If you’ve seen the videos of huskies, or you have a husky of your own, you may be wondering “why are huskies so vocal?” There are a lot of different reasons behind this, and if you need them to be a little less vocal, it’s important to know them all!
So keep reading to find out why huskies are so vocal and what you can do about it!
Why Are Huskies So Vocal?
If you want to be a good husky owner, then it’s important to understand why your husky is being so vocal. It goes without saying, that in most cases, your husky is going to be vocal because they’re communicating. Unlike other dogs who bark or growl, huskies tend to vocalise by talking or howling.
here are some of the reasons that your husky may acting so vocally!
They Want Something
One of the most common reasons your husky may be so vocal is because they want something. This could be food, water, to be let out or even just for attention. If your a new husky owner you may not be able to understand what they’re saying straight away. But give it time and you’ll know exactly what they’re trying to tell you!
Reacting To Sounds And Noises
This is another extremely common reason huskies (and all dogs) act so vocally. When they hear a new sound that alarms or startles them they will become vocal. In some cases, the sound may be so high pitched you can’t even hear it. Other times, it may be something happening outside your house like a car driving by or other dogs barking.
With huskies in particular you’ll notice they’re more likely to howl when they hear sounds that are similar to a howl. For example, a baby crying, police sirens or certain songs.
You’ve Reinforced The Behavior
Sometimes you may not realise, but you reinforce behaviors in your husky. Including being vocal. If you let your husky howl when they were a puppy, or encouraged it because it’s cute, then you’ve been reinforcing the behavior. As they get older, they’ll think that being vocal is normal, so they’ll constantly howl, talk and bark.
In other cases, you may have rewarded them without being aware. If you gave them treats to stop them doing problem behaviors, then you’ve been teaching them that bad behavior gets rewarded.
It’s In Their DNA
Huskies are one of the most vocal dog breeds around. and a big part of this is simply because it’s in their DNA. Because they’re pack dogs, they’d learn to communicate in order to survive. Especially in the conditions they come from. Communication is essential. And while they’ve now been domesticated, it takes hundreds of years for those instincts to disappear.
(Have you ever wondered why your husky has red eyes?)
When They’re Being Defiant
Another reason your husky might start acting vocal is when they don’t want to do something. If you have a husky you already know this, and if not you’ve probably seen the videos online.
When a husky doesn’t want to do something, it’s very likely they will talk and talk before doing it. Openly defying their owner, and even arguing back with them. While it’s extremely cute, if you leave it untreated, they may begin to think it’s okay to talk back and not do what they’re told.
And of course, when your husky is happy you’ll also notice that they may talk and be a lot more vocal. You may notice they talk a lot more when they’re playing with you, when you’re rough housing, if you’re talking to them, and when you’re giving them a lot more attention.
They Might Be In Pain
Sometimes your husky will try to talk to you when they’re in pain. Along with being a lot more vocal, you’ll also notice that they’re panting a lot more and whining. Panting is a clear sign in huskies of pain, especially when it’s not hot, or they haven’t been exercising.
Is Your Husky Being Too Vocal?
It can be hard to tell when your husky is being too vocal. However, as a rule of thumb, you should be extra aware when they’re howling a lot. While you might not have a problem with them howling, your neighbours might.
A huskies howl is extremely loud and it can be heard up to 10 miles away. So if you notice them constantly howling, you should definitely train them to stop. However if they’re only talking to you, it’s not as much as a problem. Just make sure they’re not being too defiant and they listen to your commands.
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How To Train Your Husky To Stop Being So Vocal
Fortunately, if you think that your husky is being to vocal, there are a number of ways you can train them to stop. Ideally, you want to start when they’re still a puppy, however, it is possible to start training them at any point in their life!
Here are some of the best steps to train your husky to stop being so vocal!
Teach Them Commands
You should be teaching a husky commands anyway for there own safety. But one that can be particularly effective is the command “quiet”.
If you plan on teaching your dog the command “quiet” it also important to teach them the command “speak”. (It will save you a lot of time.)
To teach them to speak, find out what causes them to howl or talk and then say “speak” every time. If they continue to talk reward them with a treat. If you keep doing this over time, eventually they’ll understand what “speak” means and begin talking on command.
Next up it’s time to teach them how to be quiet. First, get them to speak, once they’ve spoken tell them “quiet” firmly. If they continue to talk wait patiently, before saying “quiet” again. Once they’re quiet, give them a treat. Keep repeating this, and eventually, they’ll understand what quiet means.
Have A Routine
Huskies are definitely creatures of habit, and having a set routine for them is definitely going to help reduce the chances of them being to vocal, and especially howling. This is especially true if you notice your husky being vocal at certain times.
For example, if your husky begins being vocal right before you leave the house, they may be worried that you won’t come back. By setting up the same routine every day, they’ll soon begin to get used to you going away and coming back. (If their separation anxiety is too severe though, you’ll need to take them to a professional.
Make Sure You’re Keeping Them Tired
You should also make sure that your huskies are being tired out. This is especially true if they’re howling or talking throughout the night, or when you’re at work. Huskies are EXTREMELY active dogs. So you need to make sure you’re giving them at least 2 hours of exercise a day.
Less than this and they may become restless and bored. Not only will this make it much more likely that they’ll begin howling and talking, but they may begin showing other signs of bad behavior as well.
Don’t Respond To Them When They’re Being Vocal
Also, make sure you’re not responding to your pup when they’re being vocal. When you respond to them, you’re rewarding their behavior and encouraging them to continue. So if they start talking, as hard as it is make sure you don’t encourage it by talking back.
Instead walk away from them, teach them the “quiet” command, or send them to another room.
Keep Them Entertained
Because huskies are so intelligent it’s important that you make sure you’re entertaining them enough. You should be training them and giving them plenty of puzzle toys when you’re not around.
Doing this is going to keep their mind occupied and will reduce the chances of them acting out and talking. If you’re not sure what puzzle toys to give them, KONG’s are normally a great choice.
Don’t Leave Them Alone For Too Long
You shouldn’t be leaving your husky alone for too long either. Anything more than 6 hours for any dog is too much, so you should definitely not leave you husky longer than this. If you do leave them to long, not only will you find out they’ve been howling and talking more. But they may also end up destroying things in your home as well.
Is There Something Wrong With A Husky That Isn’t Vocal?
If your husky isn’t vocal there’s no need to panic. Some huskies are just more vocal than others. However, if a normally vocal husky stops being vocal, then there may be a reason behind it. If this is the case, your best bet is to take them to the vets and get them checked out.
How Can You Teach Your Husky To Be More Vocal?
If your husky isn’t normally vocal, there are ways that you can try to make them more vocal. For example, you can try to play the sounds of sirens or other huskies and wolves howling. When you do this, you’ll activate the instinct that makes them want to start being more vocal as well.
As well as this, you can also try howling around them or letting them play with a more vocal husky, and hope they pick it up off them.
You may need to try different sounds depending on your husky as different dogs will respond to different noises.
When they begin acting more vocal you should make sure that you’re rewarding them as well, so they’ll begin to do it more and more.
Are Husky Puppies Vocal?
Husky puppies are definitely vocal little things, but sometimes they haven’t quite worked out what noises are for what. You may notice husky puppies barking, yapping and growling more often than older huskies.
As well as this, they often let out a low pitched moan which shows that they are content and happy where they are.
If you don’t want a vocal husky, then this is the best stage to break them out of the habit before it becomes more difficult with age.
As you can see, huskies can be very vocal dogs, for a whole bunch of reasons. Fortunately though, you’ll definitely be able to train your husky to stop being too vocal if you have to and if you’re patient enough.
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