1. Establish yourself as the alpha dog (more in a moment)
2. Start early..preferrably as a puppy
3. Always be firm and
4. Be patient
These dogs are stubborn, extremely intelligent, and very resourceful so be
prepared for anything! Begin your training as early as possible. Because Siberians are pack animals, it's important for you to
establish yourself immediately as the "ALPHA" dog. I can't stress this enough. Let your puppy know you're the boss and its not
open for debate. Do this correctly, and your husky will recognize you as a leader. They will look to you for guidance and
respect your direction.
Some people prefer
for Siberian Huskies. Although people have had much success with it, it is a matter of personal preference. Myself, I've
never used one. Huskies can be taught to do almost anything if shown properly.
For example, I have small children that
play in the back yard and the thought of them falling in something left behind by one of their fur covered siblings is less
than appealing. To remedy this, I've trained all my Siberian Huskies to "do their business", and yes that’s the command I
give them, in a small area of side yard no more than 10 feet square. As long as I clean the area every few days, its the
only place they go. If I fail to clean the area in a timely fashion, they let me know by increasing the diameter of the
area until it’s cleaned. FYI, they don't like going in a dirty area.
When a rule is established, it's very important that the rule never be broken. If you allow your puppy on the couch for instance,
even once, they'll feel entitled and that "all rules are flexible". This is a NO NO!!
should be addressed as well as care and feeding during the training process.
Just be patient and consistent and your husky will be a joy to be around. Most pet stores now offer obedience training classes which prove very helpful if you don't want to go it alone. It's important to remember that Siberian Huskies are a working breed. Their heritage has endowed them with
the desire to run and they will. Please keep them leashed and under control at all times.