On this edition of The Jaded Dog Trainer:
A viewer asks “My Siberian Husky runs off and never comes back. What do I do?”
What Was The Siberian Husky Bred For?
First, let’s take a look at the breed description. To begin with, “Quick and nimble-footed, Siberians are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait.” This means that your dog can run all day and all night without a break — effortlessly.
The American Kennel Club’s description of the breed further states that the Siberian Husky “is also energetic and can’t resist chasing small animals, so a secure running area is a must.” This means that your dog will chase small animals and end up two counties away. And that's if you're lucky!
So when he does run off, make sure he’s microchipped. You’ll also want to have every animal shelter, within four or five counties, on speed dial because if he’s not at least two counties away, he still has a lot of energy left to burn.
All things considered, “endless running and energy” is what defines the Siberian Husky and that's exactly what the breed was meant to do. The genetics of the Siberian Husky determine that this breed is built to run all day and all night long, without thought. It is literally designed to travel thousands of miles for a week — check out the Iditarod to see these dogs in action.
The Genetic Design Of Siberian Husky Breeding
Humans have genetically designed this dog breed to run and to pull for hundreds of years. Through selective breeding, the Siberian Husky has been custom-built to be able to run effortlessly and with little energy.
And while many people love the breed for their beautiful coats and coloration patterns — not to mention their striking eyes — this breed is not suitable for most. It is definitely NOT a housedog! If you aren’t in a high-activity household that spends hours and hours outdoors every single day, the Siberian Husky breed is simply not the right dog for you.
Owning a Siberian Husky can be quite rewarding, despite their high energy and high activity needs. They are loyal, extremely friendly, and family-centric dogs that are loved by many.
Be sure to visit Ray Allen to get the right training equipment for your Siberian working dogs and to learn more about this hard-working, hard-running breed.