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SIBERIAN HUSKIES

BEHAVIOR
The very same qualities that make Siberian Huskies great sled dogs also make them difficult pets.

Among other things, they need exercise, firm leadership, socialization, and obedience training. See links below. The lack of exercise to balance their boundless energy can frustrate them. The lack of firm (but gentle) leadership can confuse them about their place in the pack order. The lack of socialization will cause them to react to people and other dogs out of fear. The lack of obedience training leaves your Husky unable to communicate its needs.

Such confusion, frustration, and fear can manifest themselves in many different ways. Most Siberian Husky "behavior problems" - including aggression, food guarding, digging, compulsive licking, separation anxiety, chewing, pulling on its leash, barking, fear of people, and fear of other dogs - can be traced back to imbalances in these emotions.

You must exercise your Husky regularly to help drain the high energy it was born with, or it will become frustrated and destructive. You must become your Husky's leader, its alpha, the one who gives it direction. You must not allow your Husky off leash - except in a fenced yard - or it will run fast and far, and you may never see it again. You must socialize your Husky so that it is comfortable with other dogs and other people, or it will exhibit all sorts of antisocial behavior. You must arrange obedience classes so that the two of you can learn to communicate on the same wavelength.

Donít misunderstand. Itís not all that hard to train a Siberian Husky to be a happy, well-balanced member of your pack, but it does require commitment and an understanding of what youíre dealing with.
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