Huskies are a wonderful breed to have as pets. But only they couldn’t be so vocal. Those are the kind of sentiments that go through the minds of many dog lovers, perhaps including you.
Today, I want to share with you the reasons why huskies are this way so that if you have one or are planning to get one, you’ll be better informed.
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So the question of the day is;
Why are huskies so vocal?
Well, huskies can make quite good screamers, talkers, and imitators. And they can get quite loud while at it. Generally, that’s their way of communicating their emotions and feelings. The sound they produce will change depending on the situation.
If you ever listen keenly, you’ll discover that theirs isn’t the typical barking you’ll hear from the other dogs. They prefer howling, screaming, talking, crying and even whining to barking.
Let’s just say that’s how they’re wired. Time and again, I’ve witnessed many owners taking to their social media handles and platforms to ask the online community whether that’s even normal in the first place.
The truth of the matter is, it’s very normal.
One of the most talkative breeds
Yes, you read that right, “talkative” is the word. The dogs are so intelligent that they’ve got the capacity to vocalize their emotions and thoughts in what you could call “dog talk.”
It’s not like the literal talking as humans do, but when you hear it, you can’t help but wonder how it’s able to pull that off.
When I said that huskies are among the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, I meant it. Their high levels of IQ give the ability to grasp variations in human tonal patterns.
Through these patterns, they are able to make different sounds that imply different needs and emotions. They use these sounds to communicate with other dogs and humans as well.
In the following section, let’s now delve into the specific reasons that make huskies be so talkative:
When your husky wants to let you know something, it will produce human-like sounds. They’ll even go further to do so while staring you in the eye so that you’re able to understand what they’re saying.
Because they know that you can ignore them, direct eye contact is meant to inform you that they want your attention. For instance, they might be reminding you that it’s now 10 minutes past their mealtime or they need to go potty.
They may also vocalize other issues depending on how you’ve brought them up or they may also follow specific cues that you’ve taken your time to train them.
As the parent, don’t be in the habit of ignoring the 90% of the time, your husky will have an important message it wants to pass to you. Chances are that you’ll have an idea of what the dog wants.
But at times, it might not be hard to tell what’s really going in at the back of their minds. In that case, you might have to rely on the events and circumstances leading up to the talk so that you figure out what’s going on.
A response to external sounds
More often than not, your husky will get vocal when it’s responding to noises and external sounds. These sounds include sirens, the TV, baby crying, human shouts, and more.
The Huskies will respond to sounds with high frequencies that trigger their instinctual responses. As the human companion, you might at times fail to make out these sounds but your dog will pick them up without any struggles.
For instance, baby cries and sirens are distress sounds. The siren could be closely resembling a packmate lost somewhere in the woods and so they are trying to find their way home.
By letting out that huge howl, your husky will be thinking that it’s helping the lost packmate to navigate to its location.
As for when a baby is crying, the dog will try to howl or talk back so that it can pacify the baby. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this characteristic is typical of wolves that live in packs.
Huskies have a close lineage with pack animals including wolves. As a matter of fact, many people tend to confuse the appearance of a husky with that of a wolf. For pack animals, communication is one of the key traits that will be displayed in their instinctual behavior.
Howling, whining, and crying are among the top features that form the survival mechanisms for the pack animals that still live in the wild. With each howl, whine or cry is a different message that the recipient knows how to decode and encode a response immediately.
Although the Huskies have been successfully domesticated, some of the behaviors they inherited from their ancestors haven’t left them. And so the howling, crying, whining, and talking are part of the old habits that seem to die-hard in this breed.
Confrontations and anxiety
Huskies can get quite defiant and stubborn at times, especially if they realize that they can get things done their way.
That’s why as the owner, it’s important for you to be intentional about your dog’s behavioral training. In addition, being firm and resolute with your commands can help things a great deal.
The most defiant huskies tend to be extremely vocal. That’s how they’ll express the state of being in an anxious situation.
When they hear that cry or howl, the signal they’re sending is that they aren’t happy or comfortable with doing something you want them to do. So instead of ignoring you altogether, they’ll rather try and reason with you by howling, crying or whining.
Equate the howling, growling and whining to barking
Another reason huskies are so vocal and expressive in somewhat strange ways is that they don’t bark. One thing you need to know though is that despite their intimidating looks, huskies aren’t fierce.
You might even be surprised to learn that this breed doesn’t make good watchdogs. The reason is that most of these dogs don’t have even a single bad bone.
Yes, the dog is naturally suspicious, aggressive, and protective, the best they can do when someone attempts a break-in is to growl, howl, or cry but not the literal barking you would expect.
If you say to your husky “I love you” enough times, it will soon internalize the phrase later start vocalizing it. That will come out as something like “I wwuhh wuu.” Yes, the dogs are that smart that they can even learn the sounds that you make to them on a daily basis.
Talking husky puppies
It’s not just the adult huskies that can vocalize. Although they might not be as clear as their adult counterparts, the puppies to are able to vocalize.
Their attempts are so cute that you can spend an entire day mesmerizing by their sweet little sounds. The puppies don’t even struggle to produce these sounds as they are natural and instinctual, even if the puppy is only a couple of weeks old.
Can the huskies’ vocalization become too much?
It’s no doubt that sometimes it can be sweet hearing these vocalizations from our husky companions. You can even take time as you imitate and listen to each other’s responses. However, the howling can be excessive at times.
Their howl can get quite piercing and loud. It’s always good to be sensitive to the needs, safety, and comfort of your neighbors.
Although you might get accustomed to this behavior from your dog, your neighbors might not be at peace. Try and put measures in place to ensure that your dog doesn’t become a big brother to the rest of the neighborhood.
Here’s how to handle these issues:
Is the husky howl predictable? It could be that the whining, crying and growling is the dog’s alarm letting you know it’s meal time or time for the daily walk. If that’s the cause, memorize or write down these times so that you always spring into action just before they start vocalizing.
An indication of boredom? Huskies don’t like getting bored. At times, the growling is an indication that you aren’t giving it the attention it thinks it should be getting from you. You can tackle this by giving it plenty of exercises and activities that keep it engaged so that there’s no time to growl.
Already doing exercises and activities? If you’re already doing the two of the above and yet your husky keeps getting noisier, that tells you it’s still got plenty of energy. What do you do then? Step up the level of exercise and engagement activities.
Don’t leave them alone. Huskies like keeping company with their human companions. They’ll thus develop separation anxiety quickly when they realize that you’ve left them on their own. As much as you can, don’t leave the dog at home by itself so that you can minimize the growling.
Why are huskies so vocal? Hopefully, you’ve understood why your husky is so vocal. Implement the tips in this post and you’ll start seeing some positive improvement.
If you’ve got a question drop it in the comments section and let’s have a conversation about our huskies.