One thing that Siberian Huskies are known for is their howling and wooing. While some Siberian Huskies do bark, it is not unusual to have one that only howls and talks and does not bark. Not every Siberian Husky is vocal, but the ones that do talk tend to do it a lot.
Why do Siberian Huskies talk?
When your husky is talking and wooing at you, it is usually a form of communication. My Siberian Huskies will talk to me when they are excited or when they are wanting something. They will also talk or woo when they are frustrated. Enzo, one of my Siberian Huskies, will get upset if his toy rolls under the couch and will woo at it.
Why do Siberian Huskies howl?
Siberian Huskies most often howl for the same reason other breeds do- boredom. However, Siberian Huskies also like to howl together. This same urge is seen when they howl along with a siren, music, or with their owners. Owners with multiple Siberian Huskies have also noticed they will do group howls at certain times of the day or before a meal time. Siberian Huskies are very social dogs and group howls are one of the ways they like to bond together. My dog Yoshi will also start howling if he hears one of the others talking in their sleep!
Can I stop my Siberian Husky from being so vocal?
It is possible to teach a Siberian Husky to not be so vocal. The best way to train your dog on a quiet command or teach them to relax when you are away is to work with a dog trainer. If you live close to your neighbors or in an apartment it may be necessary. I personally love to hear my dogs singing and howling together, but for others it can be a nuisance. If your dog is howling out of boredom the best way to solve this is by giving them something to do. Siberian Huskies are a high energy breed that require a lot of exercise. If under exercised they can develop bad habits. If your dog is howling while you are away, try giving them a stuffed kong toy or a bone to chew on. If you have tried all of these thing but it still has not solved your problem, leave a comment below explaining the situation!
Can I teach my Siberian Husky to be more vocal?
As I mentioned above, some Siberian Huskies can be very quiet dogs. If you want to teach your Siberian Husky to be vocal, the best way I have found to do this is by trying to get them to participate in a group howl. You can look up YouTube videos of other Siberian Huskies howling, try howling yourself, or have a play date with a more vocal Siberian Husky. Yoshi was fairly quiet when I first adopted him, but now he loves to howl and sing. Gracie, my first Siberian Husky, only talks when she wants something and will very rarely participate in a group howl. Remember to reward your dog for howling or talking if you are trying to get them to be more vocal!
Misconceptions about Siberian Huskies howling
Siberian Huskies do not howl because of recent wolf ancestry. Siberian Huskies have been domesticated for much longer than most modern dog breeds and do not have recent wolf ancestry. Many breeds from the “spitz” dog family make similar noises to Siberian Huskies.
Howling and talking is not aggressive. Siberian Huskies can growl just like other dog breeds. Their howling is never a sign of aggression. If a Siberian Husky howls at you, while it can be loud, do not think they are trying to be mean.
Siberian Huskies can also be very loud while they are playing with other dogs. Many people think that they are fighting or being aggressive when this happens. While it may be alarming at first, they love to wrestle! They sound and look very different when they are fighting vs playing. Usually if you are unsure, then it is just play, but if the other dog is not comfortable with this play style it can easily turn into a fight.
Does your Siberian Husky like to talk? Tell us about it- Leave a comment below!
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-Simply Southern Siberians