If your husky puppy has been following you everywhere you might want to know why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why your husky puppy might be following you everywhere and what you can do about it.
So, why does my husky puppy follow me everywhere? Possible reasons are that it does it naturally, it wants attention, it has separation anxiety, you have been rewarding it or that it is fearful of something.
There are actually a number of reasons why your husky puppy could be following you everywhere and it could be a combination of multiple reasons. However, there are also a number of things that you can consider which will help you figure out the exact reason. Once you have a good idea of why it does it, you will have an easier time in getting it to stop.
Why your husky puppy follows you everywhere
Each of the different reasons why your husky puppy follows you everywhere will likely come with a number of clues in the way that it does it.
It might be the case that it has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and it gets anxious when it is left alone. This would be more likely to be the reason if your husky puppy becomes anxious when you are leaving home.
It wants attention
The reason could be that it is looking for attention from you. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it more attention when it does it.
Instead, it would help to give it attention throughout the day in the form of exercise, training and by playing with it. But, it would also help to try to reward it when it is behaving the way you want and to use positive reinforcement training to get it to behave the way that you want.
Siberian huskies were bred to work alongside their owners for hours on a daily basis. The reason why your husky follows you around everywhere could be that it is in its nature to want to be around you.
In this case, it would help to give it lots of training such as to sit or stay so that you can get it to do what you want when it does follow you.
You have been reinforcing the behavior
It might be the case that you have reinforced the behavior by rewarding it when it does it. If you tend to give it things such as toys, treats or more attention when it does it then it might do it more in order to get rewards from you.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it is behaving the way you want and to train it to behave the way you want with positive reinforcement training.
It might be the case that it follows you everywhere because it gets frightened on its own. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when there are things around that might frighten it like people that it doesn’t know or noises such as sirens or thunder.
Things to consider
Below are some things you can consider in order to help figure out why your Siberian husky puppy has been following you everywhere.
When it started following you everywhere
It would help to consider when your husky puppy first started following you since it could be the case that there was an event that caused it to start doing it.
If it started doing it suddenly, it could be the case that it started doing it because you rewarded the behavior or there was a sudden change in its environment.
What is different when it does not follow you
If it does not always follow you it would also help to consider what is different when it does not follow you.
For example, if it does not follow you around after it has been fed it might be the case that it tends to follow you around because it wants food.
How to get your husky puppy to stop following you everywhere
Below are some options you have when getting it to stop doing it.
The first thing to do is to give it lots of positive reinforcement training so that it learns how to behave from an early age. Positive reinforcement training is where you reward the behaviors that you want to see and avoid rewarding it when it misbehaves.
It would also help to train it to be less anxious when you are not around you can do so by following the tips in the video below.
Avoid rewarding it
As mentioned above, it could be the case that you have been training your husky to do it by giving it rewards when it does it. Instead, it would help to train it by following the tips in the video above and by following the tips in this post.
Give it exercise
It would also help to make sure that it is getting enough exercise for its age.
Generally, it is recommended to exercise a husky puppy for up to 5 minutes 2 times per day for every month of age. So, if it is three months old it would be recommended to exercise it for up to 15 minutes two times per day. It is also recommended for adult Siberian huskies to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Avoid allowing it to be near you at all times
If you allow your husky to be around you at all times it might be contributing to its separation anxiety. In order to get your husky puppy to be comfortable when it is not around you it would help to avoid letting it be around you at all times.