Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted August 17, 2015
Kodi was my first dog. In hindsight, I'm not sure an Alaskan Malamute was the best choice for a first-time dog owner, but she definitely taught me a lot when it came to training, loyalty, and having a good laugh.
Malamutes seem to have pretty laid-back personalities and a great sense of humor. There is nothing better than watching a Malamute play in the snow. You can tell that they absolutely love it, and running around in the snow with one will make you feel like a kid again. They like interact with people, but they can also be pretty independent and stubborn, especially when it comes to training. Expect to work with them frequently and consistently if you want them to listen to you (and even then, they can have selective hearing sometimes). They have a strong prey drive, which means they'll chase small animals any chance they get. They do pretty well with children, though. Kodi was always so sweet and gentle with my infant daughter, which was really important to me when we got her.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember about these dogs is that they are very energetic. They need as much exercise as you can give them. If they don't get it, they'll take out that pent-up energy on your yard, shoes, clothing, garbage can, etc. Ideally, a person considering an Alaskan Malamute should have an active lifestyle and be dedicated to giving their dog the exercise it needs. I used to take Kodi hiking sometimes, and she loved it. A Malamute would make a great companion for someone who enjoys hiking, biking, jogging, or any other outdoor activities.