When you begin Siberian Husky training, whilst it is a beautiful dog and loving, friendly companion in most households, you will soon realise that there are some unique challenges with this popular breed.
From the beginning, you should bear in mind that the Husky can be a challenge to train, but not because it lacks intelligence or energy. As a matter of fact, the Husky is a very intelligent and energetic dog.
The challenge with Siberian Husky training comes from the dog's need to realize why it is being expected to perform a certain activity prior to it learning and taking interest.
Maybe one basic theme with owners of Siberian Huskies is the need for patience and a long-term aspect of bringing the dog into the family. For instance, one owner has written an extended warning to possible Husky buyers, if only to let them know that this breed comes with some unique challenges, and problems.
One of the problems this man touches on is that he went to the breeder without having some questions organized and without reading about the breed, other than to ascertain that it is a beautiful and friendly dog.
He writes that, since he was unprepared, he did not know what to look for and did not know enough to ask about basic Siberian Husky training for his new dog.
It is possible to have a Siberian Husky that will walk well with you, obeys most commands and shows a willingness to learn. Even so, this man, and many others, stress that it may take a bit longer to accomplish this than with some other dog breeds.
For house training or housebreaking, the crate method seems to be the best for Huskies. Some owners have discovered this to be the only method to successfully, train a Siberian Husky.
Huskies, as a breed, are very clean, as a matter of fact, some breeders and owners regard them fastidious as they are extremely conscious of keeping themselves and their living space clean. That is possibly why crate training is successful for many Siberian Huskies.
The crate not only gives the dog a safe, quiet place to go to when it wants to be alone, it also is the dog's private space, it's den. Dogs as a whole, and Huskies in particular, will naturally try to keep their den clean and comfortable.
Some fundamentals of crate training include making sure food and water is accessible and close to or in the crate, and that the door be kept open at first to permit the dog to go in and out.
Additionally, it would be helpful to put toys and treats at the far end, opposite the door, use a towel or blanket to make soft bedding, and be sure you never push or pull the dog into the crate.
These are just the basics, the start of Siberian Husky training. Remember, the crate can be a comfortable home for your dog throughout its life. One of the things you should do during crate training is make certain your new dog spends a few short periods in the crate while you are at home with him.
This will stop your pet from feeling that the crate is a place of punishment or a place to be shut away when you are away.
As some breeders and trainers will tell you, Siberian Husky training can be difficult at first because they are not naturally inclined to obedience and discipline.
For this reason, it may be necessary to engage the help of a professional trainer for obedience, particularly one that has worked with Huskies in the past. The man who wrote his Siberian Husky manual adds that training a Husky can wear out a regular non-professional owner.