Siberian Huskies are super friendly and a great dog to have in the family! A word of warning though, huskies are strong willed. They are hard to train and can be stubborn at times. With proper training and care, however, your husky will be a great new addition to your family and a loyal companion for years to come.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Siberian Husky
Because huskies love to dig and chew, providing chew toys and designated digging areas is important. If you don't have a backyard or you cannot provide a digging area, taking your husky to a place where it can dig (the beach, etc.) is suggested.
Huskies also need a lot of exercise. Historically, they were used as sled dogs. A 30 minute walk every day or pulling the kids on a sled or a wagon are just a couple activities you an do with your husky.
Huskies require a lot of attention. They love love. If you cannot give them enough attention, huskies can suffer from separation anxiety and howl. If you are out of the house a lot, it is suggested you get another dog to keep the husky company.
Huskies are not typically recommended for cat owner. If you raise a husky puppy with a cat, their predatory instincts may cause them to chase or even kill your cat.
Training Your Siberian Husky
Because huskies are pack-oriented, they will assume the role of alpha in your family unless you do it first. This is where being consistent comes in. If you see your puppy doing something bad, firm but gentle discipline is required. If you see your puppy doing something good, praise them and give them a treat. If you do not do this, the puppy will learn that it can get away with some things and become a lot harder to re-train.
Huskies love games, so turning training into a game may aid in this process. It is suggested you only train in 15 minute intervals, as huskies may grow bored of doing the same thing for extended periods. Training huskies is difficult. If you feel like you can't do it by yourself, seek professional help.
Potty Training Tips for Husky Puppies
When potty training, it is best to confine your dog to a small area until they are ready. That way, it is easier to clean up any messes that may occur. Never let your puppy get away with doing its business in a spot other than the areas you designate.
Right when you bring your puppy home, show them where they are allowed to go. When they do go, praise them and give them a reward. Do not let them get away with any accident they have. I know it may not seem like a big deal, but if you don't make boundaries clear, the puppy will start to prefer a certain spot over the spot you've designated.
Care Tips for Siberian Husky Puppies
Like any dog, your husky will need a food and water dish, a collar, a leash, an ID tag, a bed, toys, and grooming supplies.
The first few months are very vital for immunizations. Another important issue is spaying or neutering. The younger the puppy is when they are spayed or neutered, the healthier they will be. Generally, the age of six months is acceptable for spaying or neutering.
Because huskies love to chew on things, it is a good idea to keep household cleaners out of reach of your puppy. Anything you would keep away from a human baby, keep away from a puppy.
When it comes to food, puppies around six to ten weeks old should be fed three to four times a day. They can be fed kibble, but if you decide to change kibble, gradually change the kibble (by mixing the old with the new). When the puppy reaches 12 weeks, feeding three times a day is acceptable. Under no circumstances are dogs supposed to have human food. Some human foods are poisonous to dogs and if you feed your dog scraps from the table, you are only promoting begging.
Because huskies have double coats, grooming is very important. Huskies shed like crazy! When my dog shed, it was like the ground was covered in snow. When you groom your husky, keep it short but thorough. If you do that several times a week, your dog will maintain a healthy coat and shedding will be at a minimum, When grooming huskies, some people prefer using a wide-tooth comb followed by a natural bristle brush. Some people fear that the comb pulls too much on the skin, so they rely mainly on a slicker brush.
Huskies are naturally a clean dog. So, unless they get in a mud puddle or get extremely dirty, they only need bathing a few times a year. Bathing can be done in a bathtub or outside. I used a swimming pool to bathe my husky. Shampoo thoroughly as their coat is thick. Make sure to rinse all the shampoo out. When drying, you can either towel dry their coat or use a hair dryer. Make sure to keep them inside or sheltered from the cold until their coat is dry. After their coat is dry, make sure to brush them to remove loose hairs.
