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Hi, I have had an issue with my husky forever. During the summer, we go to places where my usually quiet husky has to be tied between two trees. I think it might be an anxiety issue, because when she can see other people and dogs running around she starts barking and lunging 'til she gags herself. I try to have her with us as much as possible, but sometimes she just has to stay over there by herself. As anyone with a husky knows, this breed cannot be trusted off-lead (except for the extremely rare few), so I can't just let her run around. I don't know how to get her to make a positive association with being tied up by herself. She just gets so frustrated...

Things I've tried:

Ignoring: works after a very long time, but if you go over there then leave again it starts all over

Spraying with water bottle: I know it's stupid, but she would bark once and I would stalk over and squirt her face. It was ineffective, because once i started walking over she would stop barking, so I probably just confused her more.

Yelling No: Also ineffective, because it still counts as attention.



I've avoided a bark collar because I would rather not use one, and I fear that it would make the situation more scary for her. My goal is for her to be comfortable when tied up alone.

Thanks for reading, open to any suggestions!
 

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Hi, I have had an issue with my husky forever. During the summer, we go to places where my usually quiet husky has to be tied between two trees. I think it might be an anxiety issue, because when she can see other people and dogs running around she starts barking and lunging 'til she gags herself. I try to have her with us as much as possible, but sometimes she just has to stay over there by herself. As anyone with a husky knows, this breed cannot be trusted off-lead (except for the extremely rare few), so I can't just let her run around. I don't know how to get her to make a positive association with being tied up by herself. She just gets so frustrated...

Things I've tried:

Ignoring: works after a very long time, but if you go over there then leave again it starts all over

Spraying with water bottle: I know it's stupid, but she would bark once and I would stalk over and squirt her face. It was ineffective, because once i started walking over she would stop barking, so I probably just confused her more.

Yelling No: Also ineffective, because it still counts as attention.



I've avoided a bark collar because I would rather not use one, and I fear that it would make the situation more scary for her. My goal is for her to be comfortable when tied up alone.

Thanks for reading, open to any suggestions!
Hi. I hope I can help a little having raised, raced and showed this mysterious breed for many years.
1. Spraying with the water bottle does little to nothing to calm them down.
2. Huskies are a very vocal breed, and they seem to need to talk, scream, etc.
3. Yelling at them does nothing but frustrate you, in one ear out the other with the breed.
4. Exercise, exercise and more exercise.
They are a breed that needs a crazy amount of exercise to help them cool their jets so to speak.
When you go on these excursions, what kind of exercise does your dog get? My suggestion to you would be to get a racing harness and let your dog pull you on a bike for several miles. Build it up gradually.
This is what they are bred to do and take to it naturally.
Even when we took ours to the races and they were tethered to the truck, they would make all sorts of noises, they are just plain vocal, stubborn, and well, just being a Husky.
Try the exercise route, a tired dog is a good dog, even a Husky.:thumbsup:
Good luck.
 

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I agree with harleyboysmom. Nyla is half husky and even so, the husky in her comes out. She needs a lot of excercise, mental excercises, etc. She also loves to be with us, literally, velcro dog to the max. If yours is anywhere like mine, she's mad that she can't be right there and part of the action. I'd try working her out. Also, get a long lead so she can get a little freedom and play a bit on her own. They sell 20ft, 50 ft, etc. It will give her the idea that she's not "stuck" in the one spot. Also, get an antler or give her a filled kong for her to work on while tied down.

If you work her out before she's gota be tied down, tie her on a long lead so she feels like she's part of the action, and give her something to work on like a filled kong, she won't be acting up.

Also, get a good fitting quality harness and use that instead of the collar so when she pulls she's not gagging herself.

Good luck. Ps. Would love to see pics of her!
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Thanks for the help guys. Sounds like exercise is the ticket. I'll try to be more consistent, she's my running partner, I just need to run more:)

Do you know of any good harnesses? I have a front clip one and clip on the back one, but she can slip out of both.

I haven't quite mastered how to attach photos in a post yet, but there are a bunch of pictures of her in the list of Siberian Huskies, her name is Juneau.

Thanks again
 

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The harness I'd recommed is this one: Freedom No-Pull Harness- 1" Wide Large Black, Chest 26"-32", Harness ONLY:Amazon:pet Supplies

I have it and it's awesome. It's comfy, well build and secure. It has a clip in the front and back and whay you can do is attach the zip line to the back one but also clip a small attachment from the collar to the front clip of the harness to secure it. Hard to explain but hopefully you understand what I'm saying. She won't be able to slip this one though. It's adjustable on all sides and fits really well.
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Thanks for the help guys. Sounds like exercise is the ticket. I'll try to be more consistent, she's my running partner, I just need to run more:)

Do you know of any good harnesses? I have a front clip one and clip on the back one, but she can slip out of both.

