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Do Huskies Get Calmer with Age?

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Yes, typically, huskies will get calmer with age. This is often the case with the majority of dog breeds, especially as they come out of the puppy stages.

Huskies were originally bred in order to pull sleds in the colder regions of the United States and Russia. Given this, they have a great amount of strength and a high level of agility. 

When you choose to purchase a husky, this is certainly something you will need to take into consideration. You will need to be prepared to take your dog on long daily walks and ensure the husky is both mentally and physically exercised.

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One of the most important things when owning a husky is to ensure that you are providing the correct stimulation for them. This will help to ensure that they are receiving the correct enrichment and exercise they need, which in turn, will help to calm them down.  

As puppies, the majority of dogs have a lot of energy, and huskies are certainly no exception to this. It is likely that a husky puppy will have a lot more energy than most dogs.

When thinking about puppies, as they have a lot of energy and are in the process of being trained, it can feel a little overwhelming if they are particularly energetic, but huskies start to calm down as they get older.

It is important to remember that even as senior dogs, most huskies will have more energy when compared to the majority of other dogs, due to the way in which they were bred. Given this, if you are looking for a dog that is very calm as it ages, a husky may not be the best option for you personally.                                           

At what age do Huskies slow down?

Typically, as a husky does reach its adult stage of life, it will be a lot calmer when compared to the puppy stage. In addition to this, as your husky becomes a senior dog, it is likely you will notice them slow down even more.

However, when we talk about huskies slowing down, it is important to remember that they are an extremely active breed. Given this, even when they do slow down, they will still be significantly faster and more active in comparison to the average dog. This is because they are a working dog, originally bred to pull sleds. As a result, they need to have high amounts of energy and strength.

As puppies, they will, however, have more energy than when they are adults. In addition to this, the more they are trained, the more you will be able to channel their energy in the correct way, in comparison to while they are being trained as puppies.

While they will slow down slightly with age, especially as they may develop arthritis or more painful joints in their senior years, it is important that you are exercising the husky enough.

If a husky does not have the correct amount of exercise that it needs, it is likely that you will notice adverse behavior, which can lead to the husky potentially becoming destructive. This is because huskies need to have long daily walks and mental stimulation.

The best way to help a husky to ‘slow down’ is to ensure that you are taking the dog on long daily walks. This will help them to use up their energy. If you take your husky on walks with other dogs, this is a great idea, too, as they will be able to interact and play with other dogs.

In addition to taking your husky for walks, fetch is also a great way of expelling energy. Huskies love to play fetch, and this will encourage them to be active and will exercise them mentally too.

If you have an enclosed yard or somewhere your dog can run safely, this is a great way for them to use up their energy too. Ideally, you will want to incorporate these fun activities into your daily routine in addition to a dog walk. This is the best option for a highly energetic dog like a husky.

The amount of exercise they need should always be taken into consideration before you purchase this breed. If you are unable to commit to taking the dog for long walks every day, you will want to look into paying for a professional dog walker that will take your dog on daily walks on the days you are unable to. 

Do huskies calm down after being spayed?

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A dog calming down is something that is often associated with getting a dog spayed. While it is something that is a popular thought, it is not necessarily true. While it can have an effect in some cases, in others, it may not. 

How a dog calms down over time is affected by a number of different factors. Given this, simply having a dog spayed is not necessarily the solution if your dog is particularly energetic.

As we have explained already, huskies are very active dogs. This is something that is built into their genes. Given this, they will always require a lot of exercise and will be highly energetic, regardless of whether they have been neutered. While age can cause them to become calmer, they will still be more energetic than most dogs.

In addition to this, all dogs have unique and different personalities. Given this, if your dog is naturally more boisterous or more energetic, having them neutered is not going to have an effect on this.

However, in some cases spaying a dog can be helpful. When a male dog has been neutered,
it does take away a male dog’s capabilities of producing testosterone. Testosterone has been linked to increased aggression, a low fear response, territorial behavior, and increased self-confidence.

Given this, having a dog spayed can help with these kinds of behaviors if they are linked to testosterone. However, huskies will still require a lot of exercise, even after neutering.

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Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.