If your husky has been hiding a lot you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why it might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
So, why does my husky hide? Possible reasons are that it is fearful of something, illness, injury, being in a new environment, being aggressive or overly emotional with it, inadvertently rewarding the behavior or it could be going through a more timid phase if it is a puppy.
There are actually a number of reasons why your husky might be doing it and it could be a combination of reasons. However, there are also some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason. There are also a number of options that you have when getting it to stop.
Why your husky hides
Each of the different reasons why your Siberian husky does it will likely come with some clues.
Below are some reasons why your husky might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
Someone mistreated it
The cause could be that someone mistreated it.
This would be more likely if you recently adopted it from a shelter. In this case, it would be likely that it would begin to do it less as it becomes more comfortable around you and its new surroundings. But it would help to give it lots of attention, exercise and to play with it. If it doesn’t improve over the course of a few weeks then it would help to get help from a vet or dog behaviorist.
It could also be the case that someone mistreated it recently. This would be more likely if it has started hiding suddenly and if it does it when a certain person is around.
It might be the case that something has been causing it to become fearful. This would be more likely if it does it more at certain times such as when there are fireworks, sirens or construction works outside.
In this case, it would help to remove the thing that is making it become fearful if possible or to try desensitization training.
Injury or illness
Injury or illness could also be what has been causing it to hide. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing signs of being ill or injured such as fatigue or limping. If it does seem like illness or injury could be the cause the best option would be to take it to a vet.
The cause might be that something has been causing it to be depressed. Causes could include an owner moving away, being mistreated or another pet dying.
In this case, it might improve over the course of a few weeks. But, you can help by giving your husky positive attention in the form of training, exercise and by playing with it. If it does not improve after a few weeks then it would help to get the help of a vet or a dog behaviorist.
It’s unsure of its environment
The cause might be that it is in a new environment and it is unsure of whether or not it is safe. This would be more likely if you recently adopted or bought your husky or if you recently moved homes. In this case, it would be likely that it will become more comfortable over the course of a few weeks or months.
You are aggressive or emotional with it
Huskies were bred to work alongside their owners for hours daily so they are highly intuned with their owner’s emotions. If you get aggressive or emotional around your husky it will cause it to react to it and it could be why it has been hiding.
Instead, it would help to be calm around your husky and to give it lots of training so that it learns how to behave.
It is still young
Sometimes, husky puppies will go through a more fearful stage when they are around the age of 6 weeks old. If your husky is a puppy then it could be the case that it is going through a more fearful stage and it is likely that it will stop in a few weeks.
You have inadvertently rewarded the behavior
It might be the case that you have actually rewarded the behavior by giving it things that it wants when it does it. If you tend to give it things such as extra attention, toys or treats when it hides then it might have learned to do it more in order to get those things.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it does not hide, to recognize when it is about to do it and to redirect its focus and to train it to come to you when you call it.
Things to consider
When it first started doing it
It would help to consider when your husky first started doing it since it could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start hiding.
If it did start doing it suddenly it would be more likely to be due to things such as illness, injury, being in a new environment, being mistreated or going through a fearful stage as a puppy. It would help to consider what else changed when it first started doing it.
Whereas, if it has always been doing it and it is adopted then it could be that it is trying to get used to its new environment.
When it seems to do it more
It would also help to consider the timing of when it does it. If there is a certain time that it tends to hide more then it could be the case that the timing has something to do with it.
For example, if it tends to hide when there are construction works outside it could be the case that it is fearful.
Whereas, if it seems to do it at random times then it could be due to things such as illness or injury, depression, being in a new environment, you have inadvertently rewarded it or it is going through a fearful phase as a puppy.
What to do about your husky hiding
Below are some options you have when getting your husky to stop doing it. You will likely find that using a combination of them will work best.
Be calm around it
When interacting with your husky it would help to be calm with it since they can be very responsive to their owner’s emotions. If you get emotional or aggressive around your husky then it will usually cause it to react itself.
Give it exercise and play with it
Huskies are a breed that is meant to get a lot of exercise on a daily basis. When they don’t get enough exercise it can cause them to behave abnormally. If your husky has not been getting much exercise then it would help to make sure that it does.
Avoid negative reinforcement
As mentioned above, it could be the case that it has learned to hide due to rewarding the behavior. Instead, try to reward it when it does not hide, to redirect its attention when it is about to hide and to train it to come to you when you want it to.
Avoid punishing it
If you punish your husky for hiding then it will likely reinforce the behavior and make it become more fearful of you. Instead, it would be better to use positive reinforcement training to get it to behave the way you want it to.
Get help from a vet or dog behaviorist
If you can’t figure out why it has been doing it or it has been doing it for more than a few weeks then consider getting help from a vet or dog behaviorist. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored to your particular husky.