Can a female Husky be an alpha? First, let’s look at what ‘alpha’ means to answer this question. Merriam-Webster defines ‘alpha’ as something that comes first, the beginning. So if your female Husky has a litter of puppies, then technically, she’s the Alpha since she came first and is the one teaching the puppies.
However, if you are talking about the alternative definition of ‘alpha’ as socially dominant, especially in a group of animals, I would have to say no, simply because the role of dominance and alpha behavior in dogs has been disproven.
That being said, Huskies are independent dogs, and females are known to be a bit more independent than male Huskies. On the other hand, male Huskies tend to want to be around their humans more, whereas a female Husky will happily sleep in a different room from her humans and wander in now and again to check on them.
Female Huskies and female dogs, in general, may appear to be more Alpha simply because the maternal instinct is more robust, and they ‘mother’ other dogs. This is true for my female Husky, and she was generally the one to initiate play with her brother. In addition, she would intervene when play got too heated between other dogs. However, she was never aggressive about it.
‘Alpha’ Role in Dog Social Groups
Recent studies have proven that when dogs are in large social packs, the hierarchy among them is fluid. No one dog takes precedence over the rest of the dogs all of the time. Instead, dogs are cooperative, and the lead role changes between dogs depending on the activity.
In a multiple-dog household, you will observe different dogs taking the lead in various activities. For example, it may be that one of the dogs has a favorite spot to sleep, and the other dogs will willingly move for them. Or, a dog has a favorite toy, and the other dogs will let them have it. These things usually occur without aggression or fighting. Dogs don’t want conflict and are happy to cooperate.
Do I need to be the Alpha
Dogs know that we are not dogs, and they don’t view us as dogs. Therefore, dogs do not try to dominate us, and they don’t try to dominate other dogs. However, sometimes, resource guarding or territorial guarding is mistaken for dominance. If your dog is showing signs of this, a vet recommended dog behaviorist or trainer can help.
Please check that the trainer or behaviorist doesn’t employ aversive methods. Aversive/Dominance training methods can exacerbate the problem. Positive reinforcement training works better and won’t leave your dog fearful or shut down.
Instead of being an Alpha, try to help your dog understand the situation and the appropriate response you would like. Aggressive or reactive reactions from your dog are often caused by fear or frustration as your dog struggles to deal with the situation. Your dog can be gently taught how to deal with life in our environment.
Is my dog the Alpha
First, you have to ask yourself why you think your dog may be the Alpha. What behaviors is it displaying that make you think it’s the Alpha? For example, is your dog resource guarding, or is it being territorial? Does your dog give unwanted attention to other dogs? You may need to seek professional advice to answer these questions.
Undesirable behaviors can often be mislabeled as Alpha or Dominant behavior. But since the Alpha and Dominant behavior has been disproved, you can rest assured that your dog isn’t Alpha. However, they can be trained to act in a more socially acceptable way in various environments.
Can a female Husky be an alpha – My Conclusion
If a female Husky has a litter of puppies and is teaching them, then technically, she’s the Alpha. However, if your female Husky behaves rudely towards other dogs or shows guarding tendencies, then she isn’t Alpha. She needs to be trained and guided in dealing with these stressful situations.
Your dog can be trained to learn how to deal with situations that they find tricky or stressful. Positive reinforcement training can work wonders for dogs, Huskies included. They learn in a pain-free environment which helps them build a trusting bond with you.
I hope that you found this article helpful.
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