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Crate Training Huskies The Easiest Way – Free Dog Crate Training Tips

Crate Training Huskies Sleeping Husky

Dogs are den animals which means they naturally seek out small places that are easily defendable, giving them peace of mind, a feeling of safety. Purchasing a crate for your husky is a great way to satisfy this instinctive behavior and doubles as a great training tool. Our husky Aura suffers from separation anxiety so it was necessary for us to crate train her very quickly after we brought her home. After doing some research on the topic I have assembled some of the best tips for crate training huskies.

It’s Not a Jail!

There are many people that have an aversion to crates because they are reminded of jail cells looking at one. You should never use the crate as a punishment device though and if trained correctly your pup will see the crate as a safe home base and not a prison sentence. A crate is much more like a playpen is to a child than a prisoner in a jail cell.

Benefits of Crate Training Huskies

Here are a few of the benefits that come with crate training your husky.

  • Creates a sanctuary for your beloved pet to retreat to in times of stress.
  • Keeps your dog from making messes or chewing things while you’re away from home.
  • Greatly accelerates potty training because most dogs will avoid going potty where they sleep.
  • Traveling with your dog is much easier as many establishments require that dogs be confined in a crate.

Crate Training Supplies

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need to most effectively crate train your husky.

  • An appropriately sized crate for your husky that allows them to turn around and get comfortable. We have a 42 in L x 28 in W x 30 ‘fold and carry dog crate’ by Grreat Choice and it’s the perfect fit for her.
  • Towels and training pads for any accidents.Crate Training Huskies Aura's Kong Toy
  • Water bottle with a water and vinegar mixture to clean the crate.
  • Dog toys, a KONG is a great option.
  • Dog treats to help your dog associate training as a positive experience.
  • A sheet or some sort of cover to put over the crate.
  • Some sort of bedding or soft material to make the crate comfortable.

Crate Training Huskies

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to crate train your husky.

  1. Put the crate in a room where you will spend most of your time. Dogs are social creatures and want to be near you so this will make training much easier. We have Aura’s crate in our bedroom.
  2. Prepare the crate by putting a soft material down inside. For puppies if possible getting a blanket that smells like the mother is very helpful. You can also put a sheet over the crate which will make it feel safer and cozier to your dog.
  3. Decide on a command to give your dog when they enter the crate. We tell Aura to ‘go to your room’ when we put her in her crate. Whatever you choose, be consistent with it.
  4. Entice your pup into entering the crate by putting a toy or snack inside. If your dog tries to take the treat out of the crate then take it from them and put it back in. This will teach them that they only get the treat if they’re inside the crate.
  5. Reinforce this behavior by giving your dog a treat every time they completely enter the crate when giving the command. This can take a long time or not much at all depending on your dog. Just remember to be patient with them while they’re learning.
  6. At first sit in front of the crate with the door open to help your pet get comfortable with it. Pet them while speaking in a calm voice to help them acclimate easier.
  7. When your pet has become more comfortable with the crate, then close the door and wait a few minutes.
  8. Repeat this process and each time leave your dog in the crate a little longer. Start with five minutes and work up to half an hour, an hour, etc.
  9. Begin to leave the room once your dog can stand to wait more than five minutes in the crate. This will teach them to be more independent and that you’ll always come back.
  10. Slowly your husky will come to associate their crate with good things and will start to enter of their own accord. This is a good sign and you should further reinforce this behavior by praising them.

Additional Crate Training Tips

Here is a list of additional crate training tips to take into consideration.Crate Training Huskies Aura in her Crate

  • If your dog whines or howls do not let them out of their crate. Huskies especially are known to be very vocal and I know it can be hard but do your best to wait for a lapse in the whining before letting them out. If you don’t you then you will teach them that bad behavior will get them out of the crate.
  • Consider feeding your dog their meals while they’re in the crate. This will further associate good things with the crate.
  • Always be calm and assertive when your dog enters and exits the crate. Acting too excited will encourage them to see the crate as a punishment which we want to avoid.
  • Praise your dog when they show good behavior and ignore them when they behave badly.
  • If your dog has a collar be sure to take it off before putting them in their crate as this can be a choking hazard.
  • Some crates come with a ‘divider panel’ so that you can buy one crate that accommodates a puppy into adulthood. As the puppy gets bigger you simply push the divider back until it is no longer needed because your dog now fits into the crate appropriately.
  • Dogs should not be left in their crate for too long. Puppies are only able to hold the contents of their bladder in for short periods of time and require frequent potty breaks.
  • Tiring your dog out with playtime or by going on a walk before trying to crate train can be helpful as your dog will be tired and more likely to calm down.
  • For faster training have your dog sleep in their crate. If you go this route you’ll want to put the crate in your room and expect some crying. Be sure to let the dog out if you think it needs to use the restroom though.
  • You’ll periodically want to clean the liner to your dog’s crate. A water and vinegar mixture will do just fine.

