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Toys, Tips, Tricks, and Supplies

While every dog owner has their own personal opinions as to what pet store and/or products are the best, what they prefer, and what works and doesn’t work for their dogs…etc, we have our own “favorites” and decided to share these here. Whether it be toys, tips, or even links to sites with valuable information – there is always something new to learn and share when it comes to our precious Alaskan Malamutes we all love and adore so much! This page will continuously be updated, so feel free to bookmark us and check back often!

Toys

This area is a broad subject, and we really cannot recommend any one certain dog toy over another. It all depends on your dog, as there are no “Alaskan Malamute” specific toys out there…unless you consider your favorite pair of socks or slippers on the list…

Duckworth Toy for Alaskan Malamutes

Meet Duckworth!

As you may or may not already know, an Alaskan Malamute adult dog, or even puppy, can quickly turn anything into finely shredded garbage in a matter of minutes. With that being said, just about anything can be used as a dog toy. For example, one of our dog’s favorite toys is a squeaky ball inside a sock. Another fun and inexpensive toy is a plastic bottle that has been stripped of labeling and the cap securely fastened on. You can throw a few pieces of hard dog food inside for a noisy and fun time. The toy to the left, “Duckworth” is a very popular plush toy that many dog owners (large and small breed) rave about. I’ve just recently ordered a couple of these and will do a full review in our blog as soon as I have had a chance to try him out!

Just remember, always supervise your dog while they play with “home-made” toys to ensure they do not break it down to the point where they begin to eat it.

The biggest suggestion we can offer when selecting fun toys for an Alaskan Malamute adult dog or puppy, is to try not to get too upset if that toy doesn’t “hold up forever”. Even the “indestructible” claims of many dog toys falls flat when it comes to long term hard play with a large breed dog. So, always choose toys that are firstly, safe, and then secondly, affordable – because more often than not, you will find yourself replacing them on a regular basis. Your local pet or even feed stores (if you live in a rural area) should always have at least “something” your Alaskan Malamute will love to play with.

Some toys that we find last the longest would include several of the Kong brand toys, and West Paw. Be careful with “cheap” rope toys as the fabric tends to pull apart and can get all over the place, not to mention, inside your Malamute’s stomach. If you opt for a stuffed animal, check it to be sure that there are no tags or glass eyes that can pop off and end up lodging into your dogs throat or end up in their stomach. We can’t speak for all dogs, but it seems that Alaskan Malamutes have an innate ability to know what to swallow and what not to swallow…although, I would NOT depend on that as your fail-safe approach. Always read the reviews when looking for possible toys to invest in, and remember that what may work for some smaller breeds, might not cut it for 100lbs+ dogs like Alaskan Malamutes!

Some of our dogs most favorite toys are Kong and West Paw Frisbee/flyers, squeaky balls, and quality ball and rope toys. Petsmart and Petco often carry a wide selection, and Amazon also carries a wide range. Another site you might find interesting is www.fordogtrainers.com. They have a wide selection of everything from kennel accessories to toys, and even quality harnesses. In all honesty, the most “appropriate” thing to do to provide your Alaskan Malamute with true fun and excitement, is the opportunity to do what they are genetically inspired to do – pull! You can start your pup off as early as 8 weeks of age pulling very light objects around, and then working up to larger things like sledges, wagons, scooters, or bikes. This will prove to be much more rewarding, entertaining, and fitting fun for an Alaskan Malamute! Check out the link to Alpine Outfitters for things such as harnesses, bikejoring supplies, and more!  

Digestion Issues…

green tripe tripett for upset stomachs in dogsFor the occasional digestion issue, we have found that just a few tablespoons of Tripett Green Tripe gets our dogs feeling good again. It is loaded with beneficial gut balancing bacteria and enzymes to help aid in digestion and return things to a neutral ground. We highly suggest this as an option for the occasional stomach issue, however, if it seems more serious, or if your dog appears to have blood in it’s stool, pain, or any other symptoms beyond just a simple stomach upset – always check with your veterinarian. Blood in the stool can be very serious and life-threatening.

 

If digestion issues continue, check to ensure there are no allergy issues associated with food and treats. If you see changes to their coat, or excessive shedding between coat “blows” check with your veterinarian. Always be sure to also check to see if there are signs which perhaps suggest your dog has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, because much like children, they are curious, and don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to what they eat.

Grooming

There is absolutely no secret as to the amount of hair that an Alaskan Malamute can shed, especially during coat blows. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you manage this.

  1. Do not over bathe – this can cause dry skin and other skin related irritation. Try to brush out dirt, or use plain water to spot clean.
  2. When you do bathe, use natural shampoos without phthalates, sulfates and other detergents and irritants. Check your label for synthetic ingredients and try to select only products that are 100% natural and PH neutral. DO NOT USE HUMAN HAIR PRODUCTS. (We will be offering our own handmade shampoo bar soaps we use on our dogs here shortly!)
  3. Use a rake style comb/brush – avoid “Furminator” type grooming tools as they are known to damage guard hairs.
  4. Groom as often as possible to help speed along the process – do it OUTDOORS and have a garbage bag nearby to place removed fur in.
  5. Spend more time outdoors to allow for fur to blow outside rather inside your home.
  6. Invest in a decent vacuum like a Dyson Pet/animal model.
  7. Invest in a groomer who is familiar with double coat breeds. They can help blow the coat out with a hair blower and speed up the process.
  8. Invest in lint rollers and keep them placed strategically around your home and your vehicles.
  9. Learn to love and accept this as part of owning a gorgeous, intelligent and loving breed such as the Alaskan Malamute!
  10. Collect the fur, and stuff it inside an old bird feeder. Hang it outside and watch birds use it for their nests – it’s quite cool!
Smart dog owners are taking control of their dog’s health with raw foods and natural remedies. Dogs Naturally will show you how …

Vaccinations

Click the image to the left for a great article from DogsNaturally.com on core and non-core vaccines. Many people will allow their dogs to be “over” vaccinated, learn how to prevent this, as well as protect your dog from commonly preventable diseases, safely and effectively without compromising their long-term health and well-being!

