We use body language to communicate our feelings and thoughts without words. This nature is innate in not only humans but also animals. Your pets speak to you using different physical gestures that mean a range of other things. Huskies are excellent communicators, and they often talk to their owners, making a variety of noises. They also use facial expressions, gestures, postures, ear, and tail movements to let you know how they feel.
Understanding your husky’s body language can help you create a much stronger bond between you and your pet. You’ll know how they feel better and know when he/she feels calm, scared, relaxed, happy, or upset.
Body language is very reliable; body language doesn’t lie. The reliability of body language among pets is a valuable source of knowledge in understanding your pets better. Although body postures, gestures, and overall body language are different for each dog, most dogs tend to be similar. Here’s a good read up of huskies and human body language you can refer here.
Ten important things to look out for in your husky’s body language are given below.
A happy husky
A wagging tail usually characterizes a husky’s happiness. Huskies also tend to have erect ears faced in the upright position when displaying joy and happiness feelings. Since huskies’ ears have the least movement among all their other body parts, this signal may be a vague one but a gesture nonetheless.
An interested husky
Huskies will tilt its head to show that they are interested or paying attention to something. Usually, when you give instructions, they tend to tilt their heads trying to understand the instructions. They also tend to assume an upright posture or sitting posture without any tension.
A neutral position or a slow wagging tail is also indicative of an alert and interested husky. When huskies are trying to listen to your commands, they will often assume this position. It is essential to understand that sometimes, their tails can be high rose, which most people think of as a hostile gesture, but it can sometimes mean that they are just trying to concentrate and understand what you ask.
A playful husky
Huskies tend to bounce and pounce on you whenever they are excited. Sometimes this means that they are trying to initiate playtime with you. Usually, they assume a front-crouch position towards you or another dog, indicating that they want to play.
In other instances, your husky may also show playful bows that signify that they are feeling happy and active. When your husky is excited, they may even growl or bark at a lower register.
A relaxed/safe husky
When a husky is relaxed, his or her body weight is evenly spread across all four paws. They don’t hold any tension and are completely relaxing in their environment. They will open their mouth slightly and may sometimes pant lightly. Feelings of safety and security are indicated by lying down or rolling on the back.
They also tend to bury their heads when seeking comfort and attention. They feel safe and secure when their heads are buried in your lap or your arms.
Sometimes your husky will have soft eyes without the presence of fixated staring or looking away. They will make eye contact with you and have a smooth look in their eyes, which means they are in a “relaxed and easy-going” state. These are vulnerable positions for them, and they will never assume such roles unless they feel completely safe and comfortable.
You can learn more about your husky’s behavior here.
A submissive husky
Usually, when a husky is submissive, they will show signs like flattened and pulled-back ears and a low crouching position. You will notice this position in huskies when they are in the presence of another dominant dog or owner.
Sometimes these characteristics can come together with other signals like looking away. This motion is a definite sign of disengagement and being uncomfortable. It can occur together with eye squinting as well.
An important note here is that not all submissive behaviors are out of fear. Sometimes your husky might roll on their backs and expose their belly areas to show submissiveness. It means that they trust you and want to be vulnerable in front of you because they feel safe in their environment.
A stressed husky
Excessive licking of the lips and mouth area indicates that your husky feels anxious or uncomfortable in its surroundings. Sometimes they lick their mouths when they meet a stranger or a new dog because of the situation’s newness. It can also mean dehydration, including licking of the nose and mouth while also panting and tongue sticking out.
Another gesture that a husky will use when stressed is yawning. Whenever a husky feels uncomfortable around a new person or a new dog, they tend to yawn to show their discomfort.
At times, these gestures can also be accompanied by a pulled back or flattened ear and looking away. This position is a clear indication that something is not right. It depicts worry, stress, and fear in the husky’s environment. You will find that this ear position also occurs when they have just been scolded or reprimanded by their owners.
It would be best to understand that these body gestures are only given an appropriate meaning after evaluating the surroundings. For example- you can’t say that your husky feels anxious if there are no strangers or new dogs around, but they are licking their mouth and nose right after food or playtime.
Likewise, with yawning, if your husky’s yawns are happening at unusual times, followed by excessive licking and panting, it means that they are under stress.
A fearful husky
A gesture universally known to be submissive is crouching. Whenever huskies feel scared, they tend to bow their head down and cower. You can see this gesture when training your husky, mainly if you use negative reinforcements and punishments to scold them for doing the wrong things.
Cowering and crouching down is a clear sign that your husky is submitting to the fear. It attempts to make their presence seem smaller and not be of trouble to anything or anyone.
If your husky is crouching low or cowering even when you aren’t punishing or scolding them, it means that they are fearful of something in the surrounding. Perhaps the presence of another dog or a new person in the area can cause your husky to act this way.
Another gesture to look out for is a tail tucked between their legs in a low position. This position usually means that the husky is scared, fearful, anxious, and uncomfortable.
Fear in a husky can also be characterized by flattened and pulled back ears and looking away, which generally happens in the presence of an aggressive dog, stranger, new dog, or an authoritative owner. It is vital to pay minute attention to details about such body gestures.
An anticipating husky
Anticipating something unusual or feeling apprehensive about a particular case will make your husky lick his or her lips accompanied by excessive panting.
Huskies often yawn out of context when they are anticipating something to happen. Sometimes these yawns will be accompanied by a high-pitched noise at the end. This yawn indicates that they are waiting for something like a daily event or routine to happen, such as dinnertime or the time for someone to arrive home.
An aggressive husky
A high-raised tail is a sure indication that your husky is feeling threatened and is in a fight mode, fueled by anger. Huskies tend to raise their tails when they are in a challenge mode against another dog or person. This gesture can also mean that they are defensive of their surroundings.
Whenever huskies encounter a threat of any kind, they raise their tail and get into a combat mode, ready to defend and fight. Their hackles are also raised, all the way down to their back. The barks from an aggressive husky are usually deep. They also growl at a lower pitch and show all their teeth.
Sometimes, their tails can point outward when showing dominance or aggression. However, this is a unique body language on a husky because of its naturally curled tail shape. An aggressive husky will also display signs like raised hackles when they see an unfamiliar person or dog.
A husky with a tantrum
Huskies are known to throw fits and tantrums often. During one of these fits, you will notice that their tails are high-raised. The husky adopts this position when it doesn’t want to comply with your instructions and will typically start whining in classic husky form. Their ears also tend to be raised high with a lot of high-pitched whining. Huskies will also sometimes place their paws on top of yours to seek attention.
Understanding your husky’s body language is so essential for you to build a stronger relationship. You can significantly reduce conflicts and clashes between you and your pet when you start to understand our dog’s body language.