What age do Huskies calm down? Anyone who has ever had a Siberian Husky puppy might stare at them wondering: “Does it ever end?” We’re talking, of course, about the incredible energy and hyper personality of the Husky pup. It can be a little overwhelming at first…maybe even leave you second-guessing ever adding this fun-loving (yet somewhat over-the-top) dog to your fam. But don’t worry- not all hope is lost.
So, what age do Huskies calm down? Some Huskies settle down around the 6 to 12 month mark, but Huskies are known for remaining high-energy for well into their 2 or 3 year mark when they stop growing. Like any other dog breed, a Husky puppy will calm down the closer he reaches adulthood. However, it is important to note that even adult Huskies have a rather intense and hyper temperament. The best way to calm your Husky is to provide proper behavioral training.
When it comes to Huskies, you’re in the big league. While everyone is drawn to them due to their unique and fierce appearance, their personalities may leave you feeling frantic. We’re going to break down when a Husky puppy is likely to calm down and what you can do to help.
When Does a Husky Puppy Start to Calm Down?
Any puppy from any breed is going to have a lot of energy in their beginning stages of life.
It’s even more so for the working-class breeds, which includes the Siberian Husky. These dogs naturally have higher energy levels and that intense energy tends to extend longer in their puppyhood than other breeds.
However, that doesn’t mean that there is no hope of your Siberian Husky puppy to calm down. The majority of the time you should see a slight decrease in energy around the 6 to 12 month mark, although Huskies are known for remaining high-energy for well into their 2-year mark.
The Husky’s Temperament
A Husky owner should keep in mind the fact that even adult Huskies have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled throughout the day. Granted this energy is not as intense as it was when they were a puppy, it’s still a lot to handle for someone who isn’t used to it.
You have to understand that Huskies were bred as working dogs in a harsh climate.
They lived in extremely cold temperatures and were, for the most part, work dogs that would pull sleds around for their owners. This, obviously, required quite a bit of energy, which is the energy they still hold on to today.
If you aren’t prepared to offer your Husky plenty of activities, playtime, and maybe even a back yard instead of an apartment, this may not be a good choice for you.
Luckily, aside from ample amounts of exercise and activity, there are other options when it comes to calming down your Husky.
How to Calm a Husky Down
Whether you are dealing with a puppy or adult Husky, there are plenty of options for calming your Husky down.
Here are 8 great ways to get your energetic dog to quiet down and relax when he seems overly wound up.
1. Rub his chest between the neck and front legs
This is one of the most soothing spots for a Husky.
Sit him down and begin rubbing in this area and he will immediately calm down and not be so restless.
2. Hold him close and rub his sides
Sometimes all your Husky needs is a tight hug and to be rubbed gently to get him back in gear for listening and being obedient.
3. Play fetch
Huskies are incredibly active, so always make sure you have a favorite toy nearby for some quick on-the-spot fetching.
4. Take him for a run
There is nothing like a good old-fashioned run to get your jitters out.
If you notice your Husky is being a little too rambunctious and the weather is nice, then consider leashing him up and taking him out for a stroll around the block.
5. Be firm with your Husky
This really only works after you have trained your dog, but it is important to note.
During and after behavioral training, always make sure you’re not getting lenient on the rules. Huskies can sense when you’re becoming less firm in your words, and they WILL take advantage.
Have I mentioned Huskies are smart?
6. Always reward him for good behavior
On the other hand, do not forget about positive reinforcement.
Your Husky needs to know that he is doing good by being given plenty of love and affection when he’s calm.
A few dog treats or toys here and there doesn’t hurt, either. 🙂
7. Play at the dog park
Your Husky’s favorite place (other than home) is going to be the dog park.
Here he has endless possibilities to run, play (maybe even swim) and also has the option of playing with other dogs.
8. Let him run wild at a doggy daycare center
If there is a doggy daycare located near you, it’s the perfect spot to let your Husky get his wiggles out.
Not only will they provide plenty of fun activities for your dog, but he will get some much-needed social interaction with other doggies around him. It’s a win-win situation!
As you can see, there are plenty of different ways to calm down your rowdy Husky. The main goal is to always make sure that your Husky is getting enough outdoor time and exercise to keep his mind from wandering. If you can’t go outside due to the weather, always ensure there are lots of toys to entertain him.
Training Your Husky
The best way to make sure that your Husky is well behaved is to put him through proper dog training.
Without training, Huskies of all ages have a tendency to be a bit rowdy and rambunctious.
You have the option of training your Husky at home, although this might pose a bit of a challenge if you are not sure what you’re doing. For the most part, it’s all about teaching your Husky basic commands and letting him know what he is doing is not okay. There is also a need for love, affection, and treats when he does something good.
You can begin training your Husky as young as 8 weeks old.
Seem too soon?
Huskies are a smart breed, and even a young Husky pup can get the hang of things rather quickly.
Is he going to be perfect?
No, he’s a puppy!
But at least he will have some understanding of right and wrong that will be carried into his adult life.
Another excellent choice is formal training.
Although it is obviously more expensive than attempting to do it at home, at least you know he will be getting the training he needs in the right way. Huskies can be somewhat hard to train for a first time owner, so seeking the help of a professional can weaponize you for your second Husky. :0)
A Siberian Husky will reach adulthood at 12 months of age. Around this time they should their adult coat and not be as hyper or hungry as they were when they were puppies. Again, a Husky owner should note that Huskies, even as adults, can have wild temperaments. Training and plenty of outdoor activities and exercise are essential for the Husky.
Huskies are incredibly intelligent dogs. The problem with Huskies, though, is that they are very independent and may sometimes have a difficult time obeying their owners. This is another reason why training is so important, but it may need to be done by a professional to get the job done.