This section is devoted to the better understanding of Alaskan Malamutes, their history, the way they should be trained, nurtured and various other information.
It will be presented in a little bit different way than you might see in everyday literature or websites.
I hope you like it. :)
This section will constantly be expanded with new topics and I invite you to come back to read what's new.
1 - My Thoughts
2 - Far Back
3 - ...
1 - My Thoughts
At any point in time, has anyone among you ever given some thought to the dog which does not obey your command when you give it? For me, in a sense, it is a walk... to hell.
It appears that he either forgot everything I taught him or it is temporary hearing loss at the most inconvenient moment.
Oddly enough, this has nothing to do with obedience competitions because during examinations he is able to fall at our feet in anticipation of the new command. Some dogs are unconditionally and at any time obedient but not Alaskan Malamutes.
What dog, currently criticized yet it is so beautiful that it takes my breath away and causes a smile on my face which, is sensitive and wise?
Does the dog deserve such criticism?
If the dog is an Alaskan Malamute, he ALWAYS listens, accepts and understands every word we utter and every gesture we make.
For me, the Alaskan Malamute is above all the other missions dogs because he does not blindly carry out orders. He will think before he performs. A Malamute is a great partner but to have a partnership with them we must earn it.
For thousands of years, Malamutes have cooperated with man. Evolution of the thinking process has developed in Malamutes a long time ago.
They use their brain. They think about the protection of the people of the Arctic. They performed important missions such as hunting and pulling heavy laden sledges. Occasionally the commands were dropped when playing with the villagers.
Malamutes were not spared by nature (but more on this in the next section).
I will now refer to a quoted scene by Betsy Sikora Siino in one of her books, namely a scene from the movie The lion King. In this scene, the young Simba's father teaches him that the stars are previous kings who are always there when you look at them, they are there to help indicate the way and protect him wherever he is.
This is a perfect reflection of my thoughts that it's the same with Malamutes, that despite the fact that they are "scattered" around the world, when pensive, they look farther than the eye can see. They look at the stars or in the direction of the "dancing" aurora borealis. They feel closeness with their ancestors which does not allow them to lose their heritage and indicates the path trodden over thousands of years that should show the way of responsibility, wisdom or even this naughtiness.
The Malamute is a dog whose primary genes were brought by the harsh arctic nature, with serious missions that needed to be successful, a fact that they were acutely aware of. He knew that human life depended on them in the Arctic. If there were no dogs, there would be no people.
When thinking about Malamutes, let's not just considers them dogs that follow orders. Let's appreciate his love, his wildness, devotion, reliance and, above all, his wisdom.
2 - Far Back
...We call on the last border of the northern land of the sun. But for those who understand and love dogs...
by Betsy Sikora Siino
Alaska is a much larger, more comprehensive icy wilderness than you can imagine, situated on the edge of the world.
- The home of great Alaskan Malamute
- This is the real beginning of these dogs whose secrets are not entirely revealed.
We all have the privilege to know the origins of ancestors of all the northern races that lived in the midst of the early representatives of our species for thousands of years and, because they were dependent on each other, the relationship between them were good. Malamutes were probably among the first domesticated breed "dogs".
In the light of such a rich heritage that Malamutes carved for centuries, if not millennia, the truth is that Malamutes are invoked from Kotzebue Sound on the Alaskan northwest coast.
Malamutes have their name from the native Eskimos or Inuit inhabit those lands, these people called "Mahlamuits" or "Mahlemuts".
Their Arctic homeland, the land of low vegetation, merciless temperatures, long distances to be traveled through the deadly frosty tundra, led them to cooperate and rely on dogs.
For Malamutes, they supported human life, they were used to pulling heavy sleds during nomadic wanderings, helped hunt for large animals, such as polar bears, walrus, moose and many others . But that is not all. These dogs were designed to provide previously hunted animals through freezing temperatures, snow and ice, to the villages usually many kilometers away.
Eskimos need dogs to be live because, without dogs, people in those areas do not have a chance to survive.
Malamutes are often called wolf dogs, probably because of its strength and independence, but above all because, in various writings are often encountered recorded situations in which the Eskimos describe crossing Malamutes with wolves.
Dogs felt a great responsibility, because human life depended on them. Malamutes therefore had to be muscular, possess impeccable instincts, strength. Their greatest asset was not their speed but the power and strength to cope with both the critical temperatures and distances.
Although, muscular and strong, Malamutes possess a great metabolism such that it had a reduced demand for food than any other dog of the same size from which we would expect the same effort.
To be continued soon...