How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

How to train an Alaskan Husky to the best? This dog is a hard worker, a breed (or rather, a category) created for pulling sleds and in which the blood of four-legged dogs such as the Siberian Husky, the German Shepherd, and other dog breeds flows.

The Alaskan Husky is a good-natured dog, who has no problems socializing and being in the company of its peers and who gets very attached to the family.

But to train a dog like the Alaskan Husky you need methods and above all a master who knows how to impose themself as a leader and pack leader.

This is the initial step to achieve excellent results, only in this way will we be able to gain the trust and respect of such a wonderful dog. So let’s see some advice on how to train an Alaskan Husky in the right way and what we need to know before adopting a four-legged dog of this type.

Keeping a Husky in the house

When we adopt a specimen of this type we must know its character and nature to understand if we can keep it at home or not. In general, the Alaskan Husky is a dog that is not made for apartment living, it needs space and being outdoors. But above all, it’s a working dog that needs stimuli both from a physical and mental point of view.

If we want to adopt and train an Alaskan Husky we must take these characteristics into account

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

Husky as the first dog

Is adopting a Husky – or rather, an Alaskan Husky – as a first dog a good idea? Not really, because it is a dog that requires time, effort, and dedication.

The Alaskan Husky is not your typical apartment dog, and it certainly can’t spend all day lounging on the sofa like other dog breeds would. A dog like the Alaskan Husky, as we have seen, must receive the right stimuli and be engaged in activities that put its abilities and skills to good use.

It was born as a sled dog so it is obvious that it is not the classic dog to keep at home and in addition, it needs a pack leader, therefore a master who knows how to put it in line, who earns its respect and knows how to be recognized as a leader. Therefore, those who are beginners and do not know the four-legged world well should not try their hand at the breeding or training of such a dog from scratch.

How to become a Husky’s pack leader

The first thing to take into account on how to train an Alaskan Husky in the right way is precisely knowing how to impose yourself as a pack leader. In truth, this is the first step in the training and education of any four-legged, but the speech is even more true for a dog like the Alaskan Husky.

Know that the Alaskan Husky is a very intelligent dog, receptive to commands and with an iron memory. After all, we are talking about a breed born to pull sleds, so it has a particular propensity to listen and to interact with humans.

The Alaskan Husky needs a master with a firm wrist, who is not hesitant and who knows how to be recognized as a pack leader.

How to do it? We need to be authoritative (non-authoritarian), set rules from when it’s a puppy, give it dry and precise commands, and satisfy its need to be active and in motion. Only in this way does the Alaskan Husky recognize in the master the leader to which to be faithful for life.

How to behave with a Husky puppy

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

Like all puppies, Alaskan Husky puppies are small concentrates of energy and vitality. From the first months, their great desire to live emerges, that enthusiasm and that desire to discover the world around them that makes us love the little four-legged ones so much.

These energies must be channeled towards a goal, goals and therefore the education of the Alaskan Husky must begin early. Puppies have a supple, malleable mind and it’s easy to teach them basic commands. Which then are the starting point for the actual training, both at home and outside.

The Alaskan Husky is a receptive dog who has no problem learning and learning what we teach it. The best method, as always, is that of positive reinforcement for the dog: associate a voice command with an action, reward the dog when it performs it correctly.

Husky puppy socialization

How to train an Alaskan Husky puppy? Obviously, let’s start with socialization, the first step in teaching the dog to be in the company of other dogs or strangers. Before going out with the dog for a walk, it is necessary to establish the first rules at home and teach the puppy the basic commands. “Sit”, “go”, “come” are the code through which the puppy learns to listen to the voice of the owner, to follow its instructions, and to behave well in the end.

Without these first commands, it will be difficult to manage the dog outside the home, in uncontrolled situations where the unexpected is just around the corner.

The Alaskan Husky is a dog that has no socialization problems. By instinct it packs, it loves to work in a group so basically for such a dog its fellow men are not a threat to be removed or from which to escape. With patience and perseverance, it will not be difficult to socialize this puppy with other dogs.

Train an Alaskan Husky with positive reinforcement

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

When we ask ourselves how to train an Alaskan Husky we must start from the assumption that there are different techniques for training puppies (but also adults). The important thing, however, is to understand the nature of our four-legged dog and then choose the method that best suits its character and personality.

The Alaskan Husky needs a leader, firm and decisive commands, and absolutely must not be treated with anger, much less with violence. The ideal method to train a dog like the Alaskan Husky is positive reinforcement, so associate a command with action but above all with a reward.

With this method, we can teach the dog while still a puppy to do its business at a precise point, which we have previously chosen. In the same way, we can teach it to wear the leash but also to walk beside us without pulling the leash when we are away from home.

The important thing is to avoid punishment, a dog like the Alaskan Husky should not be scolded repeatedly but treated with kindness and with the respect it deserves.

About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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