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Tips on Bringing Home a Malamute Puppy (Based on My Experience)

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Bringing Home Your Malamute Puppy

We recently acquired another Alaskan Malamute puppy and have had her now for exactly one week. There are many factors to consider when you get a puppy of any breed, but a Malamute puppy can present some unique challenges. This is likely the case if you happen to have other dogs, but especially if you happen to have malamutes already in residence, which I happen to have. Some folks have asked me point-blank if I was out of my mind getting another dog when my Griffin is not even 2 years old. I have to say that this is the smartest thing I've ever done (so far, at least).

Kennel Training is Crucial

Kennel Training is Crucial

Keeping Your New Puppy Safe

When you make the decision to get a new pup, it is very important that you understand how vulnerable they are. The following are just a few of the perils that a pup of 6-8 weeks faces.

Challenges That a Puppy of 6-8 Weeks Faces

  • Plants
  • Falls
  • Electrical cords
  • Exposure to bugs like Parvo
  • Poisonous foods and substances
  • Birds of prey (if they are small enough)
  • Car accidents

Tips for Raising Your Malamute Puppy

  • Puppies riding in cars need to be in a crate for their own safety and that of the driver's. Loose dogs are a danger to everyone on the road.
  • Having a crate at home is also important because it provides a place for sleep and for safety. When you cannot keep an eye on the puppy at every minute, the crate is your best resource for assuring that your pet is safe.
Play Pen

Play Pen

Playpens Are Handy Tools

Another handy tool for safety is the canine playpen. I bought a brand new one on eBay for relatively little, along with a large wire pen. The playpen is actually big enough that I can put any of my three malamutes inside for a "time out" or a "break." Unfortunately, for me, Gabby figured out how to collapse it within minutes, so if I leave the room, she gets out in seconds! It is still a great tool if we are sitting in the living room watching TV and want to know where she is.

Baby Gate

Baby Gate

Use a Baby Gate for Your New Puppy

A baby gate is also a great investment. We have two sets of stairs that we have to constantly watch. Luckily for us, Gabby is extremely social and tends to stay where the dogs are or where we are. The baby gate is handy because when we use it, we know exactly where she is at all times. If we are doing something that precludes us from watching her like a hawk, we can block off a certain portion of the house and keep her there either with the expandable baby gate or with the metal puppy pen flattened down to serve as a fence.

Fenced Area

Fenced Area

Use a Fenced Area Outside

Because we have too many things outside that could be potential hazards to a new puppy, including 2 adult dogs, we never leave Gabby alone outside. Fences are a safe tool to teach her to explore our backyard, while also allowing her to engage in everyday play, especially with Griffin.

We also have a fenced-off grassy area where we can put Gabby by herself and let her interact through the fencing with Denaya and Griffin. Sometimes, we let one or both of the other adult dogs in and let them play. The fenced-off area is small enough that we can monitor them constantly and be there to inject the word "easy" multiple times with Griffin!

Dinner Time!

Dinner Time!

How to Feed a Malamute Puppy

A puppy will seem to be able to eat his or her weight per day, especially a large breed like a malamute.

Protein Diet

Their growing bodies need good food to help them develop structurally, so make sure you consult your breeder or your vet regarding the best food for them. A malamute generally does best on food designed for large breeds, although the composition of the food is usually most important. A malamute diet is notable for its heavy dose of protein and lower dose of other ingredients, like fruits and vegetables. I personally believe in foods without grain. They are a bit more expensive, but I feel it is worth it not having all the additives. Grains can also promote allergies, so I try to stay away from them as much as possible.

Other Types of Diets

Some folks do a raw diet. In our case, all three of our malamutes are on a different diet. Griffin is on Acana's fish diet because of allergies and Denaya is on a Taste of the Wild diet that is geared towards her less active state. Ms. Gabby is consuming puppy food for large breeds, which consists of lamb and rice.

How Often Should You Feed Your Puppy?

You should do it three times per day. At present, Gabby gets one cup of food per feeding. Try and keep the feedings to regularly scheduled times because it will encourage elimination that is more predictable.

Water should be readily available at all times except, perhaps, in the evenings before bed.

