All huskies must be kept fenced or on a leash when outdoors; the fence must be at least six feet to prevent them from jumping over it, and the puppy must have company throughout the day. This is due to specific breed instincts.
All puppies naturally test their boundaries as a way of learning as they grow. However, a Siberian Husky may continue this behavior into adulthood, potentially frustrating owners. This may account for the breed's reputation for stubbornness and independence. A husky requires a patient owner, and obedience training is not optional.
The Siberian Husky is a pack animal and needs the company of other dogs or people. Leaving a husky alone for long periods of time can result in property destruction as a lonely and under-stimulated dog acts out. Some huskies do not respond quickly to house training and need their training reinforced for years after puppyhood.
The Siberian Husky sheds year-round, digs constantly, may not walk easily and has a strong predatory instinct. The latter, combined with natural running instincts, can be extremely dangerous if a dog lives near an area with a high amount of traffic, as a husky may not recognize the threat a moving car poses while pursuing a cat. On occasion, huskies in rural areas have been mistaken for coyotes and shot, highlighting the need to keep a husky leashed.