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On with the vibe !
Ok . . . . so if you have read my past Sibe-Vibes , you will know that I have touched a bit on traits of a Husky .
Things Huskies are NOTORIOUS for.
One of the main traits is huskies are escape artists !
This is something that should be well known for anyone ever thinking on getting this breed.
I'm not going to get to much into the subject because I have posted on this before , BUT the reason I brought this up is simple .
Each one of my dogs have all had their turn escaping .
First came Mika .
She was an only dog at the time , and we use to let her off leash quite often .
She was great with it ! Then one day she decided to take off . I had not worked on recall , and didn't realize how important it was at the time .
Although I soon did !
She took off and I went running after her . BIG mistake !
This turned into a game for her , she dodged around me , and deeked me out better then a hockey player deeks in the Stanley cup finals !
She eventually came of course and was safe and sound . I gave her one more shot at being off leash a few weeks later after researching how to work a good recall and she took off again , luckily I got her back much quicker this time , and needless to say , that was the end of her off leash days . The more I researched the more I found out what a BAD idea it was to trust a husky off their lead .
Next came Lexus .
Learning from my past mistakes I never let Lexi off leash , not even once !
BUT I worked on recall regardless just in case she ever got loose .
And one day she did .
I had her outside on a leash ! And somehow , some way the leash slipped off my wrist . Lex took off like a bat out hell !
Up the side walk she went and me , remembering my recall . Used it . And she came running back to me . *Phew*
THEN a few weeks later , I was walking her , she had her harness on as always , and all the sudden she decided to go back wards against her harness and in one swift motion , she slipped out of it , like nothing !
Again , recall came into play and she came back *Phew* . . . again !
And now we have Koda .
Koda being the whole reason I decided to post this today . ha !
So of course having 2 huskies who have already played the escape convict before, I immediately started working on recall with him .
And its a good thing to !
Had him out for his walk about a week ago , and I took him down by the river for the first time . The river is pretty loud, with a very strong current .
There is a lovely pathway that you can walk along and there's a bar type fence and then the river is dropped off past the fence . ANYWAYS keeping in mind he is still a pup (9 months old) these things are still very new to him , when we walked up by the river drop off , he got scared and pulled a
Lexus . . . in one quick swift move he was out of his harness and bounding away through the snow . Having the time of his life at this point .
I could just hear his thoughts to * * * FREEEEEEEDOM * * * haha !
So using the recall we worked on he came back and all are safe and sound .
SO you might be asking , what is recall ? Or how do you teach recall ?
I am in no way a professional dog trainer , and all the things I work on with my pack are things that just work for me and my babies , and/or things I have learned simply from googling them and YouTube .
That being said , I will share some recall tips with you .
|Husky on the run !|
|Great example of a husky escape convict !!!!!|
When your dog gets loose , it is extremely important to keep your cool .
If your dog runs and you choose to either get upset or decide to chase after them in a panic , they will turn it into a very frustrating game .
It is easy for panic mode to set in when this happens so it is important to maintain a normal "you" so that your dogs feels no differently .
To start your recall training , use a very long lead instead of trying to train off leash . This way , you don't have to worry about them running off .
Stalk your pockets up with some yummy treats , bring you and your dog outside , and your ready to go .
Let your dog walk around and sniff whatever he likes for a bit and then call him to you , when he comes , give a treat .
Release him , and repeat this a few times .
Now when you call him to you , once he comes , hold him gently by the collar or harness and while your holding him by you , give him a couple treats . Then release him again to go play .
If your wondering why grab their collar , this is so they do not fear you reaching for them when and if they do escape , and you have to grab on , to lead them back in the house .
Do this every day with your dog . You need to make them realize , that when they have a bit of freedom , then you call them back , they will get rewarded thus always making him want to return to you .
Always train positively in your sessions. If you get upset because he won't come when you call , this will only make him not want to come even more .
Keep your cool , And if he doesn't come to you at first when you try to do your lead recall , let him know you have treats . Once he realizes he will get rewarded , it gets much easier !
So there you have it ! Recall 101 haha !
Again I will say , these methods worked for me and my pack , but I am NOT a trainer and cannot guarantee any advice .
From experience however , it works !
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone !
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