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Why are Huskies so vocal?

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Why are Huskies so vocal?

If you are the proud owner of any Husky, you have without a doubt experienced their intense desire to be heard. They howl, bark and whine – they can use their sounds in a wide variety of situations and to communicate a range of different emotions!

Did you ever wonder why your Husky is this vocal? Today we will look at the background behind our Huskies’ sounds.

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Different sounds – different meanings

Depending on the sound your Husky makes he will be communicating different things to you. Some vocalizations are those of joy and love, others of anxiety, boredom or loneliness.

“Talking” – Why do Huskies vocalize?

Huskies have a tendency to “talk” to their owners. Every Husky owner has experienced their Husky looking straight at them and chatting away. This is a natural form of communication and doesn’t necessarily mean that your Husky wants or needs anything from you – he simply is sharing his love and affection!

Nearly all Huskies are talkative like this. One possible explanation is that they were bred to live in large groups of sled dogs, which increased their tendency to communicate with the other team members.

There is nothing you can do to stop your Husky from talking to you – simply view it as the show of affection that it is and enjoy it! Many owners develop a ritual of “answering” their Husky, too.

Howling

Huskies howl when they are calling their pack. They often do this if left alone at home.

Huskies – as independent as they might seem – get extremely attached to their owners and do not like to be left alone for longer periods of time. Many develop rather strong separation anxiety and will howl and cry if they are by themselves.

Again, this ties back to the Husky’s original breed purpose as a sled dog. Living with all sled dog team members in large groups, our Huskies’ ancestors were never alone!

In order to help your Husky with his separation anxiety and subsequent howling, you should get him used to being by himself early on in his life. Insead of leaving him rarely, but for a long amount of time, leave him frequently for very short periods of time. This way he will learn that you will come back soon and he will not work himself up into a state of anxiety and howling.

On the other hand, Huskies can also howl when they are gearing up for fun – such as before a sled race or even at the dog park! 

husky howling

Excitement Barking

Huskies are very excitable dogs. They love to run, play and wrestle! Many Huskies are very loud when playing or exercising. There is not much you can do about this – your Husky is probably always going to make a lot of noise when he is having fun.

A Husky barking with joy in your home however can be rather loud!

In order to limit neighbors’ complaints, you can teach your Husky that rough-housing and running should be done only outside in the yard or a dog park. Teach him that your home is a place of peace and quiet, and that all wild play happens outside. There your Husky can also bark to his heart’s content!

Why do Huskies make so much noise? 

Huskies are a naturally loud breed. Among the different dog breeds, tendency to bark is a genetic trait just like color or energy level. 

Before acquiring a Husky, you need to be clear that this is a dog breed that can and will be vocal and barky.

It is not fair to the Husky to try and regulate this with a bark collar or by disciplining him – being somewhat noisy is in his genes. If you have an aversion against loud dog breeds, there are many other breeds that are less likely to be loud which might be a better fit for you and your family.

Why do Huskies groan?

Some Huskies may groan as well. Groaning is often observed in situations in which the dogs feel especially good – such as when getting a back or tummy scratch or rolling in the grass. It is usually not a sign that your Husky is in pain or discomfort – just that he is enjoying his life!

Puppies and vocalizing

Husky puppies start vocalizing at a very young age. All young puppies between the ages of 0 and 21 days actually vocalize nearly constantly in some way. They might be crying, whimpering, barking, sighing … a litter of pups always makes some noise, even when asleep. Pups will be especially vocal if their mom leaves the whelping box or if it is time to have milk!

As your Husky pup grows up, his sounds will become stronger and more directed at certain situations or people. By the time he is 6 months old, he will have an impressive repertoire of different sounds!

Are white Huskies less noisy than others?

As explained above, the tendency to be loud is a breed trait and in a Husky’s genes. The coat color (or eye color, for that matter) of your Husky has no impact on how noisy he will be. There is no one color of Huskies that is less noisy than another – if you pick this breed, there will be some daily barking, howling and talking!

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Huskies barking during training

Is your Husky barking at you during training? While it may seem to be like “talking back” to us, barking during training has other reasons.

Over-excitement

We know how excited our Huskies can get! If you are training with a treat you pup especially likes or with a toy (if he is toy-motivated), your Husky might bark to demand his reward right away!

It is important that you help your dog be in a good state of mind for learning every time you train. If your Husky starts vocalizing, barking and whining, he is not in this right state of mind – you want to get him out of it as quickly as possible!

The best way to handle this situation is to reduce the difficulty of the training location and vary which rewards you are using. You can also try to scatter some treats on the ground to make your dog sniff. Sniffing is an extremely relaxing action for dogs – just a few minutes of sniffing will lower your dog’s heart rate and calm him down right away.

Frustration

Another common cause of barking in training is frustration. If your Husky doesn’t understand what you are asking him to do or how to perform a certain behavior, he is likely to make his frustration known by barking and vocalizing.

This is always solved by breaking the task down into smaller steps for your dog. Do not just repeat your cue over and over – your dog will not learn anything if you don’t “explain” what you want to him. Huskies might be vocal, but they sure do not understand what we are saying – so instead of using your words, use your actions.

Using a treat as a lure works very well for this. Take it between your fingers and lure your dog to perform the behavior you had in mind – such as a Sit or Lie Down. Repeat it several times and give him plenty of treats every time.

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The Bottom Line

Huskies are a very vocal breed. This is probably based on their origin as sled dogs who lived together in large groups and needed plenty of communication. Even nowadays, sled dog teams are loud – especially when excited before a run!

Your Husky is likely to bark, whine, howl, groan and talk to you – this is all completely normal. You cannot really discourage Huskies from making noises – it is just who they are!

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