If you are looking to train your Husky to come when called, this is the right guide for you! In the guide that follows, we will cover how to teach your dog basic recall skills, how to play a fun recall game to reinforce this behavior, and how to “proof” your Husky’s recall so that you can rely on it when you need it most.
Huskies are smart and willing to learn, however, you probably also already know, they can be a little bit headstrong! With a relatively high prey-drive, some Huskies can frankly never be fully trusted off-leash in the presence of cats or other small prey. No matter how much you train, know that your individual dog may have some limits as to when she is willing to obey a recall command.
This is not to say it is not worth training your Husky to come. In fact, this vital skill may even save his life in an emergency situation. Our guides will give you the information you need to train your Husky to come when called, and have fun doing it!
When you think about training your Husky to come when you call him, make sure you are not expecting him to perfect this skill in a few short training sessions. Instead, plan to practice this skill with him for the rest of his life, adding challenges as you go to keep it sharp.
Here are a few more tips to keep that recall strong and sharp:
Equipment you'll need for training:
This can be a rope or a leash that is at least 25’ in length. When you are ready to move your training sessions outside, this will allow you to safely put some distance between you and your dog without him being able to make an escape.
It is not uncommon for trainers to start teaching new behavior using small pieces of food for rewards. The reason for this is that it is easy to repeat food rewards rapidly without disrupting training. However, once you have the basics of recall down with your Husky, you will want to switch to randomizing her reward – sometimes huge praise, sometimes a toss of her favorite ball, other times a tug. This keeps her guessing and strengthens the pull of the recall command.
Okay, it is not officially equipment, but it is still necessary for great training! If you are frustrated, your dog will pick up on it. You want her to associate recall work with good things, so bring a happy vibe and some excitement to the table for your training sessions.