It is easy to underestimate how strong Huskies are. But when you have one, you realize they have some serious power. In fact, you can think of numerous times he has nearly pulled you into a road or down the street when out on a walk. It was manageable when he was a puppy, but now that he’s an adult at full strength, he could really hurt you. That is part of the reason you need to train him to heel.
Training will also protect him too. It will stop him leaping into a road and potentially losing his life in a collision with a car. Even if he survives a collision, you could still be looking at hefty vet bills. This type of training will also instill discipline that can be used to stamp out other bad habits in other areas of his life.
The command may be straightforward, but actually getting a Husky to follow your instruction can be challenging. This is because his walk is probably the highlight of his day, so he wants to charge around and sniff as much as possible. This means you will need to take a number of steps to deter him from pulling in the first place. You will also need to use obedience commands and positive reinforcement to keep him close to your side.
If your Husky is a puppy he should be responsive to training and keen to please. This means you could see results in just a couple of weeks. However, if he’s got years of no leash rules behind him then you may need a couple of months. Get this training right and you can return to those relaxing strolls you first envisaged when he arrived.
Before you get to work, you will need to gather a few bits. You will need a short training leash and you may want to invest in a body harness. This will reduce strain on his neck while increasing your control.
You will also need a generous supply of treats or you can break his favorite food into small chunks. You don’t need to set aside specific time for training, you can train when you’re out on your daily walk.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!