Huskies are big dogs with even bigger personalities. While their personalities can make them a lot of fun, their stubbornness can cause a lot of trouble.
Handling your Husky stubbornness as it disrupts your daily schedule isn’t as fun as watching their goofy behavior on videos online.
In the article below, we’ll give you seven reasons why huskies are so stubborn and six tips to help you manage their stubbornness.
Why Are Huskies So Stubborn?
Huskies are stubborn for a wide variety of reasons. They can become stubborn because of a lack of proper training to listen to commands or physical activities. Or they’re just bred to be this way. Below you’ll find seven common reasons why huskies are so stubborn.
1. Your Husky doesn’t like how you’re treating him
It’s easy to blame huskies for their stubbornness. While there are certainly other reasons for their stubbornness, the way you approach them can create this negative reaction.
This is especially common when you’re still building trust with a husky you’ve recently brought into your home.
It takes consistency to build trust with your husky. If you’re loud, angry, or violent, you undo months of progress you’ve made in building that bond. Huskies need firm, calm, and consistent discipline.
Although they don’t respond well to punishment, positive reinforcement is a valuable tool for training your husky.
Rewarding them creates a positive association in their minds. They learn that doing what you say results in praise, treats, and other rewards.
2. Your Husky has too much pent-up energy
Huskies can be exceptionally stubborn when they aren’t getting enough exercise. They have a lot of energy they need to burn every single day.
If you haven’t had time to take your husky for a walk, they might be stir crazy from all that excess energy.
They are athletic dogs that need a lot of exercises. They need at least an hour of exercise every day.
Without it, they are likely to become restless. As a result, their stubbornness may become more pronounced.
If you notice your husky is being more stubborn than usual, consider whether too little exercise is the cause. If you haven’t had the chance to take your dog for a walk, their pent-up energy is likely to blame.
3. They haven’t been properly or consistently trained
Training is important for any dog breed, but especially for large and energetic dogs like huskies.
If your husky wasn’t trained as a puppy, they’re more likely to have behavioral issues later in life. Early training is essential for huskies.
Even as your husky gets older, training is still important. You need to consistently reinforce their training.
Start with easy commands like “stop” or “sit,” then move on to more complicated commands. Since they’re exceptionally intelligent dogs, they can be trained to do incredible things.
Remember: they respond better to positive reinforcement than punishment. Ignore them if they’re showing behavior that you don’t like.
When they learn that negative behaviors get them the attention they want, they’re more likely to use those behaviors to get what they want from you.
4. They’re dealing with some sort of illness
Like humans, huskies can have behavior changes when they’re feeling sick. Sometimes your husky is being stubborn because they’re sick, not because they feel like disobeying you.
It’s important to monitor their other symptoms to make sure that their stubbornness isn’t caused by illness.
If your husky is showing signs of an infection, consult your dog’s veterinarian. In some cases, all your dog needs is a little extra rest.
However, symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea are signs that your dog needs immediate medical attention.
5. They aren’t eating the right food for them
Your husky’s stubbornness might be caused by the food you’re feeding them. When they don’t have the right nutrition, they’re more likely to have behavioral issues.
A nutritionally balanced and healthy diet isn’t just good for their physical well-being, but their behavior.
Cheap, mass-produced kibble is often missing important nutrients. While your husky may still be stubborn for other reasons, putting them on a healthier diet is often a good place to start.
6. It’s just their personality
Sometimes stubbornness doesn’t have any cause other than their particular personality.
Just like humans, dogs can have a number of different personalities. While stubbornness is a common trait in huskies, some huskies are more stubborn than others.
Once you’ve ruled out the five options above, you may come to the conclusion that your dog just happens to be one of the stubborn ones.
7. They’re genetically predisposed to stubbornness
While they all have unique personalities, huskies as a whole tend to be very stubborn.
Since they are both intelligent and independent, they tend to be stubborn. They are bright enough to know how to follow your commands but mischievous enough that they won’t always do as they’re told.
They may not be intentionally ignoring your commands. While training can help with stubborn behaviors, some amount of stubbornness should be expected in this fun-loving and playful breed.
Tips for Dealing with a Stubborn Husky
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to deal with a stubborn husky. While these tips can help reduce stubborn behaviors, it’s important to remember that some amount of stubbornness should be expected.
1. Change your approach
Positive reinforcement works better than punishment, especially for intelligent and playful dogs like huskies. Sometimes they act stubborn because they don’t like the way you’re talking to them.
They also learn that stubbornness gets a big reaction from you, so they’ll repeat those behaviors to get the same reaction again.
If your husky’s stubborn behavior is a problem, ignore them when they’re not behaving (as long as they pose no immediate threat to themselves or others). When they behave well, give them a big, positive reaction.
Every time they do what you want, praise them excessively and provide them with some sort of reward.
This will teach them that doing what you ask is better than being stubborn. Once they associate behavior with rewards, they’ll want to behave.
2. Make sure they’re getting enough exercise
Huskies need at least an hour of exercise every day. If your husky is haven’t behavioral problems, it might be because they aren’t burning off enough energy during the day.
Whether you take your husky for a walk or throw a frisbee in the backyard, make sure they have plenty of time to run around and use up their energy.
Getting outside for exercise can be difficult during bad weather. If you aren’t able to take your husky outside (for more than a quick bathroom break), enjoy activities in an open space in your home.
Tug-of-war and other games can be played in relatively small spaces, allowing your husky to get the exercise it needs.
3. Use consistency when training
Training will significantly help reduce stubborn behavior in huskies. If you’re getting a husky as a puppy, make sure to start training as young as possible.
Many husky owners benefit from professional training services since these smart dogs require a lot of time and energy in training.
If you have an adult husky, make sure to consistently reinforce their training. When you aren’t consistent, they learn they can get away with not doing as they’re told.
Consistency and patience are key to reducing negative behaviors from your husky.
4. Treat any illnesses, injuries, or physical problems
Since huskies can be more stubborn when they aren’t feeling well, it’s important to stay on top of their physical health. If you see any signs of injury or illness, call or visit your dog’s veterinarian for a consultation.
While some illnesses may pass without any lasting damage, untreated illnesses and injuries can lead to worsening complications. When this happens, your husky’s stubbornness may be the least of your concerns.
Regularly monitor your husky’s activity level and food intake. Any changes in diet or activity level may be early warning signs that your dog is sick.
5. Avoid situations that bring out their stubbornness
When possible, avoid situations that encourage your husky to be stubborn. For example, they might be stubborn after they’ve been left alone for long periods of time. If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid leaving them alone for such long periods of time.
Some situations are unavoidable. You can’t keep your dog inside if going outside triggers their stubbornness. However, you can build routines that help shortcut their stubbornness.
For example, you can give your husky a treat when they come in when called. This teaches them that listening to you involves treats, which can override their desire to stubbornly ignore your calls.
6. Adjust your expectations
No pet will listen to you 100% of the time. Since stubbornness is just a part of their personality, you may need to adjust your expectations and learn to work with your dog’s stubbornness instead of against it.
If you’ve tried the five tips above and your husky is still being stubborn, you might need to learn to adjust to your dog’s stubborn personality.
Final Thoughts on Husky Stubbornness
Why are huskies so stubborn?
It’s because they’re not as attached to pleasing people as other dog breeds, they don’t feel obliged to please.
By using positive reinforcement and patience, you can make it worthwhile for your husky to please you.
If you have any feedback or questions, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.