The huskies are known for their intelligence and strength. However, like any other breed of dogs, they can present you with major challenges when it comes to socializing and acquiring new skills. Fortunately, they are smart upstairs and as long as you’re doing everything right, there’s no reason why your training manual shouldn’t be effective.
So, before you get started, it is important that you keep the following pointers in mind:
- Huskies like to be in charge, so make sure they feel in charge
- Be sure to have the right collar and leash around
- Potty training requires a bit of patience so plan in advance
- Consider developing a rewards system for your pooch to encourage learning
Now that you have a rough idea of what to expect, let’s get straight to the details. And hopefully, at the end of this write-up, you’ll have done pretty much all it takes to tap into your pooch’s natural abilities.
Start by figuring out what motivates your husky to learn. Some dogs are motivated by praise, others by toys and quite a few others by food. You can use all the three or just one that works best for them. Of course, you’ll get to learn your dog better as you bond with them.
Always remember that these dogs are quite inquisitive. And, therefore, the best way to train them is by making the whole learning process interesting and engaging.
Avoid the use of force. Instead, tap into games and activities that capitalize on the curious nature of huskies.
Training Them to Come When Called
First, make sure your dog is in an environment with minimal disruptions. Then start running away. A few seconds later, and just before they are instinctively triggered to run after you, shout “come.”
Once they catch up with you, gently touch their collar and reward them. Repeat this at least 10 times and gradually add the distance between you and the dog.
Over time, you can even try shouting “come” from a different room. And if they come right to you, be sure to reward them generously for a job well done.
Potty Training Tips
First, you’ll need to identify an ideal potty spot in the house (ideally this should be a spot where they’ve been to the toilet before). This should be a location that’s easy to access. And of course, you’ll need to be armed with some tasty treats as well.
Also, you want to make sure that you have mastered their potty time and habits. Once you do that, secure them on a leash and be walking them to the potty regularly and particularly within the hours they’re likely to want to make a potty visit.
You can introduce a simple command e.g. you can be shouting “potty time” just so they can start associating that command with potty visits.
And of course, you want to be sure to provide them with a reward if they heed to your command and go to the toilet as instructed.
Most importantly, don’t use force. Be patient. And above all, don’t punish them in case they make potty training accidents.
Training Them to Stop Biting
Huskies are naturally meant to be hunting dogs. Therefore, they instinctively bite and that can be dangerous to everyone including you. It’s important to learn how to train a husky not to bite as early as possible.
The earlier you get started, the better. And in that case, you need to get started by identifying one command word that your pup will be relating to. In this case, you can settle for either “Hey,” “ouch’” or “Uh-uh.”
Whichever the command name you choose, be sure to use it consistently so that your dog can know that it’s a command meant to stop them from biting.
-What To Do
Now here’s what you need to do – once you feel your pup’s teeth on you, shout the command word until the dog eases the pressure on you. They might not let go of you altogether but they should learn how to do so over time.
And once they do that, be sure to reward them or praise them so that they can associate that behavior with positivity.
The moment you realize that your dog is adhering to the command word, keep reducing the treats. Do this gradually until your pup completely learns that it’s wrong to bite humans.
Training Them Not To Run Away
Training any dog not to run away is quite important. If they escape, they might end up in dangerous situations out there. So, it’s important to ensure that they feel at home and for that, there a few measures you can take.
For this training, you’ll need to invest in 4 things:
- Long leash
- Secure fencing
- Baby gates
- Lots of treats
Now, with lots of treats tucked in your pockets, call your dog’s name. Once they make their way toward you, praise them verbally and provide them with a reward.
Once that’s done, head out with them while on a long leash. Call out their name just as you did while indoors and when they come to you, provide them with a reward. You can repeat this severally even when taking a walk with your pet.
As you gradually build their confidence in you, you can lose the leash. Once you do that, call them over. And if they come back to you, give them some sweet tasting treats.
You can also have other members of the family try their hand in this. Ultimately, the goal is to get the husky used to being near you or members of your family.
This may, however, take a while. So be patient.
Of course, even the best-behaved husky might need some training every once in a while. Fortunately, with proper socialization and consistency, your furry friend can easily mature into a well-mannered member of the family. Just remember to be gentle in your approach and always be sure to keep the training as engaging as possible.