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Rewards in Training
Wolves in the wild place high priority inthe search and hunt for food. Your alaskan malamute and other dogs even though they enjoy the ritual of a daily meal still seem to thrive on thye search instinct for food. So training rewards with food are very useful and successful . Food as a reward is added in traing as an enticement to obey commands. When you start a training session ,bring a bag with you with your well guarded treats . Rustle the bag the bag as you give the command. If your dog listens ,give him a rewar treat . By keeping your treats in a concealed bag you are not distracting him with the actual food . The dog will be super concentrated on the bag . This works great at dog shows. While in the show ring be discreet as to not distract other dogs , so it is not advised to bring a treat the size of a steak and toss it to your dog as well deserved reward.
Now continue practicing the command and after several successe only give a treat . You are now trying to train him not onlly by rewarding him with food but with praise also ,as you may not always have treats on hand.NOw the ultimately goal here is to get your new alaskan malamute puppy to eventually listen to your command without expecting a food reward but to be contended By only hearing those 3 little words " Goood Boy Fido"
If your dog is not food oriented you may try and use a fake hairy squeeky mouse , that works well too on some dogs. Basically instead of using food as bait for reward you use a fake mouse. When your laskan malamute has done what you have commanded ,pullout the squeeky mouse ,give it a few squeeks then let him have it . Let him torture it a few times , as it it his reward then take it way so as not to sawllow it completely . You can also do this with any favorite toy.
You can practice "come" training indoors or out . Let's say your puppy is atthe other side of the room and he is looking at you with those beautiful baby browns , and he gets it into his head he is comming over to see you, as he starts to come towards you , speak aloud the command "come" and stretch out your arms as if in a big hug. Now as you say this bend down as you have your arms out in a welcome position . When your malamute puppy arrives close to you give him a gug or rub and tell him/her how great she or he is. Use this technique often and soon enough your malamute pup will get to know the command and gestures .
If your outsideand your dog is on a lead give your command "come" and then walk backwards giving a gentle tug on the lead. Praise him/her when he/she does what you want .
using this small technique outside and inside often will help tech your dog the command come.
When training your alaskan malamute to heel alwayswalk your dog on the same side . Many trainers prefer the left side and will carry a leash in the right. Maybe it's because the are right handed!! Anyway with the left hand you can have a few treats or a toy for training purposes only.
As you start to walk give the command heel. Sweep ypur left hand forward in front of your malamutes nose. Thos is telling him to walk . Walk then in a steady fast pace and keep his focus ,you can do this by talking to him in a friendly way . Make lots of turns and give an occasional treat. Try and keep your malamute only a head in front in front . If he pulls forward and starts to pull give a quick jerk on the leash and firmly say heel. Don't yank him so hard that he stumbles backwards , you don't want a pulling match that you will hate and he will likely enjoy . If your dog keeps pulling to the left find a wall and walk close to it ,a fence will also do. Training lessons should not be too long either. Alternate other traing lessons in between to keep your alaskan malamute happy and interested.
Your alaskan malamute has a natural instinct to run after anything and everything . Most dogs to to chase moving objects. This is a natural and healthy response unique to many predatory animals such as dogs and cats. Knowing this our gaol is to have our malamute wanting to chase balls and sticks and return them to us and not cats or other cute furries. That's another training exersise all together.
Choose a ball , the bouncier the better ,this seems to really get them going . A kong can work great too but i really like a bouncy ball best. Throw the ball and as soon as it is flying about yell out the command fetch.
It is easier to to fetch train on a leash as you have more control. of the dog and the training session. When your malamute puppy returns with the ball ,praise him/her .If they don't wnat to return ,gently tug oin the rope until he returns. Remember to give only a small amount of leash to satrt and gradually give more as the session progresses. Then give the command give or drop Then take the ball away from him/her.Allow the dog to make the connection of the command give. Then praise again with a rub or treat . As you practice this exersise give the dog more and more leash as he becomes successful. When your malamute is ready let him off lead and try it but always in a dog safe place.