Activities For Alaskan Maladors

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Introduction

The Alaskan Malador is a designer breed achieved by mixing the Alaskan Malamute with the Labrador Retriever.  Both breeds were developed for working purposes, and the intelligent traits of the parents have been inherited by the Alaskan Malador. This dog will be very family oriented so make use of this friendly, helpful dog. They can be trained to help around the house, play with the children, or just be a snuggle buddy on a cold day. Blessed with an affectionate nature, the Alaskan Malador will fit in perfectly with family living. The Labrador side of this dog will love the water and all water sports, while the Malamute side of them has a ton of energy but it may make them harder to train because of a touch of willfulness. Patience and lots of praise will win this dog's heart.

Sled or Cart Hauling

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Sled or Cart
harness and leash
Activity description
You have the perfect dog breed to take advantage of snow or sunshine fun. Whether a sled for snow, or a cart for summer - your dog can be hitched up and trained to pull you along. The Alaskan Malador has the strength and endurance to pull a sled with several children firmly ensconced on it. Teach your dog to obey the basic commands such as stop, go (or mush if you must) and to listen to you for instructions. It will help knowing the instructions to go left or right as well, or you could be in trouble. Then you can whiz around the slopes with your dog working their heart out. They will feel so important being a dog with a job. This activity makes use of your dog's natural talents and not only provides a great physical workout, but also tests their training and obedience skills.
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Get ready for action
Get prepared for snowy days or at least for cooler weather. This will mean getting a sled or cart ready for action. Introduce your dog to the harness, and walk around guiding your dog while they wear it. Be sure to walk them quietly around the yard, giving them a lot of praise and reassurance.
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Practice before going public
Train your dog at home first before hitting the pavement or slopes. Get your dog used to pulling you along, and knowledgeable of the commands needed to guide them. This training is vital before you go where groups of people are, as you don't want to hurt your dog or the public. It will take several times before your dog gets their confidence up, so be patient. Start with short sessions so that you do not try their patience. Additionally, it helps them to build endurance.
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Time for the real thing
Once you are confident that your dog is up to the task, hit the slopes for the snow and sled, or the pavement for the cart. You can have so much fun with this activity and your dog will revel in all the attention they receive. It also burns off a lot of energy, which is what this dog needs. It is worth the effort of the training. Happy and tired after all this fun, your dog will just want to collapse beside you and snooze.
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Water Slide Fun

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Hot Day
Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Water hose
Child's slide
Paddling Pool
Activity description
The Alaskan Malador likes a challenge, and slipping down a slide into the water on a hot day will become a favorite game. If you have children, you may already have a slide which is perfect. Both children and dog can play this game. Use the water hose to provide a stream of water going down the slide into the paddling or swimming pool. Then comes the hard part, teaching your dog to climb up the steps to the top and then go down the slide. You may have to go up with them to give them confidence, and slide down into the water with them. It won't take long before your energetic pup is showing off and making a big splash. Let them go at their own pace, and make sure they are confident swimmers if you are using a swimming pool. You will have your dog and children fighting over whose turn it is next. This activity provides physical and mental exercise for your pup.
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Get prepared for hot weather
As with most things, it helps to get prepared in advance for summer fun. This will give you time to find a reasonably priced slide set if you haven't got one already. Perhaps friends with grown-up children have an old set you could have? Once you get this item, you are ready to play. Purchase a paddling pool if you don't have a swimming pool. Then, you just have to wait for a hot sunny day to put this activity into action.
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Get your dog's confidence
Start by getting your dog used to the slide. Let them check it all out, and even hop up on the slide part. Start to teach them how to go up the steps. Let them take their time and get their confidence. You could go up first and call them to come to you. Then slide down with them. Always let them take their time - it will be a new, and maybe scary, experience. Don't use the water at this stage, it is just the introduction.
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Turn on the water
Wait for a hot day and then position the slide in the water and turn the water hose on at the top of the slide. This is where you come in, you may have to have the first turn to get your dog going. But once they have been down it once, they will race back for a second go. Especially if they are the center of attention and get lots of great feedback. Be prepared to get wet even if you don't go down the slide. Your dog will come racing for a cuddle - wet fur and all - before racing off for another turn.
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Friendly Walk

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggie friends
snack and water
Activity description
While going for a walk to the park is always fun, you can take it up a notch by inviting friends and their dogs to join you and your dog for a ramble along the beach or a countryside wander. What could be better than a group walk to the beach or country estate? Your dog will love interacting with other dogs especially in neutral territory. The walk will wear off some of their energy while you can chat away with your friends. Once on location, the dogs can be set free to run around in a secure area to play their doggie games. Always supervise to ensure they are not getting in the way of other people or that they are not in danger from any vehicles. Take a ball so you can chuck it into the water and have all the dogs chase the ball and go for an impromptu swim. Just ensure the area is dog-friendly, and you can enjoy an hour or two relaxing while your dog practices their social skills.
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Offer the invitation
Have a look around your area for an interesting place to walk to with your dog and a group of friends. If you are handy to the beach or any water source that is often ideal. If not, a town tourist trail leading to a large secure park will be fine. Invite your friends and their dogs for a morning or afternoon out. Getting a date when everyone is free is the hardest part.
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Wander away on the day
Have a central gathering point where you all meet up at a defined time. After a few moments when the dogs sniff and say hello, head out along your trail, with your dog on-leash. The walk with other dogs will be new for your pup, they will probably tangle themselves up as they try to see what everyone is doing. Hopefully, the weather is sunny and you can all enjoy the walk.
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Location achieved
On arrival at your chosen location, give your dog some free time to play games with the other dogs. If you are at the beach or lake, they will love to run in and out of the water, so throw a ball or two to make it even more interesting. After a while, it's snacks and drinks for dogs and humans. Then of course, you have to walk back! All dogs benefit from these socializing events and of course, the exercise. As do their humans!
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More Fun Ideas...

Urban Agility

Train your Alaskan Malador to perform urban agility. An example of this is to teach them to jump up onto a low brick wall and balance while you count to ten, then jump off. Another agility task could be to jump up on the end of a park bench, walk along it, and jump off. Or maybe get them to crawl for a bit, before running back to you to sit and stay. It's a great workout.

Toss the Toys

Instead of tossing a ball for your Alaskan Malador to retrieve, toss a toy! It is a game of fetch with a twist. Vary the toys you throw going from small toys to larger soft toys but make sure they are tough enough and won't be damaged. Teach your dog the name of each toy as you toss it, then command them to 'go fetch the yellow duckie'. Your dog will get a physical workout as well as mental exercise as they learn what the toy names are. 

Grab the Leash

Before heading out to go for a walk, train your dog to go get their leash and after that send them to get your walking shoes. While these are minor tasks, it keeps your dog busy in a productive way, rather than just jumping and whining for you to hurry up. After you train your dog to do these tasks, have a special area where you always store your gear so they know where to find the items.

Conclusion

Don't treat your Alaskan Malador like a toy - to played with one minute and ignored the next. You may end up with a dog who escapes regularly to find some excitement. Make home fun with cardboard boxes to explore, jump on or perhaps to rip apart to get hidden treats. Get them to help carry heavy things, or to pick up toys out in the yard. Make use of your dog's willingness to help. When you water the car, water the dog! All you have to do is spray them with water occasionally and they will go nuts! Leaping, running around the house, barking at you. They just love impromptu games like that. There are many things that you can do to make your Alaskan Malador a happy and contented dog.