Training your Husky recall is one of the most important behaviors you can teach. If your dog reliably comes when called you can call her away from potential danger, keep her from darting off if she slips her leash, or find her in the dark or dense woods.
Huskies are extremely intelligent dogs. However, they can also be independently minded and even stubborn. In addition, some Huskies have strong prey drive. These factors mean that although you can get a strong recall, you may not ever be able to rely on it near dangerous conditions. Keep this in mind when deciding when to let your Husky off-leash outside of a fenced area.
Teaching the basics of recall is not complicated. However, you will need to plan to practice for months under a variety of conditions to get a solid recall. The methods below will show you how!
The steps for how to train your Husky recall are included in the three methods offered below. Here are some tips to make sure you are making the most of your recall training:
Touch her collar before rewarding after a recall. This will make sure that you can regain control of your Husky in an emergency situation.
Don’t repeat your recall command. Say it only once. If your Husky does not respond immediately, you can try other ways of getting her attention, or enforce the command by going to get her and then administering a “time out.”
Say your recall command in a positive, enticing tone. If you sound angry when you issue your command, it can make your dog a little bit leery about getting closer to you.
If your dog comes when called, never punish him or take away something he loves. Your goal is to give your Husky the notion that he will always get something nice when he comes when called. You can break his recall with even a single instance of calling him and then punishing him when she arrives.
High value motivators: You will need to have some food or toys to use as a major reward during your training. In the beginning, stick with food. Once she has the basics down, start to randomize rewards to include a game of tug or a toss of their favorite frisbee or ball. You want her to be excited to think about what she might get this time.
Have treats stashed in different rooms. This way you can do some random recall training outside of official training sessions. You will want to be able to reward your Husky’s recall from any room in the house.
Use a long line for training outdoors. You will eventually need to move your recall training outside. A long rope or leash (35’-50’) will help you to grab your dog if he tries to chase a cat or otherwise ignore your recall command.
Plan on practicing recall a great deal. In fact, you will want to continue random recall practice over the course of your dog’s life to keep her recall strong and reliable.