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Crate Training your Husky

Tips on how to train a Siberian Husky to stay in a crate

Training your Siberian Husky to stay in a crate keys is in on your dog's natural instinct to den. Picture how wolves behave if it were in the wild. Mature wolves or wild dogs will instinctually find a place to make a den or an area they consider to be safe to slumber. When a female wolf gives birth to puppies in the wilderness, she creates a den and ensures it stays unsoiled until the pups are mature enough to

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venture outside of the den on their own. She teaches them it’s not good to use the bathroom in the area in which they curl up to sleep. Very often you will see a dog sleeping under a bed, table or desk or even next to a piece of furniture if there is no other area provided for them to den. This is because pet dogs will also, as you would expect, have the instinct to den. It is not cruel or abusive, as some may think, to develop this habit from the time you bring your new Siberian Husky companion home. In fact, to not give a dog a safe area they call their own, can be cruel in itself.

I have spoken to many people in the past who believe that it is inhumane to place a puppy or a dog in a crate. The source for this feeling most likely stems from people’s negative associations of cages and zoos and things similar to these. However, if you were to look at is as a safety reason, you might see it in a different light. The way you should be looking at it is that a crate keeps your dog safe from chewing on objects when you cannot be around to watch them, such as electrical cords, (which can kill your pet instantly), your brand new carpet, the leather couch and your new shoes. Think of it like this, it is much like the use of a playpen setup for a baby or toddler. It is also an important tool in teaching your dog to go to the bathroom outdoors instead of indoors. Siberian Husky Puppies learn from their mothers that they shouldn't soil the area in which they are sleeping. When they are still very young, the puppies will crawl away from their sleeping area to an area they chose as the bathroom area, and go there. As you can see, they are naturally trained not to go to the bathroom in the area where they rest.

Still, there are more reasons why you should be crate training your Siberian Husky early, such as taking a trip on an airplane. Let’s suppose you have to bring your dog on an airplane. All airlines require that they must be placed in an airplane safe crate for this. Flying is stressful enough for a dog that is already gone through  crate training to be in a crate, but now add the anxiety of having never been in a crate before to a dog that has to be put on an airplane for the very first time. Are you able to understand the reason for the dog to be comfortable with staying in a crate?

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Another reason is for the purpose of placing your pet in boarding kennels. What if you have to go out of town and you are unable to bring your pet with you? If you do not have a friend or family member willing to dog sit for you, then you have no choice but to leave the dog in a boarding kennel? A dog that has had previous crate training, will adapt to this situation with less stress and separation anxiety. Normally, people will bring the dog's toys and treats with them to the boarding facility. This will give the dog a greater sense of comfort in having his or her own toys and treats.

When you adopt a husky it is also a good idea to crate them for the first few nights just as if you are bringing a new puppy into a home.

Keeping the new husky safe while they are riding in the car is another grounds for crate training them. Imagine what would happen if they were in a car accident, and your dog is not in a crate but loose in the back or front seat, or worse still in your lap. Firstly, they stand a very good chance of leaping out into oncoming traffic through a flung open door and getting hit and possibly killed by a fast moving vehicle, or running off, never to be found again, because they are in shock and terrified of the events that had just unfolded. If you have your dog in a crate while they are traveling in the car and you happen to be involved in an accident, the dog may get knocked around but the crate will most likely guard the dog from being hit and killed. A crate may actually assist in restraining them in the car itself, and will keep them from being lost if the car doors fling open. Even in the event the crate is thrown from the car, it could help protect the dog. Remember that if you are hurt in the accident the EMT's are more apt to keep your dog safe and contained if the dog is in a crate and makes it much easier for them to transport the dog to a safe place out of harm’s way.

Your initial decision as to what the rules of the house will be needs to be made prior to you bring the puppy home and then you must ensure that those rules are adhered to. If your dog fusses when you first put them in their crate, it is probably because they would rather be snuggled up close to you, the same way in which they were with their previous litter mates or their birth mother. If them to jump up in your lap or onto the bed, couch or chair when you initially bring them into your house, then it will be much harder to get rid of these negative behaviors as they get older.

