Understanding Your Siberian Huskies
Huskies are sled dogs from the polar regions. They are a very energetic and athletic, and highly loyal breed. A husky puppy will make a fantastic companion and great family dog if given proper training. Their high energy and prey drive needs to be balanced with regular exercising and activities.
Before becoming a Husky owner or beginning to train the dog, a good understanding of the breed’s nature gives an upper hand. As a trainer with years of experience, I have acknowledged the unique personality of every pet. Thus there can be differences in the behavior of your pet from the general traits seen. But with proper training, your husky can be trained to have better communication with you.
Why Get A Siberian Husky?
Siberian Huskies are very affectionate by nature. They enjoy belly rubs and cuddling their owners. They also are very emotionally intelligent and understand if you are happy or sad. They might come and lie down next to you or lick you if they sense you upset to cheer you up!
Siberian Huskies are very playful by nature. They enjoy running around landscaping the space to explore, jump and dig, play chasing, and catch, and catch, and catch, and catch games. Their outdoorsy nature makes them always ready for a walk or play-time.
Huskies are pretty clever and independent in comparison to other dogs. They are intelligent and are quick to pick up new commands. Reward training techniques work most effectively with husky puppies. Obedience training can use positive reinforcement and can be started from as early as six weeks.
Huskies are also major foodies and can be slightly impatient and overzealous about food intake. It is good to keep close supervision during meal times to avoid overeating or food stealing. Bite inhibition training is a must for a husky puppy.
Things to lookout for with your husky
Huskies shed a lot all around the year. As husky owners, you have to keep in mind to blow their coat once or twice a year. This can be accompanied by frequent brushing to control the shedding and also keeps the fur clean. A good hack to make the brushing activity fun for both of you is to pair it with some other playful session or make it a rewarding experience using tasty snacks.
A Husky is typically very goofy and naturally trusts everyone they see around. I have noticed most huskies who make a fuss when people are at the door generally do it out of excitement rather than a warning. So even though they resemble fierce wolf-like features, they are not great guard dogs.
Huskies have a very high prey drive. They have a strong hunting instinct, so it is hazardous to let a husky go off-leash in an open space. Huskies require a slight dominance when it comes to staying put commands; otherwise, their strong instinct to chase and athletic persona will get them on a run before even you can scream stop.
Because huskies are originally sled driving dog breed, they have an innate tendency to pull on things. The easiest way to deal with this is to leash train a husky using the red-light, green-light technique, or a 180-turn-around technique.
If your husky puppy starts pulling too much during the training, then an effective way to stop it is to turn around and start walking in the opposite direction. This teaches them the fastest way to walk at a measured pace with the owner.
A Husky is an affectionate dog. They like human companionship, and being working dogs make them constantly crave to do something. They need to be kept in activities because they get into trouble if bored. A Husky will figure out their activities if they feel lonely, leading to property damage or escape expeditions.