Yes - that is the trick. When a malamute is on a leash, they have to learn that it is not the same as being in a harness. They have to be taught to heal and to obey, as being on icy roads become a real danger to the human attached to them! We have one of our mals who is horrible at pulling. I have to literally walk a few steps, make her sit, try again until she figures out we are not moving forward until she stops trying to pull me down the street. It takes a lot of training with some of them to get them to the understanding that a leash is NOT the same as a harness! Turning quickly from one direction to another with a treat held in your hand and them on a short length of the leash is a great training exercise to do with them. Anything involving 'heel' is the way to go. Letting them go too far out in front of you really spikes the behavior and increases the risk of them getting away with a pull rather than a heel.