Are Husky Puppies Hard to Train?

One of the most difficult choices for many people when adopting a dog is the breed of dog to adopt. There are a huge variety of dog breeds, all with their various pluses and minuses, pros and cons.

Some dog breeds, for example, are very easy to potty train, while others continue to make a nasty mess even after repeated training sessions. Other dog breeds have trouble with boundaries and socializing, while some take to these traits like the proverbial duck to water.

I was thinking about the ease (or difficulty) new pet parents face when adopting a puppy the other day. I was walking around my neighborhood when I spotted a dog owner furiously trying to keep his dog from pulling on its leash. (He was, unfortunately, losing the pulling match.)     

As I watched this small-ish man being pulled around by his big dog, a Husky, I wondered about a question I often hear: Are Husky puppies hard to train?

The answer (as my neighbor will no doubt attest) is that, yes, husky puppies are rather difficult to train. The reason is that, over the last few thousand years, (give or take a few) Huskies have been bred for one main reason; to pull sleds as sled dogs.

Here’s the thing; a Husky who needs to pull a sled needs a steely drive, amazing endurance, and incredible athletic ability. Huskies have all those traits in abundance, but they lack the patience needed for training to be a good housepet.

To be sure, Huskies are very intelligent dogs and learn quickly. However, if your training methods aren’t on point, they can easily learn bad habits (or no habits at all). In short, more time and dedication are needed to train a Husky well.

Now that you know that Husky puppies are hard to train, I’m sure you have more questions about adopting one. How hard is it to train a Husky puppy, for example, and are Husky puppies hard to potty train? If so, read on! I’ve got the answers to those questions and several more below, essential info if you want to adopt a Husky.

How Hard is it To Train a Husky Puppy?

Husky puppies are highly intelligent but stubborn dogs and accustomed to having quite a bit of independence. Those two factors make them more difficult to train than other dog breeds.

Husky puppies also go through different phases during their training. They seem to learn quickly during some phases, and everything seems to be going well. That can seemingly change, though, and they won’t recall anything you’re training them (or at least it feels that way).

Huskies learn quickly, but they will often simply choose to ignore what you’re training them because of that independence and a stubborn streak.

This stubbornness gives you an extra hurdle, if you will, to overcome when training a Husky. Not only do you have to teach your pup commands, but you also have to overcome their natural Independence, so they obey those commands in the future.

Again, Huskies learn quickly because they are extremely intelligent. Ironically (and frustratingly), their intelligence allows them to start ignoring you just as quickly as they learn new commands.

Are Huskies Hard to House Train?

Although they have a stubborn streak, potty training is one of the easier tasks ahead of you when you adopt a Husky puppy. The most important factor in your pup’s potty training is to be as consistent as possible and follow a routine. 

Since huskies are very keen on eating snacks, using treats as a tool to motivate them is a good choice. Whatever their favorite treat, you can use it to successfully potty train them faster. 

Don’t give your Husky pup big treats, but small nibbles instead. Too many treats can cause problems with obesity.

If you’re consistent and dedicated, most husky puppies will be potty trained within a week or two. Again, however, that depends on you, their puppy parent, and your training methods.

How Do You Discipline a Husky Puppy?

One of the most important things to do when training a husky puppy is establishing yourself as their leader. Huskies are pack dogs and follow a hierarchy of leadership. If they don’t see you as their “leader,” it can be incredibly difficult to get them to listen to your commands.

One way to do that is to establish a so-called pecking order whereby you do things before they do. For example, entering a doorway first, eating first, or moving your husky puppy out of your way to get past them.

Rewarding your Husky for good behavior works very well, especially when they replicate the behavior that you’re trying to establish. Remember to give them their reward quickly, so they make the connection between the command and the reward.

It’s also highly recommended that you use very little physical violence when training a husky puppy. It’s much better to use positive reinforcement, including treats, toys, playtime, and affection.

Lastly, when training, be assertive but try not to be angry. Dogs, especially Huskies, can distinguish between assertiveness and anger and respond better to the former than the latter.

Do Huskies Bark a Lot?

One of the traits humans like most about huskies is that they bark very little. Even if you forget to feed them, ignore them, etc., they generally won’t bark but will whine or howl. (Still, please don’t do those things.) 

One thing to remember is that, in many ways, huskies are very similar to their canine cousin, the wolf. Wolves communicate by howling and using long sustained howls to locate the other pack members in the wild. 

Of course, a howling dog can be almost as bad and sometimes worse than a dog who barks too much. You can avoid this (mostly) by providing plenty of exercise and playtime to your Husky pup.

Can a Husky Be an Inside Dog?

Like many dog breeds, Huskies have a ton of energy. However, they tend to have even more energy than most dogs because they were trained and bred to pull sleds for thousands of years.

That being said, Huskies can be excellent indoor dogs if given plenty of exercise and activity, so all that energy has an outlet.  If you meet their exercise needs and their need to dig, chew, and jump, they can be mellow and gentle.

If you don’t provide your Husky pup with the high amount of exercise and engagement they need, they can also be quite destructive. Husky puppies and dogs that don’t get enough exercise and attention can also become frustrated and hard to handle.

Final Thoughts 

Most dog trainers and veterinarians agree that husky puppies are hard to train. However, they also agree that training your Husky puppy will be much easier and less frustrating if you put in the time and effort and stay consistent. 

Remember, huskies have been bred for thousands of years to be independent and make decisions on their own. You need to take extra time and energy to have excellent training results with a Husky puppy.

Did you enjoy today’s blog about Husky puppies and training? I certainly hope you did, and all of your questions have been answered. If you would like to learn more about being a pet parent and how to raise a puppy well, please see my other blogs. 

All my puppy parenting blogs are filled with tips, advice, and real-world information that can be very helpful, especially if this is your first time adopting and caring for a puppy. Until next time, whatever the breed, enjoy raising your puppy and training them to be your best buddy!