Are you a husky owner, and you have been thinking why this dog is so vocal? Or perhaps you went to visit a friend only to meet a dog that is doing all it can to catch your attention? That is how huskies behave, and if you are interested in knowing why they behave so, which I know you are, hang on.
Huskies may appear like wolves. However, they are just teddy bears that are so affectionate even though they are aggressive. The reason you may confuse them for a fox or wolf is its vocalist character.
Meaning of Vocal
What does it mean when we say a husky is vocal? Simply put, the term vocal refers to the behavior of huskies’ loud and frequent howl. Other breeds of dogs do not exhibit that character. It can be terrifying to hear the sound of a husky, especially in the middle of the night.
Besides howling, these dog breeds express themselves in exciting and strange ways; you may think they are trying to tell you something. Why do they do that? Below is the answer to your question.
Why Huskies are So Vocal?
There is a lot of information on the internet about this unique behavior of huskies than there is on why these dogs exhibit that weird behavior. Note, most of the time the huskies don’t bark, they howl. They only bark when they are aggravated and want to communicate. Typically, the huskies use their voice to share feelings and thoughts. They are such an interesting breed of dogs. The following are reasons for the husky’s strange behavior.
Superior Hearing Ability
Dogs have sharper ears than humans. For that reason, they can hear sound from very far. Therefore, when sometimes you hear your husky howling continuously, and you can’t see anything strange, they may have heard something you haven’t and hence the reaction. The whole day, they will listen to things you won’t because of their super-sensitive hearing. But this does not mean you should be alarmed or worried when they do so.
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The best place for a husky is where there are other huskies they can interact with or people. They are not good at being alone. Especially the puppies, they need companionship. That is why, in the wild, they always stay in packs. When lonely, the huskies become anxious and feel alone, and as a result, they howl throughout to communicate that they are not happy with the conditions. In case you have a husky, and it is annoying you by howling frequently, maybe you need to add another dog so that the husky can get a companion. Otherwise, you may have to stay with them, which is not practically possible.
Moreover, if you see your husky howling and you decide to ditch your plans for the day to keep them company, you will hurt them the more because they will realize you consider them when they howl. They will now become more annoying because they are dependent on you for companionship.
You can also make sure when you are leaving the house; you don’t use a route they will see you go. You can give the dog a gift so that they don’t see you leaving.
Unlike other dog breeds, huskies have prominent personalities. If you tell them to do something they are unwilling to or leave them where they don’t like they go ahead announcing.
To huskies, things should be done the way they want. If that is not the case, they are ready to announce it and behave like a little kid.
Handling Vocal Huskies
What should you do to this friend who is always ‘yelling’? In case you recently acquired a husky, the unfamiliar setting and place can make them howl as a sign they are uncomfortable. It would help if you gave the dog some time to adapt to the new environment.
But if you have been a husky owner for long and they howl frequently, you should look for a way of reducing the howling. For instance, you can train the dog using words like ‘quiet’. It is also essential to understand your husky so that you can tell when they are howling to tell you something e.g.; they want to eat or pee.
Find Out the Howling Pattern
The second thing you need to do is to discover the pattern of howling. For example, does the husky howl in the middle of the night? If that is the case, you need to make sure that before they go to bed, they are fatigued so that when they sleep, they won’t wake up before morning. Go out for a walk with the husky, play games with them, and make sure they have a comfortable sleeping place.
Teach the Husky to Stay Alone
As we have seen, husky’s howl most of the time because they are lonely. If only you would teach them to stay alone, they will howl less. In case you usually leave the dog alone in the house, you can find a way of making the house appear occupied so they will feel they are not alone e.g., leaving the TV on.
There are so many ways of reducing a husky’s howling. The ones mentioned above are but a few. You can go further and find out what more options are available.
In summary, a vocal husky is a healthy dog. It is perfectly normal for them to talk. But even if this may not be a bother to you, you may have terminated your good relationship with your neighbors as they may not be happy with the howling. Therefore, if the howling is too much, you need to reduce it so you can keep your four-legged buddy and your neighbors also.
Note that even though you may reduce the husky’s howling, it will still howl because that is their DNA. So, you will have to get along with it.