Siberian Huskies are known for their high energy levels and playful attitude, so when they become unusually lazy or inactive, it can be worrying…
This article explains the 6 main reasons behind laziness in huskies and covers what you can do to fix it (if you need to).
Your husky could be bored, not accustomed to an active lifestyle, naturally lazy, or old. In more serious situations, lazy behavior could indicate your husky has underlying health issues, a bad diet, or even chronic pain.
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What’s considered a lazy husky?
First of all, is it time to be worried or not?
If your husky still plays occasionally with some enthusiasm and energy, it may not be anything to worry about.
Despite what everyone commonly understands about huskies being extremely energetic and playful, there are actually some huskies that just like to lay around.
You’re arent alone here! Many other husky owners have the same kinda husky.
However, if your husky is literally lying down all the time and is even refusing to play or exercise or go outside then this is something that warrants further investigation.
6 Reasons Why Your Husky Is Lazy
Like I mentioned above there are some less serious and more serious possible reasons that you husky is lazy, so let’s take a look at each of them.
1. Naturally Lazy
There is such a thing as a naturally lazy husky.
Understandably, It is a little bit harder to fully know if your husky is naturally lazy or if something is indeed causing your husky to be lazy.
A naturally lazy husky will likely show that they are still happy and affectionate towards you. On top of this, they will still like to play and go outside with short bursts of energy (occasionally).
Also, if there are no bad eating habits and your husky is eating their food at meal times, this is a great sign that they do not have any digestion or stomach issues. One important thing ruled out.
Siberian Huskies typically need a lot of playtime and exercise, all day, every day. You may be doing what you think is your part, but if it’s not enough for your husky, it may result in them becoming very bored.
This boredom could then, in turn, lead to them just laying around and being lazy.
If your husky is only lazy in moments where nothing is happening or going on, but then is very energetic when you offer to play with them or take them for a walk, then boredom is the likely cause.
3. Old Age
Maybe your husky is “lazy” because they’re reaching old age.
It’s understandable and happens to most dogs that when they get older, they slow down and become more lethargic. Limbs tend to hurt a little more and they will naturally want to slow down.
You find with small breeds, they have a lot more energy up to their old year, but medium and large dogs do become lazier and slow down.
What’s considered an old husky then? Siberian huskies usually reach their adult size by 1 year old. Up to 7 years of age is considered an adult dog, beyond 7 years is considered senior.
4. Health Issues
If your husky has any health issues, this can seriously affect their energy levels and desire to play.
There can be many different illnesses that cause this drop in energy and you would need to visit your local veterinarian to find out if in fact it is caused by illness.
Most of the time, if the laziness if caused by an illness, you will notice the change in your husky quite suddenly over a short period of time. If your husky was full of life and dashing around all day last week and now all of a sudden your husky is laying down all day. You should visit your local veterinarian as soon as possible.
Siberian Huskies are notoriously fussy eaters, this is partly due to their stubbornness BUT it’s also because they have naturally sensitive stomachs.
It can be two situations when it comes to diet.
The first one is that your husky simply isn’t eating, therefore, they do not have the food for their energy, and this will certainly make them lazy or lethargic.
The second one is that your husky is eating the meals, but the food its self is not good quality or working well for your particular husky.
Dog food ranges greatly from brand to brand with its quality and nutritional value. Huskies are a breed that gets their energy primarily from protein and fat, this is how their digestive system has been developed from their past living in Eastern Siberia.
Believe it or not, Siberian Huskies are actually very popular dogs in tropical climates. Here in the Philippines, there are several in my small town. India is also another popular place for huskies.
Even if you don’t live in a tropical climate but somewhere where it gets very hot in summer, you can expect your husky to be more tired and lazy.
This is natural and they’re just trying to cool down.
Huskies have thick double coats that do actually help keep them cool in hot weather, but they will likely lay down and spread out to cool down.
4 Ways To Reduce Laziness In Your Husky
There are a number of things you can do to make your husky become more active and less lazy.
Remember that depending on the cause of your husky, what you will need to do will change. But, in general, these are the best things to ensure in order to have a healthy happy husky.
Firstly, an important note! If you do suspect that your husky may have become suddenly lazy due to a health issue, the first thing you must do is visit a vet, before attempting any of the following tips.
Check your Husky’s diet
One of the most important things you can do is make sure your husky is eating their food.
If your husky is not eating, you’ll need to change the food to a different brand. There could be a number of reasons why you husky isn’t eating but for now, this is likely the cause of the laziness.
Maybe your husky simply doesn’t like that food due to taste or maybe your Husky can sense bad quality ingredients. Most of the time Huskies will refuse food because it’s not working well with their sensitive stomach. I’ve found this particular dog food to be a favorite amongst other husky owners who have the same issue (on Amazon) Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient.
Check your Husky’s exercise routine
Remember, Siberian Huskies NEED a lot of exercise to be at their best. A husky who does not receive enough exercise will display behavioral issues that could show themselves in many different ways, laziness is certainly one.
Ensure you’re giving 2 hours per day, one hour in the morning and one in the evening consisting of high-intensity activities. This can include: Running, Hiking, Sled Pulling, Chasing, Agility Training, Jumping
If a lack of exercise was the reason, following this routine should definitely help boost the life back into your playful friend.
Give more time to your Husky at home
Playtime is very important for Huskies. They absolutely playing, even after exercise they will still bounce around the house doing goofy things.
Siberian Huskies are not good dogs when left alone or left without attention.
So, make sure you grab some new chewy toys and spend more time with your husky every day playing with them and entertaining them. Make sessions every day where you just play around with your husky giving them attention.
This will help in the case that your husky has become lazy through boredom.
Carry out basic training every day
Training is absolutely paramount for every husky, from the moment you get them home.
Siberian Huskies are notoriously hard dogs to manage and have a mind of their own. This means you have to start training right away to ensure a well-behaved intelligent dog. Remember, Huskies need to be stimulated mentally, not just physically.
So, spend time every day, you can even make it into a game with treats as a reward, giving your husky commands such a sit, stay, lay, paw. As your husky gets better, make sure you are making the challenges more interesting and difficult. This will keep your Husky’s mind working and not lazy.
Is Laziness All That Bad?
Like I mentioned above, if you suspect any laziness is due to a recent health issue, take your Husky to your local veterinarian immediately.
Some Huskies are just a little lazy and, in fact, have nothing wrong with them. Go through each of the points discussed above, and if you believe everything is in working order, maybe your Husky is just a quiet, chilled husky! Many other owners would love a calm husky! lol
Also, if your Husky is lazy, at least they’re not destructive, which many Huskies are. Laziness isn’t such a bad thing after all (as long as they’re healthy)
Check out this hilarious video of a Husky finding it hard to get out of bed
Always carefully monitor your Husky’s behavior and the more time you spend with them, the easier it will be for you to notice changes and work out why these changes are happening.
Thank you for reading and be sure to comment below if you have a lazy husky, I would love to hear about it!
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