If you have recently got a husky and it is hyperactive you’re probably wondering if it will calm down. This post will help you to figure out if it will calm down and what you can do about it.
So, will your husky calm down? Huskies will generally calm down a bit as they get older. The amount that it calms down might not necessarily be as much as you want. To calm it down more you will need to make sure to give it lots of exercise and training so that it is properly stimulated.
If your husky is currently not very calm then there are actually a number of things that you can do about it.
Ways to calm your husky down
There are a number of things that you can do to calm your husky down that I will mention below.
Give it exercise
Huskies are a breed that need a lot of exercise to be properly stimulated. They were bred to pull sleighs every day for hours at a time. So, if your husky is not currently getting much exercise then it will naturally seek to expend more energy causing it to be less calm.
An easy way to give your husky more exercise is to teach it to play fetch. By doing so you will be able to get your husky to do a lot of running over a short time period. It can be difficult to teach your husky how to do it at first but the link above will guide you through the process.
Another way to give your husky a lot of exercise in a shorter time frame is to walk it with other dogs. By walking it with other dogs your husky will play with them and expend a lot more energy in doing so.
If you don’t have the time to give your husky exercise daily then you should consider getting help from a dog walker.
Related: Why is my husky disobedient?
Another way to give your husky a lot of exercise is to give it lots of training. By doing so you will be able to teach your husky to be more responsive to your command and you will be able to get it to be better behaved when you want it to be. But, you’ll also be able to expend a lot of its energy in the process of training it itself.
If you haven’t started training your husky yet then one of the first things that you’ll want to do is to teach it to stay. By being able to get your husky to stay when you tell it to you will be able to avoid problems in situations such as when you’re at the vets or when you have guests over. Once you have taught it to stay the next thing that you’ll want to do is to teach it to stay when you open the front door which I also talk about in the link above.
You’ll also want to teach it to come to you on command. This is particularly helpful since it will make it easier for you to manage your husky when it’s misbehaving or when you need it to come to you.
Related: how to potty train your husky.
Ignore it when it gets hyper
Since your husky might act hyper around you in order to get attention from you one option you have is to ignore it when it does so and then to reward it when it starts to behave well. By doing this you might think that you’re allowing the behavior to continue but if the reason that it’s acting hyper is to get attention from you and it doesn’t get it then it will change its behavior.
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Try a calming chew
You could also consider giving your husky a calming chew or toy. By doing this you will be able to channel its attention into the toy and away from everything else.
Reasons it might not be calm
There are a number of things that might cause your husky not to be calm that I will try to mention below.
As mentioned earlier huskies require a lot of exercise to be properly stimulated if they don’t get it then they will become more hyperactive.
Another thing that can cause your husky not to be calm is separation anxiety. This is where your husky doesn’t like being left alone so it gets anxious when you are away or when you are about to leave. It can also cause it to be more hyperactive when you are around.
One reason that your husky might not act calm is because it wants to get attention from you. If you think that your husky is doing this then you can try the ignore method above when it acts hyper and you can also make sure to give it lots of attention throughout the day.
Things to consider
There are a handful of things that you should consider that I will mention below.
How old it is
The age of your husky can have an influence on how it behaves. If your husky is still young then it should calm down a bit as it gets older. Despite that, you should still make sure to give it lots of exercise and training so that you can make sure that it calms down and that it is well behaved when it’s older.
If your husky’s behavior is causing problems then in addition to giving it lots of exercise and training you could consider crate training. When done correctly it gives your husky a secure place that it can go to and be calm.
If you can’t get your husky to calm down and it is causing you problems then you should consider getting help from a dog behaviorist. They will be able to diagnose the cause of its actions and will be able to give you tailored advice to deal with it.
It might be tempting to punish your husky for not being calm but it doesn’t normally work. When you punish it your husky will think that it is being punished for the last thing that it did which is coming to you and not the thing that you are actually punishing it for. It can cause other problems as well such as distrust, being less responsive to your command and aggression.
Will my husky puppy ever calm down? Huskies and most other dogs will normally calm down as they get older. Despite that, you should still take measures to train it now so that it is well behaved and easy to manage as an adult.