Training Treats

Training Treats

Should You Train Your Puppy With Treats?

Our little Gabster is already showing signs of understanding commands. It goes to show that a puppy is never too young to begin training on any level.

Allergies Can Occur

When Griffin was in puppy training last year, we used training treats similar to the ones pictured here. However, we soon discovered that he was terribly allergic to certain foods, and the training treats gave him nothing but stomach trouble.

What to Use Instead

Set out the amount of kibble that you will feed your puppy at the next feeding in a bowl on the counter. Use a piece or two of the kibble to train during the day at random intervals.

If you do this, your puppy will avoid ingesting any bad foods, and she will not eat more than her allotted amount. In other words, she won't be prone to weight gain or gastric distress. With some dogs, it doesn't really matter what food you use as a treat. I've found that with my dogs, the best training tool I can use is praise, and the second best is just using kibble.

TIP: I already got Gabby to sit by just holding the piece of kibble above her head and moving it backwards. As she tries to see it/get it, she instinctively parks her behind on the floor. Just as her bum is hitting the floor, I say, "Sit, Gabby." She has already learned to sit automatically when I say "sit," even without the kibble.



Toys for Your New Puppy

Make sure that you have appropriate toys for your new puppy or the things around your home will get chewed up! Don't substitute things like socks or shoes for toys because the puppy will quickly learn to use those regularly. A habit started is hard to break.

Also, make sure that the toys are the appropriate texture and size. You don't want anything too small as it could cause choking. You also do not want removable pieces on the toy, such as button eyes, because the puppy has very sharp teeth and will pry those loose and potentially swallow them.

Stuffing-less toys are really great because there is no stuffing to ingest. It makes a great tug-of-war toy too, either between a human or another dog!

Chew Toys

Chew Toys

Chew Toys for Your New Puppy

Unfortunately, chewing is just one of the things puppies do as they cut their teeth.

Much like a baby who needs things to put in his/her mouth to make their erupting teeth feel better, a puppy constantly needs something in his mouth. The alternative is chewing on furniture, wires, or shoes, so make sure to provide your new puppy with ample things to chew on.

What I Recommend

Rawhide is not recommended because it can become lodged in the dog's stomach. I am not a big fan of pigs' ears either because I've had dogs fight over those.

I use Nylabones, which are safe as long as they are not too small for the dog. I also only offer bones to my dogs when they are separated because I have a rescue dog who has always had food issues. In this case, I consider an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.

I provide Gabby with Nylabones when she is in her crate and also give her and Griffin things like Kong toys, balls, and braided ropes when they are together. They don't seem to have any issues exchanging or sharing these types of toys.

Training Pads

Training Pads

How to Housetrain Your New Puppy

Perhaps the most frustrating part of puppy training is the housetraining part. As with all things, consistency is the name of the game.

  • Puppies need to have access to eliminate within 15 minutes after each meal. They also tend to go after play sessions or active times.
  • If you want to be really proactive, take them out at 1- to 2-hour intervals. Do this until they get the hang of it, and then stretch the time out longer.
  • If the puppy is going to be left for long stretches of time, then it is recommended to use piddle pads in order to teach them where you want them to eliminate.
  • Take the pup outside at regular intervals, preferably to the same spot, and use words like "go potty" or whatever you choose. Keep walking the pup around until he or she decides to go, and then right at the end of the elimination, praise the dog profusely.
  • If your pet has an accident, it isn't the end of the world. Shout or stomp the floor and say something to alert the pup that it wasn't the appropriate spot to eliminate. Then, quickly carry the pup to the spot where you do want him or her to eliminate.
  • The old-fashioned method of rubbing your dog's nose in the accident has absolutely no effect on the puppy's understanding of what you want. Discovery after the fact is just too late to teach the pup anything.
  • Keeping a close eye on the pup at all times makes housetraining much easier because you see the developing patterns of his or her elimination, and it can help you catch accidents before they happen.
  • Also, it helps to keep the pup in an area free of carpeting and on surfaces that can be easily cleaned.

Remember, potty training should be a positive experience for both you and your dog.

A leash is important for safety!

A leash is important for safety!

