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“Are Huskies really THAT destructive?” This has to be one of the top questions I get from people. In my experience, Huskies are only destructive when they get overly bored.
That doesn’t mean our Husky, Sassy has never randomly chosen to gnaw on a few things in her time with us. Most of her destruction occurred when she was a puppy and just had more energy than she knew what to do with. But that also doesn’t mean it wasn’t partially our fault for not taking her on a longer walk either.
Our Husky’s chewing definitely lessened after she was about 18 months, but we could not let her be out at night by herself when she was younger. She had too much energy and would get bored too quickly.
Here are a few things that can help your pup’s destruction levels decrease:
We crate trained our Husky as a puppy and now as an adult dog, she is totally fine in her crate. It is her safe spot and she doesn’t mind being in it. At about 2 years old, we started being comfortable leaving her out overnight.
Crate training prevents your dog from hurting themselves and destroying your home. That being said, you still have to give them extra attention when you get home. You’ll want to take your Husky for “walkies” (as we call it) and give them plenty of pets and love when you get home!
A bored Husky is a destructive Husky.
In order for Huskies not to get into mischief, you’ll want to play with them, walk them and give them a lot of attention. If you don’t, they will get bored and get into things they aren’t supposed to, try to escape, and destroy things. It’s just how they roll.
They can be model canine citizens with the proper training and exercising.
If our Husky is worn out, there’s a 0% chance she will be getting into something she’s not supposed to.
That being said, there will be days in your life with your Husky when you will not be able to exercise him/her enough. And that’ll be the day they act up.
We all know I can’t sing the praises of doggy daycare enough around here. It really has been such a blessing to have a place that spoils our girl and gets all her energy out.
If you can’t afford doggie daycare, arrange a playdate with a doggy friend after work. There are so many groups on Facebook now that meeting up at a local park or dog park would be easy.
Things Sassy’s Destroyed
Sassy rarely destroys anything now (she is 3), however, when she was younger here is a list of items she decided to randomly destroy:
#1. My winter coat – I wore my winter coat one time to Chicago before I had to buy a new coat because Sassy completely chewed up the bottom of the left sleeve.
#2. Our kitchen flooring – Our flooring has had a small tiny hole in it since we moved it. It was never anything we were worried about. One morning we woke up and went out to the kitchen to discover she’d made it quite a large hole! Yes, that’s right, she chewed on our vinyl flooring.
#3. Our bedroom TV stand – She has now twice chewed on both ends of our bedroom TV stand. It was cheap and it is at least 10 years old so I wasn’t really that mad, BUT it is still now destroyed.
#4. Our backyard – Huskies are notorious diggers, but Sassy didn’t start digging up our yard until a few months ago. Our backyard is riddled with various holes up to at least a foot deep. 🙂
#5. Our internet – Sassy chewed through the small part of our internet cable that was attached to our wall outside. Not sure why because it’s been there the whole time she has (longer, in fact!). Thankfully we didn’t have to pay to replace it, but now we keep an extra eye on her out there.
#6. Our wall in the dining area – we have an open concept floor plan so our living, dining, and kitchen are all in one. There is a chip in the wall that happened either before or right when we moved all our furniture in. Well, apparently Sassy didn’t like that and she decided to chew on the wall.
#7. Her tail – When she gets extra bored with her toys in her crate at home, she chews on her tail. We increased the days she goes to daycare from 2 days to 3 days now because of this. I really would love to leave her out in the house, but she just has to be in her crate because, well, see the above!