If you’re wondering whether or not your husky would protect you, this post will help you figure out whether or not it would and how to get it to be more protective.
So, would my husky protect me? If your husky has not been trained to protect you it is difficult to tell whether or not it would protect you. However, it would likely act as a deterrent, it would likely alert you to the danger and it would be more likely to protect you from other animals.
There are a number of things that you can consider when trying to figure out whether or not your husky would protect you. There are also a number of options that you have when getting it to be more protective.
How to tell if your husky would protect you
Below are some ways that you can tell whether or not it would be protective and some things to consider.
It is difficult to tell if it has not been trained to
If your husky has not been trained to protect you then it would be difficult to tell whether or not it would actually do it if you were in danger. Huskies are not generally an aggressive breed so it would be more likely that it would not protect you physically.
In most cases, when the owners of untrained dogs are being confronted it has been found that most dogs will bark and look threatening but they will not actually do anything. This is even the case with typically more protective breeds such as German Shepherds.
With that being said, there are many instances where dogs have actually protected their owners without training which is why it is difficult to be sure that it wouldn’t protect you.
It depends on the dog
If your husky has not been trained to protect you but it tends to get aggressive in situations such as when someone is at the door, when someone approaches you that it does not know or when other dogs are around you then it would make it more likely that it would protect you. But, again, it still would not be certain that it would protect you even does become aggressive in these situations.
Whereas, if it is always a friendly husky (which is what you want as discussed below) then it would be less likely that it would protect you.
It would still be a deterrent
Even if your husky is unlikely to protect you, it is likely that it would be a strong deterrent. Huskies are generally reasonably large dogs and it would be likely that it would bark at threatening people so it would be likely that it would make people think twice before threatening you with it around.
It would be more likely to protect you from animals
While it is unlikely that it would protect you from people, it is likely that it would protect you from other animals since it will be easier for it to see that you are in danger. Huskies also have a strong prey drive and it is in their nature to fend off other animals that seem threatening.
It might alert you to danger
If there is a danger such as an intruder in your home or a fire, it would also be likely that it would alert you to the danger by barking. However, there have also been cases where they haven’t so it is still important to take precautions such as to have smoke detectors in your home.
Things to consider
The nature of your husky
When trying to figure out whether or not your husky would protect you it would help to consider what your husky is naturally like.
If your husky tends to be quite dominating and naturally untrusting it would make it more likely that it would protect you.
Whereas, if it tends to be friendly even in situations where the person might not be friendly then it would be much less likely that it would protect you.
Being overly friendly is better than overly aggressive
It is also important to realize that being overly friendly is a good thing. If your husky is violent around people then you will have to avoid letting it be around people and other people will be very uncomfortable around it. But if your husky is friendly it will be possible for you to have it around other people without having any issues.
How to get your husky to protect you
Below are some options you have when getting your husky to be more protective.
Train it using the panic word method
Training your husky using the panic word method involves getting your husky to become more protective when you say a certain word.
To train it to learn the panic word you would do as follows:
Get some treats that your husky likes
- Give it a small treat so that it knows you have treats
- Wait for your husky to bark by teasing it with the treat if necessary
- Reward it when it barks or when it shows a sign of barking
- Continue to do the above each time you show it the treat say the command word so that it learns that the command word means to bark
You can watch the video below to see how it is done
Use positive reinforcement training to get it to protect your home
Positive reinforcement training is where you reward your husky when it shows the behaviors that you want to see from it and avoid rewarding it when it doesn’t.
To use positive reinforcement training to get it to be protective around your home you would do as follows:
You can do this by
- Walking it around the perimeter of your property while rewarding it with treats to teach it to learn that it is its property.
- Rewarding your husky for barking when someone comes onto your property
You can watch the video below to see how it is done. However, huskies are not natural guard dogs so it will likely be more challenging to get it to become protective around your home.
Train it to learn who is friendly
It is important to make sure that your husky does not become aggressive around friendly people. To train it to be friendly around other people it would help to reward it when it approaches people in a friendly way and when it is actually friendly around them.