Qualities necessary to appreciate an Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute is a particular dog, anyone wishing to share his life with one must be willing to:
- Dedicate time
- Have an abundance of patience
- Treat it differently from other dogs
- Respect it for the way it is and not the way we expect it to be
The Malamute is a primitive dog which has never undergone genetic manipulation or cross-breeding to satisfy the needs of man.
A dog with this background has a store of behavioural traits and habits which must be understood and respected, this is why time, a consistent approach and patience are essential. Only in this way is it possible to obtain astonishing results and to fully appreciate the breed.
The Malamute is a hierarchical pack animal which only responds to a leader deserving of respect. For centuries the Malamute has lived in close association with man, sharing his joys and sufferings. The Malamute does not want to be treated like a toy to be discarded when you are tired, but must take part in the routine of family life. It is then that you will appreciate The recipe for a happy mutual relationship is simple:
From puppy hood (two or three months)
Introduce the puppy to every family member (parents, children and others in the family group), so that it can identify them as its ‘pack’. Although it will respect everyone, you will be considered ‘pack leader’.its intelligence and unconditional loyalty and devotion.
Training your dog for group living from puppy hood is easy. When a puppy misbehaves, a verbal reprimand is quite sufficient, at no time should a dog be treated violently, fast results will follow.
The puppy should be socialised with other dogs from puppy hood; at this age a puppy spends most of the time at play, and if other dogs are present the young Malamute will behave perfectly and without aggression. Should it misbehave, a verbal reprimand will suffice.
As far as obedience is concerned, the Malamute has very developed decision-making capacities and will not always obey your commands if these are considered futile. For example, if you call your dog for no good reason, the dog might ignore you, not because it does not understand but because it cannot see the use. Always find a reason for the commands you want your dog to obey. Your Malamute is not a robot ready to satisfy your every whim, but a dog which wants to help out.
Following these simple rules will ensure that your dog gives you complete satisfaction.