Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Independent Husky

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Middleton SA
    Posts
    85

    Default Independent Husky

    hi steve, I have a very strong minded husky, in other words if she doesn't want to do something she won't lol. She has had training, she knows all the basic commands, except come back when called, so as a consequence never goes off leash, which I would love to be able to do, she also has some aggressiveness towards some dogs, not all she tends to pick and choose the ones she dislikes, so I can never fully trust her, any ideas on how I can get through to her would be great I have used clicker training with her.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Middleton SA
    Posts
    85

    Default

    forgot to mention she is desexed and is two and half years old

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    203

    Default

    oh dear i think you have just described most all huskys i have one myself. i can take her off lead but i always make sure there is no dogs around as she is too overly friendly with them and can freak out the owners.

    my best advice is to train with your pup everyday, consistency is the key. if the pup doesn't do something then you either make them (which i don't really like) or you ignore them for a few secs and try again.

    you can also try hand feeding your dog its dinner for a few weeks so EVERYTHING he gets comes from you. and use its dinner in your training sessions so it has to work for everything it gets
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kurrajong / Hawkesbury
    Posts
    189

    Default

    MJ: hi steve, I have a very strong minded husky, in other words if she doesn't want to do something she won't lol. She has had training, she knows all the basic commands, except come back when called, so as a consequence never goes off leash, which I would love to be able to do, she also has some aggressiveness towards some dogs, not all she tends to pick and choose the ones she dislikes, so I can never fully trust her, any ideas on how I can get through to her would be great I have used clicker training with her.
    KT: oh dear i think you have just described most all huskys i have one myself. i can take her off lead but i always make sure there is no dogs around as she is too overly friendly with them and can freak out the owners.

    my best advice is to train with your pup everyday, consistency is the key. if the pup doesn't do something then you either make them (which i don't really like) or you ignore them for a few secs and try again.

    you can also try hand feeding your dog its dinner for a few weeks so EVERYTHING he gets comes from you. and use its dinner in your training sessions so it has to work for everything it gets
    S: I agree is essence with Kaz, this breed can be known for independance alright!

    What I personally do is (if the dog doesnt have any serious behaviours that need to be stopped) is build a very strong reward system. Often it is easy to see if a dog has a preference for food, toys (tug) or praise affection.

    Which ever one (drive) I find that has the most interest to the dog, I use only that one and build it every day.

    Say you were using food, many people like to get the behaviour first eg a sit, they might get that by place and show style methods and then reward.

    I find this works ok for your highly driven dogs but when the dogs drive is a little lower, it can end up not as rewarding (reinforcing) as you need it to be.

    I would plan to start training again, just simple exercise like look at you or touch my hand.

    I wouldnt at all show the dog the food to begin with but use a phrase to trigger the dogs drive, like Ready?

    Straight after the ready, I would touch my hand on the dogs nose, and then give a release command and give the dog a treat with the other hand.

    When the dog begins to expect the treat, instead of you touching the dogs nose, you just put your hand out in front of the dog and the dog should move forward to touch your hand.

    Release and treat.

    When this behaviour is stable, happens every time with a bit of enthusiasm, I take it on the road by instead of only doing this in my back yard, I go to a new place and try again.

    I use some limitation like a leash so the dog cant walk off for eg but thats all.

    If the dog does not trigger in a new placem I dont try twice, I take it home.

    Alsways start with a hungry dog and use high value treats...
    Steve Courtney, K9 Pro - The K9 Professionals

    www.k9pro.com.au

    Official Forum Trainer and Behaviourist

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Middleton SA
    Posts
    85

    Default

    thanks steve and kaz, will keep on persisting, hopefully will see some improvement soon

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •