- Malamute training is very specific. While you can use all ways and means for general dog training , you will find following peculiarities in Malamute:

- Fast learning. My dog did learn much faster the meaning of commands than other dogs in the same class (many different breeds). But, do not be deceived by it, that same intelegence is used "other way around" in following disobedience attempts.

- Testing you. Malamute will often test you to see if he will be permitted to disobey at some point. If he recognises pattern, he'll soon insist on disobeying.

- Working for "something". Malamutes usually refuse to do much for nothing. There must be strong reason for them to listen to your commands. Fortunately, for most of them food is such reason. So, train them with a lot of praise and food.

- Punishment for bad things dog does is part of training. In Malamutes, you need to have their strong pack instinct in mind when punishing - for best results. One good way is to exert dominance by gently putting dog on his back and starring in his eyes while growling (it's OK to look silly) until dog looks away. If problem is really big (say he chewed off your furniture!) you might find out that staking him out, far away from toys and you (even in sight) or closing-isolating him in the other room for a time does miracles. This mimics the way dogs them self punish badly behaving dogs from the pack "expelling" them for a time from the group.