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!
Waking up at 5 am and wanting to play!
Hello Deborah, First, if it's been at least 8 hours since pup has gone potty, I would take them potty outside on a leash, with no play, no treats, no breakfast, and little talk. Keep this trip all business and boring. After pup goes potty, return them to the crate. When you return them to the crate, you have two options at this age. 1. You can either ignore pup barking until 7/8/9 (whenever you normally want to get up) - which will probably mean an hour of barking for a few days until pup learns to just go back to sleep until breakfast, and gradually begins to sleep longer, since there is no early morning motivation of fun to wake up for. 2.. The second option is to correct the crying once you return pup to the crate after the potty trip. To correct pup, first, work on teaching the Quiet command during the day using the Quiet method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, during the day practice the Surprise method from the article linked below. Whenever pup stays quiet in the crate for 5 minutes, sprinkle some treats into the crate without opening it, then leave the room again. As he improves, only give the treats every 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5 hour, 2, hour, 3 hour. Practice crating him during the day for 1-3 hours each day that you can. If you are home during the day, have lots of 30 minute - 1 hour long sessions with breaks between to practice this, to help pup learn sooner. Whenever he cries in the crate, tell him "Quiet". If he gets quiet - Great! Sprinkle treats in after five minutes if he stays quiet. If he continues barking or stops and starts again, spray a quick puff of air from a pet convincer at his side through the crate while calmly saying "Ah Ah", then leave again. Only use unscented air canisters, DON'T use citronella! And avoid spraying in the face. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Repeat the rewards when quiet and the corrections whenever he cries. When he cries at night or early morning, after you take pup potty and return them to the crate, or pup cries before 8 hours (so you know it's not a potty issue), tell him Quiet, and correct with the pet convincer if he doesn't become quiet and stay quiet. Don't give treats at night/morning though - practice during the day proactively to help pup learn that quiet is good, since you don't want to encourage pup to stay awake in the early morning, but to go back to sleep instead. If pup has ever shown any form of aggression, I would hire a professional trainer to work with you in person to do this, since there are probably underlying issues that also need addressing, and safety risks involved with teaching an aggressive dog anything they don't choose for themselves, and training in general. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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