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He’s everything you hoped he would be, friendly, intelligent, alert, and outgoing. Even your usually somber in-laws can’t help but grin helplessly around your Husky puppy. However, guests only see the positives. There is one negative they’re lucky enough to miss, which is coming downstairs to the unpleasant aroma of an accident, or even worse, standing in an accident. It isn’t his fault, of course, he’s still young. However, you’re keen to tackle this behavior and potty train him properly.
Potty training a Husky will bring with it a number of notable benefits. You will no longer have to clean your nice new floors. Neither will you have to worry about your other pets and young children coming into contact with the potentially harmful bacteria. In addition, you will be able to take him to friends' and families' houses without worrying about him going about his business on their carpets.
Fortunately, potty training a Husky is relatively straightforward. The main task is to get him into a consistent routine. However, you will also need to make the potty as pleasant as possible. That will require an effective motivator. Huskies have a soft spot for anything they can eat. So, some mouth-watering food will play a key part.
Husky puppies are switched on and fast learners. So, if your husky puppy is receptive, you could see results in just a week or so. However, if he isn’t too interested in following instructions, then you may need a while longer. It could take several weeks before you see consistent results. If this training works, you will never have to worry about him going to the toilet in public spaces or in your vehicle again. Not to mention, you won’t have to go out and buy antibacterial spray every week anymore.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. Stock up on some tasty treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small chunks. You will also need a potty location in mind that is easily and regularly accessible.
Try and set aside time at several points throughout the day to take him to his new potty. The more consistently you take him out, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, you just need patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!
The Irresistible Potty Method
Make sure you take him to the same potty spot each day. If he’s been to the toilet there before, he will feel relaxed and more likely to go there again. Also try and find a place that is relatively close to your home, such as your yard or local field.
If he is struggling to go when you take him to the potty, there is a quick and easy way to encourage him. Wipe down some of the remnants from his last toilet visit. This will put him at ease.
Make sure your Husky puppy gets some privacy. Staring at him while you wait for him to go may add to the pressure and discourage him. So, turn away and give him the same privacy you would expect.
If you do see him about to do his business inside, you need to quickly take him out to the potty. So, keep an eye out for any intense sniffing around. You may also want to get all members of the house on accident watch.
Don’t punish accidents
It is important you do not punish him if he has an accident inside. You may scare him and then he may start submissive peeing. So, calmly remove him and then clean up any accidents up with antibacterial spray. It’s important the smell has completely gone, otherwise he may be more inclined to go there again.
The Routine Method
Make sure he gets his meals at the same time each day. This will get his body clock in a consistent routine, allowing you to predict when he will need taking out to the potty. For the same reason, also keep his water bowl topped up.
Once you have given him breakfast, wait a few minutes and then take him to the potty. Quite simply, if he is always outside when he needs to go, he will soon get into the habit of always using the potty.
Make sure he goes back out again at lunch time. He is likely to at least need a pee at this time. Because he is a puppy, he will probably also need to go out to the potty once or twice again in the morning before lunch.
Once you have given him his dinner, take him back out for a trip to the potty. He will then probably need to go out again before bed. He will soon develop a habit of using your the if you are consistent.
Whenever he successfully uses the potty, it’s important he gets a generous reward. Make sure it is tasty and ensure he gets it within a few seconds of finishing his business. In fact, the greater the reward, the more likely he is to repeat the behavior again.
The Verbal Cue Method
Regular potty visits
Secure him to his leash and take him out to the potty regularly throughout the day. Try and go at the same times each day. This will help him hold it at night, for example, as he knows he will go out first thing in the morning.
Just as he is about to go to the potty or does go, issue a ‘potty time’ command. Give this in a high-pitched voice. Use this every time he goes and he will soon associate that instruction with going to the toilet.
Make sure you hand over a tasty reward each time he goes to the toilet as you give the command. You can also shower him in verbal praise.
Bring forward the command
After a few days or a week, your ‘potty time’ command will automatically trigger a need to go to the toilet. So, you will be able to use this whenever you need him to go to the potty quickly.
Lose the treats
Once he responds to the command regularly and the accidents have stopped, you can slowly phase out the treats. He will no longer need a food incentive, using the potty will have become habit.
By James Barra
Published: 02/12/2018, edited: 01/08/2021