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CHAAMP is a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild Shelter & Rescue Organization. Our goal is to practice force-free (no physical force or verbal intimidation) dog handling, husbandry; and rewards-based training. Did you know that some dogs find the sound of the clicker to be aversive? Each dog is a unique individual, and they determine what is scary. We do our best to provide gentle and kind interactions with Malamutes and offer them a "choice" to collaborate with us. We view training as a fun way to communicate with our dogs and watch their dog body language to "hear" what they are saying.

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

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

Adoption begins with completing an online application. Information is confidential and is used to help us match a dog's personality with your environment and lifestyle. We will work with you to find alternative solutions if you don't have a fence. We offer resources to support all adopters including first time Malamute parents. Once the application is received, we set up a virtual or in person home visit where adopters and CHAAMP discuss puppy proofing your home, identifying a safe place (crate or gated area), food/potty schedule, and discuss enrichment ideas. We discuss the importance of decompression and identifying local professional dog trainers and resources. We are here to answer questions every step of your journey. Malamutes are highly intelligent, sensitive, and expressive dogs. It is critical to create a plan to set up your family and dog for success. 

The Pet Rescue Resource

Alaskan Malamute Training Facebook Group

Pawsitive Futures Dog Training and Behavior - Alaskan Malamute YouTube

Dog to Dog Introductions Booklet

Fear Free Happy Homes: Newly Adopted Pets

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An adoption requirement is training. Training is like team building with you and your dog. It improves communication and collaboration with our furry companions. Plus, it builds a bond and helps your pup gain confidence. Malamutes are a working breed and need a mental outlet -- they love working for treats! 


If you are not sure if a Malamute is the right breed for you or are not ready, you can volunteer to take the Malamutes on a walk. This is a great way to meet the pups and learn from volunteers how to best interact and handle these precious fluffy strong pups.  

 Fostering is a wonderful alternative too. With your help, we can open up space for another Malamute to come to the rescue.

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