Collars and Leashes for Your New Puppy

  • Keep a collar on your new puppy with identification, just in case he wanders off and gets lost. With an I.D., you can hopefully get him back right away.
  • Use a collar that fits well and is expandable. Never use a collar that can tighten should the puppy get wedged somewhere as this could chock him.
  • You can use a leash of any kind for your pup to familiarize him with the mechanics of walking on lead, but encourage her to follow you rather than tugging her along. Tugging will lead to problems down the road in leash training. The best way for a dog to walk on lead is for him to want to walk on lead.
  • We use a leash like the one above because it is easy to slip on in the middle of the night on a potty run. Be aware, though, that these leashes do not release, so never leave a puppy unsupervised with one around her neck. We have 2 of these leashes looped together to give us more room and also use one end to get Gabby to track with us as we walk. It leads to less balking.
  • Again, this is a great leash you can just slip on for potty breaks or to safely walk your dog to the car without fear of her darting off into the street. It can also be a great training leash, as long as you make sure you are present at all times when she is in the leash.

Puppies and Bitter Apple Spray

Sometimes, you need to have a backup plan for when your dog chews on things. In such cases, many vets and trainers recommend sprays, such as Bitter Apple Spray, to deter a pup from chewing on certain items.

I have had great success with the Bitter Apple spray I buy at Petco. It is sour enough to discourage even the most stubborn dog from chewing on something that she really, really wants!

Make sure you test the fabric you want to spray on for color fastness. In most cases, I've used the spray everywhere and have had great results, including on Griffin's legs to keep him from chewing on them.


The Joys of Having a New Puppy

Hands down, having a new puppy is a labor of love. They are so innocent and dependent on you that you cannot help but fall in love. They are also a tremendous amount of work, and the wisest person is the one who knows what to expect going into it.

With that said, there are all kinds of incredible manuals out there. For a malamute puppy, I highly recommend the Barron's book simply because it is totally understandable and gives you a great background and understanding of the breed. It also provides you with a great section on bringing your malamute puppy home.

Part of the magic of appropriately raising a puppy is understanding your particular breed and making the most of his or her strengths and minimizing his or her weaknesses. Starting with a firm foundation from the very start will lead to success across the board.

skeptical? not anymore!

skeptical? not anymore!

Tips to Keep Your Puppy Safe and Happy

  • One of the greatest gifts you can give to your malamute puppy, or any dog for that matter, is your love.
  • You also do them a great service by giving them your time. Learn about them, and learn how best to raise them up to be who you want them to be.
  • Socialize them often and early. Although it is not recommended that you take a puppy to dog parks, pet stores, parks of any kind, or roads traveled by many dogs, you can socialize him or her with friends and family.
  • You can also socialize them with other dogs if you know that the dogs are up-to-date on their vaccines. However, be aware that Parvo lives for 6 years, and, if a puppy comes into contact with the Parvo virus, it can be deadly. While malamutes are not as susceptible as some other breeds are, they can still get it, and it is still a deadly virus.
  • Keep your pup protected until the 16-week shots are completed. I suggest waiting an extra week to make sure they have their full immunity before taking them out to "high risk" places, such as those mentioned above.
chewing together

chewing together

Raising Your Malamute Puppy

These are just a few of the things I've learned from raising our malamute pups. They are a fascinating lot, and I wouldn't trade a moment of my time with them. It's hard to believe that they are one of the breeds on the "most aggressive dog breed list." I think it is all about making sure they are trained and raised appropriately.

They Are Social Animals

Puppy classes are a great way for them to socialize and learn their "manners."

Exposing them to all kinds of situations often and early is another surefire way to train them to be the way that you want them to be.

Malamutes are a wonderful breed, but know what you're getting into because they do require loads of exercise and huge amounts of socialization with people and the world around them. Most of all, they require something to do.

Get Them Involved in Sports and Activities

If you have a malamute pup, and you want to really optimize his or her "purpose" in life, get him or her involved early in training for scootering, bikejoring, skijoring, carting, weight/freight pulling, etc. This is what this breed of dog is meant to do, and they have a tremendous work ethic and a desire to perform.

