Training a Husky Puppy to Relax in Her Kennel

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: October 18, 2018

We worked with a nine-month-old Husky puppy named Duck, to do puppy kennel training to help her calm down.

In this Omaha puppy training session I worked with Duck’s guardians on how to help Duck stop nipping and biting. Duck wasn’t trying to be aggressive but instead was playing but her version of playing was too excitable. What we wanted to do was train Duck to gain more self control and look to her guardians for direction instead of being hyper and nipping at them as her main way of playing. One of the ways that we accomplished this was by training her to relax in her kennel until her guardians gave her a release word to come out of her kennel, which you can see in the video below.

This strategy works well because it sets Duck up to be successful. If she is in her kennel she can’t nip and bite at her owners when she gets excited and she has to learn how to calm herself down. We ended up using some treats to help her learn the process, but the treats can be phased out over time. Once she gets the idea that she needs to be calm to be let out letting her out of the kennel will be the reward for her good behavior.

By the end of the session Duck was looking to her guardians for direction and learning to calm herself down. Remember that this will take time, patience and consistency. As a Husky trainer I recommend using our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward her for her good behavior. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Duck’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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