Why Do Huskies Whine?

By Britt Kascjak

Huskies are often seen as stubborn and independent dogs. But, they are also very loyal and develop a strong bond with their owners. Whining is one way that they choose to communicate with their owners. Other examples include howling or barking.

Why Does My Husky Whine So Much?

To Go Outside

If your husky wants to go to the bathroom or simply wants to go outside to play, he may whine.

At this moment, he is using his communication skills to tell you what he wants. Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily understand what he is “saying”.

Watch for other signs that he may want to go outdoors such as pacing between you and the door.

He may also paw at the door or look out the window while whining.


Your husky may also be trying to tell you that he is feeling hungry and would like his next meal. Or, he simply wants some extra treats!

Some huskies are more food driven than others and may become very vocal as mealtime approaches.

Other signs that he’s getting hungry include nosing at or pawing at his dish, carrying his dish around, or looking at the food cupboard.

Luckily, this one is also easy to address, as long as it really is mealtime.

If it’s not time for your husky’s next meal, you may be able to tide him over with a tasty snack. Choose something healthy like a carrot or some green beans.

For Attention

Huskies are very needy dogs, there is no way around saying that. And that isn’t a bad thing!

They develop very close bonds with their people and sometimes, they just want attention.

You may notice that your husky is whining while nosing at you or trying to climb into your lap. This means the thing he wants more than anything is you.

Huskies that are asking for attention aren’t usually looking for much. They just want some pets, a belly scratch or scratch behind the ears.

If you can, put aside whatever you’re doing for a moment and show your husky some love.


Much like the last point, your husky may be trying to tell you that he’s bored.

Huskies have a lot of energy. If your husky may be trying to tell you that he has energy to burn.

The best thing that you can do at this moment is to take some time to burn some of that energy off. Go for a walk or throw a ball with your husky in the yard.

Ignoring this whining can lead to trouble. After all, a bored husky is often a destructive dog.

Fear or Anxiety

Is your husky’s whining coupled with pacing or signs that he is feeling anxious? He may be trying to tell you something is bothering him.

A husky that has noticed something is wrong may be trying to alert you of danger.

Of course, that danger isn’t necessarily something that would worry you. He could be alerting you to a scary person walking down the road or a sound that he interprets as imminent danger.

Follow your husky and allow him to lead you to the problem. It may be something you can solve quickly, alleviating his fear. 

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.