I have two Huskies that I can't seem to make stay in their kennel. They are digging and chewing on the fence. Can someone please tell me what to do about this and how to control them?
By Amber from Ottumwa, IA
Huskies are a very high exercise need breed. If they are not getting an hour or more of vigorous exercise daily, that may be a big part of the problem. The following is from a breed website:
Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they will only obey a command if they see the human is stronger minded than themselves. If the handler does not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dogs 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage, becoming willful and mischievous. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak.
This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. Does not do well if left alone for a long period of time without a great deal of exercise before hand. A lonely Husky, or a Husky who does not get enough mental and physical exercise can be very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Siberian Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals and are willing to put the time and energy into them. You may need to talk to a trainer with experience with Huskies about ways to satisfy your dogs' needs so that they won't be so restless and "busy".
Huskies are a nomadic breed and should never ever be kenneled.
What Jilson said: Huskies require a lot of exercise. If they get it they are delightful. If not that energy can be a problem. Any working dog must be exercised daily for an hour or so. Do you have a dog park where they can run?
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