Get involved in urban mushing and start training early as a pup. At 18 months of age, a malamute can move on to actual pulling. In the meantime, you can train the pup in all the mechanics so that when they come of age, they are ready to begin the real deal. It is a tremendously rewarding activity for both the dog and the owner, as I can attest to. They love it, and watching them love it is worth all the time and effort you put into it.

Provide Unconditional Love and Care

Most importantly, give your puppy a good home and a safe place to be. Do your best to remember that your dog is only young for a very small window of time. A puppy is a gift we give to ourselves. All we need to do is love them, and they will love us back endlessly.

Why I Decided to Get Another Dog

Malamutes are an extremely social breed, so they need constant companionship. They aren't particular about it though; they can bond to humans as easily as they can bond to other dogs, and they will easily get along with their own "kind" (a northern breed). Griffen's only other canine companion was and our 10-year-old rescued malamute. This made me realize that Griffin was lacking a companion who could truly be an equal, especially when it comes time to urban mush. So began my quest to get another dog.

Although my own husband is skeptical, I can see that this will be a truly wonderful experience for all of us. We picked up our little bundle of joy, Ms. Gabby, a week ago today and introduced her to the other resident malamutes last Sunday. She was 8 weeks old and under 20 pounds. It has been a week of laughter and chaos, but all things considered, it has gone extremely well. Griffin is in love with his niece, and I think Gabby is in love with him as well.

Questions & Answers

Question: Does the long hair malamute have another breed mixed with him?

Answer: A long-haired malamute is just a type of the breed that can occur. They are not a special breed. In fact, they are felt by some to not be "perfect" in the breed. I would seek out a malamute breeder and make sure that their line is good. Even if the line is good though, I do think in losing Griff at 6 years old that perhaps it is easier for them to have maladies such as cancer. Also though - any large breed of dog is way more prone to cancer than smaller breed dogs. I loved Griff from the moment I met him and even before - he was such a gentle giant (though not a giant malamute). They do require a lot of care with their longer fur but for me - just his personality and his beauty were enough. Sadly, he only lasted 6 years and I had hoped for at least 12 or so. Good luck - the most important thing for me is the breeder and what their line is - and what they breed for. Mine always bred for temperament and he was a sweet, sweet boy.

Question: I have an 8 year old malamute and I am wondering if I should rescue another malamute puppy, will it be safe around our Tallulah?

Answer: It will all depend on your dog. If she seems like she is okay with other dogs, then yes, though sometimes you have to trial it out and see how it goes. I was a little worried about bringing a puppy home when our Denaya was at least 8 - I think she was maybe 11 or so. She was magnificent with Griffin - and then a year or so later, we added another puppy - and she again was magnificent. She acted like it was the litter of puppies she never had. I think malamutes can be very good with puppies that are not their own. Most breeders recommend an opposite sex puppy - but in our case both worked. Gabby was 6 or 7 when we got Max and likewise, she did just fine. Just baby step it out and let them have some limited interaction, always protecting the puppy at all costs - and/or get together with a breeder and/or a trainer and see if it seems like a good mix. Most importantly, you want your older dog to feel secure/loved and you want the puppy to be safe. If your dog does have any aggression, it might not work out but then you just never know.

Question: How much is too much mouthing for a Mal? I have a 10 week old and he does this to all of us. We have tried screeching like another pup would and he has let up and licked us after. Does this behavior end?

Answer: Yes - but look at their teeth - they are just meant for gnawing. You have to provide them with safe chew experiences and every time they chew on YOU, offer them another alternative. The thing that you want to do is if it continues, simply make a fist, insert your fist IN THEIR MOUTH. It will stop very quickly! They do not like that. My year-old male was still trying to nibble away on my hand and arms and I did that about 3 or 4 times - bingo. Mom - get your hand out of my mouth!

Question: My boyfriend and I want an Malamute but we have some questions. If introduced early are they okay with some cats (large dog savvy outdoor cat next door. Maincoon)? If you do have to leave and can't take your Malamute what is the best thing to do? Thank you for your time.