Sometimes puppies will have a nail higher than the toe which is called the dewclaw. Most of the time, this is removed when they are newborns but if they aren't, it can dig into their skin. Take care to make sure it's trimmed.
The ears on a husky make for good air circulation so cleaning the ears should be easy. Just rub a cotton swab or a dam cloth around the inner ear flap. NEVER STICK ANYTHING IN THE EAR CANAL!
Teeth cleaning is important to a huskies health. Therefore, their teeth should be cleaned by a veterinarian twice a year and cleaned at home with a toothbrush and doggy toothpaste several times a week.
Taking care of a Siberian Husky puppy (or any puppy for that matter) is hard work. They require a lot of care and a lot of love. Remember, start training right away to ensure good behavior and groom them several times a week to develop a soft coat. If you are reading this because you already have a husky puppy, congratulations! You will have many wonderful experiences with it! If you are considering getting one, I hope this article has helped make your decision.
Questions & Answers
Question: What shall I do when my Husky puppy eliminates in the wrong spot or area?
Answer: If your husky goes to the bathroom in the same wrong area, I would make sure that the spot is thoroughly cleaned. If he smells his urine, he will keep going there. If you can catch your puppy in the act, make a startling noise, say a specified command like "Outside!" and bring your puppy to its designated bathroom spot. Make sure to praise your dog for going in the right place with treats or affection. When it comes to walking, I would say wait until your puppy has had all of its required boosters before taking them out in public.
Question: How can I get my husky to stop chewing?
Answer: It's important to figure out why your husky is chewing in the first place. Are they teething, bored, or anxious? I wrote a Hub about destructive chewing that you can check out as well: https://hubpages.com/animals/Stop--Destructive-Dog...
Question: What would I need to take care of a Husky puppy?
Answer: Make sure that you have a bed for your dog and a crate for potty training. Get the basics like a collar, leash, food and treats, bowls for food and water, and toys. Staff at a pet store will be able to help you with getting the proper things for your puppy!
UNKNOWN on March 10, 2020:
Shaibrion Johnson on December 02, 2018:
Hi how much money to buy a dog
Lacey Tallsalt on November 09, 2018:
Hi my name is Lacey an you helped me I had are time an I love her she is my favorite dog in the word.
Ashlyn Snyder on May 30, 2018:
I have chickens....and oh boy. When we first got my siberian husky mix puppy, she killed one of my chicks. It wasnt a little one, about half matured, and I found it in her "kill spot" where she takes all of the dead animals she finds. It was horrific for me to see, because it was the one chick I was closest with. She had de-headed it and left it there. I guess she got bored. But yeah, it was bad. I also have two cats that will beat her up if she gets close to them, so it doesn't worry me as much.
Lindsey on April 18, 2018:
I do have a question, I just bought a Siberian husky his eyes dont seem like they are open all the way, almost half open. Is this normal? Any tips on leash training? He definitely hates the leash and collar like will stop dead
Lyn on February 16, 2018:
My 7 week old pup doesn't bark or howl. Is it a problem
Neerahs mommy on July 12, 2017:
I LOVED your article. Thank you! We just got a Sibe and she's 12 weeks old. She's incredibly shy and skidish. When I go to pick her up she pees. When I grab her when she peeing in the wrong spot, she pees more! I feel that disciple will make her more anxious and shy. What should I do? Also, the breeder failed to tell me she didn't have a hip socket. I love her so much and didn't want to give her back. So what are my options for her?
Thank you for any advise!!!!
David on October 24, 2016:
I have a husky now, had a mutt before to be honest I really think each dogs temperament will be completely different from the other. However as puppies they are pretty much the same. I feel my husky responds to training and stimuli the same as any other dog. I feel a bigger difference happen between small breeds and medium or large breeds as smaller breeds seem far more difficult to train and require more consistency. Dogs respond to confident pack leaders regardless of breed if you hesitate or feel insecure in any way the dog specially a high intelligence dog will see this immediately and will disobey you. Think of it like substitute teachers they have no authority, and they're usually not trained in the subject they're substituting for as a result most students sense the insecurity and usually don't respect them so they tend to misbehave whenever they're assigned one. your dog feels the same way if he senses weakness in you he will misbehave and try to take over as pack leader.
