If your Malamute has been destroying everything, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you five common reasons why Malamutes do it and what you can do about it.
Your Malamute might actually be doing it for a number of different reasons and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main causes and there are many things you can do about them.
Why your Malamute might be being destructive
Below are a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.
The reason why it has been doing it could be that it has started teething. This would be more likely if it is a puppy, if it has started doing it suddenly and if it has started chewing on things a lot.
This stage can last for around 6 months so you’re going to need to be very understanding of your Malamute during this period. However, it is also important that you take the time to start training it now.
To alleviate the destruction of things that you don’t want to be destroyed you should give it lots of things to chew and to follow the advice given in the next section below.
It might be tempting not to do anything since it should calm down once it stops teething but you shouldn’t do this. The best time to get your Malamute into good habits is while it’s still young. It’s easier to change the habits of a Malamute that’s a puppy than an adult Rottweiler. If you don’t take measures to stop its destructive behavior now then it might continue into adulthood.
Malamutes are meant to get daily exercise in order to be fully stimulated. When they do not get enough exercise, they will often look for other ways to stimulate themselves and it might be why yours has been being destructive. This would be more likely if it tends to calm down after getting exercise.
Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day as healthy adults.
The cause might be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it tends to be more destructive when you are about to leave or when you are not at home.
You can watch the video below for some tips on how to deal with its separation anxiety. This book on Amazon also shows you what you can do about it.
Another possible reason why it does it could be that there is something that has been causing it to be fearful. This would be more likely if it does it more at a certain time such as when there are certain noises outside.
You can try the advice given in the section below to correct this type of destruction but you’ll often find that help from a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist in your area will go a long way.
It could just be the case that your particular Malamute is more destructive than others. This would be more likely if it has always behaved that way.
To get this to stop you’re going to need to be patient and to be consistent with your training. If it’s not working then you could consider solving the issue when you’re not around by using doggy daycare or crate training.
How To Stop Your Malamute’s Destruction
Below are a number of options you have when getting the behavior to stop.
Train it to not be destructive
The first thing to do would be to give it positive reinforcement training. This is where you encourage the behaviors you want to see by rewarding them.
The training to stop your Malamute being destructive will likely need to be quite spontaneous since you’ll usually be doing it when it starts to destroy things.
To train it you’ll need to keep treats that it likes handy. Then, when it starts to chew things, get its attention and then when it gives you its attention get it to sit or lay down then reward it with a treat. This teaches them to pay attention to you when they’re feeling impulsive rather than destroying things.
You can watch the video below to see how to reduce your Malamute’s destruction
It will take time to change their habits and to teach them what to chew and what not to so it’s important to be very patient.
Reduce its ability to destroy things
It would also likely help to reduce its access to things that it is likely to try to destroy. To do this you could make use of house dividers, you could section off parts of the backyard and reduce its access to certain rooms in the house.
Do crate training
One way to make sure that your Malamute can’t destroy anything while you’re away would be to get them used to staying in a crate.
It’s important to get it used to going into the crate when it wants to because it wants to and not because you’re forcing it to, otherwise it won’t go well.
You can watch how to do crate training below
Use doggy daycare
Another option to make sure your Malamute can’t destroy anything would be to use doggy daycare. This option is good if your Malamute is older and doesn’t want to use the crate and it helps them to socialize with other dogs more.
Give it lots of exercise
As mentioned above, Malamute are meant to get daily exercise. It would help to make sure that yours is able to get exercise on a daily basis if it is a healthy adult. Generally, it is recommended for them to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Give it other things to chew
One way to get your Malamute to stop chewing on things that you don’t want it to is to have lots of toys around for it to chew instead. It could also help to give it bones and chews to chew on as well.
Get help from a dog behaviorist
If you cannot get it to stop or you can’t figure out the cause, one option would be to get the help of a dog behaviorist. By doing so, you should be able to see why it has been doing it and how to get it to stop.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your dog has been doing it.
Avoid physically punishing
If you physically punish your Malamute when it destroys things you’ll be risking making it lose trust in you and it will become fearful. This can lead to other problems such as anxiety and often won’t stop it from being destructive.
When it first started doing it
If your Malamute did not always do it, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be due to a change in its diet, an injury causing it to be frustrated, learning that the behavior is rewarded, boredom or something causing it to be fearful.
When it tends to be more destructive
It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that it tends to be destructive. If it tends to do it more when you are not around, it would be more likely that it does it due to separation anxiety or boredom.