An important part of getting a pet is knowing how vocal they can be! With certain small breeds, they can be very talkative! However, the more you are used to big dogs, we know that they may not be as vocal unless they sense some real trouble.
In this article we are going to discuss why do Huskies bark? We also want to contemplate, why are they are barking, or any other signs they may be showing you that something does not seem right to them!
We will also consider preventatives to why your Husky is barking, and how you may stop this if they are becoming a bit too vocal! The last thing we want when getting a new pet dog is anger from the neighbours because your dog will not stop! Let alone the earache you may experience!
(If your husky is barking you may be wondering if it means they’re aggressive. Find out whether huskies are aggressive in this article!)
Do Huskies Bark?
You may have seen a lot of content from social media of Huskies ‘talking’ to their owners, but not necessarily barking.
While Huskies can obviously bark, they will not tend to unless they feel stressed or agitated.
If you are looking for a guard dog in particular, while a Husky is a large dog that can look very intimidating, their lack of barking may be a sign that you will want a different type of dog for intruder purposes.
This particular breed is definitely full of character and it is not to say that they do not make noise, because they certainly do!
However, you will notice that Huskies make some weird howling or growling sounds to communicate with you! They can be stubborn dogs, and you may have seen videos of other owners talking to their dogs who are making rather life like chat including the word no, as seen on one of my favourite videos on social media!
The good thing about the lack of barking is the fact that along with the funny noises that they do make, they can actually be rather quiet pets! Huskies have a lot of energy, so will make the most of playtime which may conjure a few of these ‘talking’ sounds!
Because of the playful, happy nature of Huskies, the lack of guarding of this dog could be a problem, if that is what you are looking for from your pet. They can be inquisitive and friendly, and even befriend an intruder if they have come across this particular breed before. If an intruder does not get put off by this dogs size, then they will definitely be able to coax them into a comfortable state, and you could be lesser off!
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Look at Why Your Husky May Be Barking
Is your Husky feeling lonely? Is the barking happening when you are leaving the house? If so, then your pet may be dealing with some separation anxiety. If you get your Husky from a puppy, you will want to train them to know that you may be leaving at certain times of the day.
Training is key with any dog that you want as your pet, so you will want to ensure that you stick to a certain routine with him/her, so they will begin to feel comfortable and cause little stress to them. It is usually from the unexpected or the fact that your dog may feel abandoned that it would become more vocal.
Pain or Stress?
We want to take into consideration the environment that our pets are in. Just because we do not think twice about a lot of noises that go on, does not mean that your dog will feel the same way.
You may find that if you have adopted a Husky who has outgrown the puppy stage that it will take a while for it to settle in to how your house works. Your dog may not be used to children, or maybe you live in a louder or busier area than it is used to?
Huskies are quieter dogs when it comes to barking particularly, so it could be an indication that he/she may be in pain, so regular vet checks are vital to any happy, healthy pet!
How Often Do Huskies Bark?
As we have previously mentioned, Huskies do not bark that often unless there is a problem. However, it may be important to remember that with every dog comes a different personality.
Do you have any other dog’s that may be more vocal? Dogs learn behaviours from each other, so if you find that your Husky is barking it could be to do with another dog.
Huskies are not territorial and do not have a protective nature, so barking does not come naturally to them as you associate barking from dogs with these things.
Another observation associated with barking would be that dogs tend to bark in order to get attention.
What Do Huskies Do Instead of Barking?
Huskies howl as their form of communication. Their is evidence that their DNA may link to certain wild wolves, but there is not enough research to effectively confirm this.
Huskies use howling based on their instincts within their pack, which is usually used to decipher each others location, but they will also do it in domesticated situations to communicate with their owners.
If they aren’t trying to communicate with you or other dogs, there may be influences from the outside environment. If Huskies hear outside noises that are high pitched , such as sirens, etc, they may confuse this with a help signal their instincts tell them about the pack mentality.
Huskies will also use howling as a way of communicating with their owners. Instead of barking, like many other breeds of dogs, they will howl when they are happy, would like some attention, in pain, agitated or sense danger.
