Saturday, 11 July 2015

Are Huskies Happier In Packs?

Welcome to another edition of Siberian Saturday. 
Today, I would like to go into whether or not huskies are happier in packs, rather than being the only dog in the house. Huskies are pack animals, that is a fact, BUT does that mean a husky cannot be happy as an only dog? Lets find out.

Are Huskies Happier In Packs?
You may remember a little while ago I wrote a post focusing on the topic "Should I Get Another Dog?" Some of those tips and thoughts relate to this post as well, however with huskies there are a few differences. Huskies are pack animals, as I mentioned before, but did you know that a pack doesn't have to be just other dogs?


Packs consist of people too! Huskies are people dogs, pack dogs, they love to be around other beings. They are not a dog who you can leave chained up in your yard all day with no interaction - although in my opinion, no dogs should be treated that way. As most of you know, I have 3 huskies. My reason for having 3 is not because I felt they needed more dogs around them, it was more for my own personal husky addiction! Are they happier having each other around? That is a complicated question...Mika I think would have been fine as an only dog because she likes her alone time, but the other two, I think they would be lost without each other.

Are Huskies Happier In Packs?
In my husky group, I get asked this question a lot - "my husky has anxiety when I leave the house, and becomes destructive, would adding another husky to our family solve this problem?" The answer to that is....potentially, yes, it could help. However before making the decision to get another husky, you cannot base it on the fact that you think it would solve behavior issues. Mostly because on the other hand, it could make things worse. The decision to add another Sibe to your pack needs to be well thought out, and training combined with exercise is by far the best solution to a husky being destructive.


Conclusion?
Yes, huskies are happier in packs. No, that does not necessarily mean multiple dogs. As I mentioned above, huskies love to be around other beings whether that is simply their human family, or other dogs included. Huskies can definitely be just fine as an only pet. But the fact remains that you need to know your own dog. There is no real answer to this. In one family (or pack) your husky could love having other dogs around, but in another, they may prefer just chillaxin' alone with their humans.




22 comments:

  1. We say that applies to most breeds. Don't tell anyone I said this, but our pack can even include cats!

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    1. I agree, it can definitely apply to most breeds.

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  2. Great post! My dogs aren't Huskies but they love being around other dogs too! I agree with Emma!

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  3. Very interesting, I never though of humans as part of the pack, but it makes sense.

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    1. Definitely! We are their pack, a pack is a family, a bond of beings who stick together! :)

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  4. Phantom was the most independent of all our huskies. He was always very close to Dakota and missed her terribly when she crossed. But of the five we have had, he probably could have easily been an only dog. The others were definitely meant to share their lives with other dogs. Mom always says we seem to do best with our own breed.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. I agree. Huskies like huskies. It's funny because whenever we have gone to the dog park, our huskies will seek out the other huskies, and they always all end up together in a corner. Plotting something i'm sure! hahaha!!
      Aww, Phantom...sweet boy.

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  5. I knew exactly what you meant when you said that humans are part of the pack. My experience has been that no matter how many dogs we have, they are always excited when their humans get home! To me that has always meant we were part of the pack, and they want everyone there.
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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  6. We are definitely a pack and I wouldn't have it any other way. ♥

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  7. This was very interesting, and I agree with you when you say humans are part of the pack. I also think that the same could go for all breeds of dog! My two adore us humans, and Earl seemed always happy as an only dog, too. Earl and Ethel love playing together, and even lying together.

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  8. Gambler loves his pack, the girls could be loaners.

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    1. It's interesting to see the different personalities of each of our pets isn't it?

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  9. Great post. I hope to get Bain another dog, or cat, one day soon. My current cat wants nothing to do with him most of the time, and he's the type of dog that would really benefit from a play buddy to join the pack.

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    1. And I think thats great that you know your pets well enough to know that! Definitely important!

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  10. I think Freighter would like to have his people to himself...lol.. Sometimes he is unchessie-like. The other two are more independent.

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    1. haha interesting and so cool how each dog can have such a different personality!

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