The very best way to train a malamute is to be consistent and to make sure that if you feel he is having issues, engage a trainer - at least for a lesson or 2 just to get a sense of his ability to listen to you. Malamutes HAVE to have an alpha or they get themselves into the worst messes you can imagine - with people, other dogs, destructive behavior. They are easily bored and want a companion as well as a leader. Our mals have always been food motivated - treats are their kibble (we just reduce their daily portion and use part of it for training) and then add in a few 'major treats' like little pieces of hotdog to really get their attention. You have to be consistent and train him like you mean it. I prefer short sessions as they do NOT like repeating tricks and commands. If they do it right once, they don't want to do it over and over - just the breed. However, always, always end on a positive note - end the session after he has done something right and praise him to the moon and back. They are super smart dogs but they have to be trained more so than other breeds. A group class might also be helpful WHEN you have him trained to obey you. Also a pinch collar is a good idea to get their attention. Just be firm and positive and you will have a good dog at the end of it!