Last Notes on Crate Training Huskies

Crate training huskies is a fairly straight forward process and its benefits far outweigh any perceived negative emotions associated with it. Be Always very patient with your pet through the learning process and try not to get too frustrated if things aren’t working right away. It can take weeks to months to crate train your dog depending on a variety of different factors.

For further reading check out what the ASPCA and the Humane Society have to say about crate training huskies. Midwest Homes 4 Pets has a great video on YouTube about the basics of crate training.

If you had success or are struggling with crate training your dog please leave a comment below with your story! What was crate training your pet like?

 

 

 

 

 

New Puppy Checklist – New Dog Checklist

New Puppy Checklist

Bringing home a new dog of any age is a big decision that should be made together as a family. Even before we met Aura my partner and I knew that bringing home a dog would be a huge responsibility to share and had many open and honest conversations about it.

To help make sure you’re prepared to bring home your new pet use this new puppy checklist which doubles as a new dog checklist to make sure you have all the necessary essentials and then some.

Collar

There are many different types of collars for a new dog owner to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages. It might be a good idea to buy a variety to see what works best with your husky. Aura's blue martingale collar

For Aura we bought her a pink martingale collar that really brings our her eyes. Martingale collars are much gentler than a choke collar and much safer on the dog making them great for training purposes. To the right is a picture of the blue martingale collar that she came with.

ID Tag

In case your dog ever gets lost or escapes it’s a good idea to have an ID tag on them at all times. Huskies are especially adept at getting away so you may also want to get your pup microchipped as an added precaution.

We had a custom ID tag made at Petsmart and it was a very simple and easy process. We put Aura’s name and our address engraved on the front of her tag. On the back we had our names and phone numbers engraved. She is also microchipped so if and when she gets away from us anyone who finds her will be able to locate her home easily.

Leash

A leash is a very important essential for any dog owner to have. In Arizona a leash no longer than 6 feet is required by law if you have your dog out in public.

Like collars leashes come in a variety of styles but they’re all essentially just a rope you can attach to your dog’s collar to help keep control over them. We have two standard nylon leashes, one is about 3 feet and the other one is closer to 5 feet in length.

Dog Food

You’ll need something for your dog to eat when you bring them home and human food is unfortunately not going to cut it. Awhile ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Pet Fooled’ and it left me feeling like I don’t even want a dog because I’m going to end up killing it by choosing the wrong or contaminated food.

Our best advice is to do your own research and feed your pooch what you think is best, and stay consistent. If you elect to make any changes to your pet’s diet do it slowly so their stomach can acclimate to the new food.

Water and Food Dishes

At least one set of food and water bowls should be purchased before you bring your new pup home. Feeding them in the same place with the same bowls will teach them good eating manners and provide a perfect time for training.

Weighted stainless steel or chrome dishes are the best as they can’t be pushed around as easily or develop crevices from the dog chewing on it. If your dog is an outdoor dog and you live somewhere where it gets cold enough use a ceramic or plastic bowl as this will prevent your dog’s tongue from getting stuck to it in colder temperatures.

Treats

For many dogs treats are key for good training. In most cases nothing can hold the attention of a husky better than a delicious treat can.

Give treats to your dog to reinforce good behavior and to connect a good action to reward, or even just out of the blue every once in awhile to show you love them.

Chew Toys

Chew toys are a great thing to have around when you need your dog to entertain itself for a little while. These can also make good training treats if your dog responds well enough to them. Be sure to purchase new toys on a continuous basis to keep your pup interested and expose them to new experiences.

Aura absolutely loves toys that squeak and she can tear them to shreds within a day so we will definitely be buying her a variety of new chew toys on a regular basis.

Crate

Some people have an aversion to crates because they remind us of little jail cells but it doesn’t have to be that way. A crate Fold and Carry Dog Crate Box from Grreat Choiceshould be a safe sanctuary for your dog to run to when they are feeling anxious or afraid. If your dog is ever injured or you need to transport them somewhere it is much easier with a crate. Plus if you’re traveling with your pet many hotels will only allow crate trained dogs in their establishment.

