If your Husky is lazy, 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 the case and what you can do to get it to stop.
So, why is my Husky so lazy? Possible reasons are that it is naturally lazy, it’s old, boredom, illness, a problem with its diet, depression, not getting enough exercise or being too hot.
There are a number of things that you can consider when trying to figure out why your Husky might be lazy. Depending on the cause, there are also a number of things that you can do about it.
Possible reasons that your Husky is lazy
Each of the different reasons that your Husky has been lazy will likely come with some clues.
Below, I will mention a number of reasons why it might be happening and what would make them more likely.
The cause of it being lazy might be that it is naturally lazy. This is not highly common in Huskies but it can happen. This would be more likely if your Husky has always been lazy and it didn’t suddenly become lazy.
If it does seem to be lazy by nature then be grateful that it is not destructive. There are many Husky owners out there that would love it if their Husky’s were to be easier to calm down but yours is calm naturally so you don’t need to worry about it.
If your Husky has gradually become lazier as it has gotten older then it would be more likely that it has been being lazy due to its age. As dogs become older they will become less energetic since they won’t have as much strength to move around and moving around takes more energy for them.
The reason that your Husky can be lazy could be that it is bored. This would be more likely if it is lazier when there is not much going on to stimulate it and if it bursts into life when interesting things happen such as when you are about to take it out for a walk.
If it does seem to be due to boredom then it would help to try and keep it stimulated by exercising it, giving it things to play with, playing with it yourself and training it.
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The cause of your Husky being lazy could be that there is an issue with its diet. This would be more likely if it suddenly became lazier at around the same time that you changed its diet. You can look here to see what you should and should not be feeding it.
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Illness or injury
The cause might be that it has gotten ill or injured. This would be more likely if your Husky became lazy suddenly and if it has been showing other signs of being ill or injured. If it does seem to be ill or injured then the best option for you would be to take it to a vet.
The reason that your Husky has been acting lazy could be that it has depression. This would be more likely if it suddenly started being lazy after something happened that might have caused it to get depression such as another pet dying, an owner leaving or if you have recently adopted it.
If it does seem to have depression then it would be likely that it will improve over the course of a few weeks. However, you can help by giving it exercise, positive attention, training it and by playing with it. If it does not improve after a few weeks then it would help to see a vet or a dog behaviorist.
It’s too hot
If it has been hot outside then the reason that your Husky has been being lazy could be due to the heat. In this case, it would help to give it access to water and shaded areas that are cool. It would also help to walk it earlier in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not directly overhead.
Not enough exercise
Huskies are a breed that are supposed to get a lot of exercise daily. It is generally recommended for Huskies to get an hour of exercise per day. If your Husky is not getting that much and the vet has not found any issues then it would help to make sure that your Husky does get exercise.
Is there anything I can do to get my Husky to be more active?
There are a number of things that you can do about your Husky being lazy. The best option for your dog will largely depend on the cause of it doing it.
Below, I will mention a number of things that you can do about it.
Make sure that it is getting a good diet
Since a poor diet could be the cause of your Husky being lazy, it would help to make sure that you are feeding it correctly. It would also help to make sure that no one else is feeding it without you knowing. You can look here to see what you should and should not be feeding it.
Make sure to give it exercise daily
As mentioned above, Huskies are a breed that are meant to be getting a lot of exercise daily. If yours is not getting much exercise then it would help to make sure that it does by walking it, playing fetch with it or by getting a dog walker to do it for you.
Give it some toys to play with
In addition to the above, another way to stimulate your husky would be to give it things to be stimulated by. You can do this by giving it things such as toys to play with, puzzle games or you could stimulate it by giving it training.
Things to consider
Below, I will mention some particularly helpful things to consider when trying to figure out why your Husky is lazy. Once you have a better idea of the cause it will be easier to take the appropriate action.
If it started to become lazy suddenly
If your Husky became lazy suddenly then it would make it more likely to be due to things such as being too hot, a change in its diet or getting ill or injured.
If it did start being lazy suddenly then it would help to consider what else happened at around the same time that it started being lazy.
If your Husky has always been lazy then it would make it more likely to be due to its nature but it could be that you have been feeding it wrong. If you have always been feeding it the same way then it would help to ask your vet if you are feeding it correctly.
Take it to a vet if you are unsure
If you cannot figure out why your Husky has been being lazy, it would help to take it to a vet so in order to rule out things such as illness or injury. It would also help to ask your vet if you are feeding it correctly when you are there.
Lazy is better than destructive
As mentioned above, things could be much worse for you than to have a lazy Husky. As opposed to being lazy your Husky could be being destructive and causing many more problems for you.