Surrender a Dog

If you have decided to give up your malamute and you live in New England we would like to hear from you. If we feel that we can place your dog we have many available options. Please contact us. If you have NOT made up your mind about giving up your dog and would like some help solving any problems that you have been having, please feel free to contact us. We may be able to help, or we can try to find you someone who can help you.

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Common Behavioral Problems

Are you giving up your malamute due to a behavioral problem? A list of common problems we have encountered are listed below with some links to help you! If you are having a problem with your dog you should first assess whether the problem is a danger to you or any other person. If so, please contact your vet, local animal control or local breed club for advice and a trainer in your area. This section links to sites that might help explain the behaviors and may offer advice but it is always better to find an expert who knows you, your dog and your routine to advise you. See the training page.

  • Housetraining

    Housetraining is sometimes a problem when you first get a new puppy or an adult rescue dog that has never been inside the house. The key is to have a routine, contain the dog and be consistent. For more advice on housebreaking check out the following site:

    The Key to Successful Housetraining is Prevention, Not Punishment
    Housetraining your adult dog

  • Digging

    Does your yard look like a gopher colony? Have holes large enough to put in an in ground pool? Digging is a natural dog activity which can be solved!

  • Jumping up on people

    This is a very bad habit especially for a large dog. It can be extrememly dangerous around children and the elderly. The best way to solve a jumping dog problem is to first attend an obedience class. Once the dog is in your control, the next step is to teach it the "off" command.

  • Barking and or howling

    Malamutes are not usually barkers but there is always an exception! Malamutes do make a wide range of noises and they do howl. If you are having a problem with a barking malamute try the following sites:

    Stop your dog from Barking

  • Nipping/Chewing/Destruction

    Malamutes tend to use their mouths a lot as puppies. This can lead to problems with Puppy nipping and also with Chewing/Destruction. Please visit the following:

    Preventing your puppy's Destructive Chewing

    Solving Chewing

  • Running away/Escaping/Roaming

    If your dog is running away/escaping/roaming from you or won't stay in your yard, you have a typical malamute! This problem is best cured by fencing the dog in. Spaying/neutering your dog as early as possible may also help. Training your dog in basic obedience is also a good idea as well as teaching the dog to come when called. Rescue does not believe in tying, chaining or trollying out a malamute.

  • Pulling on a Leash

    If your dog is pulling on a leash and you are having a hard time walking him, try a beginning obedience class to do some basic training with your dog! The right equipment and a knowledgeable instructor will do wonders for your relationship with your dog. For the best results with a training class, be sure to practice in between the classes!

  • Bouncing off the Walls

    Is your malamute hyper, hyper, hyper? Your best bet is to make sure you are giving him daily exercise. A fenced yard will help burn off excess energy. Keeping your malamute happy with an activity can also help burn off extra energy. Mals are working dogs and need to be kept fit in both mind and body.

  • Owner Absent Misbehavior (separation anxiety)

    This can be the dog that rips up the couch when you leave him, gets into the garbage, screams and cries or urinates in the house whenever you leave. Owner absent misbehavior can be a problem in both puppies and adult dogs.

  • Car Problems

    Problems in the car can be dangerous. Dogs that get car sick can also be a problem, have you tried giving your dog a ginger snap before going for a ride?

  • Eating Feces

    Dogs eating feces can frequently be a problem.

  • Aggression

    According to the Alaskan Malamute Club of America, the Alaskan malamute is an affectionate, friendly dog, not a "one man dog" and he is a loyal, devoted companion. He is playful and generally impressive and dignified. This description does not describe all malamutes, unfortunately. Malamutes, like ALL breeds of dogs, can show aggression. If you are having a problem with aggression please contact your vet, your local animal control, a local breed club or a professional dog trainer and get help as soon as possible!

    Below are a few articles that may help you understand dog aggression and prevent a dog from becoming aggressive:

    For more information on dog problems and solutions try the following sites:

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