The sense of danger howling relates to alerting the rest of their pack to come to their location to help, so while Husky dogs are not known for their protective natures or being territorial, they may still alert you through howling.
All Huskies are different, and will have different vocal ranges, just like we do. When howling, it may become prolonged and it can appear that they are almost speaking to you!
When howling, they are able to control their vocal cords more so than other dogs. This means that they can actually be taught to talk with some extensive training! However, even without training you may find that they make noises to you, they can be stubborn so you may get a few moans and groans out of them if you want them to do something they do not!
The reason they make all of these different sounds is due to the fact that Huskies pick up on the tone of their owners, or other influences.
We have stated that when a Husky hears a noise such as sirens they may begin to howl, but they will also tend to match the pitch of the siren! They may also do this with people, so when their owners say short sentences such as I love you or no, a Husky will match the tone of your voice, so it sounds like they are saying it back to you!
Whether it is howling or barking, your Husky will be a very vocal dog! They are certainly known for being a more vocal breed of dog, but it will not contribute to barking as other dogs do. If you live in a quiet area, or you are worried about a dog being too loud and disturbing you or your neighbours, then I would not recommend Huskies as a good breed match for you.
However, a Husky will provide a lot of entertainment, as you may have seen on the plethora of videos that get uploaded of them talking!
How Can You Stop a Husky From Barking?
You should not really stop your Husky from barking if it is, as it is warning you of an issue that is going on with it.
Huskies are susceptible to illnesses such as:
Your Husky is susceptible to eyes diseases such as cataracts. This mostly effects older dogs, however, Husky puppies may develop them anywhere between 6 – 18 months old. If they are seen to have white spots within the pupil, then it could mean that your pet is developing cataracts. Barking may ensue after this, as it can be stressful if they are beginning to lose their sight!
They may also develop something called dry eye, which is pretty self explanatory. They may have a liquid coming out of their eyes, that is not clear, so it would be best to take them to the vet for treatment. This would calm any stress barking they are doing also, once the problem is rectified.
Huskies are particularly susceptible to anal gland tumors, so will need to attend a vet regularly for expression. Obviously this can be painful for your pup, so may cause them to act out and bark.
However, it is not just this particular cancer, so when petting your dog, it would be wise to feel across the length of their bodies for any abnormalities or lumps that may be appearing. The signs may also be that your pet is more fatigued than usual, without being walked. They may also go off their food and be a lot less interested in playing or begin to bark more out of pain.
Most large dog breeds are at higher risk of developing joint problems, and Huskies are unfortunately a part of that.
Degenerative myelopathy is one of the most common problems that a Husky will experience. The best way to describe the symptoms are if your Husky is becoming particularly disorientated, or appearing how we might think, drunk as a person would.
Unfortunately, it is an incurable disease, that targets the spinal cord of your Husky. If you do notice that your Husky is behaving in this manner, then it would be best to take it to the vets where they can perform a DNA test to see if this is what the problem is.
Arthritis is also common for Huskies, as it can be with a lot of other breeds. It effects the joints, just as it would with humans. You may find your Husky may start barking out of pain or stress. The symptoms for this will mostly include, difficulty getting up or laying down, whilst also looking a tad more stiff or limping while walking.
Speaking to your vet if you notice any symptoms of arthritis would be your best bet. They will be able to prescribe some medications or supplements, to ensure that your pup stays healthy for as long as possible. However, just like with humans, it is a degenerative disease.
Another issue that can contribute to a stressed out Husky may be skin diseases. They will usually get this if their intestines are having trouble absorbing nutrients from their food. You may notice that they are getting skinnier even though they are eating enough. Other problems can form such as red scabs and flaky skin, as well as their coat looking unhealthy, and their nails not being as shiny as they usually are. Again, speaking to your vet will be the best option as they should be able to give the Husky medication to help them digest the right vitamins such as zinc.
What Should You Avoid Doing?
The key to any dogs heart is attention! So, if you do find that your Husky is barking a lot, it could be due to the fact that he/she is bored and is craving some attention. We have also mentioned previously that they will bark out of loneliness, so your pup might just want a bit of love!