Malamute Vs. Husky

Natural Solutions to Common Problems

Although I would never suggest not taking your dog to your veterinarian, there are times when we can help our Mals without bombarding their systems with chemicals. One of the most common infections a dog, especially an “outdoor” dog, can contract is Giardia. In very basic terms, Giardia is a parasite that is usually found and contracted through contaminated water or areas where Giardia is present. Dogs can get it from swimming and/or drinking pond, lake, river, stream, or puddle water that has the Giardia cysts, or simply licking or sniffing an area where it is. It is very common, more common than originally thought. Older healthy dogs can usually get over a Giardia infection on their own, but younger dogs, or dogs with compromised immune systems, may have more trouble. Common symptoms in dogs is diarrhea, gas, bloating and lethargy. The reason you want to be sure it is Giardia is that other more serious illnesses can also present themselves through these same types of symptoms, although Giardia can be serious if it does not clear on it’s own and left untreated.

The biggest danger is dehydration due to the diarrhea which can happen VERY quickly, especially in pups. Poor absorption of nutrients is also a concern if the infection is allowed to go untreated. Weight loss is never a good sign, and if it’s gotten to the point where that is happening, you need to get into the veterinarian immediately. Putting off taking your dog or puppy to the veterinarian when they are showing signs of a possible infection of any kind is negligent, cruel, and could end up costing thousands of dollars to save their life. Most ALL illnesses in dogs can be prevented and/or kept from becoming costly problems simply by being aware and proactive.

As dangerous as any condition can be, if left untreated, there are still natural solutions that can work. If you have a Holistic Veterinarian, many of these natural solutions are probably already well-known to you. Here are a few basic “must have” natural in-home remedies we suggest that you investigate. I won’t go into much detail here about each of these, but there is literally tons of information out there on the amazing benefits of these products.

Oil of Oregano (Oreganol) – One of the most powerful natural antibiotics, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic oils in the world. Used to treat a BROAD array of infectious disease, can be used orally and topically (when properly diluted) with very little to no problem. It has been used to successfully treat Giardia, Coccidia, and even Parvo (although any remote sign of Parvo should be immediately addressed by a veterinarian). Our personal experience is using the brand Oreganol, which is already diluted with extra virgin olive oil. 2-3 drops (not dropperfuls, but DROPS) of this oil hidden in some wet food – down the hatch. In the beginning, you can try 1 drop and monitor, then gradually increase. Due to it’s powerful concentrated nature, I would not personally use it for longer than 3-5 days unless under veterinarian advice.

Organic Plain Yogurt – Any time you give a dog an antibiotic, wormer, or other chemical to help fight off infection, you can always helps replenish gut flora naturally by giving a nice tablespoon of plain organic yogurt. Choose a brand that is high quality, pure, and without the addition of sugars, flavors, or other ingredients. You want a yogurt with lots of healthy live active cultures in it, usually the more expensive, the better.

Diatomaceous Earth – We are HUGE advocates for the use of Food Grade DE. It is very easy to apply to wet or dry dog food, and you will find additional posts in our blog regarding how we personally use it daily to help our dogs maintain a healthy coat, joints, and bones as well as control most parasite infections using this fabulous product as a daily dietary supplement.

Colloidal Silver – Although this natural product has been attacked (like most natural remedies that work) by the mainstream, one cannot simply ignore personal experience over propaganda based denial. Although all of these natural approaches should be done cautiously, and preferably under the direction and advice of a Holistic Veterinarian, I cannot stress how well Colloidal Silver works as a topical healing agent for dogs. Silver has been used for centuries to promote healing and to ward off infection, so it only makes sense that a good quality silver supplement can do the same. We have personally used this product moderately to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and even clear up ear infections. It works fast and is effective.

Raw Organic Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has a lot of wonderful properties and uses, and yes, your dog can benefit from coconut oil as well. The key with using this oil, is MODERATION. It can help treat parasitic infections and viruses, is very good for skin and coat as well. It “can” loosen stools, so be sure you don’t overdo it. It makes an excellent carrier oil and good for diluting things like oregano oil. As well as ALL other products, it is recommended that you check with your veterinarian. Holistic veterinarians are more likely to understand and be properly educated with these natural products.

Organic Bone Broth – Use organic bone broth that has no added salts, spices, and only dog safe ingredients. There is bone broth powder available also, you can find it in most health food stores. I prefer to use a non-GMO pure bone broth with no other additives or ingredients. This makes an EXCELLENT way of softening kibble and gives your dog extra vitamins and minerals that help build immunity and keep healthy. I also prefer grass fed beef bone broth, but chicken, bison, and others work very nicely as well.

Organic Pure Pumpkin – A tablespoon or two can help your dog get some extra fiber and helps with loose stools. Be sure to get the pure pumpkin in the can with no other additives or spices.

We will continue to add more information, but please know this should NOT be considered “veterinarian” advice and you should always do your own due diligence in research, and consult with your professional