Your lovable Husky attacks you all of a sudden. You feel devastated.
“What’s happening?” you ask yourself.
Your Husky isn’t aggressive, especially towards you. You wonder if there’s something wrong or if it’s anything you’ve done.
You’re not alone!
This article has all the answers to why Huskies show aggressiveness and what you need to do to stop it.
- 7 reasons why your Husky attacks you.
- How being excited is related to biting you.
- The warning signs of aggressive Huskies.
- 5 tips on how to stop your Husky’s attacks.
- And more…
Table of contents
- Why Does My Husky Attack Me?
- 7 reasons why your Husky attacks you
- 3 things you need to consider
- 5 tips on how to stop your Husky from attacking you
Why Does My Husky Attack Me?
Your husky attacks you because they are in pain, or they’re too playful and excited, feel threatened by you, act territorial, protect something, or lack training and clear boundaries of what’s allowed and what not. Another reason could be that they never learned proper bite inhibition.
7 reasons why your Husky attacks you
#1: They might be in pain
As fur parents, we all dread the time our dogs will ever be in pain or any injuries…
So if your Husky attacks you for no reason at all, it could be that your doggo is feeling sick.
Dogs who are sick and injured are easily frustrated. Make sure that kids would not slip or step on your Husky by accident. Or else, this can result in an offensive bite!
According to Vets Now, here are some signs you can look out to know if your dog is in pain:
- Shaking or trembling.
- Panting or heavy breathing.
- Making sounds such as growling and yelping.
- A change in behavior and habits like eating, sleeping, and drinking.
Note: If your Husky is limping or showing any of the above-mentioned signs, take it to the vet as soon as possible.
#2: Your Husky is scared of you
Your Husky may attack you when they feel threatened in any way – even when you’re playing with them.
If your dog came from a shelter, there’s a big chance that they are afraid of you in some ways.
It might be that your HHusky had past experiences where its previous owners mistreated it. Or maybe it went through a troublesome shelter or environment – like a puppy mill.
But don’t worry!
You can overcome your Husky’s trauma by spending more time with your pet and letting it know that it can trust you.
Don’t pat their head. Pet them with your palm facing upward. Always be gentle in your strokes.
Also, encourage positive behavior. If your Husky initiates a cuddle, you can give it a cookie. If they come to you first, reward them with belly rubs. Don’t rush the process. Building and earning their trust takes time.
Let your Husky know and feel that they are safe with you.
#3: Aggression leads to aggression
You’re walking your dog when your Husky starts growling and snapping. The reason: There’s another dog across the street.
You pull on its leash, hoping to calm it down. You also try to stop it by shouting. But then your Husky attacks you instead.
According to a study, at least 5 million people in the US alone are treated for dog bites. Aggression is a common problem for most dog owners.
Go back to square one. Is this the first time this happens? Or does your Husky get agitated every time you show aggressiveness towards it?
Are there times when you strike your dog? Or maybe shouted at it when it has done something wrong?
Huskies do not react well to physical and negative punishments.
Warning: Never, ever strike your dog. This will result in a lack of trust. And your Husky will always think that you will hit them. As a result, your dog will attack you first before you attack them.
#4: Your Husky is protecting or guarding something
Huskies are guard dogs by nature. They will protect their food or anything they value.
To protect these things, they will attack to make the threat go away. An example of this is when they are snapping at you whenever you come close to them while they are eating.
Be careful, though! Taking away your Husky’s food as punishment can encourage it to misbehave more.
What you should do is to make your Husky feel secure. Having you around while they are eating will not result in their meals being taken away from them.
Remember that dogs are also territorial.
So when a new dog is coming into your home, let them take their time in introducing each other.
Do it in a safe and monitored environment. Keep them on a leash. Let them get adjusted to each other’s presence.
If needed, you can always ask for a dog trainer’s help.
#5: They didn’t learn bite inhibition
During playtime or walks, your Husky attacks you.
You are not badly hurt. But you wonder why this happens whenever your dog is too happy.
This is pretty common in dogs who grew up in shelters. Maybe as a puppy, your Husky was separated early from its mothers or other siblings. This resulted in a lack of social skills.
As a result, they didn’t learn how hard they should bite. And when they should stop.
So how to prevent them from attacking you?
Just stop petting or giving them attention.
This will give some time to your dog to calm itself down. Also, your lack of attention will discourage your Husky to continue with the unwanted behavior.
Note: Try to imitate a puppy cry (a.k.a. yelp) when your Husky playfully attacks you. This would give an impression to your dog that you are hurt. They will stop and be gentler the next time.
#6: Your Husky might be trained to be aggressive
Although this wasn’t your intention, you might have reinforced your Husky’s aggressive behavior. Shocking, isn’t it?
“But how is this possible?” you ask?
