How to Crate Train a Husky 

By Coty Perry

The trick is to introduce your Husky to their crate, leave the door open and allow them to get comfortable at their own pace. Inspire them to enter the crate when they’re ready to relax and be sure to take them out for a potty break before you do so. 

Huskies are a unique and fun breed. These dogs love to talk

, sing, and make all kinds of interesting noises you’ve never heard before. 

One thing is for sure, these Huskies are not afraid to tell you how they’re feeling and if you’ve never experimented with crate training before, you’re in for a treat. It won’t be easy, but it’s certainly possible to crate train any dog and Huskies are no exception. 

Hopefully this guide helps make the overall process a little easier for you. 

Where to Place the Crate for your husky

Where you put the crate is an important piece of the puzzle. In the beginning especially, you want to put the crate in an area where there is a lot of traffic. By doing this, it doesn’t make your Husky feel isolated or excluded and it doesn’t feel like a punishment. 

At some point when they’re used to the crate, you may want to put it somewhere else but for now, putting it in the living room, kitchen, or another common area is the best policy. 

Leave The Door Open for your husky

When you’re training a Husky to go in their crate, you need to allow them to do it at their own pace and it needs to be seen as a normal place to go and not somewhere they go to be left alone. 

Allow them to go in and out of the crate as they want and give them as much time as possible. Keep in mind that some shelter dogs who are a bit older could have bad experiences with crates and it may make the process even more difficult. 

Make the Crate Comfortable for your husky

We like to make the places we go to rest comfortable, right? The same applies for your Husky. Their crate should be a comfortable place with soft blankets, toys, and things that they like. You could even put treats in there on occasion to surprise your Husky and further create positive experiences and memories around the crate. 

Use The Word 

Say the word “CRATE” whenever referring to it so your Husky will begin associating the thing they go in as a crate. If you put a treat inside there, say CRATE when you do it. If you are setting up a blanket or something in there, say CRATE so your Husky begins to understand what it is. 

Closing Thoughts on Crate Training a Husky

Once you think your Husky is ready for the door closed, start closing it during rest times but only for short periods of time. Gradually increase the time and you can start adding distance to where you put the crate over time as well. 

Crate training isn’t necessary for everyone but if it is for you, following the tips and tricks outlined in this guide should help. Good luck! 

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Coty Perry
Coty is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer and animal lover. Growing up his mom ran a dog training business out of his childhood home so you can say it was complete chaos 24/7. Today, when he comes home after a long day of writing about animals, he’s greeted by his two loving cats Marley and Cozmo.