Siberian huskies are a unique breed of dog and typically very intelligent. While some behaviours may seem abnormal, they could actually be trying to tell you something.
As the name implies, Siberian huskies originated in Siberia and were initially bred as sled dogs.
This thick-coated breed is generally loving and affectionate with a large appetite for running and play as their energy levels are comparable to a marathon runner. Therefore, daily games and runs as well as a large yard to play in will help keep this breed happy.
Because of their double coat – soft and dense undercoat and a straight top coat – Siberian huskies benefit from regular brushing. They also shed lightly for most of the year, and heavily during moulting season.
And just like any dogs, they can have unique behaviours that may seem abnormal to their owners.
SMARTdaily’s pet columnist and chief veterinary officer at Greencross The Pet Company Dr Magdoline Awad explains:
SIBERIAN HUSKY HABITS
How do I stop my Siberian husky ripping up our lawn after she does her business, it’s perfect (the lawn). Also, Sparky puts her paws in the water bowls after we take her for a walk. We always make sure she has clean water. – Robert
Like us, it’s perfectly normal for dogs to do their business when they hear the call of nature.
We all know what happens when we don’t listen. When dogs do their business, that is urinating and defecating, not only do they relieve themselves but they also leave a unique smell or marker associated with their business.
In some cases, dogs smell another marker and they urinate or defecate on top of or near it.
This may be an act of gaining more territory or letting other dogs know of their presence.
Some dogs will use their front and back legs to kick or scratch the soil or grass – it is believed that between their toes dogs have scent glands or markers – some dogs may attempt to cover their business this way also.
These actions are normal and there is little you can do to prevent this behaviour.
Sparky may place her feet in the water after a walk for a few reasons. Mostly dogs do this as a means of cooling if they feel overheated. She may also do this as part of a play routine.
She may be telling you she prefers more fresh water or perhaps running water despite the bowl being freshly filled.
Either way, her behaviours are considered perfectly normal.
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