Socialization and Siberian Husky Training

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Socialization is important for all puppies, and is especially important for members of larger breeds such as the Siberian husky. Dogs tend to attack out of fear, so making your dog unafraid of strangers and family friends will keep him or her from being aggressive around them.

Socialization involves allowing your Siberian husky puppy to be around other pets and people and learn not to fear them. Invite people to come over to your house and sit near the puppy. When the puppy has had time to come near your guests and sniff them, reassuring him or herself that they are harmless, have your visitors pet the pup. Let them wait until the puppy is comfortable with being petted before reaching out to pick him or her up, since it can be scary for a puppy to be picked up by strangers. Take your puppy out with a leash and go to a place where you are likely to encounter other people and dogs. Some restaurants allow leashed dogs on their patios or sidewalks, or try going to an outdoor shopping center. Dog parks and beaches are good places to meet other dogs and people who like dogs and are likely to pet them. As your new friend is exposed to people and other dogs and does not get hurt, he or she will learn not to fear them. If home socialization is not enough, dog training classes for puppies can provide more exposure to people and other puppies in a safe, structured environment. If your puppy still does not do well with other pets and people after all attempts at socialization, see a veterinarian or dog behavior troubleshooter.

Like all breeds, Siberian huskies have a need for exercise, and being confined all day is not good for a large dog that will not be able to get enough physical activity in the house all day. Fortunately, Siberian huskies are known for their good temperament and willingness to work, so Siberian husky training can be easy and enjoyable.

For good exercise, Siberian husky training can include agility training. Either take your dog to a professional obstacle course or you can build one at home. Begin your dog training with an obstacle such as a tunnel. Take your dog to the tunnel and act enthusiastic about this new game. Throw a treat into the tunnel and allow your dog to go after it, then run to the other end of the tunnel and call him or her. Praise your dog so that dog training is fun. Carry on your Siberian husky training with the other obstacles. Use a leash to walk your dog over the teeter-totter, praising all along the walk and giving a reward at the end. Guide him or her in and out of the parallel poles, again giving praise and a treat. Remember to be upbeat all through your dog training so that he or she will see this dog training as a fun game.

Siberian husky training can also include leash training so that you can go for enjoyable walks together. Attach a collar (not a choke collar) and lead and take your dog outside. Place your dog at your left side and say, "Letís go." At this command your dog should walk along with you, but be able to stop and stiff the flowers (bring along a plastic bag as well). If your dog tries to pull you, stop and go the other way. This aspect of Siberian husky training teaches that trying to pull you will not get him or her where he or she wants to go. Continue your dog training with the command to "heel." This dog training command is good for taking your dog into a crowd in which you want him or her to follow you closely. Hold your pooch at your left side and if he or she begins to wander, gently pull your dog toward you, saying "heel." If he or she pulls away from the heel position, again stop and go the other way, so that he or she learns that obeying the command to heel is the only way to continue the walk.

If after your best efforts your Siberian husky training is still not going well, see your veterinarian or trainer for assistance. Enjoy your new best friend.

Lea Mullins, shares information on Siberian Husky Training and socialization . Visit to learn more about Dog Training.

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