Training New Tricks To a Husky
Training a husky new trick isn’t as difficult as one might think. Siberian huskies are really intelligent dogs and catch on to things fairly quickly. As long as you follow the tips below, you should have no trouble training your husky new tricks.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Remember that your husky has no way of knowing what is exactly you expect of him, so punishing him or scolding him for not understanding you is about as useless as it is cruel.
Instead you should reward correct behavior either through treats or with praise. This is the best way to encourage a husky pup to learn and give him confidence while you trying to teach him new tricks.
Keep Training Sessions Short
A lot of owners think that more training will only guarantee better results, but that’s actually quite the opposite with huskies.
Siberian Huskies tend to get bored quickly and forcing your dog to do something over and over for a long period of time will just make him hate it until he decides to completely ignore that command.
Instead you should keep each trick training session 10-15 minutes, and no longer. It’s alright to have more than one training session per day, as long as you give your dog breaks in between.
Break Up The Trick Into Small Parts
You can’t expect your Husky to know that you want him to jump through 5 hoops, fetch your newspaper and bring you the remote control all in one go. Break each trick that you are trying to teach to your husky into smaller parts that are much easier to show and do.
For example if you are teaching your dog to play dead, don’t expect him to stay playing dead from the first try.
Instead introduce to him the position in which he is “playing dead” and then start working on him staying in that position.
Get Rid of Distractions
When training Husky new tricks, you must have his full attention. You want his whole focus on you, or he won’t be learning anything.
The best way to do this is by eliminating anything that could present itself as a distraction. Any toys, chew and unnecessary objects that can get in the way of training should be put away.
Pick Your Location
This goes hand in hand with the last point, pick a location with as little distractions as possible.
If you start training new tricks in a public place with a lot of people, your husky will constantly be distracted and will lose focus of the task that you give him.
Instead pick a quiet and familiar place with as little distractions as you possibly can.
Huskies are very playful dogs and love to spend time with their owners and having fun, so use the training time to do just that!
Try not to get stressed over little things. If your husky isn’t learning the trick then try another approach or try again at a later time.
Keep the training fun and get your husky excited about completing tasks. You want him to feel rewarded and confident during training, not stressed out and scared.