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Alaskan Malamutes require a long-term commitment to obedience, activity, exercise and entertainment... their unique character, intelligence and energy level can frustrate you, will undoubtedly entertain you, and can bring you great joy (when they're happy!) or great grief (when they're not!). If this type of relationship does not appeal to you, then consider another breed. They absolutely need a securely fenced yard! Alaskan Malamutes will roam due to their hunting instincts.... even if left in an unsecured for a few minutes! Alaskan Malamutes are commonly known to injure or kill other small pets, such as cats, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, etc., simply due to their strong natural hunting instinct. Raising a puppy with a cat does not guarantee the cat's life-long safety! Alaskan Malamutes can be very destructive if left unattended . They are NOT recommended as apartment or condo dogs. They need exercise and outdoor activity, and are usually too loud for such high-density living. They need room to run; leash walking does not satisfy their energy. Unless your schedule permits many hours at home and a lot of outdoor activity this is not the dog for you. MANY rescues come from apartments, condos, or homes where the owners work away from the home for long periods of time. Please remember... Rescue is very busy with displaced mals because MANY PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE LIFE WITH A Alaskan Malamutes
A sunny disposition. Their activity level is high and they demand daily both a physical & mental workout. A Malamute will insist on having a part in all family activities demanding a lot of attention.They can be dog aggressive and extremely predatory. Pack oriented, try to establish and test the pack order. Do best when included in the family rather than shut outside away from the rest of the "pack. "Virtually always extend a tail-wagging, face-licking welcome to strangers.
A strong pack nature, Alaskan Malamutes are Same-sex aggressive and can be more aggressive towards other dogs than other breeds. It is recommended that no more than two Alaskan Malamutes (of opposite sex only) ever be permitted to stay together unattended. They are extremely intelligent, continue to test their limits throughout their life. More often than not, train their owners before the owner knows what has happened! Because of this, great care should be taken on the part of the owner to socialize their Malamute puppy as much as possible with other dogs. Due to the character of the Malamute, they should never be actively trained to be protective, vicious, or aggressive. Their very nature makes them lousy watch dogs. It is against their instincts. Malamutes are as likely to greet a potential thief as warmly as a trusted family member. This is part of what makes a Malamute a Malamute
Most mals love kids. They are not, however, a child’s pet. Mals are just “too much dog” for a child to handle. Start early, and have your children do as many different training exercises with the dog as possible, being sure to choose only exercises which the child can complete successfully. Young children must never be left unsupervised with any puppy or dog — yours or anyone else’s! In spite of the child’s and dog’s affection for each other, it still takes a lot of learning on both sides for them to understand how to behave towards each other. The vast majority of problems involving children and dogs are a result of children behaving like children, dogs behaving like dogs, and parents or other responsible adults failing to provide proper supervision and education.
Since they are pack oriented, Malamutes are generally not "one-man" dogs. They are an extremely intelligent breed that can be very stubborn and easily bored. They are not typically recommended to a first-time dog owner as mistakes are easy to make and sometimes hard to correct unless you really know what you are doing. They can be a challenge to train, due to their stubbornness. It is said that to teach a Malamute to do something once or twice is very easy, because they are quite intelligent and quickly learn new tasks. To get them to repeatedly do something over and over again is much more challenging, due to their stubbornness and the fact that they become easily bored. This trait is quite common in all of the northern breeds. Many Malamutes end up in the pound and even destroyed because an owner fell in love with the cute puppy but could not control the large, stubborn, powerful adult.
The breed can be quite vocal . They generally do not bark at all, they carry on a conversation by "talking" in sort of a soft "woo woo woo" sound (not barking). Malamutes can howl the roof right off of your house. Owners of multiple Malamutes have noticed that when their dogs howl, they will all stop simultaneously. Again, this behavior is due to the fact that they are a very pack-oriented breed.
|Malamutes make terrible watchdogs with the
exception of watching you eat
Malamute owners have found it impossible to free feed their dogs, due to the fact that some Malamutes will eat all food presented them immediately. This can lead obesity and bloat. As for the type and "brand" of dog food, basically any reputable dog food manufacturer provides a dog food that is sufficient to keep a dog healthy. However, the premium brands of dog food have the advantage that one can feed the dog less and still get very good nourishment. In addition, stool size and amount is generally less with the premium dog foods. Supplementation when not required can have an adverse, completely reverse effect from that which is desired. Dogs which have been ill, under stress, old dogs, all can use support for their diet . . . as is indicated by the individual's requirements.
Heartworm /fleas / ticks
A Heartworm preventative is needed. Here in the States and Canada as we move into the summer months it is important to watch for fleas, ticks, corkscrews, foxtails, and take as many preventable measures as possible to protect your four-legged friends. Highly recommended is FRONTLINE top spot for fleas.
To keep healthy feet and to avoid discomfort, a dog may need its nails cliped every 2 to 4 weeks. Trim hair under foot in between pads. Start from paws of forequarters. First under the paw, cut hair that grows between the pads. Lift the hair between the toes combing upwards and cut using straight scissors doing nice round foot, but don't cut to much.