Answer: Some mals do really well with cats - especially if they grow up from puppyhood with them. Some mals do not ever do well with cats and have been known to easily kill them. That is the worst-case scenario though and everything in between. I would ask your breeder for sure or even try to get a pup from a breeder who has small animals as you would have a better chance that way. It is the prey instinct that they can have - out of the blue - for a small fast-moving animal. They do not intend to be bad or go after small animals but it is in their 'genetic' makeup so to speak. Mals left alone - especially if there is only 1 - they can get into trouble really fast. I would recommend getting with a good breeder and making sure you understand all the precautions - they can be famous furious diggers, leap fences in a single bound, etc. If they are bored or feel alone, that's when you can have some "not" fun. We leave one of ours alone for a few hours in the backyard but we will not leave our young male at all by himself - just as a precaution as we want him to be there when we get home! Every dog is different though and again, it has a lot to do with breeding and then training them as pups or if more mature, it can take longer to break bad habits if anything has been done with them that isn't quite right for malamutes.


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 31, 2019:

That's okay!

Nishad on July 29, 2019:

Oops! Just saw this comment section. I ended up posting in the "Questions" section.


lundmusik from Tucson AZ on September 03, 2011:

What a wonderful hub!!! So much information and work on your part,, thanks for all the tips,, i'd be interested what you think about my hub on puppy training,,, the little dog in the picture is a 10 week old doxy/chihuahua; he's been the light of our lives

Look forward your other hubs. I'll follow closely....

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 08, 2011:

Sonia - I had labs for years and they are wonderful pets. I totally agree with you about the joy, love and lots and lots of smiles!!! Thanks for the read.

sonia05 from india on April 07, 2011:

very cool and interesting hub,really liked the photos....i love dogs and have a labrador as a pet.They bring joy,love and lots of smiles!!!!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 03, 2011:

Good lordie...I will have to tell Bob about the 'bargain' dog...he might not feel so badly about his new puppy then! ha ha - Lucky for me, I seem to be chained to my dogs - if we go somewhere, they go with us or have someone else staying with them. This is a good thing...no starving! I will still look at it as part of my training article though because I am curious now how to do that! You got me interested in seeing how it's done. Maybe I can train my Griff to never take things off a counter ever again when no one's looking!!

De Greek from UK on April 03, 2011:

I have considered buying a trained dog ($6,000) and the dog trainer told me that he can teach the dog not to take food from anyone else. However, if I am ot around to give the dog food, then the dog will actually starve. THAT put me off. I must find a balance somehow. Anyway, thank you for trying to help out :-)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 03, 2011:

Yikes - isn't that pathetic? Actually I use a command all the time that works for many things...the puddle of antifreeze my Griff wants to slurp up, a cat stalking towards him (lunch), or a sandwich I just dropped by accident....LEAVE IT - in my HUGE loud voice and I might even stomp on the floor. He doesn't want to offend his alpha so he generally listens to me. However, the key is training them repeatedly. Putting down something that they really, really want and then making them perform LEAVE IT over and over (rewarding them with a substitute instead of the thing they wanted on the floor).

That reinforces that they must listen - however, in the event that they are not in your radar, I don't know how you can teach them to avoid things on the ground. We had a neighbor who thought he was being kind and threw RAW MEAT (without telling me) into my backyard for my dogs!!! Holy mother of god what a scene. I have a rescued malamute who has terrific food issues since she was starved beyond hope and almost put to death. My smaller heinz 57 went for a portion of the meat because he too was a rescue and had food 'things' and the next thing I knew, my malamute had picked him up by the face and was shaking the living daylights out of HIM! I thought he was a goner for sure.

Turns out it was a kind of warning - she did cut his face a bit - but I stalked down to the man's house and read him up one side and down the other. The stupid fool on top of it HEARD the calamity that he had caused and just LEFT - ran down the alley! For crying out loud. I have since always told people to never give my dogs ANYTHING - they should expect to only receive anything from us....but then my Griffin decides that if he wants 11 sauerkraut pumpkin muffins and they happen to be on the counter......it is a work in progress always with our canine friends.

Hope that helps - I'll have to look up for my training article and direct it to you specifically if I can find something on making a dog leave something on the ground or only taking food from you. Our Griffin is perpetually 'starving' it seems so he tries his best to gulp up anything and at nearly 2, it is still a constant training session to walk him - but that's how he learns!

