Malamutes are known for being a part of the family. They are highly intelligent and independent thinkers. Malamutes need to have a routine to prevent anxiety, especially when introduced into a new environment and humans. Imagine the confusion and anxiety they face with the loss of their previous family and home. For this reason, it is critical for us to learn how to read dog body language to respond appropriately. CHAAMP is extra cautious to minimize stress, create peaceful interactions, and slowly rebuild trust between humans and Malamutes in our rescue. Malamutes need time to process their feelings and emotions.
Malamutes respond wonderfully to positive reinforcement. This working breed love to work and earn rewards. So we help them learn by controlling the environment, minimizing triggers, and being extra calm ourselves. We can set up our Malamutes for success by removing opportunities to practice bad choice. They also need their own space where they can feel safe like a crate or an area in your home with a baby gate where they can eat and sleep in peace. Providing a calm environment helps them to focus, practice, and learn while you bond together.
Meeting a Malamute is exciting for everyone! Did you know that not all zoomies are expression of fun and happiness? Too much too soon can cause zoomies and easily nurture jumpy, bitey behavior, oh my! Did you know that when a dog exposes it's belly it may mean I am not a threat and that they may need "space" instead of affection? The more excited a Malamute becomes, the calmer we must be. We strive to keep Malamutes under their emotional threshold. They have been through so much change and are just longing for their furever family. Help us set them up for success.
Positive reinforcement rewards the behavior we wish repeated and minimizes unwanted behavior over time. This simultaneously builds your Malamute's confidence and strengthens your bond.
We highly recommend Your Dog's Friend, a nonprofit in Rockville, MD who advocate force-free, positive dog training. They offer FREE webinars and advice from dog professionals.
Let's learn together and make their world a better place! It starts with us. Volunteer your time and talents, foster and/or adopt.
Volunteer with CHAAMP and register to go through the Fear Free Shelter Program to improve the experience and emotional well being of the Malamutes. Registration is FREE and this is a great learning experience. Who knows, you may want to become a professional dog trainer afterwards!
CHAAMP Malamutes are kenneled or fostered in private homes over our rescue territory. We are always in need of foster homes. Some Malamutes need extra assistance transitioning into a home or do not do well in a kennel environment.
A foster home provides a peaceful environment post-surgery or during the deworming process. There are many reasons to foster. We also foster-to-adopt and will provide you with training and support. Please submit an application and review "Decompress for Success" by Dog Latin Dog Training.
Rescue & Care
Malamutes are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and seen by a vet. Our heartworm-positive Malamutes receive treatment and are retested 3-8 months later. We provide medical records to adopters. Training is a contract requirement. We will work with you to provide options that meet your family's needs.
A Malamute's personality may change once they feel comfortable in a new home. It is important to have a routine, provide a safe place, enrichment, and a spa-like environment to help them decompress.
Adoption fees help us cover vet and medical costs. Puppy fees are higher because they require more vet visits for vaccines.
~Adult dogs (two-seven years old): $275.00
~Older dogs (eight years old or over): $100.00
~Puppies (6 months - 1 year): $350.00
~Puppies (under 6 months): $375.00
Please complete an application to initiate the adoption and/or foster process. The information provided helps us find a suitable match for your lifestyle. Next, we will schedule a home visit and get to know you. When we have a good match, we will schedule a meet and greet. Upon arrival, your family will receive a training session before meeting the Malamutes.
Support & Follow up
Adoption is just the beginning! When you adopt you become part of the CHAAMP Family. We love to hear pup dates. If you are ever in a position where you can no longer keep your Malamute, we will gladly receive him.
Mals are intelligent and can be opportunistic. If you have a question, please reach out to us so we can discuss and offer educational resources.