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How to Train a Husky Puppy to Sit

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How to Train a Husky Puppy to Sit
Easy difficulty iconEasy
Time icon1-3 Weeks
General training category iconGeneral

Introduction

Your Husky puppy is not just incredibly fluffy and beautiful, he is also extremely intelligent, gentle, and fun-loving. These traits will make him fairly easy to train. If your Husky is ready to start obedience training, teaching him to sit is a great place to start. The 'sit' command is one that you can use when you arrive home from work to keep your Husky from jumping or greeting until you are ready. It can be used in greeting new friends within your home or while on a leash walk together. Every task or trick you will ask your dog to do from here on out could potentially start with the sit position first. 

Training your Husky puppy to sit is a pretty simple task that will set him up for positive reward-based training as you move on to more difficult obedience tasks and fun tricks. Your Husky is obedient and incredibly smart, so he should pick this one up fairly quickly, but getting your pup to sit on command will require repetitive training sessions and some tasty treats. 

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Defining Tasks

You can teach the 'sit' command a few different ways with your Husky puppy, but overall you will be training your dog to remember the position that he is in and the treat he has earned and connect the two to a word or a hand signal. Condition training is reward-based and will be repetitive. This may require multiple sessions throughout the day because your puppy will give you his attention for only short bursts of time. 

Each training session will add to your Husky puppy’s learning building blocks. It will help him to remember what he did in the previous session and the rewards he earned for being successful. You can build on positive reward training for future tasks as well. 

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Getting Started

Training your Siberian Husky puppy to sit is a pretty easy task and won't take a whole lot of time. You may want to schedule your training sessions during times when your puppy won't be distracted by other things going on around the house. These quiet moments are great opportunities for him to soak up knowledge. Be sure to have some tasty treats your puppy can earn as he learns to sit. If you are clicker training, have your clicker handy as well.

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The Treat to Sit Method

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Grab attention

Grab your Husky’s puppy’s attention quickly by showing him a treat. Once you have his attention, give him the treat. Show him another but let him earn this one.

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Hold a treat

Hold the treat up to your puppy's nose and let him sniff it for a moment. Do not give it to him. Just let him sniff it.

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Lead with the treat

Take the second treat and hold it up over your puppy's nose and move it slowly just over the bridge of his nose and his head.

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Follow the treat

Your Husky will likely sit back and follow the scent of the treat as it moves over his head. As he does this, he will likely find himself in a sitting position.

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Say command

As your puppy sits, an automatic motion while his nose follows the treat over his head, say the command 'sit.'

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Reward

As soon as your Husky’s bottom touches the floor, give him the treat.

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Repeat

Get your Husky puppy's attention again and have him stand. Repeat this process several times. Get him in a sitting position by holding the treat over his head and wait for him to follow the treat move while automatically sitting. Make sure you are rewarding your little guy for sitting.

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Practice

As you practice this new command with your puppy, start to only use the command to 'sit' rather than holding the treat over his head. Each time your Husky sits by command, give him the treat.

The Sit and Click Method

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Prepare

Before you start training, prepare yourself with your clicker and several small but tasty treats to reward your Husky puppy.

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Sit

Sit in front of your Husky puppy. Get his attention by saying his name. When he gives you his attention, click your training clicker and give him a treat to start off your training session.

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Enticing treat

Hold a treat up above your puppy’s nose to get his attention again.

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Motion to Sit

Use your other hand and hold it flat with your palm up over your Husky puppy’s head. This will be a hand signal to sit. Say the command "sit" as well.

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Move the treat

Move the treat slowly over your Husky puppy’s nose and then over his eyes toward the back of his head.

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Sitting

Your puppy will lift his chin and sit. This motion and movement to the sitting position will be automatic as he follows the treat with his eyes and nose up over his head. He will sit in order to avoid walking backward or falling over.

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Click and treat

As soon as your Husky's bottom touches the floor in the sitting position, click and give him a treat.

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Repeat

Repeat these steps several times. Be sure you are using the hand signal and saying the command each time you practice. Also, click and treat each time your puppy sits.

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Practice commands

After several times practicing, begin to take the treat away from his nose and only use the hand signal and command to ask your Husky to sit.

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Training sessions

Practice with several training sessions over the course of several days. If your puppy needs a reminder of the command, start with the enticing treat for a few tries before moving to the command and hand signal. Keep clicking and treating when he sits.

The Hand Signal Method

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Treat in hand

Show your puppy a treat and place it in the palm of your hand.

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Hold hand up

Hold that hand up over your Husky’s nose. He should be able to sniff the treat.

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Raise hand

Raise the hand with the treat in it above your dog’s nose. This motion should be slow.

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Nose follows

Your Husky's nose should follow your hand and point up.

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Move hand back

Once your puppy’s nose is pointed up, slowly move your hand with the treat on your palm back toward your Husky puppy’s back.

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Leaning

Your puppy will begin to lean back and sit down to avoid toppling over as he follows the scent of the treat in your hand.

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Sit

Once your pup is sitting, give him verbal praise and the treat from your hand.

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Practice

Start adding the command "sit" with the hand signal and over time, stop placing a treat in your hand. Use the hand motion without the treat but reward your Husky puppy once he sits. With practice, you should be able to hold your hand up, giving the hand signal, without moving it towards his back and tail to get your puppy to sit.

By Stephanie Plummer

Published: 03/02/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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