BRED TO WORK BORN TO LOVE

We recommend  for training puppy kindergarten classes this is a
good start for training.


Teething:-

Teething pups try to bite everything(fingers shoes ), and those teeth are sharp as Needles. Puppies bite because they are teething just as any
breed of puppy does. They are not biting  because they are aggressive . Be firm tell them no take away what every they are chewing on  that
you do not want them to be chewing on. Give them something they are aloud to chew (bone,toys ). They will understand that they are not
aloud to chew on and what they are aloud to chew on. But it will take time.

BONES,AND TOYS WILL HELP WITH THIS.


Brushing Teeth:-

One thing we do is brush are mals teeth once a week at our kennel.,  I highly recommend it.  Use a toothpaste formulated for dogs, since
people toothpaste can upset stomachs if swallowed. (besides dog toothpaste usually has a meat flavor and you'll get more cooperation).
Instead of brushing every day, we give lots of large knuckle bones, rawhides .(you can buy the tooth past at your vet they also sell it at
walmart)



Do they make good house dogs?

Yes they can be a good house dog .  Malamutes  require quality time from their owners and should belong to someone willing to devote that
time for socialization and training.  They need to be a part of the family as any other family member and should be treated as such. They are
great companions when living in the right environment. Devoted, intelligent, goofy -- what more could anyone ask for in choosing a dog?  so
yes they make great house dogs but do need to be trained.


Howling: at night time  in crate:

we have always used the  crate training method, you will hear your pup howl to get out. IGNORE IT They will get over it in time.The first few days
will be the worst they will stop and really enjoy their crate at night in time.
Do not give into him or her if you do you will have to start all over again. They will think every time they howl your going to give in and let
him or her out.As your puppy grows and gets older they will want to go into the crate to sleep . They will sleep all through the night  but it
will take time.
I HAVE FOUND TOYS HELP IN THE CRATE . THEY ALSO HAVE TOYS CALLED KONGS WHICH CAN BE  FOUND AT YOUR PET
STORE THAT YOU CAN FILL WITH TREATS. I HAVE FILLED THEM AND YOU CAN FREEZE THEM AFTER YOU FILLED THEM.
WHEN YOU PUT YOUR PUPPY IN THE CRATE IT DOES KEEP THE PUPPY BUSY TRYING TO GET IT OUT. AND IT TAKES
LONGER TO DO IF YOU FREEZE IT IN THE KONG.


House breaking:-

Take the puppy outside immediately after he or she  awakes in the morning and after all nap your puppy will have to go to the bathroom
within 15 minutes after eating and drinking so always take outside after eating and drinking. Always watch for signs (walking around sniffing
the floor etc) sometimes they go to the door . Take  your puppy out side right away.

Puppy proofing your home:-
You must put the puppy where
either it cannot do any damage, or you do not care about the possible
damage. Puppies can eat and chew anything.  The puppy may well injure itself with wires or something small  or sharp.
Puppy proofing your home is the same thing as child proofing your home.


Training:-It has been our experience that the Alaskan Malamute learns very quickly, however, possesses a short attention span (bores
easily).  We have found that training is best kept to 15-20 minutes in length, but, that training "sessions" may take place as often as you have
time.  Commands should be kept simple, i.e., "sit", "down", "walk", or "stay," and must be consistent.  The use of hand signals together with
verbal commands is recommended as well.The Alaskan Malamute is extremely eager to please and, therefore, it is important that your
puppy/dog is praised vigorously when he/she obeys your commands.  Personally, we use treats as a training tool only occasionally (and
only in the beginning) ... we prefer the praise method.

The most important thing is to remember YOU are the alpha the  leader of the pack.

Puppy Kindergarten is the first step in training.

Local PetSmarts  and Petco  offer Puppy Kindergarten classes and so do petco pet stores.

Remember that you are training your pup, every day! Don't allow behavior now that you do not want in an adult dog..


Handling your Alaskan Malamute Puppy
Handle young puppies carefully and gently as their joints, bones and ligaments are not fully developed and can be injured until the growth
plates close between 9-12 months. Do not let older or larger dogs play roughly with the pups. Avoid letting your pup run up and down stairs
or on slippery surfaces.

Children love to play with pups but make sure the pup doesn't get dropped. Insist that young children sit down on the floor when handling
pups. A squirmy pup can easily be dropped and injured. Please remember that young children should never be left unsupervised.



THIS IS NOT A BREED YOU CAN LET RUN AND EXPECT TO COME BACK.


They were bred to run for  100's of miles. Their job was to lean  pull and run and pull and run.  They don't know anything about  cars . They
will run right in front of a car. If you leave a Malamute  loose in your neighborhood,  your dog will go out in the neighborhood.   He will
chase down and kill neighborhood cats, chickens ect.  He WILL get on the roads. And get hit by a car so please do not let your Alaskan
Malamute out with out a leash!





