If your husky keeps going between your legs, you might be wondering why and what can be done about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why it might keep doing it and what you can do to stop it.
So, why does my husky go between my legs? Possible reasons are that it is anxious, is being submissive, is looking for attention, has separation anxiety or that you have inadvertently reinforced the behavior.
There are a number of things that you can consider when trying to figure out why your husky goes between your legs. Once you have a good idea of why it does it, you will have a much easier time in getting it to stop.
Why your husky goes between your legs
Each of the different reasons that your husky goes between your legs will likely come with some clues in the way that it does it.
Below, I will mention a number of reasons why it might go between your legs and what would make them more likely.
The reason that it goes between your legs could be that something is causing it to be anxious. This would be more likely if it does it more at times where it is likely to be anxious such as when a person or animal is around that it doesn’t like. In this case, going between your legs would be comforting for it.
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It could be the case that it does it because it is being submissive. This would be more likely if it does it in situations such as when there are other dogs around that are bigger than it is. It would also be more likely if it shows other signs of being submissive such as by hiding its tail.
It might be the case that it is seeking attention from you. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not given it attention in a while and if you tend to give it more attention when it does it.
You have been rewarding the behavior
It could be the case that it does it because you have inadvertently reinforced the behavior by giving it things that it wants when it does it.
Instead of giving it things such as toys, treats or attention when it goes between your legs, try to redirect its focus when it is about to do it onto sitting somewhere else and to reward it when it is well behaved.
It could be the case that it does it due to having separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone gives it anxiety. This would be more likely if it does it more when you are about to leave and if it shows signs of anxiety when you are leaving.
In this case, it would help to avoid leaving it alone for long periods and to periodically check up on it if you can.
Also, it would help to train it to be less anxious when you are leaving and when you are away.
To do this you could do as follows:
- Make it seem like you are about to leave by doing something such as picking up your keys
- Reward your husky for not being anxious and repeat these two steps a few times
- Make more moves towards actually leaving such as by picking up the keys and putting your hand on the door handle
- Reward your husky for not being anxious and repeat the process a few times
- Actually open the door and go outside for a few moments then come back and reward your husky
- Repeat the above, each time staying outside for slightly longer
Consider when it first started doing it
It would help to consider what else happened at around the same time that your husky first started doing it since it could be the case that an event occurred that caused it to start doing it.
Things that might have happened could include:
- You started leaving it for longer periods
- You rewarded it for doing it one time
- You stopped giving it as much attention
- It moved homes
- Something in its daily schedule changed
Consider when and where it does it
It would also help to consider the timing and location of when your husky goes between your legs.
If it does it when there are other dogs around then it would be much more likely that it is being submissive. Whereas, if it does it when you are about to leave then it would be more likely to be due to separation anxiety.
How to stop your husky from going between your legs
Below, are a number of options that you have when trying to get your husky to stop going between your legs.
Try positive reinforcement training
One option you have is to try positive reinforcement training. This is where you get your husky to behave in a certain way by rewarding it when it behaves that way and not rewarding it when it does not.
To use it to stop it from going between your legs you would do something such as:
- Reward it before it goes between your legs
- Stop rewarding it when it goes between your legs
- Get it out from under your legs and avoid giving it attention until it doesn’t try to get between your legs
- Reward it for behaving the way that you want it to
Avoid negative reinforcement training
As mentioned above, it might be the case that you have been inadvertently training it to do it. Instead of giving it things that it wants when it does it, try to reward it when it behaves the way that you want and to redirect its focus when it is about to go between your legs.
Get help from a dog trainer or behaviorist
If you cannot figure out why it does it then consider getting the help of a dog trainer or behaviorist in your area who will have the experience to know what is likely to be causing it and what to do about it.
When you’re trying to get your husky to stop going between your legs it’s important to be patient. Getting your husky to stop going between your legs is not something that you will be able to stop overnight so it’s important for you to be consistent and to stick training it.