How to Stop My Alaskan Malamute Barking at Other Dogs
Why do they have to act like this? Why does your Alaskan Malamute bark at other dogs so much? Is this a normal behavior or is yours being strange? Are Alaskan Malamutes friendly with other dogs? And if so, what dogs do Alaskan Malamutes get along with?
Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this obnoxious, noisy problem. And we’ll of course also teach you how to stop your Alaskan Malamute from barking at other dogs. Soon, this will all be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop My Alaskan Malamute Barking at Other Dogs!”
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How to Stop Alaskan Malamute Barking at Other Dogs
To stop Alaskan Malamute barking at other dogs:
- To get your Malamute to be silent whenever they begin to bark at other dogs, teach them the “quiet” command.
- To do so, take your dog to a place you know they’re going to bark (the park, etc) with plenty of treats.
- When your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they respond and get silent while also giving you their full focus immediately reward them with a treat and praise.
- But if your dog continues to bark or quickly starts back up, then hide a treat within your fist.
- Put your hand right by your Malamute’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even inside of your fist and should pause their barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve quit barking and are paying you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a treat.
- If they continue to be silent and are giving you their attention, continue rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again begin barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your fist, placing it near their nose, and pausing until they stop their barking and focus on you.
- Be sure to always wait until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any praise or treats.
- This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being quiet and giving you their complete attention.
- With time, practice, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave with only the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer have to place your hand by their mouth.
- Once your dog is responding well with only the command, then you should start lengthening the amount of time you pause until you reward them.
- Start by pausing for about 1-2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- you won’t need to give your dog any praise and food, and they will be silent and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.
Still, to make real, long-lasting progress you need to ultimately address the problem at its root. Right now, your Alaskan Malamute is basically doing whatever they want, losing control of their emotions, and most importantly: not listening to you or your commands to stop an unwanted behavior (barking at other dogs).
To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your Alaskan Malamute barks at other dogs, they are clearly proving to you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when they see other dogs and refuse to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and deserving one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their dominance issues are currently burdening their little shoulders with 24/7.
That sounds terrific, right?
“Sure, absolutely, but how do I do this?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things get any worse.
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Why Does My Alaskan Malamute Bark at Other Dogs?
Your Alaskan Malamute barks at other dogs because they see them as a threat and are trying to protect both themselves and you, or because they are simply excited and would like to play. In cases of aggression, you’ll also see growling, snarling, and pulled-back ears. Playful dogs will have a more high-pitched bark, an open mouth, and will probably be doing play bows.
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Your Malamute feeling the need to protect you and themselves could be seen as a good thing, but if they don’t stop barking when told then they are feeling dominant over you. They see it as their duty to serve as your protector because they believe they are more capable of determining who is safe to be around. Obviously, this is a decision that should be yours.
You need to get a handle on this false belief of your Malamute’s right away, or you run the risk of them deciding you approve of their actions. They’ll then believe you are agreeing with them being the decision-maker and will begin doing whatever they want at all times.
Your Alaskan Malamute will bite, your Malamute pull on walks, your Malamute will pee in the house, and your Malamute will poop in the house. Being such large dogs (desired weights range from 75-85 pounds), this could make life for you incredibly difficult, so you’re going to want to get a handle on this problem immediately before things escalate.
To learn how to stop your Alaskan Malamute from barking at other dogs while also controlling other unwanted behaviors, go back to the first section now.
Are Alaskan Malamutes Friendly With Other Dogs?
Properly socialized Alaskan Malamutes are friendly with other dogs. It’s important to begin introducing them to other dogs and breeds while they’re still young. Malamutes have strong prey drives, so you should be careful with them around smaller dogs until they’ve proven that they can behave themselves.
There’s no reason your Malamute can’t interact with many other different types of breeds and sizes of dogs. Just respect the fact that your Malamute is a very large dog, and ensure that they realize this as well. At the first sign the other dog is not enjoying things, pull your Malamute aside for 5-10 minutes so they learn that playing too rough ends playtime.
What Dogs Do Alaskan Malamutes Get Along With?
Alaskan Malamutes get along with all breeds if socialized properly when they are young. The only issue you may have is with smaller breeds, as Malamutes have a strong prey drive. With proper introductions to other dogs while your Malamute is still young, however, they can live alongside — or meet for playdates — practically any other type or size of dog.
To be on the safe side, when your Malamute is meeting a new dog, look for the proper signs of play from each or end things immediately. Dogs who are interested in playing will be bouncing around and doing play bows with a high-pitched bark, while dogs getting ready to fight will have pulled-back ears, rigidity, and will be growling with a low bark.
I’m sure you’re tired of your Malamute barking like crazy, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop My Alaskan Malamute Barking at Other Dogs.”