how do you keep a dog, specifically a Siberian Husky from running away?

He will jump the fence when let outside and take off into the neighborhood. He never comes home on his own, we must go find him. He will not stop. He lives in a 3 dog 1 cat household.

It is an absolute fact that *this is what Siberians do*. They find ways to escape when bored, and they take off.

Neutering him — while always a good idea — may not do much to help this problem. He's already learned how easy it is to jump the fence, and how much fun it is to be loose.

Not sure how tall your fence is, but Siberians require a 6-foot fence, preferably chain link. Very often you have to run a "hot wire" around the inside of the fence, about 1-foot off the ground, to discourage them from digging and messing with the fence in general.

Tying him into the yard may work in the short term, but is not a long-term solution. He will only become more bored, which will make him noisy and destructive. You need to "Siberian-Proof" your yard if you intend to keep this dog.

You may also consider erecting a kennel run inside the yard — a 6' x 6' or 6' x 10' chain link portable kennel with a chain link "lid" would do the trick. If one of the other dogs could also be kenneled with him during the day to keep him company, all the better. If not, you will need to find some way to keep him entertained or tired (i.e. lots of exercise).

As an absolute last resort, you may think about finding the dog another home, one better set up to handle him. As I've *always* told people, Siberian Huskies are not the breed for everyone.

Good luck

10 Responses to “how do you keep a dog, specifically a Siberian Husky from running away?”

  1. sniperz_huntress says:

    Well none of us like to resort to this but you may have to also put him on a tie out. It isn't safe for him out in the neighborhood and i know it would be horrible for him to get hurt out there so maybe you should try a tie out while your not home and he just might get the point. If you refuse to tie him up then you may want to look into an underground fence system to go with your fence or an electric fence…. which isn't the nicest thing to do. lots of luck :)
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  2. Nadja says:

    Give it T.L.C.(Tender Loving Care).Don't be rude to it, and show it that you love him like the others.Dogs don't run away unless there's something…
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  3. alysseq_86 says:

    You can get companies to install something around the yard that prevents them leaving. I think they get a shock or something if they try and leave. It's called an invisible fence. If you live in Australia I could give you some companies that do this, if not have a look on the internet or in the yellow pages. Please don't tie your dog up. It's cruel.
    Btw- dogs run away cos they want to check out the neighbourhood, not because something's wrong with the place they're living in.
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  4. leelee says:

    A SHOCK COLLAR OR TIE THE DOG UP
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  5. cheerfuldude says:

    i dont think your siberian husky is the one who will get hurt. better tie the doggy up or prepare some money to pay the hospital when your dog attack or bite someone.
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  6. swanlen says:

    He needs more exercise and entertainment, you're not providing him with enough stimulation, so he's going looking for his own…. He needs to think of you and your place as the best in the world, where he is loved, walked and played with, then he'll be happy to stay around.
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  7. kenpogurl says:

    is he castrated? he might be out chasing the ladies so get him done. or maybe tie him on a long lead outside so he can run around the yard but not jump the fence. or get a taller fence. or only let him out for peeing and pooing, not for excercise. then you can stay with him or keep him on a lead while he goes and take him for long walks for his exercise.
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  8. KATLIBERTY says:

    Long walks, lots of exercise and positive attention when he is at home. When you do find him after chasing him down make sure that you are praising him instead of yelling at him for running away. If he associates you finding him with negative things he will not want to come to you.
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  9. lilyflower says:

    make a taller fence.if he tries to dig under it then make the fence deep too.

    or a leash
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  10. Loki_Wolfchild says:

    It is an absolute fact that *this is what Siberians do*. They find ways to escape when bored, and they take off.

    Neutering him — while always a good idea — may not do much to help this problem. He's already learned how easy it is to jump the fence, and how much fun it is to be loose.

    Not sure how tall your fence is, but Siberians require a 6-foot fence, preferably chain link. Very often you have to run a "hot wire" around the inside of the fence, about 1-foot off the ground, to discourage them from digging and messing with the fence in general.

    Tying him into the yard may work in the short term, but is not a long-term solution. He will only become more bored, which will make him noisy and destructive. You need to "Siberian-Proof" your yard if you intend to keep this dog.

    You may also consider erecting a kennel run inside the yard — a 6' x 6' or 6' x 10' chain link portable kennel with a chain link "lid" would do the trick. If one of the other dogs could also be kenneled with him during the day to keep him company, all the better. If not, you will need to find some way to keep him entertained or tired (i.e. lots of exercise).

    As an absolute last resort, you may think about finding the dog another home, one better set up to handle him. As I've *always* told people, Siberian Huskies are not the breed for everyone.

    Good luck
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    Siberian trainer/breeder/handler for 20 years.

The Siberian Husky Manual