I have a senior GSD, a Husky cross ( mother was a silver GSD, and father was half shepherd, half Husky), and we now have two litter mates GSD’s. The pups are not both ours, one is a friends pup staying with us until his house is finished being built.
My senior was about 6-7 when we got our Husky. It was immediately clear that I had to be the driving force in the home, because the Husky bonded with my GSD immediately, and couldn’t care less about humans. It took a huge amount of separating the two and working on obedience and training separately. The Husky wouldn’t listen to a single command given, unless he was following my GSD’s behavior. It took a few weeks, but keeping them separated and separate walks and training finally did the trick. He listens to me instead of looking to Lyka for cues.
I put him in agility classes and obedience classes completely separate from my GSD. It was exhausting and time consuming with just two! The Husky’s energy levels are through the roof, and he needs jobs, or he gets destructive. We ended up building an agility course for him at home to keep him from destructive behavior at home on the days he didn’t have classes.
When we introduced the two new pups, everyone got along great. A week later, my GSD pup had an accident that fractured her jaw, and we have had to keep her separated from the other 3. She’s doing great, but the GSD pup that isn’t ours has gone full pack. He will not listen to his owner at all, and his owner finds it easier for my Husky and GSD to “train” him. He’s going to be in for a rude awakening when his house is done, and he has a puppy on his hands that has now been separated from his pack. He’s going to have to put in double the effort needed to train a non pack dog.
If you decide to keep all 4, prepare yourself for doing nothing but working one on one with each of them, and keeping them separated until they bond with you more than the pack.
Also be aware you that will have to constantly shift dogs around as they mature, or you will be breaking up a TON of fights since they are all siblings. They will be more aggressive with each other as siblings. I would never in my wildest dreams get two pups from the same litter, let alone 4! I agree with previous advice given, look into rehoming at least 2 of the pups. It will make your and the pups odds at success much easier.
If you’re sure you're keeping all four, get them into separate classes ASAP. Husky GSD hybrids (normally called shepskis), are extremely high energy and need a lot of outlets to keep them from being destructive in the home and yard.
Good luck, and best wishes!
Last edited by dogma13; 06-11-2019 at 03:54 PM.
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