How to Obedience Train a Husky Puppy

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4-16 Weeks
General

Introduction

With their lush coats in wolf-like colors, their light colored or blue eyes, and their alert pricked ears and bushy curled tails, the Husky is one of the most strikingly beautiful of all dog breeds. Husky puppies are irresistible, all cuddly fluffy bodies and full of personality. Your Husky puppy probably tells you how she's feeling in so many words, as Huskies have a distinct way of "talking" to their people, vocalizing instead of barking. She is likely to make you laugh constantly with her silly antics, and impress you with her intelligence and problem-solving skills. Huskies are an old breed, closer to wolves than other breeds. This gives them more independence and less willingness to depend on humans for direction than other breeds. That said, generations of pulling sleds have made Huskies eager to please and work-loving.

Defining Tasks

To obedience train your husky puppy so she will grow into a dependably obedient dog, you will need to build trust in her that you have desirable rewards and that her obedience will be worth it to her. A Husky is clever enough to realize when she's getting a bad deal, and independent enough to make up her own way of doing things if she doesn't like your way. Be patient with your Husky in training. Remember that while she has been bred to work for people, she has not been bred to look to people for help. Huskies have traditionally lived among themselves when not in harness, sleeping buried beneath the snow. Your Husky puppy may rather do her own thing than figure out what you are asking, so be patient in training.

Getting Started

Find out what motivates your Husky pup and have lots of it available. Remember that your Husky loves work and adventure, sometimes more than food and toys. Think of ways to motivate your Husky using her natural desires to help instead of hinder you. Your Husky may be unwilling to learn to sit for a treat, but might sit in exchange for being allowed to explore something new when released, or even to get to sniff something new while in a sit. 

Keep in mind that your Husky is still growing. While she may want to go until she drops, you should limit her activity to what is safe for growing bones. 

The Work and Train Method

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Driven Husky
If your Husky pup is already work driven, dedicating herself to whatever she does with everything she's got, you can use that drive to use work as a reward for obedience training.
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Give her a job
Pulling is what Huskies were made to do, and while your puppy shouldn't pull any weight while she's young, you can harness her and attach her to straps to imitate pulling.
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Work as reward
If your Husky likes walking in the harness, use this as a reward for obedience. Ask your Husky to 'sit', 'down', 'watch' you, etc. while out walking in harness. When she performs the behavior, she can be allowed to go back to pulling.
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Internalize commands
Internalize obedience in your Husky so that she responds instantly to commands as being natural in the line of the work she enjoys.
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In and out of harness
Practice obedience in and out of harness, and make sure to constantly add new behaviors to keep your Husky sharp and interested.
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The Obedience as a Game Method

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Play motivated
If your Husky is a constant clown, always playing, and loves her toys, then using play to teach obedience may make sense.
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Part of the game
Make obedience part of the game by eliciting behavior using toys, naming the behavior, and then reward with more play.
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Elicit behaviors, name, reward
Draw your Husky pup into a position. To draw her into a 'sit', pull a toy up over her head. As soon as she sits, say "sit" and reward with the toy.
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Ask for behavior
Once you have repeated a behavior and name several times, try asking for the behavior to see if your Husky knows what you are asking for.
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Keep it fun
Reward with toys as soon as your Husky performs desirable behavior, and keep varying and adding new behaviors to keep her interested. Repeating a behavior multiple times will bore your Husky.
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The Learn From the Pack Method

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Social dogs
Huskies are a very social breed, since they work closely together in harness when pulling and live together while out of harness. You can utilize this social nature by letting your Husky learn from other dogs.
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Start simple
Start with a simple behavior and ask all dogs to perform it. When the trained dogs perform the behavior, reward them.
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Reward attempts
Your pup will wonder why the other dogs got a reward and will watch them. If she makes any move towards doing what they are doing, reward her.
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Repeat
Repeat a behavior many times before moving on to another behavior. Once your puppy has learned several behaviors, try mixing them up, stepping back if your Husky gets confused.
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Try alone
Once your Husky seems to understand what you are asking of the group, try working with her alone to see how well she has learned.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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deucalion
Husky
2 Months
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deucalion
Husky
2 Months

he keeps biting and I keep telling him no and patting his nose but he still bites. Also I trained him to use his potty pad but he has gotten to the point he wont use them anymore.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Alyssa, For the puppy biting check out the article linked below and follow both the "Bite Inhibition" method and the "Leave It" method. The Leave It method will take time to teach but is what you eventually want to use when he is older, so use the Bite Inhibition method right now as well - since you can use that method immediately. For the pee pads, many dogs confuse pee pads with other fabric type material. If he is refusing pee pads, I would completely stop them because forcing the pee pads when your dog seems to be trying to keep them clean might mean he associates them with things he shouldn't be peeing on. Since he will be a big dog I suggest going straight to crate training for potty training if you schedule will allow it: Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If your schedule will not allow you to potty train yet because of how often he has to go potty outside, then I suggest using the "Exercise Pen" method from the article linked below, and instead of using a pee pad or litter box, use a real grass pad - to make transitioning to outside later easier and to make teaching it more natural for him. Use the Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Disposable real grass pad: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=asc_df_B005G7S6UI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763115430&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3488948353664693243&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010791&hvtargid=aud-643565131866:pla-568582223506&psc=1 If you use a real grass pad and exercise pen, if you are able to, set the exercise pen up in an area where he will not be allowed to go often as an adult later, so that you do not have to worry about any confusion and potential accidents in that location once you transition to pottying outside. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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