When your dog will stay on command, you have a behavior that you can draw on in an emergency situation to regain control of her or keep her out of trouble. Luckily, training your Husky puppy to stay isn’t hard, although you will need to practice this skill often to make sure it is strong and reliable.
Another great reason to train stay? It will help your Husky learn how to be patient. By practicing and rewarding 'stay', your Husky puppy will come to associate waiting with the potential of a reward. This is a behavioral trait that will serve you for the life of your dog. Since Huskies can be a little bit pushy, these kinds of “impulse control” behaviors are particularly important for this breed.
This guide will cover three methods to train your Husky puppy to stay. We have included two ways to teach the basics of stay, along with 'Advanced Techniques,', a method for making sure your Husky not only knows how to stay, but will obey the command even in highly distracting conditions.
When you train “Stay,” you need to also include training a release word. The reason for this is that if you do not release her from a stay, she will always think that the decision to break a stay is hers to make. Usually trainers use “Okay!”, although the choice is entirely yours.
It is also possible to use the same release word for multiple commands that require your dog to wait or hold a position. Examples include: 'Wait', 'Freeze', 'Heel' or even 'Sit' (if your 'sit' command includes the expectation that he will sit until released).
You also have the choice to include a verbal and non-verbal cue (usually a hand signal). If you decide to have your dog obey a 'stay' command for either of these types of cues, just start your training using both at the same time. As you “proof” the behavior, start using one or the other and chances are she will respond to either cue.
Keep it short:
Puppies have a short attention span. 'Stay' is a behavior you can start to train at around 12 weeks, although keep your training sessions to no more than 5-10 minutes, and do not expect too much from your baby Husky. By 5 months, you will be able to extend training sessions to around 20 minutes and work towards extending the stay to a few minutes or more.
Keep it positive:
When you are training your Husky puppy to stay, your goal should be to set the bar low enough that he is successful most of the time. Every time you set him up for success when training, you increase his confidence and make him enjoy the learning process. Over time, this will translate to a Husky that learns fast, is motivated during training, and can focus for longer periods of time.
Using food as a motivator:
There is good reason why the motivator of choice for professional trainers is food: It is easy to repeat at a fast rate without disrupting the flow. If you are concerned about weight gain, just use some of your Husky puppy’s regular food rations spiced up with a few small pieces of chicken, cheese or cold cuts for a random treat your pup really loves. Once she has the basics of any new behavior down, you can fade food rewards to the top 10% of the behavior, choosing the best examples to reward with food.