Once you have brought your beautiful Husky puppy home, it is time to start thinking about training. One of the most valuable things you can teach her is to come when called. This may well save her life one day, not to mention save you plenty of frustration when she gets older and can easily outrun you!
When your dog comes when called, professional trainers call this “recall.” Luckily, the strongest recalls come when owners start working with their dogs as young as possible. As early as 8 weeks old, you can begin to start teaching your Husky to come when called.
A special note about Husky puppies:
Huskies can be trained to have a reliable recall. However, this is an intelligent breed that has an independent streak. Although you should definitely train your Husky puppy to come when called, and working with your puppy early and often is critical, you should always be very careful about letting your Husky off-leash anywhere near traffic or other dangerous conditions.
For the best results when training your Husky puppy to have a strong recall, follow these guidelines:
No chasing – If you chase your puppy when she fails to come when called, you are rewarding her. Instead, run away from her excitedly. When she catches up to you, ask her for another behavior, such as a 'sit' before rewarding.
Add distractions – After your Husky puppy has mastered his recall inside your home or in a fenced yard, practice with a long line in more exciting environments to “proof” this behavior.
No corrections – It is critical that you never call your Husky to you and then punish her since this can discourage her from coming to you at all, particularly if she senses you are anxious. This can be deadly as it may keep her from coming to you in an emergency situation.
Practice – Recall is not a one-time trick. It is a life skill that needs daily practice for the life of your dog to ensure that it will be there when you need it most.
What motivates your Husky puppy? Probably food, toys and/or praise. When training recall you can use all three, making sure that each time he comes to you, he gets a satisfying reward.
Huskies are inquisitive and intelligent. The best way to keep them engaged in any training session is to keep things fun and exciting. When you are the most exciting thing around, your Husky puppy will be sure to have her focus on you!
The only special piece of equipment you need for training recall is a long line, a leash or rope measuring 25’-50’, so that during certain stages of training, you can have the power to enforce the command you are trying to teach.