I’ve never once seen them put a leash on her or ever take her for walks.

It seems like they overestimated how quick a dog can grow up and how demanding huskies are, since it seems like once she reached a certain size they rarely did anything with her. The novelty of having a puppy wore off. I feel bad for the dog, all she does is sit in the backyard and bark and howl, aggravating the other neighbours. I’m almost tempted to go over and offer to take their dog for walks and give her the physical and mental exercise she needs, as it’s not fair to her at all. Every time I’m out with our dogs she just watches us.

This is a perfect example why you need to look into the breed you’re interested in getting, and owning a dog in general. It’s not only you that suffers for the negligence, but for the dog as well.
 

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Not saying breed’s really the issue, but it’s an important component to consider when deciding to get a dog. If you can’t dedicate the time/responsibility/commitment for a dog, don’t get a dog. Too many end up at shelters because of this.
 
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