A good way to keep Huskies interested and entertained is to vary the environments around the yard. Different textures to walk on will break up the monotonous of the yard. A mixture of bark, grass, sand and stones should help accomplish this.
Huskies also instintively like to be up high. We wanted to have a hill that they could sit on top of. We decided to combine the two, tunnel underneath and hilltop above.
We packed dirt on top and sprayed it with water, compacting it before it dried. It has hardened and should hopefully be fairly husky proof.
The pups love it so far. It has become part of Logan’s route around the backyard when he starts running his laps.
A fountain is better than a pond for a few reasons. Recirculating or moving water stays cleaner without the opportunity for algae to buildup as quickly. Moving water is also less likely to harbor mosquitoes or other insects.
We are happier with the size of our fountain compared to the pond. The pond allowed enough space for Logan to actually stand in it, which is great for him but means it’s harder to keep clean and loses water faster. The fountain isn’t big enough for either of them to actually get into.
The Sandpit and the Shade
The sandpit has been a big hit so far. No one has been digging anywhere but the sandpit, which is obviously the desired outcome. The only issue is that we may need to refill the sand from time to time, as Logan’s digging fits tend to spray a lot of sand around.
Coming into summer keeping the pups cool will be a high priority. We needed an area with a lot of shade, with comfortable ground underneath. The shade sail covers an area of roughly 3 meters.
One of the poles for the shade sail has also allowed us to hang up a tug toy for the Huskies.
Obviously the trees need some protection from digging, so around the base of the trees we put a circle of garden edging and filled it with rocks. This should be effective to stop the Huskies from getting into the dirt and hurting the tree.
The Bali Hut
It blocks a lot of heat out in summer, it’s waterproof for when winter comes back around, and will be a great place to sit up high and watch the Huskies run amuck.
While it is for us, Logan has been spotted standing up on the decking in the shade, so given time I think he may commandeer that as well.