Alternatively, ensure that your dog has lots of toys! Not only are toys good if your dog gets bored easily, but they are also great for teeth too! If you ever do find that your Husky may be suffering from separation anxiety, then distracting them with toys and treats are always a good way of taking their minds off of you leaving.
By giving your Husky lots of attention, we lessen the problem of them getting bored and barking, but also they will feel loved and secure in your home. While they may not be guard dogs, they are energetic dogs that crave a lot of attention.
Managing the Barking Negatively
I know sometimes it can be frustrating if you find that your dog is barking a lot. However, I never recommend responding negatively in tone or mannerisms, as this could exacerbate a situation and you may end up with a misbehaving dog on your hands.
Huskies do not bark often as we now know, so their may be a number of reasons for it. However, if you have exhausted yourself trying to determine what may be wrong and you find it is none of the usual things then maybe look at some other areas such as:
To effectively train a dog, you must practice each part of the training for 10 – 20 minutes per day everyday. It can also take dogs anywhere between 5 – 10 days for them to remember these commands fully, but it is also imperative that you keep up with what you have trained them so they do not forget, or fall into bad habits. A dog is a product of it’s environment and parents.
Just like with a lot of humans, dogs crave a routine to keep them sane. With my own dog, who is not a Husky, but still a large dog, we ensure that he gets roughly two hours of exercise per day, one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. We will also make sure we feed him at set times, he goes to bed at the same time, and he has treats at the same time every day.
This may seem too much for some, but we have a very happy and healthy dog and it works for us. You do not need to follow this as exactly the way we do it, make it flexible around your day, but just keep it up for the structure of your dogs day too!
This way, we eliminate any unnecessary stress from our dogs lives, and can usually handle and manage anything else that may provoke a lot of barking.
Remember that your dog will feed off of your energy, so if he is in a high stress environment and you are also very stressed constantly, so will your Husky! They are practically four legged children!
Regular Vet Checks
As we have already seen there are not many factors that can provoke your Husky to bark, but pain is one of them. Regular health checks are vital for any pet, so ensure that you are taking your pup to the vets often. By doing so you may catch something early that may have been detrimental! We know that Huskies are prone to certain illnesses, so we want to ensure that we have a healthy dog! Lowering the risk of pain, lowers the risk of prolonged barking too!
Exercise is fundamental for your Huskies happiness! When talking about big dogs, a lot of people state that around 30 minutes a day of exercise is efficient, however, I would disagree.
Like I have already stated I own a big dog myself, and we walk him for 2 hours everyday. This is mostly to ensure that he is getting enough exercise, but it also contributes to the matter of him not getting bored. Big dogs can have a lot of energy, which is certainly true for Huskies. It is also a great way to bond with your pet.
Not only are exercise and walks great for bonding with your pet, but it is a great way to implement a lot of training techniques, to ensure that they are obedient.
To help with a problem of barking from boredom, walks are a great way for Huskies to socialise with other dogs and people. As we mentioned previously, these dogs are a very social breed of dog, that thrive off attention, so long walks are a great way to maintain all aspects of boredom, health and socialising.
If you do have the time, I would recommend a good long walk in the morning, and then one in the evening. It will tire your Husky out but also ensure that he is happy and healthy. Our lives can differ, but when getting a new pet, we should be responsible and give as much to them for a good life!
Overall, Huskies are not the most vocal dogs with regards to barking. If you are looking for a guard dog that responds to threats, then this may not be the dog for you! As we previously stated, they can be a bit too over-friendly with people that come in the house, so they may even befriend an intruder, which obviously is not ideal.
You can definitely get a lot of conversation out of these dogs and they will be extremely loving to their owners, which is the greatest benefit of this breed.
However, a key thing to remember that if you do have a vocal and barking Husky, then this may be a sign that your pet is actually stressed or feeling anxious for multiple reasons, and you may want to look at their environment, or take them to the vet in case they are experiencing pain of some sorts.
A Husky is a great addition to any family if you are looking to gain a best friend that is energetic and very loving, but again, they will not provide the safety measures that some more alert or vocal dogs will. If you are not looking for a guard dog, then I would definitely recommend a Husky to anyone!