anywho, i have 2 small 6 yr old shi tzus(the "babies") 1 male 1 female not nutered or spayed. last yr came new siberian husky until now was playful, sweet, starting to act protective of me, my husband. and 8 yr old son and our home. we have a med size back yd w/dog house, but we allow storm (the husky) to stay inside w/us. my quest. problem. or whatever you would call it is this: my lil' female is in heat and storm is all over her i've not gotten any diapers cause until now neither boy has done much. but storm is hovering, licking, sticking rite w/her, and last few days, has become nervous and protective , and worst and most unususally scary growling at me. he has growled at my hus and my son once or twice for food and rough play, but never me... i feed, groom, exercise him and he sleeps at my feet. my feelings are hurt most of all, but i'm really worried and scared of him. i don't like that. is there any hope for a return to my dominance w/him, as we plan to have her & him both fixed. but i feel that i've lost my control over him. and w/lots of people & kids around the house i will not have a dog i can't control. no... no formal training at this time. pls forgive the lengthy note, but i couldn't find any help on line, and don't have time to read a book. anybody have any advice or insite to his behavior? thanx alot!
If a female is in heat the male will go crazy. I have seen dogs climb a tall fence to get to a female. Their hormones take over. I would get the males fixed immediately unless you were planning on breeding your dogs.
Siberian Huskys are very pack oriented. I have three spayed females who love to argue over just about anything. If Storm is an unneutered male, he may be trying to become the alpha of the pack. In this case the pack is your family (2 and 4 leggers). In a pack situation the alpha male is the only male to mate. Younger males in a pack will grow to challenge the alpha or leave to find a pack of their own (at least in wolves). Having him neutered will remove some of the aggressive behavior. It may take some time after the surgery as his hormone level will have to level off. In the mean time, you can work on the behavior. Don't let it go unchecked. He needs to know he is much lower on the totem pole then he thinks he is. You might want to contact an animal behariorist. At the very least he needs some obedience training. If there is a Siberian breed club or rescue in your area, they may be able to give you more information. Another good source is the book "Siberian Huskys for dummies". It has a lot of good information about the breed and why they do some of the things they do. Generally, you can't stop him from all alpha behavior, but he can learn what is not acceptable to his pack. Good luck. :)
If you are not breeding your dogs I would have every single one of them spayed or neutered, unless there's a health complication that prevents surgery (a rescue Scottie I used to have had a heart murmur and the vet advised against neutering). "Fixed" dogs are usually less aggressive.
In addition, you should get the dog trained. Lots of places offer training strictly for aggressive behavior. I wouldn't give up on the dog just yet. It just needs to know what behavior is acceptable, and what is prohibited (growling, aggression tops the list). Proper training can fix that.
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 11/29/2005 1:38:39 PM*** Reason: added more
IF... you feel like this would be a safe option...and only IF IF IF.....this could be a dangerous solution if you are not a strong personality, so only if you have a strong personality.
When this dog growls at you, you must immediately take him by the scruff of the neck,not the throat, shake it and say.."NO GROWL!" as loud as you can. If possible, make him assume the passive position, on his back with his tail tucked. I know Huskies are sizable dogs so only do this if you feel you can. This is how you assert yourself as the leader of the pack,with firm discipline at the very moment the undesired behavior occurs. 5 seconds later is too late. and do please spay neuter and get that dog to classes even if it''s at petsmart.any training is better than no training