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Old 02-07-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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I am currently looking for an obedience school to take my 9 week old husky to. In the mean time, is there anyone that has had experience training husky'* or has expertise in general that could help me?

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I am currently looking for an obedience school to take my 9 week old husky to. In the mean time, is there anyone that has had experience training husky'* or has expertise in general that could help me?

PS: here she is :P
The single most important rule when training any kind of animal is this: They can't understand when you're mad and you give them attention. If they do something you don't like and you yell at them, they'll keep doing it because they think you like it. You need to reinforce things you don't like by NOT responding to them, and enforce things you do like by giving them attention.

There'* far more to it then that, but remembering rule 1 will ultimately make you more successful.
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Beautiful pup, there!

Mortehl is right. In addition, while you are looking for a school (which I highly recommend ASAP, 'cause it trains YOU how to train your puppy), here'* a pointer on house training:

Remember to pay attention to your pup'* actions. When she starts to wander around, perhaps with her nose to the ground, go to her w/leash in hand, put leash on and say "outside, pup (or insert name)". Then take her outside and use a simple one or two word command like "go potty". Persist until she goes (only about two minutes or so). If she goes, show encouragement, like "good puppy!" or something like that. Some sort of reward. Even a tidbit of her food if thats how you want to train.

Also keep in mind that 10 minutes after she takes a drink and within 1/2 hour after eating, she will always have to go. Time it at first, the automatically get up, go to door, and say "outside (insert name)". Follow procedure above.

You will be surprised how quickly she will be house trained. Likely less than a week.

Also remember that your dog can only hold it for about 1 hour for every month she is old, so don't expect better than that if she'* left alone for longer.

Good luck, and a little hard work, to you and your pup!
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I don't have much of anything to add about training a puppy. But I will say that is one nice looking pup. I have a half husky mix and she has one blue eye and one brown eye, really looks cool.
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I house broke my Golden by the kennel method. When she first came home, her room was a travel kennel. When we were gone, she stayed there. Most animals will not "make a mess" in their own little space. When we returned, we immediatly went outside to "go potty", then into the big house to play. She slept in her "room" for about 1 week, and was house trained.

Everybody does it different.
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I am currently looking for an obedience school to take my 9 week old husky to. In the mean time, is there anyone that has had experience training husky'* or has expertise in general that could help me?
I used to have a husky, except she was more red. The one thing you'll find out real quick is that they shed year-round practically, so be prepared to find that fur in every crevice of the house in a short time.
She was a great dog, I can't say that enough. My dad ended up spoiling her so bad, she would force him to make good on any promises he made and was not moving on. She remembered stuff like that.
She lived to be 15 years old, and whoever says "people" food does nothing but hurts the dog, she was proof that that wasn't true.
In summary, she was by far the best dog I've ever owned!
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Dogs are a lot like children. My dog had a temper tantrum because we would eat ice cream in front of him. He would pee right in front of us. I asked the vet and she said he was like a 2 year old and was having temper tantrum. My dog loves people food and he will sit up and look at you. I ignore him usually and then I cave and share. We've had him for almost 6 years now and he is spoiled rotten, rotten, rotten!! He stomps his little front paws in the kitchen when he wants water.

He has me and my son trained well.
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Crate training is how we house broke our Golden. Worked very well and in a week we had her trained to ring a bell when she had to go outside.

Overall, consistency is the best advice I can give you. You have to be consistent. And that goes for everyone in contact with the dog (you, your wife, neighbors, etc.). Don't be ashamed to tell the neighbors not to do something that would break your training.

When the dog does something correctly or listens to a command, give her a treat and lots of attention. Dogs, by nature, are pleasers. They LOVE the attention and satisfaction when they do something right. Use this to your advantage. Plus, this really builds confidence, character and a great personality.

Don't completely ignore the bad. Raise your voice a little and tell them to go lie down. They'll get the message.
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Crate training is how we house broke our Golden. Worked very well and in a week we had her trained to ring a bell when she had to go outside.

Overall, consistency is the best advice I can give you. You have to be consistent. And that goes for everyone in contact with the dog (you, your wife, neighbors, etc.). Don't be ashamed to tell the neighbors not to do something that would break your training.

When the dog does something correctly or listens to a command, give her a treat and lots of attention. Dogs, by nature, are pleasers. They LOVE the attention and satisfaction when they do something right. Use this to your advantage. Plus, this really builds confidence, character and a great personality.

Don't completely ignore the bad. Raise your voice a little and tell them to go lie down. They'll get the message.
the main thing about discipline is you can only do it at the time of the crime. If you come home and see a mess, it'* too late. They won't understand why your mad at them when you came home. Most bad behavior is done right after you leave them alone.
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Dogs are a lot like children. My dog had a temper tantrum because we would eat ice cream in front of him. He would pee right in front of us. I asked the vet and she said he was like a 2 year old and was having temper tantrum. My dog loves people food and he will sit up and look at you. I ignore him usually and then I cave and share. We've had him for almost 6 years now and he is spoiled rotten, rotten, rotten!! He stomps his little front paws in the kitchen when he wants water.
He has me and my son trained well.
That'* exactly what mine used to do! Our family room was below ground and there was a railing separating the family room and the above-ground kitchen. If we were all in the family room and not paying her any attention, she would tap her paw repeatedly on the railing and it sounded just like a ringing bell! Hilarious!
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