How to Stop a Siberian Husky from Chewing...

Sophie after an afternoon at doggy daycare.
You have just brought home the dog that you have always wanted.  A beautiful Siberian Husky.  It may be a rolly polly puppy that is bouncing around exploring the new surrounding or an adult dog that has been re-homed into your care.  Either one will bring a few new challenges into your life unless you are well prepared.

One of the things that I hear husky owners complain about the most, besides the shedding, is their destructive behavior.  They chew.  They chew a lot.  I made the mistake of taking a nap with my bedroom door open once and Sophie decided that it was a good idea to tear up the patio blinds.  Not just chew on them, she tore them to pieces.

Sibes have been known to destroy everything from couches to cell phones to digging holes to the other side of the planet, but there are a few things that you can do as a responsible husky owner to curb these behaviors.  The first thing is that you have to remember what these dogs were bred to do.  They were developed over time to pull sleds over ice and snow.  That takes an incredible amount of energy and will power.  It's the energy and will power that you are fighting against, not bad behavior in the dog.

They destroy things because they have extra, pent up energy and that is their outlet for dispersing it.

The Siberian Husky is a dog breed for active people.  If you are a couch potato or can easily put a pet's needs on the back burner then this is not the dog breed for you.

Here are some of the activities that I do with Sophie to burn off some of her excess energy that can lead her down the road to temptation:

Daily Walks
When Sophie was younger, she was walked a minimum of twice each day for an hour each time.  I walked her on a 20' training leash and when we reached the park, she was able to run in a circle around me, and run she did!  For about 20 minutes, non-stop.

Ball Playing
The Siberian Husky is notorious for not coming to you when you call their name so it will be necessary to have more than one ball.  I always used six when I did this with Sophie.  Keep the dog in a confined area so they don't run off, or on a stake out which is what I used with Sophie.  She was on a 30' lead so she had plenty of room to run around.  I would throw the ball, she would chase it, pick it up and play with it for a few minutes then drop it.  When she dropped the ball, I threw another one and it started all over again.

Crate Training
If you have a Husky, you WILL need a crate for two reasons.  Reason number one, to protect your stuff while you are not at home.  Reason number two, to protect the dog from eating something that will harm them when you are not home.  The majority of husky owners that I know swear by their crate for protecting the dog and their belongings.

Doggy Daycare
I discovered this a few years ago and it is priceless when you have a Siberian Husky living in your house.  Sophie spent the day running around with other dogs, playing in a baby pool and receiving a lot of love and treats a few days a week while I was a work.  The end result?  After I picked her up in the evening, she was worn out.  No chewing, no barking, nothing.  All of her energy was spent and she was one happy dog.

Designated Toys
Some huskies take to toys and some could simply care less.  Once they are taught which things are theirs to chew on and play with, as long as the dog is receiving the proper amount of exercise, the boredom factor is cut significantly down.  Sophie loves her Kong.  Especially when it is filled with a yummy treat like peanut butter.

The siberian husky is a dog that needs a lot of activity.  Especially when they are young.  Boredom and pent up energy will usually lead to them down the path of destroying something in home.  With proper exercise and distractions, they can be a wonderful, non-destructive addition to the family.