Your gorgeous Husky is going to need lots of exercise and activity. He is highly energetic and needs to burn off excess energy with play time, running, and walking. You can take your Husky on walks with you for your own exercise and to keep him moving. An important thing to think about when you are taking your dog for a walk is how adept he is at staying beside you while you are walking together. Whether your dog is walking on a leash or off a leash, your Husky will need to be trained to stay with you and walk beside you. When your dog is well behaved on and off leash, he will remain safe, free from distractions, and will have an understanding that his expectation is to stay with you and not run after something of interest. And, in turn, this will protect other animals and people you come across while walking together.
Training your Husky to walk beside you will require some distraction-free walking time on or off leash. You will be showing your dog your expectations as you walk together and rewarding him for good behavior as appropriate. Positive reward-based training works well in teaching your dog to stay next to you while walking together because it's a constant reminder to your pup that he will get a treat as long as he stays near you. Expect to have some redirection as your little guy is learning. If at all possible, try to train leash manners, the 'heel' command, and your expectations while on a walk as soon as you bring your Husky home. Training puppies your expectations is certainly easier than training older dogs because they have fewer bad habits to break. However, you can train an older dog to stay with you on walks.
Decide what your expectations are for your Husky before you begin training. Will you expect him to walk on a leash or to walk without a leash and stay next to you? If you are using a leash, consider whether or not you will also need a harness or collar. Be sure to have these things ready for your walks before you begin training. Considering using high-value treats that are different for this particular training than any other basic obedience training you may be doing. High-value treats include cheese, hot dogs, or even a tasty jerky. If you plan to clicker train, be sure to have your clicker at every training session.
Pulls hard when I try to walk him
Hello Georgia, Check out the Turns method from the article linked below. Work on keeping the leash loose and using your body language to direct pup especially. Husky's have a natural desire to want to pull and the tension of the leash can make that even worse at times - you want to pursue training that teaches pup to pay attention to where you are and stay with you because they are tuned in and following and not just because a leash is forcing them to. Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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So I tried to train my dog today and he did kinda listen but not really, and I don’t know what to do. I would give him snacks when I’m training him but today when I trained him he kept on trying to jump on me and I didn’t know what to do, so can you help me out? What do I do?
Hello Gloria, I suggest finding specific articles and videos on places like Wagwalking and YouTube that teach how to train the specific command you want to teach...For heeling, another good article is the Turns method from the article linked below: Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel For the jumping, check out the Step Toward method from the jumping article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump For the treats, keep them in your pocket on the side of your body he isn't walking on, when he does something right reward with a treat, but keep them hidden in your pocket until it's time to give one for heeling. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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