- Malamutes are developed for hard work. Hence their body (and mind) needs a lot of exercsize in order to maintain happy and healthy life. You need to balance amount of puppy exercsize to avoid injuring fast growing bones in such a large dog as Malamute is. So - moderation! Not too much , not too little.
- I will describe my program, on which my Malamute grow-up into happy and healthy dog. Feel free to adjust for your own dog needs! Also, I did make some mistakes while doing so (mainly overexercsizing my dog). To avoid confusion, I'll represent this exercsize program corrected for those mistakes, so you don't repeat it. Also, in addition to exercsize mentioned, everyday pup needs his play-times and training sessions. To recognise if you are OVEREXERCSIZING your Malamute is hard, they will stand a lot, but could get health problems later. UNDEREXERCSIZED Malamute will usually remind you by beeing restless, doing a lot of chewing or digging and beeing disobedient in every sense.
- Usefull exercsize equipement: LONG (I use 25 ft long) lead and backpack for dogs. Long lead will reduce stress on both you and dog (he can go far back and forth - left and right) and reduce pulling-struggle. If you teach dog backpacking early, you will have great companion for hiking trips. Also, it will add chalenge to him as he grows older and much more capable than you, following him. Finally, you can plan ahead for pulling card and/or sled.
- "My" program of DAILY exercsize:
Note: When I say running, I mean follow the dog if he wants to run. Do not force him. My dog maintained pretty high speeds while young (about 8 mph until 5-6 months) and than gradually slowed down to 6 mph at about 12 months. This seem to be his fawourite propagation speed. He can maintain it for loooong time.
10 weeks to 4 months: 3 miles running (1.5 at a time)
4 months to 6 months: 4 miles running (2 at a time)
6 to 8 months: 5 miles running (2.5 at the time, in one case with empty backpack)
8 to 10 months: 5 miles running (2.5 at the time, in one case with backpack and 8 lbs weight).
10 to 12 months: 5 miles running (2.5 at the time, in one case with backpack and 16 lbs weight).
12 to 14 months: 6 miles running (3 at the time, in one case with backpack and 20 lbs weight).
14 to 24 months: 6 miles running (3 at the time, in one case with backpack and 25 percent of your dog's weight)
- After year old you can think about longer hiking trips and/or puling practice I didn't mention here.