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Positive Reinforcement Rewards-Based Training


Finding a dog professional can be scary because the industry is not regulated. CHAAMP is so thankful to The Pet Professional Guild and Fear Free Pets who advocate for ethical and humane training and husbandry. CHAAMP chooses to seek trainers from these member organizations committed to No shock, No prong, No pain, and No fear to teach and communicate with dogs. They also offer free memberships for pet parents and offer educational resources such as videos and articles on training, health, and behavior.

Malamutes are an intelligent working breed. You can almost see them thinking "What's in it for me? Why should I listen to you?"  So we make them a delicious offer they can't refuse! Malamutes love to work for rewards while simultaneously exercising their brain and bonding with their human. Good things happen when I choose my human.


When intimidation (physical or verbal) is used with your Malamute, he will associate your presence with punishment. This may cause your dog to suppress unwanted behavior without addressing the root cause, develop fear aggression, shut down from fear, react with a bite, or he may stop performing ANY behavior for you. It is a myth that Malamutes need a strong alpha to show them whose boss. Malamutes need routine (predictability - this reduces anxiety), mental enrichment, exercise, and positive reinforcement rewards-based training to become a confident pup.


Because Malamutes are so intelligent, they tend to become anxious if they do not know what is expected of them. Reinforcing calm behavior is so helpful. 

The Calm Settle by Dog Training by Kikopup


Capturing Calmness - how to train calmness in dogs by Dog Training by Kikopup


Separation Training for Puppies and Adult Dogs by Dog Training by Kikopup

"Chill Out Fido!: How to Calm Your Dog" (Dogwise Training Manual) by Nan Kene Arthur is an excellent book covering behavior, health, and guidance on how to capture and reward calm behavior. 

Resource Guarding by Fear Free Pets and Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB

1. Be perceived as the giver of good things rather than the taker.

2. Always do an exchange or trade when objects are taken from the dog.

3. In games of tug and fetch, let the dog “win” the object.

4. Instead of chasing your dog, teach your pup to bring objects to you and release them on cue for a reward.

5. To let your dog know you are a giver, toss a delicious treat while your dog is eating at a safe distance. 

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Helpful Links

Your Dog's Friend provides force-free, positive dog training advice and FREE webinars.

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