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on January 14, 2013:
wtaylorjr2001: It really sucks that you can't have a dog where you live. I can't have one either. I am going to get another husky when I move. They really are great dogs.
William H Taylor from Binghamton NY on January 14, 2013:
Because this is well written and knowledgeable, and it not only warns of pitfalls in training and maintaining it offers actions to respond to those pitfalls, I think this hub is both useful and interesting. When I was a little boy I had a dog named Stasho, a Russian Shepherd. I love dogs but I can't have anywhere I live. I like Siberian Huskies and I will get one when I can one day and this hub has introduced me to certain aspects of my decision that I have not thought through, and for that I thank you, and I vote this hub up.
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on January 09, 2013:
SaffronBlossom: Thanks for the comment! I have always wanted a beagle too!
btrbell: Thanks for the comment. We have 4 cats now. Before the passing of a couple pets (our husky and a cat) we had 5 cats and 1 dog. I don't know how we managed it.
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 08, 2013:
Thank you for all this good information. I love dogs but our place is so small and I am out of the house a lot of hours, so I have kitties! Thank you for sharing these beauftiful pictures, too! up+
SaffronBlossom from Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2013:
Totally agree about the different personalities and how that affects training! I've had two beagles since I left home, and the first was a terror--crazy energy, destructive, very resistant to training--and then the second was close to a dream--low-key, trained easily, and pretty well behaved except for his tendency to steal food. :) Both sweet dogs but such different temperaments! Interesting hub, and your dog is adorable!
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on January 04, 2013:
I learned that the hard way. My mom let our husky run wild once and she refused to go back on the leash for a good 30 minutes. We had to catch her in order to do so!
The Logician from now on on January 04, 2013:
Huskies are highly intelligent and so get bored easily. For best results training should be for short intervals (10 - 15 minutes) and each time in different (new) surroundings and by all members of the family. You must start at weaning by putting your hand in their food when they are eating and not tolerating any food agression behavior. Any growl should incurr discipline (a poke or if necessary a jerk of the scruff of their neck or a squeeze of their ear) at an early age or alpha traits will take over and the dog WILL dominate you.
I knew a trainer who was training a Husky for show and the dog refused to perform each behavior after it was taught what to do. They stopped the training thinking the dog was just not going to respond. A year later the owner brought the dog back and to their amazement the dog responded to all the commands perfectly. Why? Even though he learned everything he was taught, he was just too bored with the trainer's routine to care, same old place, same old repitition.
Huskies were bred for centuries by the Chukchi natives solely to run and pull sleds long distances, not for protection so they respond differently than dogs like German Shepherds. The most important thing you can train a Husky to do is to come on command or else NEVER let them off leash or unconfined - you may never see them again as they will run as far as they can go and never find their way home like other breeds.
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on January 03, 2013:
Geekdom: Thanks! I appreciate it! I worked hard on this article and I am very proud of it. Also, I am glad my puppy drew you to this article :) I miss her a lot.
Geekdom on January 03, 2013:
I enjoyed this hub and found it useful. Every dog is an individual but there are some traits that will be stronger in different breeds. This was a nice starter for people who are interested in what having a Husky might entail. Thanks for sharing.
P.S. Cute Dog. It drew me to the article.
Amanda Brumbelow (author) from Camas, WA on January 03, 2013:
I agree! Huskies are very social and do very well in a family with lots of children. However, I did not cover that in my article. I forgot to add that, so thanks! As to training and behavior, all dogs are different. I am glad you were lucky and got huskies that were easy to train. I however, wasn't so lucky. I found that being consistent really helped training my husky. Thanks for the suggestion, but I believe my hub is fine.