Certain situations could encourage your dog to be aggressive. You might have experienced this before:
To stop them, you’ve given your Husky treats. You thought this would turn its attention away from attacking you.
But here’s the thing: this only encourages bad behavior.
Rewarding or giving treats to your Husky will not make them stop attacking you. Instead, this encourages them more. They will think that this behavior is okay and will earn them treats instead!
To correct your Husky’s behavior, stop giving your Husky what it wants. When it stops and calms down, you can then reward it with a treat.
#7: There is a lack of training and boundaries
Your Husky could attack you when it hasn’t been taught boundaries.
Huskies are intelligent dogs. They will look up to you for guidance. For them to follow your commands, first, they should trust you. With proper training, you can curb the behavior.
Simply follow these steps:
- Build mutual respect.
- Be consistent with these rules.
- Do not encourage bad behavior.
- Make sure that your Husky follows the rules at home.
- Always make eye contact with your Husky when giving commands.
If your Husky feels that you will protect and take care of it, they will do the same to you.
3 things you need to consider
#1: When did your Husky first attack you?
To put an end to the attacks, you must first know when they began. This will enable you to track down the reason why your Husky behaves this way.
Has it been attacking you since day one? This may be a result of a poor upbringing from his previous owners.
If it’s just been recent, your Husky could be experiencing pain or discomforts.
#2: What triggers your Husky’s aggressiveness?
Is there a specific time when your Husky attacks you? Feeding time, perhaps? Or is it only when a new dog or a new person is on your property?
Here are the warning signs of behavior displayed by aggressive dogs:
- Raised hackles.
- Threatening barks.
- Dog muzzle punch.
Look out for these signs. It’s better to put an end to this bad behavior earlier than later.
#3: Past traumas and experiences
As mentioned earlier, the past experiences of your Husky contribute to its behavior. Keep this in mind before you make any disciplinary actions. Or training.
More often than not, our dogs need understanding and a little ‘TLC’ — tender loving care. We need to make them feel safe and loved.
5 tips on how to stop your Husky from attacking you
#1: Check with your local veterinarian
The first thing you need to do is rule out the causes of these attacks. Ask your local veterinarian to give a full-body check-up to your Husky.
You will then be able to provide a solution once you know your dog’s condition. Fingers crossed that everything will be fine!
#2: Train your Husky in a positive manner
It’s never okay to strike your dog when it attacks you. If this happens, your dog will be more aggressive. You can opt for positive training instead.
Be consistent. Always say “No” when your Husky is attacking you.
Your timing is also important. You cannot discipline your Husky for something that they have done hours earlier.
Or else they will think that you are punishing them for no reason. Your Husky should be aware of the situation and why they are being disciplined.
Huskies are fun-loving dogs who enjoy playing and being active. They also love challenges. You can take advantage of that.
If your Husky has done a great job, reward them with a biscuit or a belly rub. Or a playtime in the park.
You get to spoil your dog. And you also improve your relationship!
#3: Get help from dog trainers and behaviorists
Dog training can be difficult to do alone. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to ask a professional for help.
Different dog breeds require different kinds of training. In order to know which one suits your Husky, you need professional advice.
Not only that. Dog trainers can also help with more difficult cases. These involve setting the mind of the really aggressive Huskies.
As a result, your Husky will become calmer. And you will have peace of mind.
#4: Change your Husky’s perspective
So you have finished ruling out the triggers. You now know the reasons why your Husky is agitated.
It could be a new member of the family. A loud voice. Or the neighbor’s cat.
To lessen the attacks of your Husky, you’ve decided to keep it away from the things that make it aggressive. You block its sight of vision by building a higher fence. You separate it from the people they do not know.
However, this is just avoidance. It won’t solve the problem.
A better solution? Associate these triggers with positive reinforcement.
Is your Husky showing signs of aggressiveness towards your new dog? Instead of separating them all the time, try giving your Husky a cookie every time it sees the new dog. Or you can go for a walk or play in the park.
This will then convince your Husky that seeing the new member results in wonderful things!
#5: Keep calm
Showing that you’re angry will only cause more tension between you and your dog.
Here’s a scenario: You’re walking your dog when suddenly it gets aggressive. There’s a dog across the street.
Your dog might be trying to protect you, or trying to threaten the other dog. In this situation, you must be calm so that your dog will imitate you.
Don’t show panic, as this will give your Husky the impression that you are afraid of the other dog. As a result, your Husky will try to protect you by attacking.
Remember. Be calm and give a good example to your dog.
BONUS: Always keep your Husky active
Huskies are very energetic dogs. Especially the puppies! They could run around your whole neighborhood without breaking a sweat.
If they lack exercise, they get bored. This results in playful attacking with you instead.
Try to find activities that both of you could enjoy. Keep them busy. Find games that fit their high levels of energy. Spend quality time together.