How are they with cats?
If raised with cats, Alaskan Malamutes can become very close, loving and protective of them.  If not raised from a young age with cats (the
critical time being between eight weeks and six months), many Malamutes will be dangerously predatory toward them - hunting and killing
them as if they were a squirrel, rodent or small animal.   Malamutes that grow up with one or more cats will usually consider them part of
their pack, be protective of them, play nicely and cuddle with them and generally enjoy their company.  Not that every cat is so trusting of
the Malamute.  If you have or intend to have a cat EVER, it is best to obtain your malamute as a puppy and socialize it to the household cats
young.  It is best to have the cat first, as the cat will always think of itself as the alpha/dominant creature, and if a young malamute puppy is
brought into the home at a young age and introduced properly, he will accept this.



Things to consider strongly if you choose to have Alaskan malamutes and felines:  (1) introduce the dog as a young puppy if possible (2)
allow both species a way of getting away from the other (3) supervise and allow NO predatory chase games.  (4) If you have indoor cats,
don't automatically assume your malamute will be good with outdoor cats unless socialized to them as a puppy.



We have cats at our home and the cats do fine. All of our malamutes are not good with cats(we got some of our malamutes as adults and they
have never been around cats before).But our cats know who to stay away from but some of our malamutes where raised around cats and are
fine around them. (example)Nakita she will clean the cats and even curl up and sleep with them but she was raised around the cats in our
home. So if your raise your Alaskan Malamute with your cats they will get along and do fine.



How are they with children?  
We have five children and they have been great for each other our malamutes have always being very gentle with our children. But you also
need to Teach your child how to interact with dogs. We always welcome you to bring your family to our kennel and visit with our
malamutes .

Enjoy your children AND your Malamutes!!                               


Spay/Neuter:

There are numerous benefits of performing this surgery at six months of age. Unspayed females are subject to mammary and ovarian
cancer. 'In order to prevent mammary cancer she must be spayed prior to her first heat cycle. Later in life, an unspayed female may
develop a pyometra (an infected uterus), which is defmitely life. threatening.

Spaying is performed under a general anesthetic and is easy operation. the young dog. As you might expect it is a little harder on the older
dog, but that is no reason to deny her the surgery. The surgery removes the ovaries and uterus. It is important to remove all the ovarian
tissue. If some is left behind, she could remain attractive to males. In order to view the ovaries, a reasonably long incision is necessary. An
ovariohysterectomy is considered major surgery.

Neutering the male at a young age will inhibit some characteristic male behavior that owners frown upon. I have found my boys will not
hike their legs and mark territory if they are neutered at six months of age. Also neutering at a young age has hormonal benefits, lessening
the chance of hormonal aggressiveness.

Surgery involves removing the testicles but leaving the scrotum. If there should be a retained testicle, then he defmitely needs to be
neutered before the age of two or three years. Retained testicles can develop into cancer. Unneutered males are at risk for testicular cancer,
perineal fistulas, perianal tumors and ---'" fistulas and prostatic disease.

Intact males and females are prone to housebreaking accidents. Females urinate frequently before, during and after heat cycles, and males
tend to mark territory if there is a female in heat. Males may show the same behavior if there is a visiting dog or guests.


Male or Female?


There are many breeds in which the sex of a dog makes little difference to the pet owner. We would not say this is so in the case of the
Alaskan Malamute. While both the male and the female are capable of becoming excellent companions and are equally easy to housebreak,
do consider the fact that a male Malamute will mature to be considerably larger than his female littermates. He will weigh a great deal more
and in most cases have considerably more coat to deal with. These are factors which should be taken into consideration, as they require
more physical strength-and greater maintenance time on the part of the owner.

.There are other sex-related differences to consider as well.


" While the Malamute is one of the cleanest and easiest breeds to housebreak, the male provides a sexually-related problem in that. respect.
The male of any breed of dog has a natural instmct to lift his leg and "mark" his territory. The amount of effort .that is involved in training
the male not to do this varies with the individual dog, but what must be remembered is a male considers everything in the household a part
of his territory and has an innate urge to establish this fact. This unfortunately may include your designer drapery or newly upholstered
sofa.'

If.you already have a male dog in your household or are thinking of becoming a two-dog family at some point, you should purchase a
female. Two Malamutes of the same sex can

, be a problem. Malamutes are a dominant breed and extremely territorial. Fights can occur and trying to remoye a fighting Malamute from
the scene can be both difficult and hazardous to your well being.

Females, on the other hand, have their own set of problems. Females have their semi-annual heat cycles once they are over a year of age.
During these heat cycles of approximately 21 days, the female must be confined to avoid soiling her surroundings with the bloody discharge
that accompanies estrus. She must"also be carefully watched to prevent males from gaining access to her or she will become pregnant.

Both of these sexually related problems can be avoided by having the pet Malamute "altered." spaying the female and  neutering the male
saves the pet owner of all the headaches of either of the sexually related problems without changing the  character of the Malamute. If there
is any changes at all in the altered Malamute, it is in making the dog an even more amiable  companion. Above all, altering your pet
precludes the possibility of his adding to the serious pet overpopulation  problems that exist world-wide.
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