Long Coat Wooly
Out Of Coat
|Double Coated Breeds
Coats may be medium or long in length, Dense consisting of two textures of hair, the outer or guard coat and the soft, downy undercoat. Double coated breeds do shed year round with increased shedding in the Spring and in the Fall. The two peak shedding seasons: Spring and Fall because the change in natural light triggers the release of undercoat as new growth begins. Females will blow their coats usually twice a year whereas a dog will hold his for most of a year and if carefully handled as he gets older for 18 months and longer. The older dogs tend to "roll" their coats . This means they are never really out of coat and can last as much as two years.
Routine and thorough brushing of your dog’s coat is the most important step in maintenance grooming. Regular brushing reduces shedding, prevents matting, while enhancing skin and coat health. Remember, any hair that is loosened and removed in the basic grooming process is that much less hair that enters your environment! Your double-coated dog needs more attention than a simple surface grooming can provide. One word of caution: Do not shave your double-coated dog to "keep him cool for the summer." The hair that keeps the heat in, also keeps the heat out. It is not beneficial to the dog in any way could have long term effects. Dogs shed the excess, unneeded hair during the warmer months. Use a strong cattle dryer and blow out dead hair in the coat after bathing every week. This allows the coat to regenerate on a constant basis and prevents that awful felting and clumping one tends to see on some dogs. Looks awful as these breeds are definitely not "wash and wear". The weekly coat blowing also keeps the coat even without the horrid holes that occur when the dog is shedding. Your dog will stay neat and tidy .
BATH TIME -
- dry towels
- grooming table
- cotton for cleaning ears & eyes
- nails cutter
- metal comb
- pin-brush, soft
- straight scissors
Begin grooming your dog at an early age and he will become confident and easier to manage. Collect towel, shampoo, brush, cotton wool for ears . Fill a dish soap bottle with hand-hot water and the shampoo. Groom the dog on a grooming table or firm surface, covered with a piece of non-slip rubber, such as a car or bath mat. Brush out coat first , Use a fine mist spray before on every layer,so as not to break the coat . Wet the dog with hose . Squeeze soapy water/ shampoo over the dog, start from the rear and work forwards. Clean eyes and ears with small towel soaked in clean non soapy water. Towel head and back, this is a good opportunity to feel for lumps , Let him shake. Dry dog by using a strong cattle dryer , cool air only. Dry the coat forwards from the rear to the head Don't forget to carefully comb the underneath of the tail near the base. Comb and brush , for the short hair areas such as ears face and legs. Use a flea comb. It really fluffs these out. Choosing the appropriate tools and using them correctly will make your grooming session more efficient, effective and enjoyable Because of their special grooming needs, double-coated dogs may require some extra grooming tools to keep them looking their very best.
Blowing Coat ... ABOVE PHOTO, ( sheding) for the Summer. Malamutes "blow" their undercoats, that is, they shed their undercoats completely. It is a very intense shedding period that can last up to three weeks from start to finish
Alaskan Malamutes are happiest when they can share in family activities. The best arrangement is one in which the dog can come in and out of the house of its own free-will, through a dog door. If a dog door is not possible, then training the dog to go to an outside door to be let out is also very easy to do. Outside, the dog should have a large, fenced yard. Alaskan Malamute possess a strong "prey drive" which is part of the hunting instinct. If it moves or squeals, a mal will chase it - sometimes with dangerous consequences. Malamutes have been known to kill rabbits, squirrels & birds, as well as neighborhood cats.Mals only do well with cats when they have been raised with them and have also been taught to control their natural instincts. .Some mals can never be trusted around other small animals, even when raised with them. Since they were bred to run, mals also have a tendency to roam the neighborhood or countryside. Never let your malamute "off-leash" as few are consistently trustworthy to commands (unless they wish to be) and are not particularly mindful to road traffic. In the countryside, they may learn to chase wildlife & livestock, or may be mistaken for wolves(or wolf-hybrids) and killed.A large, fenced yard is preferred for keeping a malamute in the city. Even so, they should be walked or given some other form of exercise every day. Although they can readily adapt to apartment living, this means the owner must be very dedicated to providing the proper amount of exercise. Mals that are kept primarily outside the house or on larger property should be provided a sturdy run with a covered kennel or large doghouse. Mals should be taught caution & control around children. Besides their love of humans, they are also attracted to children because of the quick movements and high-pitched voices ( similar to those of small hurt animals - a natural prey )
The fence should be strong and at least 6 feet tall. It is also a good idea to bury wire in the ground to discourage digging out. Malamutes are notorious diggers. It is usually best to set up a sand box somewhere in a shaded part of the yard and encourage digging there, if possible. Malamutes should not be allowed to roam around the neighborhood. If one chooses to kennel a Malamute, the kennel should be chain link, with a concrete run, and should be 8 ft wide and 15 to 20 ft long. It should be at least 6 ft high with chain link across the top of the kennel. It should be in a shaded location and have an insulated dog house with a door for shelter from the elements. Because the Malamute is an arctic dog, it can remain outside in very cold weather. However, it should be provided with shelter from the elements in the form of a good sturdy house. The house should have a flat roof, as Malamutes love to lay on top of their houses and observe the world. A good insulated house with nice straw bedding is perfect for Malamutes that spend most of their time outside. Heating the dog house is usually not necessary. When it's hot, most dogs like having ice added to their water to help keep it cool. They also enjoy a children's wading pool filled with water in the summer time.