Pet Training Series: How to Train a Husky Puppy

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Let your puppy that you’re in charge

If you already have a husky in your life, you already know that it’s a stubborn animal. This is his number one disadvantage, but also a good quality when you are training him. If your husky knows who’s the boss of the pack, he will be a great companion, but not a good guard dog.

I’ve already covered a few points in my other articles which are the basis of the whole training process. That includes making sure you don’t punish your husky immediately after bad behavior, but wait until he has calmed down or you’ve come to a place where you don’t have to worry that he might get into danger while he’s distracted.

Another point I made in some of my previous articles is to make sure you reward your husky every time he does something good and does not just come to a place where you want to reward and give out treats. The whole process of husky training is all about practice, and the more practice he gets the more he realizes how to get what he wants from you.

Purchase the right collar to train your dog

Pet training requires the right equipment for the job. To train a husky puppy, you’ll need to invest in a good training collar, otherwise you’ll spend countless hours and you may never get your pup to do what you want to.

A good training collar should allow you to quickly and subtly tug your pup in the direction you want. You shouldn’t be able to jerk, yank, or pull on the training collar to get your message across or your pup will never be comfortable wearing the collar. A good training collar might cost a bit more than a basic nylon or chain collar, but it’ll be worth the price in the end.

The design of the training collar also matters. You want a collar that’s comfortable to wear for a long period of time, but you’ll also want one that’s easy to clean and not prone to developing any odors. Likewise, avoid any collars that are bulky or have a distracting pattern on them. A good training collar will be simple, functional and unobtrusive.

Using a training collar alone will not get your pup to mind. It’s just a tool. You’ll need to know how to use it and train your pup properly, which the steps below will cover.

Adopt a “no free lunches” mindset

Your pup wants to please from day one. And just because you have a cute little furry person in your home, it doesn’t mean he or she gets a free pass on bad behavior. Treat pups just like any other child. You would not give an infant an endless amount of cookies and “toys,” permission to do whatever it wants, or an open pass to the candy counter at a store. You’d hold the baby accountable for its actions. Dogs aren’t any different.

For example, if your pup jumps on you, you can gently hold him down and tell him No! Plus, have the same general rules as you would for your child. If your pup is jumping on you, stop bending down to pet him. Whenever he wants attention, praise him for sitting or lying quietly.

Teach your puppy go to potty outdoors

Teaching your puppy to potty outdoors is one of the first tasks of any new dog owner. However, if you are unlucky enough to own a furry friend from the Northern Breeds like a husky, it turns out to be a more formidable challenge than what you anticipated.

No, it’s not that they are stubborn. Instead, they are a bit oblivious to your commands and reminders. Especially if they have been raised with the full capacity to be independent. The sight of a husky in the snow signifies freedom from the chains of human rules and regulations. They don’t want to be told what to do, when to do, and how often to do it, when they are biologically designed to get their own business done when they want to.

Huskies, as with several other types of Northern Breeds, have a physiological attribute which contributes to this behavior – they produce less thioredoxin. Thioredoxins are a class of proteins that help regulate other proteins the body uses. This protein deficiency results in their ears and joints to be less flexible. This in turn increases their risk of developing soundness issues. So having a husky would mean you will have to regularly take up a veterinary for dog checkups, vaccinate frequently, and deworm regularly.

Teach your puppy to accept being crated

Crate training is the easiest way to housebreak a puppy, keeps him from getting into danger, and provides a useful tool for travel. A crate should never be used as a punishment but it can be an effective training tool by teaching your puppy where he should go. To start introduce the crate by placing a treat inside and letting your puppy investigate it. DO NOT force them in. If they are not interested in going in after a few minutes, try again another day. Once they get used to treats being placed in the crate, you can put the treat in and shut the door for just a few seconds.

Try to open the door when your puppy is not looking so that it becomes a fun game for if you open the door, then they get a treat. Once they are comfortable going in and out, close the door and sit across the room for a few seconds and then come back and get your puppy. If your puppy cries or whines, let them out. If they do not, then you can gradually extend the time that they are in the crate until they are comfortable staying there for longer periods of time. Remember this should be done for less than a few hours a day. You want to tire your puppy out enough so that they get a good nights sleep while in the crate.

Teach your puppy to walk on a leash

No dog owner wants to run after a dog, or have their dog run after them, barking and panting, especially if there are other neighbors or people nearby.

The trick to have your dog run after you is to let them set the pace and make it fun. You can do this by running backwards, or try to make it a game. Have a treat handy and every time your dog responds to the command, give them the treat. As long as there are no other dogs around, it’s fine to run around with your dog as a game, but about a fifth of your run should be a normal walk for your dog to enjoy a nice stroll.

Teach your Husky to sit, lay down, and follow other commands

If there's one thing I've learned after raising a husky puppy, it's that she operates on a different psychic wavelength and that they need to be trained. Like all puppies, they must learn where to go to the bathroom, what not to chew, and how not to jump up on people or pull on the leash.

The husky puppy training process starts right after you bring your husky home. Plan on spending at least several sessions per day with your puppy.