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3 Tips To Teach Your Husky To Come When Called

| Published on December 7, 2016

Getting your Siberian Husky to come when called can be a challenge for Husky owners. It’s an important behavior, for obvious reasons, but it’s also a difficult one that many dog owners accidentally mess up. Chances are, you have actually done things that have caused your Husky to not want to come to you without realizing it (like scolding them for doing something wrong after coming to you). If your Husky doesn’t respond to your Come cue, try these 3 secrets to getting him to come when called.

Image Source: Rennett Stowe via Flickr
Image Source: Rennett Stowe via Flickr

#1 – Don’t Call Your Husky For Something He Hates

Dogs learn by association. For example, they counter surf one time, get a piece of steak and then associate counter surfing with food and continue to do it. So, if you call your Husky to you every time you need to do something he hates such as a bath, nail trim, car ride, etc., he will associate coming when called with negative things and not want to come to you. To not ruin your come, it’s better to go get your dog in these instances. And definitely never punish your Husky if he comes when called.

#2 – Get Low & Act Excited

The more fun you look, the more likely your Husky is going to want to come to where the party is! If you are finding that he doesn’t immediately come running after you once you’ve said your cue, try crouching down with arms open and a relaxed happy face. Most dogs will be much more likely to come to a person in this position than one who is standing up straight in a “serious” posture.

#3 – Disappear

No matter how independent your Husky seems, she really does want you around. If she didn’t respond to that Come cue, find a place to hide. A bush, a tree, inside the house—anywhere your dog can’t see you will work. Chances are, as soon as she realizes she can’t see you, she will look for you. When your Husky finds you, remember to praise them and be happy!

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