It’s important to understand that Huskies are hunting dogs so their instincts will start from a very young age. Even as puppies they will start to hone their skills of biting, stalking, and chasing. This is especially common when they’re excited or playing with young kids.
Playing with your beautiful Husky puppy is a fun and exciting activity but keep in mind, it’s also fun and exciting for them. Sometimes when huskies get overly excited they can get carried away which can lead to them biting or scratching you.
If you feel that the biting has become excessive, there are a handful of things you can do to prevent it.
Why is my Husky Puppy Biting?
First, you should understand that this is not necessarily “bad behavior” and it’s quite normal. Your Husky puppy is doing what puppies do and most puppies never intend on being aggressive towards us.
It’s a natural instinct for them to bite because they’re bred as hunters and have been this way for generations. That doesn’t mean it isn’t scary, nerve-wracking, and even annoying sometimes as your Husky puppy is chasing the kids around the house and biting their ankles all day.
How to Stop the Biting
Here are five things you can do to get the biting to stop:
Choose one word that you’ll use every time they bite and be consistent in using that word in a stern voice each time. We wouldn’t recommend using “no” because that word can apply to a variety of situations where you want them to stop doing something. Use a word that distinctively means to stop biting and use it each time you feel their teeth on you.
When a Huskies mom wants them to stop biting they will get them by the muzzle or pull them by the scruff of the neck. Dealing with a puppy is often like parenting them and doing things that are natural will help the puppy understand faster.
The best strategy is to combine instinct with redirection. If you find that your Husky puppy keeps biting, try to find something else to get their attention.
Remember that playing is usually what leads your husky puppy to biting you and in a group of Huskies, they play before they hunt so go ahead and play with your husky but when they bite you, express the fact that they hurt you. Let out a loud ouch and pull the body part away from them. Most of the time, huskies will understand that they did something wrong and after enough times will hopefully stop.
Biting is perfectly normal for Husky puppies and it’s nothing to worry about. If you find that your Husky puppy is biting more than normal then you’ll want to address the problem sooner than later to prevent it from escalating into a more difficult problem. Make sure to be patient and provide plenty of positive reinforcement.