gjbroom92: Can you train a Siberian Husky to the point that you can let them off of the leash?
We have a 5 month old Siberian Husky puppy and everything that I've read says that you cannot train your Husky to the point that you can let them off of the leash due to their working dog instincts. They say that even older Huskys will take off and run for miles and miles. Has anyone been successful in playing/exercising their dog without the leash?
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Answer by J D
I got my Border Collie trained off leash. I do not see any reason why you could not get your dog trained. Any dog is trainable including a Chihuahua. That one even impressed a trainer at a dog obedience school.
Answer by Helene Orenstein
I learned the hard way that siberian huskies cannot be left off leash. I had 2 beautiful females, that we used shock collars with the underwire fence. I wish someone had told me they need a good fence and not to be off leash. I worked with then, had several sets of lessons and they got off our property and someone shot them claiming she thought they were wolves.
An experience I will never get over and I post this to prevent it from happening to someone else. My experience is that no matter how well trained they are, a husky is bred to run and run they will. Please don't ever take the risk of thinking you will be the one that can train them to stay off leash.
Answer by kristen
I think you may have missed the window of opportunity to train off leash. We started with ours as early as 6 weeks. There was a point around 10 weeks when he became very independent and started running off.
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We then started working on call back training at the dog park. This is great for training because there are so many distractions (other dogs) and it's usually a wide open area, but you can rest assured your husky won't be hit by a car, or run too far (the park should be fenced in).
Ours can be trusted off leash, and he is 5 months old. However, it took quite a bit of training. If he's not wearing a leash, he may run off. But if he's wearing it (but we're not holding it, it's dragging behind him) it puts him in the mindset that he needs to stay close.
It's absolutely possible! Just know it will take hard work. Use treats and praise him when he's coming back to you!
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