How to Potty Train a Husky Puppy

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1-4 Weeks
General

Introduction

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.

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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

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Same potty
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.
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Yesterday’s toilet
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.
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Privacy
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.
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Be vigilant
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.
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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.
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The Routine Method

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Food routine
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.
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Breakfast
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.
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Lunch time
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.
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Dinner time
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.
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Reward
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.
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The Verbal Cue Method

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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.
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‘Potty time’
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.
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Reward
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.
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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.
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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.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Yui
Siberian Husky
4 Months
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Yui
Siberian Husky
4 Months

We got Yui from a pet store at 12 weeks old. Ever since then she goes potty whenever she pleases. Right after she goes, we put her outside and tell her potty. She will go outside if she has to. Every time we make sure to get rid of the smell with spray. She is also not a nervous pee-er. She does not know how to hold it during the night. Any suggestions?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Camryn, Unfortunately, puppies who come from Petstores that are kept in kennels and not taken outside to go potty are forced to pee and poop in confined spaces, which makes them loose their natural desire to hold it to keep the area clean. Take her outside every one to one-and-a-hour hours when you are home. When you take her outside, tell her to "Go Potty", and enthusiastically praise her and give her five treats, one treat at a time, when she goes. When she is inside with you, attach her to yourself with a six or eight-foot leash so that she cannot sneak off to pee when you are not looking. If she starts to pee, immediately surprise her by doing something like clapping and rush her outside to finish going potty there. Take her outside even if she already finished inside, just to communicate that that's where she should go. Pay attention when she is attached to you. If she tries to wander off, starts circling, sniffing, or squatting she probably needs to pee. The more accidents that you can prevent the quicker potty training will go. She will also need to poop within fifteen to thirty minutes of eating, so take her outside then, even if she just peed before she ate. When you cannot be home, you may need to create an indoor toilet for her. I would recommend using an strong Exercise Pen and making a grass toilet. To make a grass toilet, get a piece of real grass sod and a shallow wide plastic bin and cut the grass sod if needed to make it fit inside. Put the toilet area in one side of the Exercise Pen and when you take her to go potty, some of the times take her over to that toilet area on a leash and tell her to "Go Potty" and encourage her to sniff it and go there. Do this so that she will learn to prefer the grass. When you cannot supervise her, put her in the sturdy Exercise Pen with the toilet on one end so that she will be more likely to pee on that. When she learns through being attached to you and supervised and taken outside to go potty, not to go potty anywhere in the house besides the grass toilet, then you can remove the toilet or put it outside, to transition her to peeing only outside. Anytime that you cannot supervise her, like at night, put her in the exercise pen with the toilet. Although it is a lot less convenient, a grass toilet will encourage outside peeing on grass better, to transition to going outside. Do not use Pee Pads, although they are more convenient because they will likely lead to confusion with other fabric surfaces like rugs, clothes, and carpet, in our house. That might lead to a life of accidents on those materials. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Leo
Siberian Husky
11 Weeks
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Leo
Siberian Husky
11 Weeks

hey. so my pup constantly pees inside the house and not on the pads. we place the pads where he’s peed before after cleaning and getting rid of the scents but he still pees in the house and not on the pads. we take him out a few times a day but he never pees or poops outside. why won’t he go outside and how can i train because nothing seems to be working.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Cindy, If Leo is having accidents on just the hardwood or linoleum floor and not on rugs and carpets, then he is probably avoiding eliminating on fabric type materials while inside. Pee Pads resemble rugs to some dogs, and many dogs will confuse the two. If he is confusing the two, then he is right not to pee on them. Whatever is causing that issue what he really needs is to be crate trained, and tethered to you with a leash while he is free. Follow the "Crate Training" method from the "How to Train a German Shepherd Puppy to Poop Outside" article that I have linked bellow. Using this method very consistently should force him to eventually pee and poop outside since he will be trying to hold his bladder while in the crate and will eventually have to eliminate outside if he is given no other options. When you let him out of the crate to take him outside, calmly reach into the crate and clip a leash onto him. When the leash is attached, then hurry him outside without stopping. If you stop he might have an accident on the way outside. When he pees or poops outside, then reward him with treats right after he goes so that he will want to pee or poop outside again next time. Here is that article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you cannot use the "Crate Training" method for any reason, then use the "Tethering" method from that same article so that he cannot sneak away from you to pee while he is free in your home. You can also use both methods together by placing him into the crate when you cannot watch him, and by attaching him to yourself with the leash when you are at home. Use just the crate training method by itself for at least a couple of days though, to get him comfortable with peeing outside. If you must have him use the bathroom inside because of your schedule or some other reason, then follow the "Exercise Pen" method from the "How to Litter Box Train Your Chihuahua Puppy" article that I have linked bellow. Teach your puppy to pee in a litter box or a grass toilet rather than on Pee Pads when you do this. If he is too large for a litter box already, then create your own litter box out of a shallow plastic storage container and cat litter. The best thing to use for an indoor toilet if you wish for Leo to only use the bathroom outside as an adult, is a grass toilet area. A grass toilet is a plastic or wooden box that is filled with a piece of grass sod that has been cut to fit into the box. This box is less than ideal to clean, but it will clearly communicate to your puppy that he should be peeing on grass, and the box can then be moved outside later on when you transition him to just peeing outside. Here is that article: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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