Jennifer Angel on January 03, 2013:
Not exactly, Siberian Huskies are very social dogs and do better in families with multiple aged children. They are easy to train and more than willing to do what you want them to do. They learn super quick and love going to school. Your hub is not correct and I really think you need to search and research more. I had my Huskies for years and none of what you say here meshes with my dogs.
Training Your Siberian Husky
With that previously mentioned love of running, it’s critical to teach your Siberian Husky to come when called. Do this is by standing close to your dog, calling them and then giving them yummy treats, such as Stella & Chewy's Lamb Liver Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats, when they come to you. Repeat this over and over, gradually moving farther away before calling your dog. Build up to training in the yard and then off your property (with the dog on a long line to prevent escapes). Practice until your dog doesn’t even stop to think before turning to run back to you.
Use positive reinforcement training for all your basic obedience training, and practice leash walking indoors. Even after basic training, it’s best to walk your Siberian Husky in a 2 Hounds Design Freedom No Pull Dog Harness, with the leash clipped to the harness’s front clip. This will lend you more control if your strong dog unexpectedly lunges after prey. To help channel the prey drive typical of the Siberian Husky temperament, play with your dog using a flirt pole, like the Outward Hound Tail Teaser or Squishy Face Studio Flirt Pole, at least once a day.
Siberians Huskies make for delightful, charming pets who love to spend time with you—especially if it involves running on a trail or city sidewalks, or playing ball in the backyard (as long as it’s fenced, that is!).
Understanding The Siberian Husky Personality
The Siberian is very different from other breeds, retaining a great deal of his ancestors’ wolfish ways. Unlike retrievers, pointers, shepherds, terriers and toy dogs, who have had most of the pack orientation bred out of them, the primitive, highly intelligent Siberian retains an extremely strong pack mentality. This mindset must be understood and honored. While a dog pack is most assuredly not the same thing as a wolf pack, neither is it altogether different.
Siberians are a challenging breed in more ways than one: They are prey-driven, complex, competitive, stubborn, strong and clever. They also have an incredible need for exercise, and they need a leader. If you do not take on the leadership role immediately, your clever Siberian will soon be training you. Every pack needs at least one leader, and the basic rule is that all humans should be leaders above all dogs. Leaders control access to all the good stuff that dogs want: dog food , sleeping spots and dog toys , as well as petting and exercise.
In the wild, dominance solves conflict, and conflict establishes dominance. That’s fine for wolves, but it doesn’t work so well in a civilized household and you must not allow it. You do this by exercising your natural leadership.
Real leadership has nothing to do with being violent or overly harsh. It has everything to do with providing a safe, structured, comfortable environment for your husky that includes exercise, good nutrition and affection. This is what matters to your dog. If he seems more interested in bossing around the family than in behaving appropriately, there’s been a serious training failure. But that isn’t your dog’s fault. Ever. If your Siberian is taking on the leadership role, it’s up to you to re-establish the boundary lines, and hope your husky understands. He will dogs are pretty generous.
Fun Facts About German Shepherd Husky Mix
Compared to the Labradoodle and the Cockapoo, crossbred puppies of Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds still have a low profile.
But what do you even call the progeny of a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky?
The current trend for making hybrids and giving them quirky names is a recent one.
And German Shepherd and Husky mix dogs existed long before a name was coined.
But they have now been around long enough for a consensus to be reached. The verdict is:
It’s not exactly catchy, but it seems to be the one that has stuck!
Cab Siberian Huskies Live in Apartment?
Are you considering raising a Siberian Husky in an apartment, or other small dwellings such as a flat, unit, bungalow, or inner-city townhouse? Be careful because you might have problems with noise and howling, exercise requirements, or space limitations. Whilst keeping a large dog in an apartment is not easy, it is possible to achieve harmony between you and your pet. Here are some things to think about before you adopt that cute Husky puppy and bring him or her home.