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 (

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 modifying behavior as recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) position statement on animal welfare.

Facts about dog training and behavior by Shelter Playgroup Alliance

Positive Reinforcement Training – Does it Work for the Working Group?

By Chelsea Murray, ATDI, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Our goal is to create positive experiences and choice(s) for Malamutes to engage and disengage with us. They are independent thinkers and highly intelligent. They learn best when we respect their "space." Like humans, Malamutes have an invisible bubble they wish others to respect. They also want to know, "Why should I listen to you?" So we make them a YUMMY offer they can't refuse! Pretty soon they learn to choose YOU because good things happen, WOO! 


Training should be FUN. It's learning to communicate and listen to our dog with our eyes. Together we build a relationship as we learn new things together. It is teamwork and takes time. We learn, grow, and do better. Malamutes are a working breed and enjoy mental stimulation collaborating with you to earn rewards. 


Malamutes' feelings and emotions are influenced by the environment, which includes you. Dogs see the world through their powerful nose and need time to process new smells like your emotions (excitement, frustration, etc.), which can be very stimulating and potentially overwhelming. Less is more when meeting a Malamute. Give them time to process their feelings. 


"Choice and willing participation are key to building confidence."

~Dog Latin Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

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Thank woo!