If your husky is always crying, 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 always crying and what you can do to stop it.
So, why is my husky always crying? Possible reasons are that it is ill or injured, wants attention, you have inadvertently rewarded the behavior, stress, fear or excitement.
There are actually a number of things that you can consider when trying to understand why it has been doing it. Depending on the cause, there are also a number of things that you can do about it.
Why your husky is always crying
Each of the different reasons that your husky is always crying will likely come with a number of clues in the way that it does it.
Below, I will mention a number of reasons why it might be doing it and what would make them more likely.
It is ill or injured
The reason that your husky has been crying could be that it is ill or injured. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being ill or injured such as being fatigued or limping.
If it does seem like it might be ill or injured then the best option would be to take it to a vet.
It wants attention
The reason that it does it might be that it is trying to get attention from you. This would be more likely if you tend to give it more attention when it does it and if it does it when it has not gotten much attention in a while.
Instead of rewarding it with attention for crying, try giving it attention throughout the day in the form of training, exercise and by playing with it.
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It is bored
Huskies are a breed that are meant to get a lot of exercise on a daily basis. When they do not get enough exercise it can cause them to develop behavioral issues.
Generally, it is recommended for huskies to get at least an hour of exercise per day. If yours is not getting that much then it could be why it is crying especially if it doesn’t cry when it has gotten exercise.
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It might be the case that something is causing it to be stressed that is causing it to cry. This would be more likely if it started doing it a lot suddenly and if something happened recently that might cause it to be stressed. Examples could be if it recently moved homes, an owner left or another pet died.
The reason that it cries could be that it is fearful of something. This would be more likely if it does it at times where it might be frightened of something such as when there are fireworks or construction works.
If it does seem to cry due to being frightened then it would help to remove the thing that frightens it if possible. You can also try desensitization training.
Sometimes, dogs will cry when they are excited and it could be the reason why your husky has been crying. This would be more likely if it does it when it might be excited such as when you are about to walk it or when you get home.
It has learned that crying gets it what it wants
It might be the case that you have inadvertently rewarded it for crying. This would be more likely if you tend to give it things such as more attention, toys or treats when it starts crying.
Instead of rewarding it, when it cries, try rewarding it when it is being well behaved and redirecting its attention when it is about to cry.
Ways to get your husky to stop crying
The best way for you to get your husky to stop doing it will depend on the cause. However, there are many possible things that you can do that I will mention below.
If your husky is not getting exercise and it is not crying due to illness or injury then it would help to make sure that it gets exercise. You can exercise it by walking it, playing fetch with it or you could get a dog walker to do it for you.
Positive reinforcement training
Positive reinforcement training is where you get your husky to behave the way that you want by rewarding it when it displays the behaviors that you want.
to use it to get it to stop crying you would reward it when it does not cry and it normally would and stop rewarding it when it does cry.
Avoiding reinforcing the behavior
As mentioned above it would help to avoid giving it things that it wants when it cries.
Instead, you could redirect its behavior when it is about to cry by giving it things to be distracted with or by training it to do things such as to lay down or come to you.
Take it to a vet
If you can’t figure out why your husky has been crying, it has started doing it suddenly or if it has been showing signs of being ill or injured then the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular husky.
Give it attention
It would also help to give it attention throughout the day by training it, playing with it and giving it lots of exercise. This will help to reduce how much it will feel the need to cry to get attention.
Give it distractions
In addition to the above, you could give it distractions by giving it things such as toys, chews and bones.
Things to consider about your husky crying
When it started
It would help to consider when your husky first started crying since it could be the case that something happened that triggered it to start doing it.
If it did start crying suddenly then it would be more likely to be due to things such as a sudden change in its schedule, you stopped giving it attention, illness, injury or something started frightening it.
Whereas, if it has always done it then it could be that it is naturally vocal or you might have inadvertently trained it to do it from an early age.
When and where it does it
It would also help to consider the timing of when it does it.
If it does it more at certain times then it could be that it does it due to excitement or something might happen at a certain time that scares it.
If it seems to do it at random times then it would be more likely to be due to things such as illness, injury, doing it for attention, boredom or because it wants something from you.
How old it is
It would also help to consider its age.
If it is young then it would be likely that it will calm down as it gets older but it would still help to avoid inadvertently training it to cry a lot and to give it lots of training now.
If it is older then it could be crying for any of the reasons mentioned above.