No one could accuse your Husky of being short of energy. Wherever you turn in the house, Fluffy is at your feet. On the bright side, he tires the kids out for you. However, it isn’t all good news. His energy means he frequently bounds up to strangers or you, even when you try to get him to leave. If you’re cooking he’ll jump up. If you’re trying to cuddle with your partner on the sofa, he will leap up and place himself between you. He simply doesn’t respect your boundaries--or you. Now, this would be alright if he was a little Pug, but he isn’t, he’s a Husky. That means he’s big, strong and potentially dangerous if not properly trained.
Training him to respect you, therefore, is essential. Not only will it mean you can go about your daily routine without being interrupted, but it also means Fluffy will respond to your commands promptly, every time.
The good news is training a Husky to respect you is more straightforward than many people realize. Training is about getting him into a consistent routine where he follows your instructions and respects your space. You will have to enforce strict obedience commands until he understands you are the pack leader. That means you will have to use food and toys to impose your control.
The younger he is when you start this training, the sooner you will see results. It could be just a few weeks before he respects you fully. Whereas, if he’s older you may have years of bad habits to break first. This means it could be a month or two before training yields consistent results. Succeed and you won’t have to worry that he will disobey you near traffic or when strangers approach.
Before you can start training you will need to gather a few items. The most important component will be food. You can use treats or you can break his favorite food into small pieces. A toy or two will also be required.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training, at a time where neither of you will be distracted. However, you will also need to be vigilant throughout the day.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!
I’ve recently received a male 8 month old Siberian Husky from a friend of mine and so, Rocky, has been fine however at times when he is eating or playing with a toy he begins to growl or bite me when I get near him and so I was wondering if there is anything I should do to get him to respect me and not act possessive since I have a younger brother and I am worried about how Rocky would act
Hello Julio, First, I don't recommend working on this by yourself. Look for someone who is very experienced with aggression and different types of aggression - many trainers are only experienced with fear based aggression and you likely have some dominance- based or possessive aggression going on too, and they are treated a bit differently than fear. Second, Have him work for everything he gets for a while by having him perform a command first. For example, have him sit before you feed him, lay down before you pet him, look at you before you take him outside, ect.. If he nudges you, climbs into your lap uninvited, begs, or does anything else pushy, make him leave the room. Teach him a Place command and work on him staying on place for up to an hour, even when you walk into the other room for a minute. Practice crate manners. Work on teaching a structured Heel. Forget about getting places during a walk for a while right now, instead go somewhere open, like your front yard, a park, or culdesac and practice a heel where his nose does not go past your leg. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Third, for the resource guarding specifically, work on the above training first. Pup should also be fed meals two times a day in a locked crate and not free fed (if you aren't already doing that). Check out the video below on resource guarding. Only do this training with the help of a trainer who is very experienced with such things (done wrong you can make resource guarding worse not better). https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-out-command/ Once pup is no longer guarding, then the second step to dealing with this is to reward pup for tolerance also. You can do this by walking past pup when he has a toy or is eating and dropping tasty treats when he is behaving well. When he is really safe, then you can make a fake arm using something long and a glove, and practice gently petting pup with it while he eats, then immediately rewarding him with something even better, like chicken, for being tolerant - you have to work up to this though and don't use your real arm for this now. Practice the command "Drop" during training sessions - where he is rewarded with another toy or treat for obeying (start by using long toys you don't have to let go of first and toys he likes less - trading for toys he likes better when he obeys. The reward needs to come when he is not behaving aggressively though - which is why I suggest very carefully using the firmer approach first. You can use a purely positive reinforcement approach for this too, gradually associating your presence and dropping things with good things - starting with more distance and decreasing distance as his tolerance and body language improves (watch for him becoming tense - you are progressing too fast if he is tensing up). This approach alone can help manage the behavior but done by itself it just doesn't address the entire issue (resource guarding is usually a combination of a lack of respect and a lack of trust...Corrections and structure in daily life deal with the respect, the positive reinforcement and rewards for tolerating your presence and dropping things deal with the trust part). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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