Siberian Husky Q&A
I have adopted a Husky - built like an ALaskan - colored like a Siberian - only 28 pounds. We are the 5th place she has lived in her 2 1/2 year life --She suffers separation anxiety -peeing, jumping 4 ft fence - now she is digging under 6 foot fence. I would like to know if a second dog- or puppy would help? She is very loving and accepting of all dogs and people.
It sounds like she lacks training, has too much energy and thinks she is the dominate figure in the house. She may have inherited a lot of these traits from her previous owners….. I would recommend taking her on a couple of 20-30 minute leash walks a day. This will help get some of her energy out and it`s a great time to practice your dominance and training. Even though she is 2.5 years old, you can still teach an old dog new tricks. When you`re walking her, only give her about 1ft of leash and make sure she doesn`t pull. Give her immediate corrections….. this will help show her whose the boss and that her anxiety and nervousness is not ok. I wouldn`t recommend a second puppy until she`s fully trained. More than likely, she will teach the new puppy her bad qualities.
i would agree with the other responce, however if its the 5th home, there may be no hope, unless you want to make the dog your priority everyday for about 10 hours.. but dont get rid of the dog , its fine..... its a husky , the dog is acting normal. scolding and punishment does NOT work with this breed , and if done to often it can be incorrectable.., i wwould not get a puppie for the reason as the last guy, itll teach the puppie bad habbits, but adopting an older calmer trained dog work work PERFECTLY, like im assuming youd like.""" no more digging , lets play new friend""
peeing in the house, your just gonna have to learn your dogs, " gotta pee" face , and unless your house is under 65 degrees, itas likly it doesnt want to be in the house anyway, theyd rather dig a nice cool hole in the dirt than lay on miserable carpet with no relife...
For your digging underneath the fence...Im sure you have read that Husky's are escape artists, and when they get bored they tend to try and do something that is interesting. When I built my fence in the backyard, I did a little bit of research on how to prevent a Husky from "breaking out." It was said to dig down AT LEAST 2 feet and put some sort of barrier into the ground under your fence. So I decided to pour concrete 2 feet down along my fenceline. It has worked! In the beginning, she tried several times to dig out, but since she got nowhere, she actually quit doing it, and just loves to go in the backyard now. I dont suggest pouring concrete though - Its a lot of work! A wire mesh, would work as well.
First, get your husky checked for a urine infection or some kind of crystals which irritate her urethra. If she is peeing while you are in the house it is more likely to be a urine infection.Second, increase her exercise a lot. Playing in a backyard is not really exercise unless she runs around the whole time. I am willing to bet that she doesn't fetch balls or similar (most Huskies don't play a lot with toys -- this is a little disadvantage of them). At 2.5 years most huskies need at least 2 half hour walks a day -- probably more. Proper walks not strolls -- so pick up the pace too. Every time she pees outside give her a tiny bit of fresh chicken (cooked).Stick some peanut butter in a KONG and freeze it. Let your Husky have it when you leave. It will take her ages to get all the stuff out. Make sure you clean the Kongs with soap and water between uses.It sounds like sometimes your Husky is indoors and sometimes outdoors.Do not shout at or hit your girl for peeing in the wrong place. Apart from being nasty you will make her more anxious. If you household is serene this will help her too.
I recently moved, and one of my 2 huskies suffered severe separation anxiety. My suggestion is to confine the dog to a small space, then gradually move the dog to a new room over a week period. The other thing to do is purchase toys that they can chew on while you are gone. Buy ones that you can coat with peanut butter or stick treats inside of. Of course, you want the dog to work for whatever is inside. My other suggestion is to see a trainer. With the number of moves this dog has suffered, it may take a professional to abate the behavior. As for digging, a dog trainer once recommended that you put your dog's fresh dog poop in the holes (or places where dog is digging). When the dog returns to dig and finds his stinky poo there, he/she will stop digging, especially if they find stinky poo each time they go back.
A second dog should definitely help. Huskies are very social animals and do not like to be left alone at all! They need constant companionship to prevent them from nurturing their destructive tendencies.