Siberian Husky Crate Training: Getting Started

One of the best things you can do for your husky is often one of the most misunderstood. Siberian husky crate training takes work and dedication and even then it can seem like an impossible task!  Getting started on the right foot..er, paw… is vital for not only crate training, but any future training as well.

3 No Brainer Reasons Crate Training is Vital

Husky Puppy Potty Training

Believe it or not, crate training and potty training go hand in hand! Naturally, a dog will not pee or poo where it is sitting, lying, or eats. Crate training helps teach them to hold it and learn where it is okay to do their business. We get more into picking the proper crate size later in this article.

As a general rule of thumb, a puppy can hold it’s bladder 1 hour for every 1 month of life. While this isn’t always the case, a 3 month old puppy should be able to hold it’s bladder for around 3 hours.

Stop Destructive Behaviors

Dogs chew things! Chewing and destructive behaviors are like hobbies that are going out of style. While the overall goal of any training is to trust your dog, accidents happen. It is very possible to come home to a destroyed couch. Or worse…

Crate training can save the day! The proper crate will keep your mind at ease and work wonders for your dogs mental health!

Safety During Emergencies

Emergencies happen, it is a fact of life. The last thing you need when everything is crumbling around you is a dog that will 1) make it a point to walk directly under you and weave between your legs with every step, and 2) Refuse to go to its crate! Telling your dog to ‘go home’ and having them immediately get in their crate (tail wagging) is something you don’t know you need until you need it and by then it’s usually too late. Having a doggie that loves getting into its crate and does so quickly is priceless!

Husky Crate Size, Safety, & Patience

What size crate is best for your Siberian husky?

Easy, they need enough room to sit, stand, turn around, and lay down without restrictions. If you have a husky puppy and want to buy a larger crate (possibly for use into adulthood) make sure you get the dividers! Resist the urge to buy the biggest crate you find, your dog doesn’t need it and will use part of it to do its business…and that’s just not good..at all!

Safety, safety, safety! Always remove your dog’s collar when they are in their crate. There is no reason to have it on inside their little home. Strange things happen and it is entirely too easy for doggo to get hung and stuck. Just don’t!  

Patience is key to the entire siberian husky crate training process. It doesn’t happen overnight and there is no ‘baseline’ for how long it should take! 

Is your husky going to scream and cry? Probably! Make stool and get it all over himself? It is very possible! 

Pay attention to the cues your dog gives you, and make changes to your preferred method! Getting this process started right will save you frustration later on.

Dog Crate Placement & Comfort

Know where you are going to place your huskies crate before you get it. When crate training a Siberian husky puppy starts with putting in a place where there is decent foot traffic and in a general area. 

The point is to get your pooch to feel comfortable in its crate, not alone and abandoned. Once a routine is established and your dog is comfortable, you can move it to a more ‘out of the way’ place.

The padding used in a crate is just as important as size. A dog doesn’t want to lay directly on the hard floor or the wire bottom of their crate. At the same time, your husky might chew up any bedding that is put in with him or her. 

We suggest using a few layers of old towels and blankets. Use some of those ‘we don’t care what happens to it’ blankets you’ve had lying around since ‘95. 

Fairly soon during the process of crate training your siberian husky, you will know how your dog is going to react to being alone in a crate. If there is no chewing or the chewing eventually stops, that is when you upgrade and get them that nice cooling memory foam bed we wish we had for ourselves! Save your money and buy 1 instead of 10.


Crate me for safety not punishment!

What a Dog Crate IS NOT

Dog crates get misused all the time and it’s sad! Dog crates are not a place to put a dog in some sort of ‘time-out’. 

Crates are not cages to house a dog 24 hours a day so you don’t have to deal with them. They are not punishments, period.

What a Dog Crate IS

A dog crate is your dogs ‘home’ inside your home. It’s like their own personal cave or den where they can sleep and feel safe. It smells like them, the bedding is pushed down perfectly (although, they are still going to go in circles 15 times before plopping down in the same spot and position for 4 years). Sounds pretty nice, right? We think so!

Simple Do’s & Don’ts of Crate Training

Do

  • Make sure your dog has something to do when in its crate. A chew toy or a filled kong toy is awesome for this!
  • Make sure your doggo has access to water. A water bowl on the floor of the crate isn’t good enough, it could tip over and dump water out. Find a crate dish that will attach to the side of the crate.
  • Exercise your dog before crating or training in any form. This includes going eliminating waste before going in the crate! 
  • Be consistent! Stick with it and set yourself and your dog up for success from the beginning!
  • Be patient!

Don’t

  • Crate your dog so you don’t have to deal with them. Dogs want to be a part of your family, they love you! They want to be around you!
  • Use the crate to punish your dog. This is detrimental to crate training your Siberian husky! 
  • Leave a crying dog to cry for hours and hours.

Husky Crate Training & Protesting

Huskies can be vocal. Huskies also love doing what they want when they want, likewise, will tell you what they aren’t going to do. Huskies are awesome at yelping and barking until they get their way, but you can not always give in.

There are a few ways to deal with it depending on where you are in the process. If you are still in the room with your dog, try ignoring the cries. Hopefully, they will understand that it is pointless to carry on and calm down / give up. At this stage, it is important to not let a dog out when it is crying and to wait for them to calm down. If you are further along (out of the room) and you hear a few yelps, it’s probably best to ignore them.

Siberian Husky Crate Training Basic Steps

1. Using treats, get your dog to approach, and then enter the crate on their own. Try tossing a few treats inside and let your dog get them on his or her own. This is a great place to start using verbal cues like ‘crate’ and ‘good’.

2. After building some comfort with going in the create, try slowly and calmly shutting the door. Don’t leave, stay with them, and give praise and treats. A reassuring ‘good boy’ goes a long way!

3. Release the hound! But don’t let them explode through the door. Give them treats and immediately take them outside to do their business.

4. After a while of building your dog’s confidence in its crate, start taking a few steps away. Eventually, you want to get to the point where you are out of sight for longer periods. Each time you approach the crate to release, give treats, and praise!

5. Now, just keep working on it. Keep them in for longer with a chew toy. Try your best to ignore their Siberian husky screams of bloody murder and let them become desensitized to random noises (keys, people talking, doorbell). Always take them out as soon as you return!

6. Learn what your dog likes and doesn’t like. Certain toys or blankets, even certain smells can work wonders!

Siberian husky crate training is a fairly easy process if you stick with it and keep the right attitude. Getting the proper crate and keeping these simple rules in mind will make the process as painless as possible! Remember to stick with it and give your dog some belly rubs for us!