Siberian Husky Training

How To Train A Siberian Husky - Siberian Husky Training Made Simple.

To begin training your Siberian Husky, you must be ready for the unexpected. Your dog's strong will and independent nature can pose a challenge when you try to teach him basic obedience and behavior training. Thus, proper Siberian Husky training will require you to be patient and persistent.

The training of your Siberian Husky should begin when your dog is still a puppy. It is essential that you establish the house rules early and make sure that your puppy knows that you are in charge. The rule of thumb is that if you train your dog to do something, expect him to do it. Once you do this, your dog will respect you and look to you for guidance and trainings will be much easier otherwise it will be much more challenging to train him as an adult dog.

Obedience training begins with housebreaking your Siberian Husky. The dog loves to be outdoors so housebreaking isn’t nearly as difficult as with some breeds. This dog breed has an innate sense of wanting to go outside to do their "business". You simply need to reinforce that behavior from the minute you bring your puppy home. Take your puppy out every morning when you wake up and before you turn in. In the initially stages, you will also need to let your puppy out ever couple of hours or 30 minutes after every meals. However as your puppy gets older, the frequency for going out to pee or potty will decrease.

This dog breed is especially responsive to positive reinforcement from the pack leader and is therefore very important to communicate with your dog about your expectations through trust and respect. Positive Siberian Husky training can be in the form of praise such as “good job,” a pat to the head or side, or in the form of a treat. Starting positive reinforcement early means your puppy will learn to respect you from young.

As your Siberian Husky is a working breed, the desire to run is in the genes so you must make sure that this dog breed is given the required exercise daily and allowed to get a few good runs each week. A walk simply is not enough. In fact, your Siberian Husky must have regular opportunities to vent his energy. Otherwise he will become rambunctious and bored and he will most likely express himself by barking, howling and destructive chewing. Bored Siberian Huskies are famous for massive destructiveness such as chewing through dry wall, ripping the stuffing out of sofas, and turning your yard into a moonscape of giant craters. Therefore solving bad behavior problems that develop in your dog can be as simple as ensuring your husky is getting his required exercise or at least being asked to perform tasks that resemble working, because he needs something to do.

Your Siberian Husky is a strong-willed and intelligent dog that requires a confident owner who can take charge. If you want to be an effective trainer, your dog must respect you and think of you as leader of the pack. Despite centuries of selective breeding, your dog still thinks like its wolf ancestors. It is a pack animal wanting to know its place in the pack and respond to the pack leader's commands. In your dog's mind you and your family are pack leaders. You make decisions and your dog complies. Understand how your dog thinks and your Siberian Husky training will be enjoyable for both of you.

I've heard that Siberians are mischievous. Is this true?

Yes and no. Despite their affectionate nature, Siberians are very intelligent dogs and are not as subservient and eager to please their owners as some other popular breeds. They will often do things that surprise their owners. They can get into things that one might think are impossible. When Siberians are bored, they can become quite mischievous, inventive, and destructive. This is typical of working dogs. This is why it is so important to include the Siberian in family activities and give him plenty of attention and exercise.

My Siberian Husky digs constantly and is destroying the yard. What can I do?

It is the nature of the breed to dig cooling holes to lie in. One method that has worked is to provide your dog an area in your yard in which he is allowed, even encouraged, to dig and train him to dig there. A sand-box, of sorts, with soft cool dirt with an occasional treat buried there can work.

My Siberian Husky is very noisy and howls all day long, annoying the neighbors. What can I do?

Your dog may make noise as its way of communication to you when he is lonely or bored. Your dog may howl to seek attention from you. However excessive howling can irritate therefore, training your dog not to howl or make noise is of utmost importance. There are a few simple solutions to solve this problem:

  • For the first few days, try to ignore your dog when he/she goes into a howling fit for no apparent reason as any attention will reinforce the behavior. Praise your dog when he becomes quiet.
  • Do use a squirt gun to spray water on your dog if excessive howling persists. This is to disrupt its behavior and your dog will associate howling as an unpleasant experience.
  • Do praise and reward your dog immediately after it stops maaking noises and not ten minutes after. Your dog will not understand the reason for the discipline.
  • Do use an anti bark collar for further training whenever you are not around and your dog is not fully train yet so as to be thoughtful to thy neighbors.

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