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While Husky pups can be stubborn and do not typically respond well to being yelled at, they are relatively easy to potty train using the same basic methods you would use to train most other breeds. Keep in mind that whether you are teaching your pup to poop outside or anything else, he will respond to positive reinforcement far better as long as you provide clear and concise training instructions for him to follow.
One of the most important things you can do when trying to train your Husky to poop outside is that once you choose a training method, you need to stick to it, no matter how long it takes. Trying to switch training methods will only confuse your fuzzball and make it even harder for him to figure out exactly what it is you want of him.
The task at hand it to teach your dog that it is in no way acceptable for him to poop in the house. At the same time, he must learn that it is okay for him to poop in a particular area of your yard. Keep in mind, going potty in the house would be something akin to doing the same thing in his den in the wild. This is something his mother would have taught him not to do because no dog likes a dirty den.
The training process is really not that difficult, it is mostly about spending the time working with your pooch until he finally understands what you want of him.
What many people do not realize is that you can start training your Husky to poop outside from the minute you pull up in the driveway with him for the first time. At this point, you should put him on a leash and take him over to the spot in the yard that will become his potty. Let him wander around and get used to the area. When he goes potty, be sure to make a fuss over him and give him a nice little soft puppy treat.
Your poop training supply list:
- A puppy sized crate – For training and when you can't be watching your pup
- A leash – To take him out in the yard on
- Soft treats – Soft chewy puppy treats will come in handy as rewards, be sure to use them generously
The last two things on your supply list are time and patience--you will need plenty of both in order for your training to succeed. Also, you need some form of enzymatic cleaner to completely eliminate any odors from areas where your pup has accidents.
The I'm Watching You Method
Stock up on treats
Keep a nice supply of your pup's favorite treats in your pocket or a bowl by the door where you can grab a few on the way out.
Never a second alone
With your pup in the same room with you at all times, keep a very close eye on him every minute. If he shows any signs that he is thinking about pooping or peeing (squatting, circling, sniffing, scratching, going to the door) say "NO!" in a firm voice. You need to be loud enough to startle your pup, but do not make your voice sound like you are angry, this will just make things harder.
We're off to see the…
Grab the leash, hook up your pooch, and take him outside using a verbal cue ("Let's go outside" or "Let's go potty"). When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a tasty treat.
Give him a little extra time
Having startled your pooch, it might take him a few extra minutes to refocus on what he was doing. So, make sure you give him a little extra time before you take him back in the house.
The road goes ever on
From here there is nothing to do but keep practicing and working with your pup until he learns to hold himself and no longer leaves you surprises in the oddest places in your home.
The Using His Crate Method
Create the perfect blend
Set your pup's crate up where you can keep an eye on it. Add a water bowl, a few toys, and a bed for him to lie down on. Then place your pup inside and close the door.
Out on cue
Set a timer for 30 minutes. When it goes off, open the door, put your pup on the leash, and say, "Let's go outside" or "let's go potty" and take him straight out to the area where he can go poop.
Will he, won't he?
You won't know until you give him some time. Give him a good 15 minutes to try, let him walk around. The more he walks around, the more likely he will poop. If he goes, give him lots of praise and a treat. If not that’s okay too, just take him back inside and put him back in his crate.
Reset the timer for another 30 minutes. Keep a close eye on your pup. If he starts to whine and fuss, take him straight out regardless of what the clock has to say. When he poops, be sure to make a fuss over him and give him a treat.
Slowly, in five or ten-minute increments, start increasing the time between poop breaks. This will help your pup develop his endurance. Remember to use your cue, "Let's go outside" or "Let's go potty". Choose one and stick to it so he doesn't get confused.
Free at last
By now you should be able to start leaving the crate door open and letting your pup wander around in the same room with you. Keep a close eye on him and at the first sign he might be thinking about going potty, use your cue and take him out. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a nice treat. Stick to your timer schedule and in time he will learn not to go in the house.
The Mark Your Territory Method
Stop by your favorite pet supply store
Stop by your favorite pet supply store and pick up a bottle of puppy potty training spray. These sprays contain pheromones designed to mark your grass with a scent that your pup will see as another dog. They then encourage him to mark the area as his by peeing and pooping in it.
Set a timer for 30 minutes and when it goes off, put your pup on his leash and take him out to the spot you marked previously.
Let him wander
Let your pup wander around the marked area and give him time to go potty. When he does, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
I don't need to go right now
If after 15 minutes your pup has not found the need to go, that's okay, just take him back inside. Reset the timer and keep a close eye on him. While the timer is ticking away, if he shows any signs he need to go potty, take him straight out to the marked area. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him treats.
Keep on keepin' on
The rest is all on you. You need to keep practicing with your pup slowly adding more time as you go until your pup starts letting you know when he needs to go. Mission accomplished!
Written by PB Getz
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Published: 03/09/2018, edited: 01/08/2021