 

 

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Crate Training your Siberian Husky to stay in a crate should all be done positively with no negative vibes. Make sure that you have the crate ready and comfortable for them when you first bring your companion home. To begin the crate training, get a small tasty treat that they will be attracted to and allow them to smell it, then use that treat to lure the puppy into the crate. Once they enter the crate to explore this new area and get the treat, leave the cage open and let them come out as they wish. Never attempt to force the puppy into the crate and don't make them remain in there the first several attempts. Praise them gently while they are in there and associate a word or phrase for going in. Some people use words such as "kennel up", "crate", etc. Remember to use the word you have chosen AS you are placing the treat into the crate and they are following it in. The method of placing a treat into the crate must be continued multiple times, allowing him to be relaxed enough go in on his own. Do this a number of times, about five times should suffice, and then stop and let the puppy rest for a short time. Repeat this procedure many times the first day of crate training.

When the husky is going in after the treat happily and when he has just ended playing and using the bathroom and is exhausted, lure them into the crate with the treat as you have done before but this time close the door behind them. Put a husky resistant toy such as a Kong or Rhino in the crate at this time. Something they have not seen before and something that is attractive and will keep their attention for a few minutes. A suggestion would be a Kong you can fill with peanut butter or treats. After closing the door, sit on the floor in front of the crate and talk to the husky puppy if needed. If they cry or whine, put your fingers through the grate in the door to comfort him that you're still there.

Normally, a puppy will only whine for a short while and may even fall asleep if they are tired. Stay there until the whining subsides and they calm down. Once they are calm open the crate door. Do not let them out of the crate until they are quiet for at least thirty seconds and they have calmed down, if they have been whining. Maybe try and distract them with another toy to give them a chance to be quiet so you can let them out while they are quiet but DO NOT let them out, especially the first time doing this, until they are quiet. If they happen to fall asleep, then that is great! Let them stay asleep in the cage until they wake up and then it's right outside to go to the bathroom. Never use a lot of praise and elaboration when you open the crate door and ignore them for a few moments after they are out so that they do not get the impression that getting out is more exciting than being in the crate. Under no circumstances, yell or correct in any negative way what so ever. You need to just make up your mind that you will calmly wait the puppy out no matter what happens.

If you have gotten your new Siberian Husky puppy or adoptive adult dog during the daytime and had time to do the crate training, great! They will already be familiar with going in the crate after a yummy treat or favorite toy. If not, and you have decided that you want to start their life in your home home sleeping in a crate here's what you need to do. Play with the husky till they are worn-out, make sure they have gone to the bathroom outside and place the crate where you will be sleeping. Some people will put the crate beside their bed allowing the puppy to still see them.

Huskies want to be in the same room as their ‘alpha’ which is you. Ensure you remove any collar that might be unsafe please remember that huskies are escape artists and if they try to get out of the crate, they may get their collar stuck and end up choking, place or coax the tired dog into the crate. At this point, go to bed and turn out the lights as usual. If the puppy whines, assure them with your voice that you are there and that everything is fine. You may lose a little sleep that night and possibly the next but NEVER open the door for him for at least four hours. Keep in mind that some puppies get nervous the first night home and need to go to the bathroom again. If not, remember: the dog has successfully used the bathroom just before bed. Do not get frustrated with them or yell at them but do not give in and let them out either. If the lights are out, the crate is comfortable and is warm enough, and you are right there to let them lick your fingers and talk softly to them, then usually they will fall asleep within an hour, or less if they are tired. If the dog or puppy does wake up in the middle of the night whining, have your sweats, shoes and shirt ready to take him outside. Get dressed quickly before you open the crate then quickly lead the dog, or carry if the dog is a puppy, to the potty area immediately.

Remember to praise them softly and gently for a job well done. When they are finished, bring them back in and without getting into a play session with them, return them to their crate, turn the lights out and go back to sleep. If they fuss for a short time, put your fingers in the grate of the crate and talk softly to them. At the most two or three nights of this and your puppy or dog will be familiar with the routine. Remember that it is your responsibility to get him out BEFORE he has had a chance soil his den. If you happen to sleep through the puppy/dog whining and he is forced to potty in his crate because they can't hold it, don't blame or scold him. Clean it up using a urine neutralizer. An inexpensive neutralizer would be a mixture of water and light vinegar. Put pads or clean towels in the crate and return to your established pattern. setting an alarm clock might be helpful to should you find it difficult to keep on track. Having a cage that is too big for the pup, otherwise there will be enough room for the puppy to soil in his crate and not think about it as soiling his sleeping area. Once the puppy is used to its routine and after they no longer needs to go out every four hours, you can put the crate somewhere else in the house