Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection (CHAAMP) offers support, free resources, education, and referrals to dog professionals who follow Humane Dog Training as recommended by The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (avsab.org).
CHAAMP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing Malamutes from shelters, neglected situations, and other unfortunate events. We have been around since the 1990's. We serve DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and offer virtual support to anyone in need. CHAAMP runs on 100% volunteer power! Join us, there are so many ways to contribute.
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CHAAMP's goal is to rescue Malamutes and find each a loving home that meets both the dog and family's lifestyle. We practice and advocate the use of rewards-based (positive reinforcement) dog training, including working with behavior problems as recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statement on animal welfare.
By Chelsea Murray, ATDI, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Our goal is to create positive experiences with Malamutes and to provide choice(s) to engage and disengage with us. Malamutes are independent thinkers and very intelligent. They learn best when they are provided with a choice to collaborate with you. Rewards based training is fun and dogs are most likely to choose YOU because good things happen when they collaborate. We always consider the environment, which is full of smells and is very stimulating. Dogs see the world through their powerful nose. When learning, it's important to use a reward (treat) that your pup really enjoys. We use a lot of treats to teach (lure the pup) and then deliver as a reward for collaborating with us. Once they have learned a cue (like "down"), we hide the treat behind our back, ask them for a "down", wait for them to perform the desired cue, and then we deliver their reward (think of it as payment for working - Malamutes are a working breed).
Reading dog body language is critical so we can listen with our eyes and respond accordingly. Dogs are constantly reading our body language. Communication is a two-way street and is a great way to nurture a healthy relationship. Together we develop mutual trust and a special bond.
"Choice and willing participation are key to building confidence."
While Malamutes are waiting to be adopted, we provide enrichment (mental stimulation, sniffing, and chewing outlets), we go hiking, and depending on the Malamute we go shopping at dog-friendly stores and adoption events.
Please visit our Facebook Page for upcoming events.
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