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    They can be a fantastic breed, I have worked with Akitas who have a very similar headstrong attitude.
    If you can get them trained they are great dogs, but getting them trained is the hard part, and without consistent and constant training they fall back into old habits.
    Training isn't just weekly obedience classes, you have to be pretty tough on them all the time.

    As some of you know I have poodles, smart breed, I teach them something, it takes a day and then they are done. Headstrong breeds, like Malamutes, Akitas, Huskies etc need a lot more mental stimulation and need to be... I guess... 'reminded' of their training and will try to test your limits more.

    ADD - A Malamute may be perfect for LukeDG's situation, I don't know, but they don't KNOW that because it is obvious they haven't done any research at all but are still adamant they are getting one.
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    See I have trouble following the generalisation for breeds... Like i said my cousins dog (malamute) is nothing like they are described.. she is gentle, well trained (only obedience) and just a lovely calm dog to be around. Growing up I had a german shepherd and boxer (parents are split, my mum had the german shepherd and dad the boxer), my mothers dog, being a german shepherd went to so many different trainers trying to get it to remember basic commands and.. nothing. now that dog was pig headed, my dads boxer, so well trained you would think caeser had worked on him, however dad says he has never had such ease training dogs. My dog on the other hand, sasha the cocker spaniel, yes is easy to train, however she wont do what you want her to unless you tell her six times! she knows what i am asking of her, but its almost like she sits there thinking... "if i just pretend i cant understand she will stop telling me to shake, or drop.." but after 5-6 times of telling her she will huff and puff and do whats asked of her.
    NOW THAT is pig headed! lol

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    My mum now still has our family maltese terrier, who at 14 years old is now going deaf and we think she may be starting to go blind, but she still bounds around like she is 8 weeks old. Will do absolutely anything you want her to though.

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    I have two Mals. They are a fantastic breed and I think I will always have one. I've had no trouble training mine to be well mannered. You need to put in the time but they don't need excessive exercise each day either. Not the dog for everyone, need to feel as part of the family. Don't get one and lock it out the back. Lots of fun short training and you get a happy, goofy grin and a lot of talking back. Need to be prepared for lots of hair. It gets in everything so u need to ensure you are happy to have a hairy house.

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    It's hard to do the research unless you spell the name right, so at least LukeDG can do this now.

    Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed Profile Information, Pictures, Traits, Characteristics | DogTime.com - Find your wag.

    The best research is to go out and meet some of these. Find your local malamute club via your state kennel club, and go meet some. Those ones are bound to be well mannered - and not the monsters I've met.

    As long as you are prepared to put the work in and set limits for the dog including with its interactions with other dogs, you will be fine. There are some dogs that are ok with no training, but a malamute is not one of them.

    Dan4nas - the malamute you know is clearly well trained and looked after. But you might want to ask the family how it was as a puppy ie what naughty things it liked to do, and imagine that in an untrained adult malamute. Not fun.

    as for your dog and giving command 6 times - your dog is training you, not the other way around. say the command once, and only once. If nothing happens, the dog doesn't understand the command or thinks it is "sitsitsitsitsitsit" not "sit". Clicker training involves getting the dog to do the action and then naming it after the dog has a good handle on it. Or you trained the whatever by "luring" in which case the dog knows how to follow the treat but that's about it.

    Basic thing is no reward if the action is not performed after the first command. If no desired action, "reset the dog" ie turn it in a small circle gently by the collar (having already given it lots of treats when you grab its collar), and start over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4nas View Post
    My dog on the other hand, sasha the cocker spaniel, yes is easy to train, however she wont do what you want her to unless you tell her six times! she knows what i am asking of her, but its almost like she sits there thinking... "if i just pretend i cant understand she will stop telling me to shake, or drop.." but after 5-6 times of telling her she will huff and puff and do whats asked of her.
    NOW THAT is pig headed! lol
    Dan4nas... You are allowing Sasha to train you! Saying the comand 6 times without compliance tells me that you are allowing Sasha to 'give you the bird' big time and decide whether to comply or not! This is not a thick dog- this is a normal dog! I promise you, if you have to say 'sitsitsit' today, it will be 'sitsitsitsitsit' tomorrow.

    You must never give/ use a command unless you are in a position to reinforce
    it. And the command should only be used ONCE. I would suggest right now you need to retrain some commands with different words to get compliance on the first command. You also need to consider how you are rewarding... It's likely you are not 'paying' enough for Sasha's efforts, thus she is less motivated to comply.

    I don't believe there are 'Thick' dogs. I believe there are simply dogs with different learning needs/ different payment requirements/ different levels of independence/ and inconsistent handlers ( or all combined).

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    I dont know where i ever said "thick"?????????

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    I have a Malamute. He's not quite 6 months old yet but he's well on his way to being a very well mannered dog and our older bulldog has definitely instilled in him that he's the pack leader without any issues.
    We practice everyday with sit, paw, lay down, wait, out the kitchen, leave the cat alone, outside, inside etc. I'm not big on super obedience but i need my dog to listen, to know it's boundaries and to be able to control in the event of visitors or when the kids are playing crazy.
    It's not hard. He's a beautiful chatty loving animal who loves giving kisses and sleeping away the day on the couch. My house is covered in fur and that is the only frustrating part of being his owner.

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    I have a "thick" dog.

    He learns tricks very fast, he is super eager to please you but he really is not smart.

    I did those intelligence tests where you place food under a cup, or put it just out of reach under a table etc...
    As soon as the food was out of sight he simply though it vanished into thin air.

    The other 2 are smart enough to push the cup over and use their paw to get the food from under the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4nas View Post
    I dont know where i ever said "thick"?????????
    *sigh*

    'pig headed' then if you must assume I was posting specifically to you.

    I guess I could have used dumb, stupid, retarded, deficient, moron, nuffy.... Whatever.

    But I wasn't, I was speaking in general... Whether it be about Malamutes, pugs, Dobes, ACD, GSD, cockers, GSPs, Akitas, Malinios, JRTs, afghan hounds, borzoi, salukis, Irish Wolfhounds, deerhounds, mastiffs, Staffords, Vislas, maltese terriers, chinese cresteds, poodles, labs, goldens, KCCs, doodles, Bulldogs, oodles, poos, ****s...and apologies to anyone who has a breed I didnt mention... I was not ignoring you.

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