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Old 05-15-2011, 04:28 AM
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Alaskan Malamute Husky Cross

Hey guys!
I am new here. My family and I are on a trial period through the local SPCA shelter here and we are looking into adopting what we believe is a Husky crossed with Alaskan Malamute. Since he comes from a shelter we are not 100% sure. We noticed in the last 24 hours he is very timid around us, kind.. we didnt hear him even bark until our walk. He LOST it every time he crossed tracks with another dog. He got very anxious, lost focus on his walk and wouldn't draw his attention back to us no matter how hard we tried. He even ran away the minute we opened the gate today and ran back to where he knew there was two big dogs down the street. They were huge dobermans and he is probably pretty lucky they didnt get out of their cage. The minute we got him back into the yard he growled at me and actually snatched his mouth toward my hand looking like he wanted to bite me. This worries me since I have a 3.5 year old and her safety is our biggest concern. This dog has grown on us and we really wanted to keep him but next month we will have a brand new baby puppy that is a Bull Mastiff / Rotti cross. We really don't want any complications and if this is fixable we will try our best to make it better.

Thoughts and/or personal experiences would be great. Am I safest to just give him back at the end of the trial period?



This is him! he is 1.5 years old.

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What you have on your hands with this dog is a full time training "opportunity." It sounds like he is fearful and defensive. This is a challenge. If you choose to take it on you'll need some expert advice, probably the help of a behaviorist or a very good trainer. If you choose to engage a behaviorist or trainer make sure the person uses only POSITIVE methods. If the person recommends harsh punishments, corrections or the use of devices like prong collars or choke chains, look elsewhere. (the problem with harsh methods is they can lead to increased aggression from the dog... someone gets bitten, often the child in the house, as the dog gets extremely stressed and ends up losing its composure somewhere unexpectedly.)

To be honest, if you have a young child in the house, and are expecting a young puppy, and you don't have any experience dealing with shy or aggressive dogs, in my opinion, you are in over your head. This is a BIG dog you have and could hurt someone in a flash. That is just my opinion. It would be very wise to engage an expert to evaluate the situation.

One more comment. Your new puppy will be a full time job in itself. If you've never raised a puppy before, the first one is enough to handle, without a problematic semi-adult on the scene as well. Again, that's my opinion/experience after seeing so many folks write in to dog forum for help with their puppies. People find it very time consuming, and emotionally exhausting to raise a puppy, also fun of course, but what I'm saying is that a puppy already over loads people the first time through.

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Old 05-15-2011, 09:31 AM
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Lol what tess said but fwiw I don't thing it's a husky malamute. It's not big enough, at all. Malls are very large dogs and huskeies are normally in the 60lb range. That dog looks maybe 45-50lbs
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I don't have any advice on how to train your new dog, but I can echo what Tess said about puppies taking a lot of time.

I have a year and a few months old pure bred German Shepherd, Sampson. When we first got him we spent a ton of time just teaching him manners, playing with him, potty training, and teaching him the basic commands. We even enrolled Sampson in puppy classes on the weekends, and they give you homework to complete before next class.

We are finally at the point with Sampson that we do not have to spend as much time watching his every move, teaching him his manners/basic commands, and playing with him. This is over a year after getting him too..

Good luck!
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I completely agree with Tess. I think it's great you were willing to adopt a shelter dog but with you current situation I think it would be a bad idea to keep this dog. Hopefully after you successfully get through the puppy stage with the new puppy you can go back to the shelter and give them a list of what your looking for in a dog and then hopefully they can match you with a dog who will fit your family.
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Thanks for your reply guys! I think I am best to talk to a professional like you said and go from there. My spouse has had huskies in the past but when I read online all the things NOT to do with an agressive dog, he does. So I think we'd probably have a very hard time trying to train him. The shelter said he is for sure Husky and all his characteristics point to a malamute. That picture makes him look smaller than he is.
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yeah, i have to ditto tess on this, you definitely do not want to have this dog influence your new puppy, and with a small child in the house as well, you would be in way over your heads... i also find this statement concerning:
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My spouse has had huskies in the past but when I read online all the things NOT to do with an agressive dog, he does.
those things shouldn't be done with a dog that hasn't shown signs of fear/aggression either, unless you want to create it

some resources to find a professional for advice:
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers®
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I really have to agree with Tess. Counter conditioning a dog like this is going to take a lot of work. Add in a child and a puppy, and I think you are setting the dog up for failure. If you are on a trial period with the SPCA, I think the best thing for the dog would be to tell them about his challenges so that they can find him a better fit. I'm sorry if that's not what you want to hear.
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Well, a few of the things I can understand not knowing. He had him enrolled in obedience classes for Monday and on a couple websites I came across, it says not too. It also says a traditional trainer will not help either.

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Do NOT enroll in dog obedience class. They always make this kind of problem worse.


Do NOT get a traditional dog trainer. All you will end up with is a dog who comes, sits, lies down ... and still barks, growls, bites, attacks. You must address the underlying psychological problem. No amount of "training" can do that.
I don't know if anyone can verify that for me. My spouse was very firm with him when he finally brought him back to the yard and its like the dog did not like that at all, and thats what made him snip at me. I really wanted to try my best and not give up and bring him back to the shelter but I am not sure what to do as far as a professional, I live in a city of 40,000 people. Where would I look for one?
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Do NOT enroll in dog obedience class. They always make this kind of problem worse.


Do NOT get a traditional dog trainer.
True. For fear and aggression you need to counter condition his behavior slowly, which can be years of work. The links fawkese provided should give you a list of people in your area who can help. Some behaviorists will also fly out.
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