Your Husky is your favorite four-legged friend. They’re playful, affectionate and full of energy. In fact, it doesn’t matter how long you spend walking them, they always seem to be eager for more. However, one of the things that drew you to Huskies in the beginning, was their tendency to be loyal. Yours, unfortunately, isn’t so loyal. In fact, you’d go as far as to say they’d go with anyone. It doesn’t seem to matter that you’re the one that feeds them, gives them four walls and a roof to sleep under.
Training your dog to be loyal comes with several benefits. Firstly, your Husky will be keen to protect you in any number of situations. This means you can relax when you’re walking at night or in a new environment. Huskies are also used to being loyal to a pack, so helping them to get back into the habit will cement your position as pack leader.
Training your Husky to be loyal isn’t without challenges. Often dogs that have come from homes where they have suffered abuse can struggle to find that trust again. So training will consist mainly of using positive reinforcements. You will also need to make sure you meet all their needs, from food to exercise and attention.
If your Husky is a puppy then they should be trusting and it could take just a few weeks before they are loyal to a fault. However, if they are older and you have years of problems to tackle then you will need to be patient. In fact, it could be a few months before your Husky is fully loyal. If you can get training right, you will be able to repair any damage done by previous owners. You will also be the pack leader in their eyes, affording you control and the ability to teach them a range of different commands.
Before you get to work, you need to make sure you have a few bits. You will need tasty treats or small pieces of the dog's favorite food. Cheese is often an effective motivator.
You will also need a leash, toys and a clicker for one the of the methods below. Set aside a few minutes each day for training. The more consistently you train, the sooner you will see results.
Apart from all that, you just need patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!
So my husky puppy is extremely friendly to everyone, and I mean everyone. She likes to be around people and animals at all times. The problem is that sometimes when I walk her and she sees other dogs, she becomes desperate to go near them. She is never aggressive and she just wants to play but I want her to not focus so much on the other dogs around her. She also pulls really hard on her leash to go near other dogs sometimes and I want to know how I can get her to stop pulling and being so desperate to play with other people's dogs that may cause harm to her.
Hello Stephanie, I recommend recruiting some friends, some who have well mannered dogs, and some just as people to practice around, and practicing the passing approach method with pup. Reward pup for calmness, focus on you, and ignoring the other person/dog. This method will have you pass the same person and dog over and over and over again until pup becomes bored enough to calm down during the pass - once pup is calm, then you can reward to train pup that that's what you always want them to do on a walk. You will need to practice this a lot and with a variety of different people/dogs to get consistent results. Once pup can do this well, then you can practice rewarding pup for heeling and ignoring strangers too on walks. Passing Approach: https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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