Many people already asked me, are Siberian Huskies hard to train? Let me tell you straight away – YES, they are! Training Siberian Husky is one very demanding job, because of their stubbornness and free will. They are intelligent dogs, which can learn fast, but it’s hard to gain their trust and any sort of investment in the training process. This is why you’ll need a whole lot of patience, but hey, it is expected from you if you are an owner of this dog, right? First of all, there are some things in general every Husky owner needs to know. They are not strictly related to Huskies, they are common to all dogs in general.
Some dogs are, pure and simple, smarter than others, as it is the case with humans, which is why some dogs will figure out certain things faster. That’s why it is important to start training Siberian Husky on basic commands as soon as possible, when he’s still a puppy. Remember, dogs are to some extent like humans, they learn faster while young! However, no matter when you start with the training, it will take a lot of time to learn your Sibe even the most important commands. But, don’t let this dishearten you, I’m sure if you’re reading this that you’re more than ready to learn to train your Husky the right way! In this first article, I will mainly focus on the basic training practices and certain rules of great importance for training success. So, off we go!
Siberian Husky Obedience Training
Let me tell you at the start of this article – Husky obedience is a truly hard earned thing, but if or better to say when he becomes obedient, you’ll be the happiest owner imaginable. Trust me on this, I know it from personal experience! We all know that in the process of training Siberian Husky anything, you have to be dominant and very confident, but this is something you need to exercise with your dog. That’s why your dog obedience training is very important, if not the most important of them all. Huskies are in general pack related dogs, and that is why they need a pack leader (Alpha)! You guessed it, this is the role you’ll have to take yourself. To become an Alpha, you’ll need to learn how to train a Siberian Husky obedience. I will give you a few tips here on how to do this properly.
The golden rule in this case is that you should NEVER treat your Sibe as equal. If, however, you do so, he will try to overtake control of the situation, and do the things his own way. You need to establish yourself as a dominant leader and he will follow you! It is simple and only viable rule. Let me give you a few simple advices on how to do this properly. Take some delicious food and eat in front of him, but don’t give him a single bite until you’re done! You see, it’s not that hard, but you have to be consistent. Here’s another example. Whenever you come across each other, NEVER step aside to let him pass. He will have to step aside, that’s the only way. Always remember, you are the boss and you’ll need to express your dominance constantly, otherwise he’ll try to overtake that role from you. You should never allow this with you dog! Be persistent while training Siberian Husky obedience, and I’m sure you’ll successfully become an Alpha. Ok, so now that you’ve established yourself as a leader, you’ll have to learn few important tips to successfully train your furry friend :)
Training Siberian Husky Tips
Before we start explaining the actual methods of training Siberian Husky, we have to learn some very important rules, which are necessary for successful training. First rule is that you should NEVER punish or bully your Siberian for his disobedience. It’s more likely that your dog doesn’t understand what you want him to do, than that he’s willingly disobedient to you! Punishing him can have some serious consequences on training itself, because your dog might become afraid of you. The second rule is concerning dog rewards for obedience. Yeah, you should reward your dog for a job done right with some tasty bite, but NEVER exaggerate with it! One small bite at a time is just enough, otherwise your dog might get full and lazy. This way, you’ll be able to restart training immediately after a short break.
Third, and the most important, rule is to keep your lessons short, but you’ll have to put them in practice on a daily basis. This continuity will help your Sibe get used to it, which will result in better understanding of your commands. Once you’ve done with the training, call out all other members of your family to show them what commands he’s learned. Tell them to try those same commands with him, and I suggest you leave them alone with the dog while practicing. This way, he’ll get used to certain commands by all of family members, which is definitely a must. Read, learn and remember these Husky training tips! They are of great importance for every lesson you wish to learn your dog. Now that we’re clear on this, we can start training Siberian Husky in a proper way.
