Training dogs can be a tricky task under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking that the same training techniques are equally effective on any type of dog. This way of thinking can not only make training more difficult, it can undermine a person’s chances of being able to train their dog at all. Owning a husky is a different experience. Huskies are a very special breed of dog, combining intellect, strong social skills and a need to be constantly active. These traits require specialized training techniques to harness and control. The following 5 training tips will help you to train your Husky properly, ensuring that you get the best results for your efforts.
Crate training is not something that all breeds take to. Fortunately, Huskies are dogs that not only respond well to crate training, they actually benefit from it. When you introduce your Husky to a crate at a young age, he will see that crate as a safe place. One downside to this is that your Husky’s crate cannot be used as a form of punishment. You will need another ‘time out’ space for that. However, the upside is that you can use a crate to calm your Husky down when he is over excited or stressed out.
Huskies are a far cry from their wolf relatives, preferring pack environments to being alone. As a result, a Husky will recognize the natural ‘pecking order’ of his family. It is important to assert yourself as the Alpha person early on as this will give your dog a clear idea of who’s in charge. By establishing your authority, you will develop a sense of respect from your dog that is vital in all other aspects of training. Always use a strong voice when giving commands, and let your dog know that your word is law.
The most important factor to effective training is to always be consistent. Dogs are creatures of habit, so training can only produce results if it serves to form habits. Any time you make exceptions to a rule, you break the pattern, thereby preventing the habit from being formed. While Huskies are intelligent, they aren’t intelligent enough to understand subtleties. Rules have to be all or nothing, anything else simply won’t work. Also, be sure to use the same words to reward good behavior and the same words to punish bad behavior.
Reward and Punishment
Because Huskies have many unique tendencies they will respond to things differently to many other breeds. This can have a profound impact on how to punish them for bad behavior. Other dogs can be put into a crate when they misbehave. This won’t work for Huskies as they view their crate as a safe place. Instead, when a Husky misbehaves, you should tell him ‘No’ and turn your back on him. This creates a feeling of being shunned, which Huskies hate. As pack animals, they need to feel part of the team. Subsequently, when you are rewarding him, you can use treats or a special toy like the Sketch TM, but signs of affection go a lot further with Huskies as this makes them feel accepted and appreciated.
The high intelligence levels of a Husky should not be underestimated. Not only can they enable your dog to become highly trained and skilled, but they can also allow your dog to become independently minded if their training was inadequate in any way. If your dog is undertrained for its age, it might be best to take him to proper obedience classes. Professional instructors will be able to identify and fix the vast majority of issues with misbehaving dogs that regular training might not be enough for.
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