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question for you large dog owners

I have a friend moving into to Chicago in a couple weeks. She has a Siberian Husky that is probably 4 years old. She may need someone to look after it for 6 months until she buys a place.

My condo allows dogs and is very dog friendly. There are a good amount of little, medium, and large breed dogs in the building. I have a one bedroom apartment about 800sq ft.

Would it be a problem for me to house this dog for 6 months? I have had dogs my entire life, the largest being a golden retriever, but I have never had a husky. I would love to get a husky some day and this may be a great opportunity to see what the breed is like.

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As long as you have a park close by to exercise it should be fine.

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just like Paladin said....just excersize a lot.....and also its only 6 months...you could make it work...
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sounds like it'd work..it's a win-win scenario, your friends going to have to come over a lot to play with her pup

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Good luck. I always see these cases on People's Court later . You get attached to the dog, don't want to give him back. She doesn't want to pay for the expenses of the dog, "People's Court, here we come".

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There is plenty of room outside for me to take the dog for walks, ect. My neighborhood is great for that (in a city sense).

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Good luck. I always see these cases on People's Court later . You get attached to the dog, don't want to give him back. She doesn't want to pay for the expenses of the dog, "People's Court, here we come".
nah, not my style.

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6 months is a long time. Shit, that's 3.5 dog years. What is she willing to "do" in return?

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It's not your dog, so would it be considered cheating?
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Huskies are very energetic. Bored dogs with lots of energy do strange things, especially if left alone. Exercise it well before taking it home. 800 sq feet, you are looking at English Bulldog. My English bulldog sometimes is too tired to climb 3 flights of stairs. I have to carry his ass up.

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Huskies are very energetic. Bored dogs with lots of energy do strange things, especially if left alone. Exercise it well before taking it home. 800 sq feet, you are looking at English Bulldog. My English bulldog sometimes is too tired to climb 3 flights of stairs. I have to carry his ass up.
How does any animal last more than a week in your place without being eaten?

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How does any animal last more than a week in your place without being eaten?
They have sharp teeth and really good hearing. Try and sneak up on my rottweiler, I dare you. You'd have 120+ lbs of angry do meat chomping on your nuts.

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Offering to take the dog in is very kind of you. How the dog reacts to this transition, should be the question. Some dogs are more "pack dogs" than others. Some dogs will only have ONE master, even for a short period.

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soooooooooooo while you're pet sitting the dog, where is SHE staying???
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Offering to take the dog in is very kind of you. How the dog reacts to this transition, should be the question. Some dogs are more "pack dogs" than others. Some dogs will only have ONE master, even for a short period.
Steve, unless this dog is people friendly and does not care who tells them what to do when... you may want to take special note to what Scout says, but I'll add my ...

If I were you, I would start bringing the dog to your home with its owner for a while on a constant basis. Then, you need to take the dog alone and allow the owner to leave for a majority of the day. You need to do this several times to show the dog that eventually its owner will come back. And lastly, the way you will be returning the dog to his owner is the way you should be doing it before she leaves.
If your plan is to return the dog to her, then you need to drive or walk the dog to the return spot - if she plans on coming back to pick up the dog by you, then this is how you should return the dog.
You will literally be training the dog into understanding that eventually he will go back its his owner and you are just a friendly person to keep him company.

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