- If Malamute will live indoors a lot, start his life with you in CRATE. Crate will help puppy to develop security, it will be his own place and it will enable easy house-training. My dog preffered LARGE crate (27"x37"x47") and the bare metal bottom (for coolness). If possible, keep the crate in your living room or similar place, as Malamute puppies love human presence. To atract puppy into crate put some of his toys in and give him treat to go in. Also, repeatedly, give him treats when he is in the crate. Malamutes are particularly clean and hate to soil their home. They will not "just go to bathroom inside" if they do not need to. Help them develop habit of going outside by taking them out to bathroom ever so often (3 months - every 4 hours, 5 months - every 8 hours, at least). Do not use crate as punishment.


- If Malamute will live mainly outside, prepare nice dry house or kennel, with sleeping area raised from the ground and lined (ex. by wood chips) and protected from the wind, water, rain, etc. Do not live him alone for extended periods, as they need people attention (or behavioural problems may develop). Also, try to minimize their need to go to bathroom in the kennel, by taking them out often. They hate dirty place to live in.


- In either case, if staked outside avoid using "dog line" hanging between two poles to which their lead is connected. This works well for small dogs. Even few months old Malamute will destroy such mechanism by pulling. Also, avoid obstacles around which they can tie themself - they do not know to untie... My 5 months at the time dog SEPARATED heavy chain links and freed himself. Also, later, he chewed off thinner dog-cable (plastic coated steel). So use the STRONGEST dog-cable you can find. Corkscrew kind of anchor worked great for me, just make shure it can't make cable tie around it. Some of these anchors come with small rings to attach the lead. Remove them and attach directly to the pole. Malamutes (even young ones) have enough strenghth and persistence to breake them. If you have enough place, 20 ft circle free of obstacles, use 20 ft long lead for staking out.