The Best Way To Train A Husky
So, exactly how to train your Husky the best possible way? For some of you, text above might sound like a pure theorizing. That’s why I’ll make things clear by giving you an example of proper Siberian Husky training. This way you’ll better understand what exactly I wanted to say above. So, let me show you how to learn your Sibe to sit down. The best of all, I’ll do it for free! Just kidding of course :) Take some small delicious bite and show it to your dog. Move it above his head. The natural instinct of a dog in this case is to sit down, while keeping his eyes fixed on the food in your hand. As soon as he sits down, tell him “SIT!“, and then give him a well deserved reward. You see, it is as simple as that. If, in any case, he doesn’t sit while looking at food, don’t try to force him down or something similar. Not only you might hurt him this way, but you can also frighten him, which is, as I said before, something we should definitely avoid.
If this, however, happens, don’t give him that bite, take it back, and then start over your lesson until he actually sits down. But, remember, NEVER give him food immediately when he sits down, you need to say “SIT!” first! This is an example of an ideal short lesson for your Siberian. Keep repeating it on a daily basis, but with a few adjustments as the time goes by. What do I mean by this? From time to time, you’ll have to change the environment in which you’re training Siberian Husky. That way your dog will know that your command has the same meaning, no matter where you are. When he finally learns to always sit down this way, then you should slowly start to exchange food rewards for a simple cuddle, until the food is completely out of his training practices. This way your Sibe will finally begin to understand your command the way its meant to be.
House Training Siberian Husky
This particular method of training Siberian Husky is of great importance if you wish your dog to live in your home or apartment. I’m sure you’ve already heard that Huskies are not ideal dogs for house keeping. They need large spaces (read. yards), where they can run freely in order to release their huge amounts of energy. This is why it’s not easy to house train a Husky. However, I understand some of you, dear readers, just love to share your home with a dog, and also, I know some of you don’t have all the “luxury” this dog demands, but you still wanna have this beauty for a pet. Well, if that’s the case, you’ll have to accept and respect certain rules, otherwise your dog might cause you problems, which is something you wish to avoid, right?
First and the most important rule is to start house training while he’s still a puppy. As I said before, training Siberian Husky anything takes a lot of time, so keep that in mind and start training sessions as soon as you bring your puppy home. The second rule is to always keep an eye on your dog. No matter what, keep your pup close to you – on a leash, in a crate, in your lap! Never leave him alone or he might cause you trouble. The third rule is to try to make a schedule when to take your Husky puppy out (or in his toilet) for a pee. Observe your dog, learn his habits! You will often have to take him out after the meal, when he wakes up, when he’s done playing, etc. The fourth and final rule is to learn behavioral signs when he’s about to do the DO. You will probably spot him circling around or making some unusual moves. When you notice this, it’s time to potty train a Husky puppy!
How To Potty Train A Husky Pup
Like I said, Huskies are not perfect dogs for house keeping. There are many reasons why this is true – they shed a lot, they can break your things while playing, they can howl when bored, etc. However, one of the worst things about living in the house with Sibe is his complete lack of sense of clean living space. Naturally, they have nothing against living and playing around their poops. No wonder, they have nothing against leaving their waste in your home. That’s why it’s needed to start potty training Siberian Husky puppy immediately. The faster he learns this, the better for both of you! So, which is the best way to potty train a Husky puppy? It all depends in which conditions your puppy was living while still with the breeder. If he was in the crate all the time, he’s probably used to leave his waste all around, so it will be a lot harder to potty train him. Anyway, with a little bit of hard work, I’m sure your puppy will be just fine. So, what you need to do?
First of all, watch out carefully after him – be alarmed. When you see him ready to do his dirty work – look for unusual signs of uneasiness in his behavior, take him out (or in his toilet) immediately and leave him there until he’s done. While a pup is still busy, make sure you take some tasty bite as a reward for his good deed. Also, take some time to play with him after this, give him praise for the job done right. Repeat this process until you see him going out alone. This way the puppy will learn his duty, and soon all your problems will be gone. Potty training Siberian Husky puppies can be a demanding job, of course, but if done properly, the results will be evident very fast. However, no matter how trained he actually is, never leave him alone in the house, because God knows what he’s capable of doing in those situations :) With this said, I will conclude the first part, or better to say the basic part, about training Siberian Husky. In the next article, I will focus on some more demanding training practices.