Husky puppies are some of the more daunting breeds to train, especially when it comes to leash training. Huskies and other similar breeds like the Alaskan Malamute are bred for heavy pulling, such as the pulling that is done by sled dogs in snowy climates. This pulling tendency can lead to issues when adjusting a Husky puppy to walk on a leash. Beyond their issues with leash training, huskies can also be stubborn and aloof and training one is not easily done.
Despite this, Huskies can be hard workers and fantastic companions, though much of that depends on the amount of work invested into their training. A well exercised, mentally stimulated, and properly trained husky can be a great addition to any family.
Leash training can be challenging for any dog owner, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to proper leash training is a good foundation in obedience and repetition, tools that are useful for a Husky puppy just learning to listen. An introduction to leashes is necessary for a puppy just starting out, followed by an adjustment to the preferred method of leash walking, whether you prefer loose leash walking or walking at a heel.
A veterinarian will typically ask you to wait at least a week or two after your puppy’s last vaccination before taking him out for a walk. This is to protect him from any airborne illness from other dogs or animals in the area, and at about fifteen weeks of age, a puppy is generally ready to take on the challenge of beginning to learn obedience. Begin early with walks and expect to work on it for a few weeks before he gets a handle on what you require of him. Huskies especially will require plenty of patience from even well-practiced dog owners.
Before anything else, you’ll want to determine which kind of leash you’d prefer to use with your husky puppy. Harnesses can be useful to avoid damage to the throat for a dog who likes to pull, but harnesses can also encourage pulling, as the weight is being directed to the chest rather than the neck. There are other options such as front-clip harnesses, flat collars, prong or pinch collars, or slip collars. Whichever you choose, be absolutely sure that it’s the right fit for your puppy to avoid any unnecessary injury, especially if he has a tendency to pull.
Beyond that, gather up some treats for positive reinforcement, as something tasty and smelly can usually be very encouraging to a dog who is food motivated.
Hi my name is Ezra.
I have a 3 month old husky named beemo. It's a female. I keep my dog on the balcony and inside during the night with the door open. She's a great pupper and fun to play with but every now and then she will try to escape, and in a very smart way too. Even after a walk on the yard she will still want to go again and then do a little howl or run and jump on me to get me to bring her outside. I try to get her mind off of it with toys or a treat but she is very smart and noticed what I was doing after "3 days". Please advise me, anything that could help me beacuse if she is not in her harness she might slip away.
Hi there. Have you considered crate training her and putting her in a crate when you are not able to keep an eye on her? That might be a good route to go for this reason, as well as overall anxious or hyper behavior. Husky's are denning animals which means they like their own small quiet space. When some dogs are given a lot of space to stay in, it actually makes them more anxious. To us, we often see a crate as punishment because we wouldn't want to be confined to a small space, but some dogs really need and enjoy that smaller, confined space.
Hi Alisha. Thank you for the advice. I'll try to put her in a crate. Hopefully it helps. I thought about a doggy bed and letting her stay in my room but she might poop on my carpet sinds potty training isn't going so great yet.
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He is constantly pulling me in whatever direction he chooses and starts jumping around and barking if I try to redirect him. He was doing perfect but now he’s just not listening anymore and I don’t know why
Hello, very cute picture! If Ollie walked well before, he should be pretty easy to train again. The methods here are excellent. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel/. They all concentrate on having Ollie focus 100% on you and the task at hand. If Ollie is particularly food-oriented, the Treat Lure Method should work well. Here is a good guide on listening, too. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you. You'll see improvements after a few weeks of training. Be consistent, kind but firm, and above all, have fun. Consider enrolling Ollie in training classes for obedience. It's a great way to bond and also helps Ollie stay well-socialized. All the best!
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