Not available for interstate adoption
Perfect husky personality
Medium Male Siberian Husky Dog
- Rescue group:
- Vet Behaviour Team Pty Ltd
- PetRescue ID:
- New South Wales
** A NOTE FROM MACK'S CARER - MAY 2017: Thanks for visiting Mack's profile! Before you read it here's a heads up. You'll find it's detailed and has special requirements but having worked for animal welfare for more than a decade and studied evidence-based training methods in depth, I can say the ONLY difference between Mack and any other dog on Pet Rescue is that everything here is disclosed up front. There are no surprises or hidden problems to find later on. Don't be put out by the special requirements, they exist because I've seen too many rescue cases where owners faced heartbreaking undisclosed problems early on. Mack is a unique opportunity to adopt one of the best pets around. If you value the inspiring companionship a dog can bring, are interested in animal welfare and are looking for a young, healthy and very well-behaved pet... then read on. **
Meet the absolutely beautiful McKinley, known to his friends as Mack – or Schmick.
He is a medium-sized pure-bred black and white Siberian husky male with blue eyes, and is four years old. He is fit, beyond healthy, and completely up to date with all his routine treatments including flea, tick, all-worming, vaccination and heartworming.
Mack has been a profoundly loved member of his owner’s household since the day he was born, and has shared it with a number of other huskies over the years. It is with intense sadness that his owner is now considering the option of finding him a new home, after considerable changes in life circumstances have forced the decision.
Mack is quite possibly the epitome of the Siberian husky personality. He is intelligent, strong-willed and highly active, intense and driven at times, gregarious, keen to run and play and often looking for entertainment. While at the same time, he’s developing self-control and is able to spend most hours of the day relaxing as he should. In the evening he loves to curl up next to you on the sofa when invited just be patted while he goes to sleep, and at night he will ask to join you on the bed to share your pillow. He is an amazing companion and a dog who enjoys interacting with you, yet as a typical husky he will also test you – sometimes cheekily, but sometimes because his excitement runs too high, and that needs to be managed.
Mack is fully house-trained and spends his day with access to all corners of the house and yard. He is an indoor dog and must be allowed the freedom to join you indoors when he wants to. He is not known for chewing or destruction, and has not shown any signs of separation anxiety, noise phobias, or any other generalized anxiety problems.
Mack was once a show-dog and has received points towards his Champion title. He is now desexed however, so is permanently retired from showing. He has been a house companion exclusively for several years, and that’s been his happiest time and where he’s fitted in best.
Mack comes with a large choice of items to take with you such as beds, toys, Kongs, leads, collars, books, plus a supply of items such as worming tablets, his current food and of course he comes with several months’ supply of his behavioural medications.
For Mack’s benefit he needs to be in a household as an only-dog, and your family should not have children, cats or any other pets, now or in the future. Your lifestyle is also best to avoid regular parties or social visitors. Mack is not ideal for dog parks – but he simply doesn’t need to go there either – and should be thought of only as a wonderful home companion. He is not a dog you should build a café social life around with other dog owners, or take on routine holidays with you. Mack is not a dangerous dog at all, and instead he should be an only-dog and avoid dog parks to keep life fair for him and not expose him to situations he’s not equipped to handle. Preserving Mack’s welfare, as well as your own, is the priority.
Mack has been receiving help from Vet Behaviour Team for several years now, under the treatment of behavioural veterinarian Dr Amanda Cole, to help him with a diagnosed ADHD problem that he’s had since birth. This treatment must continue, for Mack’s own welfare, and that requirement in his adoption is not negotiable. It is mandatory that his new owner be willing to continue providing behavioural medications, be willing to listen to and act on the professional advice given by those managing his case, and be willing to learn techniques that will help rehabilitate his behaviour as much as possible. In short, you must continue to implement all the recommendations made by the behaviour vets for years to come and most likely for life. Behavioural medicine is sometimes not well explained to owners, so it’s worth saying Mack’s treatment does not make him a zombie or put him in a suppressed state, and instead is designed to allow him to interact normally with the world rather than simply over-reacting to it. To look at Mack today, you would not know he is receiving any kind of treatment, which is a sign that his regimen is working well, and in fact the behavioural vets are pleased with his improvement.
Mack comes with free, ongoing and unlimited help and assistance from his previous owner, who is himself a qualified behavioural trainer, who has also worked professionally as a rehab trainer for dogs with diagnosed disorders, for clients in Sydney. His owner was also rescue coordinator for Husky Rescue for many years and gained a lot of experience while fostering dozens of huskies and helping with hundreds of other re-homing cases. His owner is available to visit you to provide advice, coaching, support and one-on-one assistance to make sure Mack is settled and that you and your family are happy. You will be introduced to the behavioural veterinarians who’ve worked with Mack, coached on everything from minor things like how to order behavioural meds to times of day to give them to how best to pack them into treats so he swallows them, through to major things like to how to manage challenging situations like strangers visiting with deliveries, and conversely what kind of everyday routines bring out the most settled and positive behaviour in Mack. You’ll also obviously be provided with all the reading material you need from the start, including handouts to help you understand the concepts behind why vet behaviour treatment is needed, and why it’s been of so much amazing benefit to Mack. Again, the welfare of everyone involved is the top priority.
Mack is located in St Ives NSW 2075, and is available only to adopters in the Sydney region. Unfortunately he is not available for adoption by owners who rent their premises, or who live outside the Sydney metro area.
Mack is also best suited to adopters with previous dog ownership experience; he is unlikely to suit a first-time dog owner.
If you and your family turn out to be the right owners for Mack, you’ll be asked lots of questions when you make contact, and will obviously have the opportunity to ask any number of questions yourself. You’ll need to allow a home inspection to assess basic things like fences, gates, neighbor amenity, lifestyle options and so on, and his previous owner will want to meet with everyone who might be involved in his care at least once.
You should expect to spend perhaps three months with Mack as a ‘trial period’, during which time you’ll get continuous help and coaching until you feel absolutely certain about managing his routine. If for any reason it’s decided that Mack is not right for you, please understand that it’s no reflection on you and instead just means that in the opinion of a professional trainer and rescue coordinator, another dog is going to suit what you’re after much, much better.
To find out more about Mack or to arrange a time to meet him, please contact his owner.