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Hey! So I’m in search of some guidance and/or opinions. My husky is about 6 months old, I’ve had her since she was 9 weeks old. I live with a roommate who has a yorkiepoo, he’s about 5/6 pounds and my husky is about 25 pounds now. She’s been around him since we got her, and she doesn’t play well with him at all. I try every once in awhile, with close supervision, and sometimes it’s okay but most times it’s not. I don’t think that she’s being aggressive with him, but I’m afraid because of the way she does play with him (biting his tail, and pulling it, pinning him down, etc) will cause problems as she gets older.



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Huskies do play rough.  But, you need to insert some positive reward training..(ideally from day one).

You will need to go back to basics, with crates.. here's what I did.. (below); and although yours is not a 'new' dog it's still young and (seems IMO) uneducated.

New or same dog/s - but changes in behaviour - in your home:

This worked for me when my Blu came.. @ 16/¹² :  yes, neutral ground first x 2 or three, + baskerville muzzles to prevent injuries. 
Keep leads on to start, then decide who runs off lead, who stays on..

Then at home...  [training starts from day one in sit, down, bed, wait, etc incl leave!'  repeating instructions over & over until they are learned - & remember to ignore the wrong but immediately reward the good!
It took over a week for Blu & Chester to 'start' to play- but usually muzzled. 
Blu was very pushy and jumping on Chester a lot.

It took 11 (ELEVEN) weeks before my Eski made the 'Let's play' move, and, muzzles only went back on (usually on Blu) when play became far too aggressive, and fights started - again, by Blu;  he had much to learn in manners, and, behaving acceptably within a pack, and in the home.  
He lacked much confidence and a huge lack (none) of experience around other dogs... so was aggressive rather than 'wait his turn'. 
Training went on daily and today he's 95% better - but his immaturity will pass by, I hope by age three.  He's now 2½. 
Being neutered before 6/¹² has NOT  helped Blu because he matures more slowly!
I am at home all the time.  
They always seem better settled when I go out.  (Indoor cctv cameras show this : [Clever Dog Camera on Groupon).

Blu's possessiveness/jealousy of me shows more when I'm at home.  
When he's really 'bad', I put him into 'rejection' & 'timeout' into his crate 15-30 minutes.  Or, muzzle him if he's indicating a potential 'attack' on Chester.  
It always works - his behaviour improves, & he gets praised when he is asked to  'Be nice!'
Over & over repetition in this - but, it gets through!

Never any pushy stuff to Eski - she is Alpha bitch - no one fools with her at all!

●  SO.. here's my solution:  (there are repeats within from other posts, but these are because so much training for behavioural problems require the same approach).

To my new or wannabe  husky owners:

"New young or old dog/ - old or young dog, into same house".

Start from scratch.              Crate Training

Separate in crates - one in, one out - equal times. 
They can smell and see but not hurt, each other.  
It took about a week before I could let (new) Blu & my Chester out together - both males, both  neutered, out together, w/o an immediate scrap, but both in Baskerville muzzles which cover the WHOLE mouth.  
I'm home all day, so can carry out supervision & 'play' time in the garden. 
When one dog actually starts to 'invite' play* after coming out, watch closely because this may then indicate who's going to be boss.

* play invite:  down on fore paws, rump in air, waggy tale, darting forward, down, darting back.. it looks like 'let's play' / 'let's chase'.

I repeat: My girl took 11 (ELEVEN) weeks before SHE made that move;  she ignored all 'invites' of play with growls, bites or fights.

With no aggression indicated, first in a 'rump up', then head down on elbows 'Let's play'? position.

I knew then SHE would rule as she made the first 'nice' move.  And boy, does he know it.  
He was ignorant, rude, over boisterous, bullying, deaf & disobedient. (Still is, but listening and complying more, now!  (Nov 2019 at time of writing, so a year on).
He had no 'pack' knowledge of rules nor manners. 
This really caused a challenge because although he learned fast, he forgot fast, too being young & very immature. 
Not his fault, nor his owner's - simply circumstances around a hard & ever increasing work schedule, which brought Blu to be given (owner begged) if I would take him in, so  
'He has the companionship, freedom from a 12' x 6' kennel every work day, and 'a better life' than I can give him now'.
I agreed only through a foster trial first. 
Two months in, and my training efforts were beginning to show favourable results, as videos and pictures sent back to Stu also reassured him greatly. 
And, I started the night he came home.
I expected a year of trials & challenges. That's just passed (Nov 25, 2019).

I now expect another year.. but an easier one, before I am happy with Blu, in trust, and good behaviour.  
And, before I might get a last & fourth one.

He's a real sweetie - with big promise - just a typical teenage boy - & I've had two of the human ones. 
There were still a few scraps - with injuries, but now it is far more noise and absolutely little tolerance at all (from me) or Eski, especially if he takes liberties with HER space, HER body, or HER anything.  
Blu will not cross her.

With two girls, an Alpha bitch will emerge.  
If it's the younger one ok. 
If it's the older one, ok, however, your younger one may one day re-challenge, or, simply step into her shoes when age creeps on.

(I foresee this already with my lovely Chester, however I personally will NOT let Blu bully or dominate Chester near me.  
Blu has not matured yet, to take that role on which shows more around ME or Dave, than when they're at home alone.  I have three cameras indoors.

Patience, consistency and persistence.  
You have a say too 'Be Nice, No Bite!'  when letting out. 
Let them KNOW you are watching.

And remember - patience & consistency- all the way.

This applies also with

New or same dog/s - but changes in behaviour - in your home: .

● Successdogs...Absolutedogs... Obsidian Academy Dog Training...Outback Dog Training Pages 

I have throughout my (fb) profile, posts - info on training, from my experience with owning this breed, but others too.   ● I'm still learning, and updating..

Select word / phrase in your searche on my profile for : 

Dogmatic head collars -

Pull or No Pull mode

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Traits of Husky

Info on Husky


My feed


Coconut oil & ACV

Four quadrants of training 

Etc.. just 'search word / subject' or PM me direct. 🤗



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Hi, if you watch huskies playing together they look as tho they’re fighting, I’ve had a neighbour of mine who likes to watch my 2 ask me if I get scared when they’re fighting, I said that’s playing not fighting. If my 2 get a little carried away with dominance issues I’d use my distraction words ‘what’s this’ and they’d stop.

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