Toilet Training

I’ve always found it much easier to toilet train a female rather than a male. Males are territorial and therefore like to mark their territory, resulting in them cocking their hind leg on most things.

I’ve also always found paper training to work quickly and easily. Obviously your pup won’t be able to go for a walk until all vaccines are complete, so taking them out in the garden, is a must for now.

A young pup may need to go out every few hours in the night as they can’t hold their bladder until at least three months of age.

If you have a back door leading out into your garden, put newspaper down in front of the door. If you’re pup has already been paper trained by the breeder, they will go to the loo on the paper instinctively. If not, then it’s your job to put the pup on the paper when they have had a drink or after food. The pup will soon pick up this habit.

Husky Crate Training

Once pup is able to go outside to toilet, they will have got used to going on the newspaper near the door. So as soon as you see them heading for the door you can open it and let them out to relieve themselves.

Crate training also comes in very useful when “potty training”. Sled dog breeds are clean animals and don’t want to be laid in their own mess. Using a crate to train your pup by taking them out of the crate straight out to loo will quickly be picked up too.

When your pup does go to the loo outdoors always reward and give plenty of praise. Try to put them on the same spot outside each time they go out. Puppies being puppies they will of course have a few accidents in the house, but don’t tell them off for this, just keep persevering and all the hard work will be worth it.

If you’ve taken on an older dog that’s not house trained, again crate training is a godsend. Take them out for a loo break after every meal and first thing in the morning, last thing at night and give plenty of praise and they will soon get the hang of it.

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey, along with his wife, Faye started the Northernwolf website way back in 2003 with a view to helping other husky owners who had questions about this amazing breed of dog. The website now caters for all other sled dog breeds.

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