Huskies are incredibly beautiful dogs. Their piercing blue or dark eyes and fluffy fur makes loving on them easy. Your Husky is also incredibly energetic. He is intelligent, but novice owners might take his personality as stubborn while those who know Huskies well, know they are eager to learn.
If you have a Husky in an unfenced yard, the world is at his fingertips. You will need to teach him to stay in your yard by giving him boundaries. His energy, zest, and excitement will lead him right out of your yard and potentially into harm's way if he doesn't understand where he needs to stay to remain safe. If your Husky is left alone, he will likely seek companionship elsewhere. Because he's so highly intelligent yet sensitive, he yearns for attention and will go seek it if given the opportunity. To keep him safe in an unfenced yard, boundary training will be imperative.
Teaching your beautiful Husky to recognize and obey boundaries won't be incredibly different than other advanced training. You will need to build a foundation with basic obedience commands, so he understands how to heel and stay on a leash. During this training, he will also need to know how to sit and stay. You will be challenging him by crossing boundary lines yourself and almost daring him to do it but rewarding him when he makes the right choice. This training will have to continue for several weeks, possibly even months, before you can trust your Husky to stay in your yard and not cross your boundary lines. Though training Huskies from a young age is easier and takes a bit less time than training an adult dog, you can train your fluff-ball at any age how to stay in your yard. Just remember with your strong-willed pup to make your rewards high-value and continue to challenge him, even when you think he understands what you're asking him to do.
Even if you don't want your Husky to be on a leash once he is fully trained to stay in your yard, you're going to need a leash to start training. Take a bag of tasty high-value treats with you each time you walk the perimeter of your yard with your Husky to reward him for each positive choice he makes. Schedule specific times to train this task to your Husky. In the beginning, these scheduled training sessions need to be free of distractions and short enough to maintain his attention for the entire training. Over time, you will add distractions and lengthen your sessions. Be patient with this one. Your dog's life is important, so spend all the time you need training this task.
Hello, my husky has been running to my neighbors house when he gets out and I want to teach him how to stay in our yard. My house is surrounded by woods so he will run down the driveway to get to the road. I’m not sure the best way to teach him to stay in my yard. I do have a shock collar but haven’t used it yet. I would really appreciate some advice. Thank you!!
Hello! Training your dog to stay inside a boundary is quite simple. To get started you will need to purchase marker flags from your local hardware store. These are generally found in the garden section. You will also need high value treats for your dog. I like to use grilled chicken, roast beef, or cheese cut into very small pieces. Look for a treat your dog will go crazy over, and only use this special treat for boundary training. I prefer to use a clicker as a marker for training this behavior. The clicker is a reward marker communicating to your dog that she did the right thing and will get a reward. You will start inside your house with your dog. Show your dog the flag, when she touches it with her nose click the clicker and give her a treat. This will teach her that touching the flag is what gets her the reward or treat. Next, place the flag a few feet away from you. Have your dog touch the flag; when she does this again you will click. She should then return to you to get her treat. Move the flag further way and practice having your dog go to the flag, click and give her a treat when she returns to you. By doing this, you will be conditioning your dog to move away from the flag. Before moving the training outside, I like to work with my dogs for about a week to make sure they understand they are to move away from the flags. Remember to always use a clicker and a treat to reinforce this. Once your dog understands they get rewarded for moving away from the flags, it is time to take the training outside. Place flags along your boundary line every 8-10 feet. Using a 15 to 20 foot long line, walk your dog around the boundary of your yard. She should go to the flags and touch them. After this happens you will click and your dog should return to you for her treat. Remember to continue to use your clicker and click and dispense a treat every time she touches the flags. For the best success practice this several times a day. You are classically conditioning your dog to return to you when she sees the flags. The flag become the cue to return to you, this becomes an involuntary response to the dog. Practice as often as you can, 8 to 10 weeks of practice will help make this a very solid behavior. The more you practice the more solid the behavior will be. As your dog gets better at returning to you, increase the length of the long line to 40 or 50 feet. You can also introduce some low level distractions to the training. This increases the difficulty of the behavior so make sure your dog gets a lot of praise and reinforcement for returning to you. Gradually increase the level of the distractions. If your dog is having trouble with this part of the training, make sure your distractions are not too high level. The last step is working with your dog off-leash. Make sure you are supervising your dog during this part of the training. Reinforce your dog often during the off lead sessions. Be aware of what is going on outside your yard and if you feel the distractions are too much for your dog to handle put her back on the lead. You will also want to make sure your yard is a fun environment for your dog. The yard should be a place where your dog feels safe and happy. One last tip; Do not punish your dog if she goes out of her boundary. Simply call her back and praise her when she returns. This will teach her that being inside the boundary is always rewarding and good things happen whenever she is inside the boundary.
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