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

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Raising 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.

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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.