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    Default Socialising a Husky

    Hi All,
    My 8 YO Female Siberian husky is often hostile to other dogs when playing. I know it is to establish dominance but is there a way to introduce her to be able to play off lead at dog parks? She loves to run but is usually confined to a lead even in enclosed parks due to her behaviour. Around people she is fine and responds to commands and will quite happily walk besides me off lead if other dogs are not around.

    Please any suggestions?


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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Southern NSW


    At 8 her way of being will be very established.....And some dogs when not socialised early, never do the social thing and are perfectly happy no being the social dog.

    If you could find a group to maybe just do dog walks with, where all are on is surprising how even older dogs enjoy this controlled socialising and sometimes those groups end up off lead as friends. I never rally see why some people believe all dogs should get on and be off lead together. Some breeds are just social and some due to their breed or the way they were socialised are not.

    If your dogs is well behaved on lead and loves people, you have a great dog. It would be interesting to see the interaction, because it might not even be aggression and just rough play..........If you are very determined to attain this, you might have to see a dog behaviourist/trainer, who can work on this with you.

    I have a dog, who i got as an adult....she was not social. We have trained a lot and in company she has got to know, she can be off lead, But i manage her and will forever. I do not expect her to get on with every dog and play.....She is acceptable and well mannered when she is on lead and that is all i expect of dogs.

    Anyway ,you never know, someone might be able to help
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    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    I agree that it is pretty futile trying to force a dog to play with other dogs if they're not really interested in play. I used to have a dog who only seemed to enjoy bullying other dogs. If she was not allowed to do that - like with dogs that she got to know - other dogs just seemed to bore her. So in the end I just worked on recall to make sure I could call her back if she was getting anti-social. She got her thrills from going for bush walks and chasing rabbits instead.

    There are some things you could do to give her the message that acting like that don't gain her any favours. You could walk her up to other dogs on the lead and when she starts acting all threatening towards them, just turn around and walk away. Keep doing this until she stays calm and reward her for showing the right body language. But only you will know if it is worth trying this, because it may not be.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2011


    I agree also, if you really think her behavour at a dog park is too bossy then she's likely not enjoying the experience at all and the other dogs won't be either.

    Husky's are bred to run and run and run. I'd look into other avenues of exercise for her. Most Husky breed clubs have wonderful websites full of interesting things like carting to do with them. And if she's happy socialising with people then that's what I would be doing with her.

    Dog packs are not meant to be ever changing, they normally consist of family groups.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    At 8, id be accepting of her well established insight, she doesnt want 4 legged friends, prefers 2 legged variety.

    Walk her early in morning/late at night to avoid difficulties.

    Or, follow beloz' post, that should do it. IF you think its worth it in this old lady. I have many elderly female relatives who are not socialised well. Do we try to curb their anti social behaviour? no, we just put up with it, why should dogs be any different.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009


    Husky's do tend to play quite roughly with other dogs as well. My girl is very well socialised and very polite with dogs. But once off lead and running around she can and does get very very rough, that is the way they play, of course most dogs do not appreciate this. So I don't let her play with dogs we do not know, and I won't let her play with certain breeds (i.e. small dog's, timid dogs etc) because she can get over the top and possibly hurt them. I tend to let her play with fast dogs as she very rarely catches them and she does love chasing more than anything.

    You have to understand your dog and learn who and what she can play with, and get that recall 99.99% perfect so you can pull her away from anything you see as getting too rough or becoming a bad situation.
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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