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Aggressive Alaskan Malamute

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    Aggressive Alaskan Malamute


    Hi all!

    I'm having trouble with our 4 year old Alaskan Malamute x Husky. Me and my partner have had him for nearly 2 years and the problems are now starting to occur. We are aware we have to show him we are the pack leaders however me and my partner split up earlier this year and have recently got back to together and our Alaskan Malamute is now completely different towards me. I see him as my son pretty much so always made it essential I still saw him so it's not like he doesn't recognise me anymore. Like many other Malamutes he is EXTREMELY dominant and is always growling and trying to show us he is boss. He is not neutered which I know is the wrong thing to do however my partner is completely against it. He's not dog friendly at all and has acctually tried to bite me and my boyfriend this week. We are strongly against any electric collars or anything down that line. We are so stuck on what to do with him and I was wondering if someone could help me! He gets lots of exercise and goes everywhere with us. I'm just so stuck on what to do. We didn't get him from a puppy so it is difficult to train him now as they are a very stubborn breed.

    Thank you for reading!

    Chloe.

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    neutering him is not going to change his attitude, now its a habit and not hormonal Malamutes and huskies are a hard dog to work with anyway, they are pack animals and not people pack oriented. You could try muzzling him when he starts growing and trying to bite you, when he's good leave it off but the first sign of any aggression to you put it on, he will associate the muzzle with aggression and hopefully stop. Teach him words like "outside" and no bite, he has to associate the muzzle as punishment and learn that biting and growling gets him muzzled. If you don't correct the problem now the older he gets the worse he's going to be and the growl will become a bite and if he bites you he'll bite anyone, that is a lawsuit waiting to happen. If necessary get a pair of steel mesh gloves, when he growls or snaps grab him by the scruff of the neck and give him a good shake and say NO. The shake may startle him enough to teach him its not acceptable behavior. Wear the gloves so he can't bite you. You can also put him on his back and keep him there until he submits, caution, never look him directly in the eyes, this is a challenge to them.

    It wouldn't hurt to take him to a vet for a complete checkup, anytime there is a sudden change it could be something medical. if that is ruled out then its behavioral and you have to correct the behavior
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    I used to have an Alaskan Malamute male, and they are very dominant to be sure, and we also made the mistake of not neutering him when he was young. He was neutered in his adulthood and that did seem to mellow him out. They need to be shown confident leadership without any physical punishment. They should definitely be socialized, even if a muzzle is needed at first to protect the other dogs or people. I don't agree that the muzzle should be a form of punishment or viewed that way. You may have to use it on a daily basis, and should be considered a training device, not a form of punishment.

    You can lie him on his side, not back, and firmly hold him until he submits, without saying a word, and in a calm fashion. If he tries to bite you, have a rawhide roll or something handy and immediately tell him 'No, you bite this'. Put it in his mouth at the moment. He's developed some habits and that's what they are, and habits can be broken with repetitive instruction. Good luck with your boy, don't give up, he's worth the effort.

    What is his name? We named our boy Kayak. Welcome to the forum!

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    Yes Ive been thinking about getting a muzzle for him, like you said if he was to bite someone else the consequences would not be good. We have put him on his back before a few times and he growls and snaps at us but then it might be because of eye contact like you said. He recently had a trip to the vet, however I will take him again to make sure.

    Thank you for your response.

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    Hi Alpha1. We had him from the age of 3 but now he is nearly 5 my partner is still extremely against it. We just need a way around this. We use no physical punishment except a tap on the nose when he tries to eat our food! We have been trying to socialise him with other dogs but people in my area are aware he is not exactly friendly so do not let their dogs near him. However I do think a muzzle would help a lot. And at least people were to know our dog could not bite their dog and could give him a chance to socialise.

    We have tried putting him on his side however he just growls and snaps like you wouldn't believe. Having something handy is something we have never tried however as that would solve a lot of problems with biting. I love our boy and I just hope we're able to fix this behaviour!

    Our boys called Neo (I'm guessing his last owners were Matrix fans) 😄

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    If he tries to bite you, have a rawhide roll or something handy and immediately tell him 'No, you bite this'.
    Unless he speaks Spanish, in which case tell him, 'No, muerde esto.'
    Last edited by Dog Force One; 12-11-2017 at 05:33 AM.

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    things have a way of working themselves out, hang in there.
    Last edited by linda2147; 12-11-2017 at 06:49 PM.
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