We have a ‘Fold and Carry Dog Crate’ from Grreat Choice and it’s plenty big for our husky Aura. Its dimensions are 42 in L x 28 in W x 30 in giving her plenty of room to turn around and get comfortable in. We plan on eventually converting one of our closets into a custom space that can be used like a den for her.

Outdoor Kennel

Especially if your dog is an outdoor pet you should purchase an outdoor kennel which, similar to a crate, gives the dog somewhere they can retreat to the feeling of safety. If you don’t have a yard for your outdoor pup the kennel should be at least 6 x 12 feet and 6 feet high. Huskies are known to be good diggers and climbers when they want to get somewhere so putting it on a concrete slab is most ideal if possible.

We bought our house with adopting a dog in mind so our backyard is plenty big and has very high walls.

Grooming Tools

Here are a few grooming supplies to pick up before you bring your husky home.

  • Rake Brush – Huskies have two coats of fur and a rake brush can help get knots out and untangle hair.Rake Brush, Wide-toothed Metal Comb, Slicker Brush
  • Wide-toothed Metal Comb – Like the rake a wide-toothed metal comb or ‘collie comb’ can be used to further untangle matted fur and is a little gentler.
  • Slicker Brush – Once you have raked your husky’s undercoat out you’ll want to use a slicker brush to smooth the fur over and keep it fluffy and soft.
  • Spray Bottle – Filling this with water and using it when brushing matted fur out with a rake or collie comb can be very helpful. Depending on how your dog reacts to it and spray bottle can be used as a deterrent for bad behavior.
  • Dog Nail Clippers – Husk nails should be trimmed three to four times a year but be careful not to cut too deep or you’ll cut the quick and cause a lot of pain for your friend. You can always have a professional dog grooming service take care of this step if you’re concerned about messing up.
  • Dog Shampoo – Try not to bathe your husky too much or you will dry out their skin and fur. A few times a year is more than enough or whenever your pup gets into something nasty and makes a mess.
  • Small Tooth Brush with Dog Toothpaste – Toothpaste made for humans sometimes contain toxic ingredients to dogs so be sure to get tooth paste specifically made for dogs or just use water.
  • Grooming Table – It’s really nice to have a space dedicated to your pets grooming needs.

Dog Bed

Even if your dog sleeps in your bed it is important to get them a spot reserved especially for them. Feel free to put your dog bed in your dog’s crate or leave it somewhere else around the house that your dog is likely to nap.

Dog Door

A dog door isn’t necessarily a necessity but they are a nice thing to have for convenience. A good dog door will allow your pet in and out at will and certain models can do more than others such as letting your pup in but not back out or vice versa.

Gates

Baby or doggie gates can be used to restrict your dog’s access to certain parts of the house. We plan on purchasing one to teach Aura to stay out of the kitchen when dinner is being made.

Cleaning Supplies

Especially if you’re bringing a puppy home expect there to be mishaps and spills so here is a list of some cleaning supplies that will come in handy.

  • Paper towels – for when you inevitably need to clean a mess up.
  • Baby wipes – an easy way to wipe your dog down without a full on bath if they get into something icky.
  • Stain remover – if you have carpet anywhere in your house this will come in handy if there are any accidents.
  • Training pads – especially for puppies you may want to line the area they’ll be in with training pads while potty training.

Miscellaneous Extras

These items aren’t absolutely necessary to have but are very convenient to have!

  • Bag Dispenser – Having a place to keep all your doggie bags neat comes in handy. You can purchase the bags separately or like us just save and use plastic grocery bags.
  • Pooper Scooper – Especially if your yard is your dog’s main restroom one of these will make picking up after your pet much easier on your back. I try to go out and clear our yard of dog droppings once a week or so.
  • Food Scooper – If you monitor your dog’s diet a dedicated scoop that measures out the perfect amount of food is awesome to have.
  • Dog Literature – If you’re going to own a husky, or any dog for that matter, it’s good to do a little research on the breed. We recommend Siberian Huskies for Dummies by Diane Morgan as a good start.

A Whole Bunch of Love

The most important thing on this checklist is love. Dogs are very intelligent creatures that pickup on whatever energy you’re putting out there. If you’re stressed or angry they will know it. They’ll give you unconditional love and will know if you’re giving it back.

Bringing home a puppy or new dog is an amazing experience but can also be a stressful one. I hope this new puppy and new dog checklist helps prepare you a little better if you’re thinking about adopting a dog.

Leave a comment below with your new puppy checklist and let me know if there’s something I missed!

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