Today is the day I like to focus on my most FAV breed! The Siberian Husky.
If you have followed my Siberian Saturday posts for a while, you will probably already know that huskies are NOTORIOUS for running off, and simply cannot be trusted off lead.
A solid recall can save your dogs life?
Yep! It sure can. If your dog gets out, and you are unable to get him safely back in the house, there are FAR too many dangers out there to even begin to mention.
You might be wondering, if a husky cannot be trusted off lead, why bother teaching recall at all?
I'll get to that in a second, but first let me take a moment to explain recall and what it means, for those of you who don't know.
RECALL : Meaning to have the ability to call your dog back to you, no matter the situation.
If your dog happens to get outside, with no leash or lead, a solid recall will allow you to call your dog back to you, and they will actually listen! ;)
So, why is it important to teach a good recall with you husky?
The answer to that is simple.
As dog owners, I think every one of us have been in a situation where our dog(s) have darted out the door unexpectedly, or maybe on a walk, the leash slipped out of our hand, OR maybe your one of the brave ones who let your husky off lead, and experienced them not coming to you when called.
Whatever the case may be, recall can simply save your dogs life, and your own worry.
Do's and Don't of teaching recall -
- Teach on extra long lead
- have loads of high value yummy treats
- Stay positive
- Daily recall training sessions
- Train recall one dog at a time (for multiple dog owners)
- After lots of long lead recall training, try it in fenced in area
- Let your husky off lead while training recall
- Punish or yell at your dog while teaching recall
- Bring your dog to a dog park to teach recall
- Teach recall around other pets
- Expect your husky to instantly know exactly what you want when it comes to recall
When teaching recall, it is super important to keep your training sessions positive.
Anything negative, and our sensitive Siberian's will likely shy away from recall training all together.
Always teach recall on an extra long lead.
Do not attempt to teach recall with an off lead dog. IMO - Huskies should never be trusted off lead regardless.
Keep high value treats on you at all times during recall training.
Training daily, will help ensure a solid recall. It may be a lot of work, but well worth it.
Once your fairly comfortable with your recall training, try going to a fenced in area.
Practicing now with no lead. Have your high value treats, and test it out!
Continue to practice recall every day.
Even when it becomes reliable, continue the training to keep it fresh in their minds.
This way, if the unthinkable happens, and your husky darts out the door, you can feel fairly confident that your training will bring him back.
Stay tuned on a future post, where I will go more into the right and wrong ways to bring your dog back home safely, should your recall fail.
*side note - This post was about the husky breed, however my recall tips apply to all breeds.
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