If your husky has been biting your feet and ankles, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
In this post, I will show you a number of reasons why it might have been doing it and what you can do about it.
So, why does my husky bite my feet and ankles? Possible reasons are that you have been inadvertently rewarding it, excitement, teething or that it just needs to be trained not to do it.
There are a number of things that you can consider to help you figure out why it has been doing it. There are also a number of things that you can do to get it to stop biting your feet and ankles so much.
Why your husky bites your feet
Each of the different reasons that your husky does it will likely come with some clues in the way that it does it.
Below are some reasons why it might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
It wants attention
The reason that it does it could be that it is looking for attention. This would be more likely if it does it when you have not been giving it much attention, it would normally get something like a walk or you tend to give it attention when it does it.
In this case, it would help to avoid rewarding it with attention when it does it, to reward it when it is being well behaved and to redirect its focus when it is about to bite your feet.
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It is teething
If your husky is still young then it could be the case that it is teething. This would be more likely if it has started chewing on other things a lot as well.
In this case, it would be important to start training it to behave the way that you want it to behave now. It would also help to give it lots of toys to chew on.
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It wasn’t trained not to as a puppy
If your husky is older and it has always done it, the reason could be that it was not trained not to as a puppy. If your husky doesn’t receive any training then it won’t know how it is meant to behave and it will behave the way that it feels like behaving. The way that it feels like behaving is unlikely to be the way that you want it to behave.
In this case, it would be important to start giving it training now by following the tips below.
You have inadvertently been reinforcing the behavior
It might be the case that you have inadvertently trained it to bite your feet by giving it things that it wants when it does it. This would be more likely if you tend to give it things such as toys, treats or attention when it bites them.
Instead of rewarding it, when it bites your feet, it would help to reward it when it is well behaved and to redirect its focus before it starts biting them.
Sometimes, dogs will bite people’s feet when they are excited and it could be why your husky does it to you. This would be more likely if it does it in situations such as when you come home or are taking it for a walk.
It is exploring
Dogs interact with the environment using their mouths and their noses as much as they do with their eyes and even more so when they are puppies.
The reason that your husky has been biting your feet could be that it’s because it is interacting with them. This would be more likely if it is a puppy.
Even if this is the case it will still be important to get it to stop by training it not to bite your feet.
Things to consider
When it started doing it
When trying to figure out why your husky has been biting your feet, it would help to consider when it first started doing it since it could be the case that an event triggered it to start.
Things that might have happened could include:
- Inadvertently rewarding it for doing it one time
- It started chewing on other things as well (it probably started teething)
- You stopped giving it as much attention
How old your husky is
It would also help to consider the age of your husky.
If it is still young then it would be more likely that it is teething and that you need to start training it to behave the way that you want now so that it is better behaved as an adult.
Whereas, if it is older, it would be more likely to be that it was not trained not to, you inadvertently reinforced the behavior or that it does it for attention.
How aggressively it bites your feet
It would also help to consider whether or not it does it aggressively.
If it does it aggressively then it would be advised to get the help of a dog behaviorist in your area who will be able to show you how to train it in a secure way.
Whereas, if it does not do it aggressively then it would help to train it not to by following the tips below.
When and where it bites your feet
The timing and location that it does it in could also be useful to consider.
If it tends to do it at a certain time such as when going out for a walk then it could be due to excitement or because it is trying to get you to give it a walk.
If it seems to do it at random times then it would be more likely that it enjoys doing it and that you need to train it to stop.
How to get your husky to stop biting your feet
Below are some things that you can do about your husky biting your feet.
Train it not to
To train your husky not to do it you could use positive reinforcement training. This is where you train it to behave in a certain way by rewarding the behaviors that you want to see and not rewarding the bad behaviors.
To use it to get it to stop biting, you would:
- Stand up and prevent it from biting your feet by leaving the room if necessary.
- Wait a few moments and then go back to giving it attention and then prevent it from biting them again if it starts biting
- Repeat the above until it learns that biting causes it to lose your attention
- Reward it with a treat when it does particularly well
You can watch the video below to see more on how to train your husky to stop doing it.
Avoid negative reinforcement training
As mentioned above, it could be the case that it has been doing it because it gets things that it wants when it does it.
Instead of rewarding it when it does it, try to redirect its focus before it starts biting and to train it not to using positive reinforcement training.
Give it other things to chew on
In addition to the above, you could also give it lots of things to chew on in the form of toys, bones and chews. This would be especially helpful if it seems to be teething.
When training your husky it is important to be consistent. It is unlikely that you will be able to get drastic results with just one training session but if you train it consistently over the course of weeks and months, you will see better results.
Get help from a dog behaviorist
If you cannot figure out why your husky does it or you cannot get it to stop, consider getting the help of a dog behaviorist in your area. By doing so, you will be able to get expert guidance tailored towards your particular husky.