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Do Huskies Make Good Service Dogs?

So many people have been wondering if the Husky will make a good service dog?.

Well, the answer is right below, are you curious to know?

We’ve compiled so many explanations and vividly gone through experiences and thorough researches to bring to you the most reliable answer to this riddle, firstly let’s take a brief intro about huskies.

Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog, a little longer in length than in height. The height at the withers varies from 50 to 60 cm, and the weight from 20 to 35 kg.

Siberian husky has erect ears and eyes from brown to blue or even different colors.

The neck is as straight as the back. The fluffy tail is twisted over the back or sometimes sticks out right behind.

The coat of the Siberian husky is very dense and soft with a lot of undercoat. Around the neck, the hair sticks out a little, but there should not be long hair on the legs or tail.

The color ranges from black to white and all colors in between. Most dogs have white markings, especially on the chest and legs.

Character Features:

Siberian husky on the cliff

Siberian huskies are classic northern dogs. They are smart, but somewhat independent and stubborn.

They comfortably exist in the company of a person; need constant, but careful training from childhood.

These dogs are born to run, and their love of running can overwhelm their love of their owners from time to time. Siberian huskies tend to be friends with people, including children.

Most Siberian huskies get along well with other dogs, especially the ones they grew up with. Due to their strong hunting instinct, they can chase cats and livestock.

Siberian Huskies can be prone to digging, especially in warm weather, because they like to arrange cool places to rest. They don’t tend to bark, but they can howl.

Siberian husky in the forest

Huskies are unusual dogs, and once domesticated northern wolves, which are fundamentally different from most of their kind, because life in the northern regions and special duties have made them irreplaceable human helpers, capable of making independent decisions.

Huskies are dogs of incredible beauty, grace and power, undoubtedly attracting the attention of dog lovers.

But before you start such an extraordinary pet, you should evaluate your own strength.

Not only are husky puppies not a cheap pleasure, it will still take a lot of effort, time and patience to curb this rebellious northern dog.

However, before we can consider Husky to be a service dog, there are questions that we must ask ourselves, ranging from;

“What are service dogs and how can they be recommended as one”?

When we get answers to these questions, then we will know if Huskies can be considered to a good service dog.

What Are Service Dogs?

A mature woman wheelchair user with her service dog

Service dogs have a daily support and Service role for people with motor disabilities, whether or not they are using a wheelchair.

They are to be distinguished from guide dogs, whose main role is to help the blind person in his movements.

They are most often dogs of the Golden Retriever and Labrador breed, that is to say particularly sociable and kind dogs, able to respond to different commands.

The service dog is a means of compensating for the handicap.

The service dog is capable of transporting, picking up; bringing back objects such as toys, keys … It can also open or close a cupboard, a door.

The service dog represents moral and emotional support and is an extraordinary factor of social integration because it constitutes a vector of communication with others. Some retirement homes, for example, may have them.

Service dog: In Which Cases To Use It, For What Type Of Handicap?

In addition to being great companions in life, dogs can also play a great role in helping people with disabilities that prevent them from being completely independent.

Indeed, the intelligence, loyalty and listening skills of certain types of dogs make life easier for these people, in addition to providing them with daily moral support.

What Types Of Dogs Do You Use As A Service Dog?

labrador as a service dog

Not all dogs are suitable for becoming Service dogs. Very specific qualities will be sought from the dog so that it can best meet the expectations and needs of its owner.

We will therefore need the dog to be:

Of a non-aggressive nature, to avoid a situation of conflict between the dog and another one of his congeners, or even another human being, which the disabled master could potentially not manage, looking at this, Huskies doesn’t fall in line because of their aggressive nature and stubbornness.

A good ability to learn, to be able to instill in him all the complex and unusual orders that a “classic” dog could not or would have great difficulty learning, and thus be able to help his master at best with his handicap,

siberian husky lying on the snow

Very good responsiveness to sounds and other signals sent by its master. This is a very high important point, since a hearing-impaired master for example will not necessarily be able to be understood with words that most masters can use daily to communicate with their dog.

Dog breeds were therefore selected according to these criteria; after all a training process, they are perfectly capable of fulfilling all these requirements.

The main breeds used are therefore the Labrador, Golden Retriever, Belgian Malinois and Alaskan Malamute, the husky not inclusive, do you know why? Read on.

What Types of Disabilities Are Service Dogs Used For? What Needs Do They Meet?

no pets allowed sign

As said above, a service dog must be trained and adapt to the type of handicap of its owner. These dogs are used in many situations:

For the visually impaired: these are certainly the most famous Service dogs. Also called “guide dogs”, these Service dogs for the visually impaired help their master to steer correctly when moving, allowing him to avoid obstacles and people they meet. These brave companions become their master’s new eyes, so to speak.

For hearing impaired people: these dogs become rather the new ears of their master, since they will be trained to react to the slightest sound, and to go find their master to bring him to the source of the noise: an alarm clock, a crying baby, a doorbell, an alarm, etc.

The dog is constantly on alert, he observes and listens all around his master, and can touch the master’s leg to indicate, in particular, a bicycle coming behind.

He also learned the basics of sign language from, for example, the association Les Chien du Silence, which admirably educates these dogs for the hearing impaired.

service dog sniffing its owner in the pool

For people with physical disabilities: these dogs are trained to be able to help people with mobility difficulties. It can be actions like pulling a wheelchair, or just opening or closing a door, picking up a specific object, turning a light on or off, etc.

For urgent situations: the main function of these service dogs is to be able to seek help if the situation requires it. They often accompany the elderly, as well as people with diabetes or even having heart problems.

For animal-assisted therapy: these dogs receive a very special training, since their goal is to create a therapeutic bond with a person. They are widely used in addiction treatment centers, as well as in retirement homes, or even for people with intellectual or mental disabilities.

service dog guiding its blind owner

For people with autism: these are dogs that are called therapists, since they assist their owners by allowing them to improve their way of communicating by providing them with a sensory link, in addition to protecting them. These dogs form a great deal of strong bonds with their master.

However, looking at these explanations and deduced facts, you’ll agree with me that Huskies practically fits into most of the functions needed as a service dog, but the truth is that they fall out in few extreme part that a good service dog must possess, and that is been Aggressive, Stubborn, Rebellious And Inability For Calmness!, a service dog must be calm, that is a major thing, whereas the Husky falls out in this regards.

Huskies tends to be smart, faithful, friendly, independent and affectionate, which make them great to be considered as sleds, the basic truth is that the Siberian Husky is the best known sled dog breed for ages, and considering them to be a service or guide dog won’t yield a positive and effective result.

Final Thoughts:

woman combing a husky

In summary, the Siberian husky are loving, faithful, curious dogs and have great physical resistance. Both for mushing and for life as a pet, huskies are really popular dogs around the world.

Owners should understand that a sled dog will not make either a watchman or a guard, and its love of freedom does not exclude the craving for escapes.

Husky dogs are not for everyone, and it is better if the dog will do his usual work, and not sit idly in 4 walls, spoiling property and howling out of boredom.