De Greek from UK on April 03, 2011:

there are people who hate dogs and deliberately offer them poisoned meat. Do you know how to train a dog to take food only from you and not from anyone else, or just eating something found in the dirt?

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 01, 2011:

Thanks Prasetio....we be having some fun~!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 01, 2011:

This was so great, Audrey. Thanks for share with us. I give my vote to you. Cheers..


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 30, 2011:

Om - You are too funny....it's just my way I guess with everything but I do enjoy them immensely...and people, too!!

Om Paramapoonya on March 29, 2011:

Awwwwwwww so cute. Sounds like you pamper all of them very well. Man, sometimes I wish I was your malamute. =D

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 28, 2011:

Crewman6 - But what else would I be doing? ha ha - it is cutting into my writing time a bit as she is really young...but what a hysterical laugh riot she is. Griff and her have a bright future ahead of them if I can just get her trained and headed in the right direction!

Crewman6 on March 28, 2011:

Wow, they are so beautiful! Looks like great fun... and a lot of work. Once again, my greatest respect. Excellent hub!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 28, 2011:

Eiddwen....Thanks for stopping by - I couldn't bear to be without a dog I fear these days. Have had so many over the years and I still get more. It is truly a luxury for me as I don't think there is anything more precious than a dog's adoration and pure love. Hope you get another soon!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 28, 2011:

Oh what a beautiful new additon to your family. I love all animals and this is the first time that I am without a dog myself.

Thank you for sharing this ine with us.

Take care


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 28, 2011:

Laurel....it is the truth! Doesn't get any cuter than that. All the work is worth it in the end (I seem to remember this somewhere back in Griffin puppy days!) and we will forget the sleepless nights, right? She's not so bad actually and I just keep reminding myself that indeed, I am blessed to have such beautiful animals as part of my life. They amaze me every day and spur me on to greater heights to teach and direct....so it's all good. Thanks for the read and sharing my newest little bundle of joy. Gosh they just make me laugh out loud!

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on March 27, 2011:

I think I ought to go to the ER because I've just developed an essentially terminal case of the cutes! Dear lord, Audrey-these are amazing photos and videos. What a blessed life you have, and many thanks to you for sharing!!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Thanks, Nell - we are in puppy love yet again I guess...including the Griffster. The only being a little stodgy (as usual) is my Princess Denaya. She is rolling her eyes - I have no doubt!

Nell Rose from England on March 27, 2011:

Hi, Audrey, Awwwww! congrats on your new puppy, Griff looks totally in love! I loved the videos, they are so gorgeous! seriously, this info is great, anybody wanting to get one of these lovely dogs will learn all they need to know from this, cheers nell

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

I did check out your hub, siberblogger and lots of great information and great video. This is just what these big old guys need!

siberblogger on March 27, 2011:

Another great Hub! We took Willow and Wolf to the South Florida Pet Expo yesterday with the husky rescue. She saw her first miniature Pony. I am going to have to write a hub about that!

Did you ever check out my hub on Urban/Dryland Mushing?


I have a video on there of Me, Wolf and one of out past Foster dogs Blue (the all white husky) urban mushing around my neighborhood.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Thanks AAZ - My pleasure - truly~!

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on March 27, 2011:

Such beautiful dogs! Thank you for the care tips for the malamute.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Lela - isn't she just the cutest? She is a pistol that one! Griff definitely is in for the time of his life...come to think of it I guess we are, too! She is a riot though with her little unstoppable personality and her hissy fits over the crate are funnier than Griff, which I find hard to believe!

Anyhow - when she gets too hot, will send her down...ha ha - she won't get as hot as my poor Griffin. We have to fill up the pool for him when the temps soar and this year thinking we may fill it with ice instead of water! Poor furry boy....love the coat but it does get a bit much for him in summertime. Luckily, Gabs won't be that fur bound!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on March 27, 2011:

Gabby is so adorable! I love her. If you get tired of her, send her to TX and she can stay in my air conditioned house!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Thanks, BJ - it is back to Chaos Central here raising Arizona....I mean Gabby. She reminds me of my Jonathan...she can't sit still for 5 seconds but oh well. It is keeping us very busy.

