The Husky is an identifiable “working dog.” Bred initially as a sled dog, huskies are full of energy, outgoing, enthusiastic, and resilient.
Going outdoor, exploring the surroundings, chasing after small creatures in the park, running around are some feats huskies enjoy. Well, some can be as lazy as a sloth, but in general, they are all up for fun.
Husky Loves to Go for a Walk
No pets want to be cooped up inside the house all the time, and your Husky is no different than any one of them. Since they are affiliated to the “working breed” category, being active, going out for walks comes naturally to them.
But mind you, the Husky is also known for its stubborn and independent nature. So taking a husky out for a walk will not be as easy as a relaxing walk in the park.
Running, chasing is just an instinct for them, and they think it’s part of their activities. Sometimes such a hyperactive dog can bring about accidents, embarrassment, etc.
Here are few things to keep in mind while taking husky out for a walk.
- Communication: Always keep in mind that communication is the key to success. Learn to understand your dog first, establish an understanding between you and your dog. Learn to effectively communicate with your dog so the rest of the project will be easier for both of you.
- Be the leader: Don’t let your dog lead you. Take control of the situation. Huskies are hierarchal to the pack system, so until and unless you are the alpha of the pack, he will never submit to you.
He should respect you, trust you to lead the way, as walking is also a part of the activity which demands your pet’s attention to yourself so that you can control him.
- Love for leash: Get your dog to understand that the leash is not a punishment but a reward. When your dog completes a task or obeys you, slip a collar and leash. This indicates it as a reward for their achievement; let it trail around him.
You can even lightly nudge him with the leash on your hand, asking him to move around. Be cautious about the tightness of the collar. Learn to choose the right collar and leash for him. Once he gets used to it, you can lead him around.
- Commanding task: Once the dog gets familiar with the leash, it is always great to teach him basic commands as it will supplement the leash training. As the alpha, you need to start off training your dog some simple commands such as:
- Heel etc.
In order to make your dog obey your commands, you need to start using the alpha power. Be careful while demonstrating the actions; be gentle and be patient.
Don’t be too harsh on the commanding. Or else he will think that you are attacking him instead of teaching him, and he will start to rebel against your actions.
Remember always to reward them with treats and praise them if they are successful in learning a command.
Repeat it as much as it is required until he gets familiar or learns the command being taught.
Walking your Dog With and Without a Leash
As a pet parents, we love our dogs too much, so much that we get hurt to see them putting a leash on. But remember, putting a leash on your dog is just another good habit for them.
If you intend to walk your dog without a leash, you as a parent must act responsibly. Be confident that your dog has fully mastered the command and not run off while he is being summoned to come back.
It is important to remember that you have a good verbal command over your dog. Off-leash areas are usually open fields without any fences.
Be always cautious about your dog. Be quick to take action. If you feel your dog is straying away from the path, immediately take control over him.
The idea of a “free dog” might be tempting. But keep in mind that they trust you with their lives, and it is our responsibility to keep them safe.
When Does You Husky Wants to Go for a Walk
Going out for a walk may seem like just another exercise regime for you. But your dog might be one of his favorite things to do.
Pets generally remember the routine they follow every day, and your Husky is not any different. Being an active breed, Husky needs outdoor activities on a daily basis. Going for a walk is just a part of his daily regime.
At times, you being the only social animals in the hierarchy of the animals, tend to be preoccupied and forget about “The Walk” schedule. In order to remind you, your dog might use all the tricks available up his sleeves.
Here are Ten Signs Indicating your Husky Wants to Go for a Walk
The Emotional Blackmail
He flops down and exhales a loud, gigantic, pathetic, sad, most overreacted sigh in the universe. He also gives you the “puppy eye” stares until it makes you uncomfortable enough to make you get up from your comfortable haven.
He sits near the window, looking out of it. He looks at every pedestrian, a car passing by your house with slight wagging of the tail, soft whining. He sometimes barks as if trying to get your attention or their (the pedestrians’) attention. Maybe he hopes to get rescued by the passers-by.
Huskies are known to be one of the most expressive breeds. They surely know how to throw tantrums when he meant business. He will make your life miserable. He will whine, argue with you even throw a fit if he thinks it is necessary to get what he wants.
He sits at the door, scrubs the doormats, does a little routine footwork dance near the door, wiggles his fluffy tail; don’t mistake it as an entertainment because that’s an indication for a walk.
He sits near you or roams around the house with a leash on his mouth. Then you better be prepared to take him out for a walk because why stay back home after you’ve dressed up for an outing.
He grabs your shoe for you; it can be a proper trainer or crocs. Either way, it means you got to move your being out of the house.
Your dog will probably walk around you, nudge you, along with a big stretch and a big kiss for you. Adorably cute with a motive behind it.
Waggle all the way
Wagging husky tails means being happy. But again, if it is accompanied by a long stare, tiny whines, you should probably know by then what he is demanding.
With or without
Supposing your dog is standing close to the door that he is almost merging with it. It’s a warning that at this point, he is willing to go for a walk with or without you.
Being a dog
Do you own a dog? He definitely will want a walk regularly.
Be a Responsible Pet Parent
Dos and Don’ts of Walking your Husky
- Don’t distance yourself from your dog initially; keep him close to you until he fully masters the basic commands.
- Never give in to your dog’s favor. Don’t let him lead you to the directions he takes you. This will result in your bad leadership and inculcating wrong walking behavior.
- Always be aware of your dog’s presence. Don’t leave your dog off the leash without your governance.
- Always remember to reward and praise your dog for obeying the commands during the walk.
- Don’t let your dog off-leash until you think he is fully ready.
- Huskies tend to get distracted easily; keep in mind to keep your dog in your command. You should never let him lead you in any way. Or else you will lose the leadership over him, and he will regard you as inferior.
- Keep on practicing the walking as well as the command with your dog consistently, be patient.
Sometimes your dog doesn’t want to go out for a walk. The energetic, hyper dog doesn’t seem to be excited about an outing one day. Here are a few possibilities for such behaviors:
- He is probably tired from a busy morning, playtime with his human siblings, or a stressful day.
- His body could be sore due to the previous day’s activities.
- He might have injured his paws or any other body parts during a regular playtime some other day.
- He might be having a problem with his nails which is making him uncomfortable walking properly.
- Additionally, your dog might be suffering from some diseases or discomfort internally. It is always good to pay little attention to your dog and detect any anomalies in him.