Huskies can be very loud dogs and you’ll often want to get yours to be quieter. Even though they don’t generally bark much sometimes they do. This post will help you to figure out why your husky is barking and what to do about it.
So, why is your husky barking? There are a number of things that could be causing your husky to bark. The main causes are excitement, protection of territory and owners, fear, being young, pain and boredom. It’s important to consider the time, place and situation where your husky is barking when trying to figure out the root cause.
And how to reduce your husky’s barking? The best approach to stop your husky’s barking will depend on the cause. The most common approaches are to prevent the barking scenarios from being able to occur, giving it lots of exercise, using treats to get it to pay attention to you instead of barking and socializing it and training it from an early age.
There are actually a lot of factors to consider when you’re trying to reduce your husky’s barking. The best approach for you to take will depend on what is causing your husky to bark.
Possible Reasons For Your Husk’s Barking
When trying to figure out why your husky is barking it’s important to consider the location that it is barking, the time that it is barking and if other people or animals are present when it’s barking.
A common cause for huskies to bark is excitement. When they’re anticipating something is about to happen that they enjoy they’ll often bark to make sure it happens. Scenarios, when this might happen, is when it hears you approaching the door, if you have a dog walker who just pulled up outside or if you’re about to walk it yourself.
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Nerves or fear
The cause of the barking could be due to it being nervous or fearful about something. It could be that something has happened in it’s past that it doesn’t want to happen again so it’s barking to make it stop. It could also be that it’s nervous about a place that it is going such as the vet and it doesn’t want to go.
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It’s still young
It’s common for husky puppies to bark more. If your husky is still young then it should reduce its barking as it gets older. With that being said, it’s important that you start to train it while it is still young so that it will be better behaved as an adult and so that you’ll be able to control when it barks.
Huskies were bred to be very active dogs that would drag sleighs for hours in freezing temperatures. This means that they need to get a lot of exercise. If they don’t get a lot of exercise then it’s going to cause them to get bored. When they’re bored they can become destructive and it can cause them to bark a lot more since they want more attention and things to stimulate them.
If your husky isn’t currently getting a lot of exercise then this could be the cause of its barking. To correct it you should make sure to give it exercise on a daily basis.
Another common cause of barking is to protect its territory or its owners. This type of barking will occur when strangers are knocking on the door or when you’re with other dogs. To correct this type of barking you’ll need to get it to look to you for direction before it starts barking. You can do this using the training methods in the next section below.
Another cause of your husky’s barking could be that it is hungry. This type of barking will occur around the time that it is meant to be getting food such as in the morning. To correct this you can try to get it to sit and to only eat when you tell it to.
It could be that your husky is injured. If this is the case then it could be barking to let you know that it is in pain or it could just be out of frustration.
You’ll likely find other kinds of symptoms to go with this such as limping and the barking will be sudden and in situations that it wouldn’t normally bark. If you think that this might be the cause then you should take it to the vet.
How To Reduce Your Husky’s Barking
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce how much your husky barks and the best option will depend on why it is barking.
Give lots of exercise
The first step to take will usually be to make sure that your husky is getting lots of exercise. If it’s not currently getting lots of exercise then allowing it to do so will help to make it feel better and to reduce its attention seeking behavior. This should also have the effect of reducing its barking.
Get its attention onto you
The next option you have is to train it to look to you for guidance before it starts barking. You can either do it before it starts barking or after it starts barking but it will work better by doing so before it starts barking.
To do this you’ll need to get some treats that it really likes then when you think that your husky is about to bark you need to get it’s attention and to give it a treat. You might think that this is rewarding it for being about to bark but actually you’re getting it to look to you before it starts to bark.
If you do it after it starts barking then you’ll want to get its attention on to you and then to give it a treat. You’ll want to keep repeating this until it stops barking.
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When training your husky to not bark it’s important to reward it when it complies with what you want. This means that when you’re in a situation where it would normally bark but due to the training above it didn’t you should reinforce that behavior by rewarding it.
Socialize it from an early age
It’s important to make sure to socialize your husky from an early age. This will help to reduce its territorial behavior and to reduce it’s jealousy when you’re with other dogs helping to reduce how much it barks as an adult.
Ignore attention seeking barking
If your husky is barking for attention then the best method is to completely ignore it while it is barking and then to reward it with your attention when it has been silent for a little while. Doing this will reinforce that barking will not get it what it wants but being quiet will.
Be aware that it’s important to completely ignore it when it’s barking for attention and not to punish it because even negative attention would be giving it what it wants.
Easiest to prevent barking before it occurs
It’s also important to remember, when your training it not to bark, that preventing it from barking by paying attention to you is more effective than getting it to give you attention after it stops barking. You can guess when it is about to bark based on its body language and if the thing that causes it to bark such as someone knocking at the door is about to happen.
Use a certified trainer
If you’re unable to get your husky to stop barking then using a certified trainer would be a good option for you. They will have more experience dealing with the matter and they will be able to better diagnose the best way to train your husky.
Rule out pain
If you think that your husky might be barking due to pain then the best thing to do would be to take it to the vet.
If it’s when you’re not home
If your husky is barking when you’re not home then getting it to stop will be a lot more difficult. However, there are some things that you can still do including giving it more attention when you’re around, giving it lots of exercise, leaving them when they’re less likely to bark and leaving them at a doggy daycare.
Things to consider
There are some things that you should consider when you’re trying to get your husky to stop barking that i’ll mention below.
Getting your husky to stop barking is something that will take some time to do so it’s important not to allow yourself to get frustrated and to be patient.
Barking is natural
Barking, growling and howling are all ways that huskies communicate. To stop a husky from barking completely would be very difficult to do and it wouldn’t really be a good thing since it will make it harder for your husky to communicate with you when it wants to.
Don’t punish physically
Punishing your husky physically with shock collars or by hitting it is not something that will work. You’ll just be making your husky trust you less and be less responsive to you and you could cause other much worse problems than barking.
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