The Alaskan Malamute is an impressive dog breed. They are quite large and, honestly, and remind us of huge, fluffy bears. However, if you are looking for this dog, you should know a few things about them. If you share your experience with another owner of the Alaskan Malamute it would be very useful. If you want to get one of these dogs, here is what Alaskan Malamute owners need to know about these dogs;
1. Look for a good dog breeder
• One of the best universal tips on buying a dog is – look for a responsible dog breeder. Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs, and large dogs that are poorly bred are prone to bone problems. A good malamute breeder will test your dog’s health and make sure he only breeds dogs that are completely healthy. Once you have decided that you want a malamute, you should start looking for a reputable Alaskan Malamute breeder.
2. If you do not like cleaning after him, do not get it!
• If you know a lot about dogs, you should know that Nordic breeds like Alaskan Malamutes are moulting. Simply pronouncing the word “shedding” does not match the actual amount of hair you will come across. These dogs have thick hair so when the moult season comes, they will shed all their undercoat. Sucking is just a part of life with this dog, and you should be prepared for that.
3. You have to get your position as Alpha. You are the boss!
• The Alaskan Malamutes do not respond well to traditional training techniques. It is a partnership and your dog needs to start trusting you before he starts listening to you. Many dog owners have said the same about these dogs. We advise you to talk to your dog breeder and ask him for special training tips.
4. Careful socialization
• Avoid any bad experiences while socializing with your puppy. That might be easier said than done, but it is a way to avoid dog aggression. Females who have had a traumatic experience as puppies are prone to aggression towards dogs. While socializing with your puppy, you should do everything you can to avoid bad experiences.
5. They will appreciate your behaviour
• This is one of our favourite characteristics of these dogs. They are talkative. If you tell them to do something they do not like, they would not have a problem answering and informing you. Alaskan Malamute is a dog breed that literally tells you. Cheeky as teenagers! This feature may be too much for some owners, but this is an essential part of the charm that the Malamute brings to the table. Plus, they like to howl, especially when they hear sirens.
6. They are pretty stubborn
• Most owners describe these dogs as having their own mind and as dogs capable of independent thinking. The exact definition of this characteristic may be different. Still, the key point is – they need a lot of repetition and continuity in training.
7. Malamutes are pack animals, and you will be part of their pack
• It is true. Malamutes are sled dogs, and these dogs have a strict hierarchy. No matter what position your dog may take, he will believe he is part of your pack. A better description would probably be – you are part of their pack. It also means they are social and you should not leave them alone for too long. They may be protective, but training can change that behaviour.
8. Get a cage!
• A cage can be very useful, especially if you have a puppy. Malamute puppies bite when they are too tired and it seems they will never calm down. One malamute owner said it was a great idea to put them on a regular nap schedule. The dog will behave better and have a healthier sleep/rest schedule.
9. They are not for warm weather
• These dogs have incredibly thick hair, which is not surprising. The hair had to keep them warm in Alaskan weather. However, if you live in a warm climate, this may not be the best choice. One owner said she caught a cold because she was trying to cool a malamute. She turned off the heating in her home to make the dog more comfortable. This is a trait of the breed and you should not get this dog if you live in tropical areas.
10. They love snow
• Another unsurprising thing because it is a Nordic sleigh towing breed. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, this will give your malamute a better chance of activity. They love running in the snow, and this is one of the healthiest exercises your dog can do. Another thing she will love – sleeping in the snow. Do not be surprised if your dog refuses to enter your house and simply prefers to stay outside where it’s cold.
11. They like to dig
This is a characteristic that many of us would associate with terriers. However, malamutes are also diggers. If you have a backyard, think of ways to prevent them from digging up your flowers or vegetables. There are a few ways you can do this.
12. Never use a stretchy leash!
This is very good advice for large dogs. Stretch leashes are not the safest option and you need to be careful with them. Alaskan Malamutes are large, powerful dogs and you should get equipment that can handle them. One of the basic things you will need is a strong leash.
13. They need a lot of training
This tip should come as no big surprise. This is a working breed used to haul heavy loads across frozen plains. These dogs cannot lock themselves in your home and be happy. Make sure your malamute gets enough exercise and activity. If you are considering buying a malamute, it would be best to choose an active hobby that you can pursue with your dog.