Griff is in love yet again. He is just so happy to have someone who plays ALL THE TIME. Poor Denaya is just older and stately....she is not a "player" kind of dog. She believes in working hard and being a good girl....period. So he is in dog heaven so to speak with little Ms. Gabriana running hither and yon....mostly yon!

We are having some fun with them - and I'd love to send you a mal....actually they don't mind the heat. You just have to make sure they have plenty of water and that they are inside on days like we get up around 105 in summer. Griffin also has his own fan - in fact 2 - that we run year round to keep him cool because he's the fuzzy version of malamute. Gabby won't have half the fur I imagine.

Thanks as always for your many kudos....just had to share our little 'baby'. She's a hoot!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 27, 2011:

Congrats on the new baby, Audrey, she IS a cutie. So happy that Griffin did not eat her whole the first time you brought her home. I know he's a sweetie, too, but hunger can be a powerful motivator.

Congrats, too, on the 100 - with a remarkably written hub like this, I expect that score to be 110 in a fortnit.

Your photos are a blast - make me almost want a Mal. But that would be hard on the new doggy when the temperatures where I live are often in the 80s or 90s. :)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Lecie - I don't see why it wouldn't work - depending of course on if she would find the spray bitter as a dog would. I would read the bottle though. As long as it is on the outside of the cord, can't imagine why it would hurt to use it? I've been lucky so far that mine have only wanted to chew on chair legs, etc!! Hope it stays that way as the cord thing would be dreadful!! Best of luck breaking her habit!!

Lecie on March 27, 2011:

too cute. i have one question. can you use the sour apple spray on cords? i have a cat that simply will not stop chewing on them. i've tried blocking her access to them but she seems to find a way every time to chew. this is a rather new behavior for her so i'm not sure how to handle it. i tell her no when i see her chewing. she stops and as soon as she feels i'm too busy to notice she's back at it. i've tried a spray bottle but that only made her mean the rest of the day. i'm unsure about what else to try.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

Hey Dim - That sounds splendid~! You must do a piece on your new pup when you branch out. Not sure what you mean 'only take food from you' - ours are quite good about that....except for the occasional counter raiding by my Griffin! Our dogs do not roam, however, as here in redneckville, they would be mistaken for wolves or coyotes and probably shot on sight. If it ain't a cattle dog here...it's a wolf apparently!

De Greek from UK on March 27, 2011:

This is true love for animals and I applaud you for it :-)

I cannot wait until I move to Greece in order to buy a dog there. I have already picked out the breed and I am planning for a largish plot of land in order to have lots of room to roam.

Do you know how totrain a dog to take food only from you?

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 27, 2011:

AliciaC - Thanks so much for stopping by and glad you enjoyed a bit of my life at the moment!

Marie - Glad you enjoyed it as well. Gotta love a dog with a name like Sassie!

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on March 27, 2011:

Awww, this is too cute! Love the photos Audrey but oh so full of great info too. Brought back many memories of Sassie when she was Gabby's age.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 26, 2011:

I loved your wonderful hub! It brought back memories of my dogs as puppies. I used the baby gate barrier very successfully too! You've described how to take care of a puppy so well, and it was lovely to watch the videos of your three dogs and to look at the photos.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 26, 2011:

Alexandra thanks so much for stopping by - it is always hit and miss with mals if you don't understand them and how their 'pecking' order works. The dogs have been just awesome with our new treasure. Denaya is a little skeptical though she just handles it in her usual grand damme fashion...and we give her lots of quiet time.

The puppy playpen is wonderful...if only the little bugger hadn't figured it out quite so fast! Griff would still be in there thinking about it but our little Gabby is going to be heck on wheels I'm afraid!

SilverGenes on March 26, 2011:

What a great hub filled with information! I didn't know there was such a thing as puppy playpens. This would really make it easier when watching TV! The videos are great and make me wish I had a dog even more now. I love the way they have all bonded so nicely.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 26, 2011:

Thanks alekhouse...we're having some fun times...she is just adorable but then my others are so sweet, too!

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on March 26, 2011:

Thanks, Audrey. Great hub What beautiful dogs. I love the pic of the puppy curled up sleeping

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