When it comes to training a dog, some of us might have experienced what feels like putting useless effort, confuse ourselves. Feels like we’re never on the right track. We have gathered information, followed guides about how to train our dog. We followed the method step-by-step. Sometimes we can finish those steps, usually not.
Maybe, we pick the wrong dog?
While some dogs seem like born to be trained. See how easy their owner can interact with them. Well, every dog breed has their typical temperament. And each dog has their own unique temperament too regardless of their breed. But they all can be trained.
There are key things to know about training your dog that goes with the knowledge of their temperament and doing any method.
“In my years of experience, I have NEVER met a stupid dog. I sincerely mean that. If you think your dog is stupid then you may need to rethink either your training style or your communication skills with your pooch.” – Carolyn Georgariou, Dog Behaviorist, and Expert Trainer
Keep in mind that in training a dog, the first problem that we are facing is not you nor your dog. It’s communication problem. Why? Because you are about to talk with someone who doesn’t understand your language and you are going to make him do what you tell him to do. The problem is not the subject nor the object of training.
First Thing To Know On How To Train A Siberian Husky: Communication Skills
Your Husky understands your emotions. He understands it by reading the expressions of your body language and your voice tone. He understands your encouragement or discouragement by the expression of your emotions that you show him from your body language and voice tone (and food or treats, of course).
With this mindset in mind, you’ll have more patience and a better understanding of your training situation and how to deal with it. Since you know it’s not your Husky that is the problem (he can still be a problem though, but he’s not the first problem. He’s the creator of this problem).
The problem is we still haven’t found the best way to communicate. And we’ll work out a way to communicate with our Husky.
Set your language. Set a name or signal for each command or tricks you are about to train your Husky, signals could be something like a clap or whistle. Be consistent. For negative feedback, put the sense of importance in your tone for him to feel it too. He must at least understand his name and your “yes” or “no”, “go” or “stop” language.
A Siberian Husky is an intelligent breed. But Huskies usually do have obedience problem, a mind of their own. Sometimes, intelligence and trainability don’t go together. We need a way to train a Siberian Husky.
There is really no need for physical violence. It’s inefficient and ineffective. It will only stress and traumatize him from you. He will not understand your goal, the lesson of your training. Instead, he will either become more passive or more aggressive, more defensive or more offensive probably almost in every situation. Even at the safest and peaceful situation. A confused and traumatic dog.
Second Thing To Know On How To Train A Siberian Husky: Training Style
There are at least two styles of training for a Siberian Husky:
- Positive Reinforcement. A Husky puppy learns from his mother. During the first few weeks of his life, only his mother and siblings are that matter, his little pack with his mother as his provider, guidance, and protector. The rest of the lesson is learned outside of his mother reach. By himself. If he finds or does something, and it is ok, and it makes him feel good, naturally he will do it again. If not, at some point he will stop doing it.
- As An Alpha Dog (Dominance). An adult Husky submits to their pack leader. As pack dog, a Husky establish their relationship hierarchically. In the wild, a pack leader means territory, in almost about everything. Not just about an area. This could mean food and many other things.
(Taken from 7 Most Popular Dog Training Method – dogtime.com)
Of course, we already know these styles, this is probably two of the most common practice we’ve been doing all this time with our dog. But learning these roles in a Husky’s life will give us more perspective about what rules from our Husky’s perspective.
Maybe your Husky has over possessive behavior with his bone. And you want to have control about this, just in case you’ll find a situation that you’ll need to interfere with his bone.
Instinctively, you’ll just grab his bone. But what happens is, he’ll come after you for his bone. From his perspective, you’re not claiming his food. You’re playing with him. If he’s in the good mood, he played along, if not, he might turn aggressive.
If we watch on television how a pack leader claims their food, he doesn’t just grab it. He makes a claiming move by driving off his packs from the food, the food stays, when nobody dares to try touch it, he can grab it or just eat it. Anybody try to touch the food, means a challenge over his leadership. He’ll answer the challenge first.
Knowing these roles can help us learn how to deal with our Husky and get a better result.
You own your territory. It’s really, really, really important for the owner to be his pack leader. Learn to claim your territory, to test and build his submission to you. Start early from he is still a puppy. Over an area in your house or over something that you see your Husky has a little bit possessive attitude. One by one, step by step. You don’t want to stress your Husky since you claiming everything that he touches that day.
There is no faster way to train your husky other than by consistently applying your encouragement or discouragement for what is allowed and not allowed, positive and negative feedback from you. No short cut. And anything between it will confuse him.Negative reinforcement only works when you can catch your Husky in the act. That’s the time frame that your Husky know what he’s doing is wrong.
Our job is to convince him over and over again until he is convinced and remembers it.
When Are Puppies Trainable? By Bethney Foster – pets.thenest.com
Siberian Husky Puppy Training: Learn to train your Siberian Husky puppy – www.petcha.com
Siberian Husky Training Basics – www.huskytraining.net
Forum: Training a Siberian Husky? – www.horseandhound.co.uk
What Are The Smartest Dog Breeds? By Jeff Butler – www.caninejournal.com