If your husky seems to be bored often, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why it might get bored and what you can do to get it to be less bored.
So, why is my husky bored? Possible reasons are that it is not getting enough exercise, it’s getting the wrong diet, it’s old, it’s naturally calm, illness or depression.
There are actually a number of considerations to make when trying to figure out why your husky is doing it. Once you have a good idea of the cause, it will become a lot easier for you to deal with it.
Why your husky is bored
Each of the different reasons that your husky gets bored will likely come with some clues.
Below are some common reasons that huskies will seem to be bored and what would make them more likely.
Not enough exercise
Huskies are a breed that are meant to be getting a lot of exercise on a daily basis. When they do not get so much exercise it can cause them to develop behavioral issues.
Generally, it is recommended for huskies to get an hour of exercise per day. If your husky is not getting that much exercise then it would help to make sure that it does.
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The wrong diet
It might be the case that there is an issue with the diet that you have been giving it. This would be more likely if it tends to be bored after you feed it certain foods and if it started doing it more when you changed its diet.
It would help to discuss with your vet if you are feeding it correctly. You can also look here to see what you should and should not be feeding your husky.
The reason why your husky has become bored could be that it is getting older. When dogs are older they will sleep more and be less active because they have less energy and it takes more effort for them to move around.
It could be the case that your husky is naturally calm. This would be more likely if it has always acted that way and it has not suddenly started being bored. If it has always acted that way, it could still be the case that it is due to a different reason.
If your husky has started being lethargic at around the same time that the weather has become hotter, it could be due to the heat. In this case, it would help to give your husky access to shaded areas, a cool room, water whenever it needs it and to exercise it in the morning or evening.
It might be the case that your husky has gotten an illness. This would be more likely if your husky has started acting bored suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of illness such as vomiting or eating less.
If it does seem like it might be ill, it would be the best option to take it to a vet.
Dogs can get depression like humans do and it might be the reason why your husky has been acting that way.
This would be more likely if it has not always been so bored. It would also be more likely if it suddenly became bored after something happened such as if it lost a friend, you moved home or a family member moved away.
In this case, it might improve over the course of a few weeks or months. You can help by walking it, training it and playing with it. If it does not improve, consider taking it to a vet or getting a dog behaviorist to help.
Things to consider
When it started
It would help to consider when your husky first started acting that way since it could be the case that an event occurred that caused it to start acting bored.
If it started acting bored suddenly, it would be more likely to be due to things such as hot weather, a change in its diet or illness.
Whereas, if it has been doing it for a long time, it would be more likely to be due to things such as age or nature.
When and where it seems to get bored
It would also help to consider the timing of when it seems to be more bored.
For example, if it only seems to get bored when it is hot outside then it would be likely to be due to the heat. Whereas, if it only seems to be getting bored when you have been away all day then it could be due to a lack of exercise or separation anxiety.
How can I make my husky less bored?
There are a number of things that you can do to get your husky to be more energetic that I will mention below.
Give it exercise
As mentioned above, it is important to make sure that your husky is getting exercise daily. You can exercise it by walking it yourself or by getting a dog walker to do it for you.
A particularly good way to get it to wear itself out would be to train it to play fetch since it would get your husky to do a lot of running.
Give it access to cool areas
It would also help to give your husky access to cool areas especially if it is hot outside. If it is hot at the moment, it would also help to exercise it in the morning or evening when the sunlight is not as strong.
Change its diet
Another thing that could help would be to make sure that you are feeding it correctly and that it is getting enough water. It would also help to ensure that no-one else in the family is giving it things that it shouldn’t be eating.
You can look here to see what foods you should and should not be giving your husky. You can also consult with a vet to see if its current diet might be what is causing it to be tired.
Take it to a vet
If you cannot figure out why your husky has been acting bored, you cannot get it to stop or it has been showing signs of illness or injury, 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.
Ensure it can sleep comfortably
It would also help to make sure that it is able to sleep easily at night. You can do this by ensuring that its sleeping environment is comfortable, cool and not too bright at night.
Give it toys to play with
In addition to the above, you could also give it toys to keep it stimulated. There are puzzle games that you can get and toys that you can find online that are specially designed for dogs to play with.