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So when we (girlfriend+I) first got our husky pup at 8 weeks, she would howl MIGHTILY and constantly whenever she was deeply upset with her circumstances, namely left in her crate alone, and it was gorgeous and wolfy and adorable and we secretly loved it. Obviously, we didn't want to encourage crate crying, so we just shushed each other and giggled at how cute it was from where she couldn't see/hear us (+recorded it on our phones, lol) and waited for her to be quiet before letting her out. I always intended to put it on a cue but wanted to focus on her basics until later. Well, her basics are solid, and she's fast growing into her "I am a mighty wolf and I exist to be revered by all" regality.
However, our diligent proper training backfired (YES YES, I KNOW, but it feels that way :P), and she is now silent. 😐
List of things that we've tried (and had fail) to re-prompt her to howl so we can reward it and put it on a cue:
howling at her with varying pitches (looks at us like we're stupid)
sirens (doesn't care, 0 response. literally will not even flick an ear in their direction)
harmonica (uncomfortable head tilt at best, followed by nothing)
singing (adorable head tilt, but ultimately nothing)
YouTube videos of other dogs/wolves howling, "guaranteed to make your dog howl" videos, etc. (initial head tilt followed by absolutely nothiiinnggngsldjflksdjf)
frustrating her into it (disgruntled bark at best; she goes "whatever, I'm over this" and stops trying to guess what we want pretty quickly, and the last thing we want is to kill her motivation, so not inclined to try going this route again)
rewarding random weird husky talking noises hoping to shape it into a howl (this is really hard to catch consistently but might be our best bet, honestly)
Is there ANYTHING else anyone has tried that might be a secret magic howl button? In previous posts people suggested trumpet, and we'll try YouTube videos of trumpets (don't have access to a real one/my only trumpet-playing friends live far away) but my hopes are not high given her levels of outright ignoring 99.999% of the common triggers for other dogs, RIP
(Disclaimer/inb4 "are you sure, you might regret it": I'm both aware of the potential consequences of rewarding "negative" behaviors and experienced with shaping/paring them back to only when cued from the "Oh, I can get FOOD for this? Sweet" stage. Already have dog who growls on command [note: this dog has never once howled in her entire life and probably never will, so getting her howling to start the husky up is also out], horse who rears and strikes on command, etc.)
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