I haven't quite mastered how to attach photos in a post yet, but there are a bunch of pictures of her in the list of Siberian Huskies, her name is Juneau.

Thanks again
I wish I could do more with where to buy the harness, I use to make my own for each dog, when you have 30+ you learn how to make things.
How is your dog around the horses, I use to run mine with my horse once in a while, that would tire them out. Any snow there? Cross country skiing with you pup pulling you would be ideal.
Any questions, feel free to ask.;)
 

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The harness I'd recommed is this one: Freedom No-Pull Harness- 1" Wide Large Black, Chest 26"-32", Harness ONLY:Amazon:pet Supplies

I have it and it's awesome. It's comfy, well build and secure. It has a clip in the front and back and whay you can do is attach the zip line to the back one but also clip a small attachment from the collar to the front clip of the harness to secure it. Hard to explain but hopefully you understand what I'm saying. She won't be able to slip this one though. It's adjustable on all sides and fits really well.
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Nylanat, I think she needs the ones made for a pulling dog, if she is to exercise that way. It sits more on the chest deeper that the no pull.:p
 

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Nylanat, I think she needs the ones made for a pulling dog, if she is to exercise that way. It sits more on the chest deeper that the no pull.:p
I wasn't recommending it for pulling. Only to wear so she can tie her to the harness instead of the collar.
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I just use two tree huggers (we use them we go camping with our horses too) and tie a rope between, then i attached a clip to the other end of a leash so I can clip one to the dog and one to the line. I got my leg tangled in a regular ground tie once and that was the end of that. No need to buy an expensive pulley zip line-system:)
 

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I just use two tree huggers (we use them we go camping with our horses too) and tie a rope between, then i attached a clip to the other end of a leash so I can clip one to the dog and one to the line. I got my leg tangled in a regular ground tie once and that was the end of that. No need to buy an expensive pulley zip line-system:)
Tree huggers are something else in my area. What do they look like?
 

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Juneau has never met our horses, we board them about 5 miles away. She usually stays home when we ride.

We get lotsa snow here, Juneau loves it. I've been practicing my skiing and I hope to teach Juneau the commands this summer. Hopefully be skijoring by next winter, but we'll see.

Any tips on how to get Juneau started?
 

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Haha, they are straps made of what looks like seat belt material with a large metal ring on each end. You wrap it around the tree, put one end through the other and that gives you something to tie or clip the rope to.
 

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Thanks for the help guys. Sounds like exercise is the ticket. I'll try to be more consistent, she's my running partner, I just need to run more:)
Great suggestions so far, and I love the idea of tree huggers, I can't believe I hadn't heard of those.

IMO, mental exercise is just as important as physical, and although Huskies of course need tons of physical exercise and forward motion, they also have intensely active brains that need a good workout too. :)

Have you tried playing games with her? Outside games like hide-n-seek (with you and another person) can be done on a long line. Get her to exercise that nose! Puzzle toys as well as treat/kibble dispensers are great for exercising the mind during times like this:

Amazon.com: puzzle toys: Pet Supplies

Amazon.com: treat dispensing toy: Pet Supplies
 

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Hide-n-seek could be fun, we'll have to try that
It is fun...until the things you hide are dead and there's nothing to seek. LoL... Try hiding treats in ...until that's dead too. If she's anything like Nyla..they don't last.

Best time consumers I've bought; Kong and Antlers!!! She loves her antlers!
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Some dogs don't make good outside dogs,My Malamute mix loved being outdoors on a tie out or kennel but the Newfie didn't. So he became more of a indoor dog,but was also let loose sometimes.
I know dogs don't always do well when left alone in a house either,they can be very destructive. A crate may or may not work also.


My Rottie would choke himself on zip lines also,so I tend to use ground lines instead. It also doesn't give as as free of movement.

Flirt pole can also be a good energy drainer and is fun for the dog.

Usually I hear harnesses are bad for tie outs,I used one once for a couple days though because my dog tore his leather collar. They are either likely to flimsy made,the dog can slip out of it, or encourage pulling. Dogs are stronger on tie outs and such are more likely to tear or break whats holding them. Then again it can depend on the dog.
 
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