Q: Can a Siberian Husky be a good service dog?
I am looking in to getting a service dog so that I can live more independently. I love Siberian huskies. But a lot of service dogs I see are either labs or retrievers. So could I get a Siberian husky service dog? If so, do you know of any place that'll train it?
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Answer by electrophile19
I love huskies too (one of my favorite breeds! I own a husky/Rottie mix and have fostered several purebred huskies and mixes) but they aren't the easiest dogs to train. Depends on what you want them for. If you need them to perform specific tasks, they might not be the best choice, but if you need something like a seizure alert dog, they would probably be fine. You might be able to find a white German shepherd as a service dog or a Belgian Tervuren shepherd. They both have the wolfy look, but higher on the trainability side.
Answer by Angel Cauffman
I have been training Siberian Huskies as Service Dogs for many years at OnQ Siberians Service Dogs https://www.facebook.com/OnQSiberiansServiceDogs/
They can be fantastic Service Dogs, if they are from good working lines and are a Service Dog for an active disabled person. However, if you are the type of person that needs to leave your dog home alone for any period of time EVER, this breed is not a good fit… Go to the "Learn More About Siberian Huskies" page on my website and look for the link "Siberian Huskies and the virtue of Separation Anxiety". They are very devoted though, and to me, that makes them the most ideal Service Dogs!
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Answer by pobrecita
I have an 8 year old husky and he is a wonderfully loyal dog. The only problem I can think of with a husky is how stubborn they are. My dog is very well behaved and would do anything for me, however if I give him a command that he doesn't want to do he protests. If I tell him to lay down, for example, and he doesn't want to, he will do it, but he will go down very s-l-o-w-l-y and whine all the way down. I have heard that this is extremely common in the breed. But they are very smart.
I would be interested to find out if anyone has ever used one as a service dog myself. They have soooo much energy that they need to expend and if you were not able to walk him/her daily that might be an issue. Also they shed A LOT. Twice a year they shed, so it seems like once they stop, they start all over again. They need to be brushed very frequently.
That was a great question. I would scour the internet and see what you could find. I hope you find that you can train them as service dogs. Good luck!
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