I have a 9 week old siberian husky and we have a massive backyard but whenever we put him outside he just sits at the door and cries and doesn't stop!!
He is inside most of the time as he is a puppy, but i want to teach him to go out the back and play, how can i do this??
Hi Mark That's pretty normal behavior. Your puppy is still a tiny baby, and all his instincts are telling him to stick close to his 'pack' - and that's you.
Of course, he needs to learn that he is okay by himself for short periods of time, whether that is in his crate, in a particular room, or outside.
As long as he has water, shade/shelter and the yard is fenced and secure, just put him outside and ignore his crying and complaining. It's the same concept as ignoring a puppy who is whining in his crate. It's difficult to do I know, and you'll feel as though you're being unkind to him, but actually you are 'being cruel to be kind' as it were.
If a puppy is always right next to his owner 24/7, he can develop what I call 'velcro puppy syndrome' which means that he gets abnormally anxious when separated. This can lead to separation anxiety and other behavior issues, so it's important to help him feel comfortable with this while he's young.
Don't let him inside while he's crying. Wait until there's at least a 'lull' in the complaining before you open the door. Otherwise he will associate his crying with you letting him in and that will reinforce the behavior.
Huskies are fairly independent dogs overall, and this is just normal puppy behavior. If you stick with the advice above, he will soon 'get over it'.