Raising an Alaskan Malamute Puppy-Questions and Answers

Raising an Alaskan Malamute Puppy

I often get letters from potential owners of Alaskan Malamutes about puppy upbringing. It may be difficult, but if you follow a few general principles, when your dog is growing up, you will have a healthier relationship.

  • Can I let my Alaskan Malamute to share and yet view him/her as alpha?

No, not because of sleep. It’s all right to let him in bed if you can tell him when to leave or move. If the dog gets stubborn or snug, don’t sleep until the position improves. Feel free, if required, to get aggressive and push them off. Isn’t it OK to beg fluffy to go off, fluffy to get off, fluffy to come off?-Fluffy isn’t going to respect you. Tell it fluffy and shove its obstinate butt to the ground once!

  • How long should I take off to remain with the puppy at first?

The more you are at home, the faster the toilet training will take place and your status as pack leader will be established. It’s excellent for at least a few weeks, more if feasible. Remember, a puppy can only hold it for the first 2-3 months for just as little as 2 hours and a little longer. Some puppies train fast, others might take up to one year to be dependable. Make sure your family has the rules on board. If you let the dog go to bed while another member of your family does not, the puppy will be confused and aggressive. When young, it is preferable to be harsher than to let certain behaviors go out of control (such as nipping and growling). Thumb rule: If you don’t want a 90 lb. malamute to be done when it is an adult, don’t let it be like a puppy! A snarly biting adult is not sweet, but in a puppy it may be sweet and hilarious. Fix it or you’ll get a biting adult. In the first six months of life, most negative behaviors develop.

  • Do you suggest socializing obedience classes? 3.

Yes, until the trainer uses yanking and jerking tactics. It must be 99% positive-praise, rewards, animals. Malamutes will either as a youngster prodegy or hurt you to death. Be ready for the two scenarios! (And remember that the prodegy may come home and get into heaps of problems, and forget it all.)

  • Should I start introducing the puppy to other dogs immediately to get them acclimated to it as playmates and not as enemies?

Yeah, seek as many friendly dogs as you can find. Avoid dogs that are aggressive. Dog parks are a poor concept, because there’s a better framework. In a neighbor’s yard, strolling with other dogs on a leash, or a puppy kindergarten class are monitored in some beneficial situations. In a non-developed environment, a Malamute should never be off the leash. In this manner, they are entirely untrustworthy. On her Malamutes, I have a friend of mine with several obedience titles and spent one weekend chasing her around the park because they weren’t going to come.

  • Do you suggest free or scheduled feeds? 

Free feeding will lead to 900 pounds in most Alaskan malamutes. They are dreadful free foodstuffs and your throat till there is no food left. I have a few that could do it (they are really cool eaters!), but most of them don’t feed freely, particularly with other pets in the home. Put the cat’s food high, otherwise they’ll devour everything. Expect hungry people to look desperate even if they’re well nourished, and many people are familiar with eating full bags of dog food (terribly dangerous, as the food can swell and they will die of bloat-within MINUTES). They are NOT hungry, but they will try to persuade you that they are. You’ve got to be tough. Give a TINY portion, not a whole biscuit, when you give a reward. You don’t want a dog to get fat. Curiously, they appear to become bigger, the more they behave like they stave.

  • What do you think is the most effective, excellent conduct positive reinforcer?

Food-sometimes praise. Food mostly. Food. More food. More food. Naturally, the difficulty is, how can I commend a dog that’s 900 lbs? You must discover something else pushing his buttons. Each is distinct. It’s praise for some dogs. Others might be a stroll, a squeaky toy, while some can only please you. You need to know your dog’s buttons that function best. One of our dogs, for example, is Jazzy. She likes to first be screwed and then get plenty of praise. She likes that she can cuddle in bed. She’s going to feel significant. This is her button. This is her button. Naturally, she will gladly receive food, but it’s not as effective as her attention.

  • How can you balance the unconditional affection of your dog while keeping your alphanage?

Make limits and adhere to them. Dogs don’t desire unconditional affection – that’s a thing for people. Because you’re the boss, your dog wants to please you. So behave like a boss (be confident, follow through when you ask him to do something). Make the rules, apply the rules, wait for obedience (not that you will get it). He wants to serve (if he has no agenda of his own). He doesn’t want you to fawn all over him. You’re never going to receive it if you provide unconditional love. Your dog has to do something for each animal, every tidbit, every thing that you do, otherwise he thinks he’s the alpha and never respects you. If you wish to give your children unconditional love, (Neither will they appreciate you, but you may try).

The possession of an Alaskan Malamute is a step up from the typical dog-implies that you need to know more about pack behavior and hierarchy than you had expected. The rewards, however, are substantial. Malamutes are smart, humorous and a very special race.

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