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!
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…
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!
For 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- Use a rake style comb/brush – avoid “Furminator” type grooming tools as they are known to damage guard hairs.
- 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.
- Spend more time outdoors to allow for fur to blow outside rather inside your home.
- Invest in a decent vacuum like a Dyson Pet/animal model.
- 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.
- Invest in lint rollers and keep them placed strategically around your home and your vehicles.
- Learn to love and accept this as part of owning a gorgeous, intelligent and loving breed such as the Alaskan Malamute!
- 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!