Always always remember negative training/punishments will only cause aggressive or fearful behavior and be bad in the long run. If you wouldn't do it to your child or family member don't do it to them as fear will break your dog. Remember training at a young age is of the most importance. Think of them as a wolf-pup the pack keeps the pups out of danger and teaches them in the 1st beginning months. This is where you will step in with teaching and enforcing your rules as well as tricks.
The begining months should be filled with all of the basics, potty training, do's and don'ts of the home, kennel traning, as well as the routine of everyday life. Within this time you and your puppy will begin to build your bond. Keeping a consistant routine is the best for your growing puppy as it will help them to understand these lessons much easier. When this has just about been perfected, you can begin to introduce harder tasks such as socialization, (sit, stay, lay down) leash training, etc. Always remember that if you have friends or family with UTD vaccinated pets socializing just got a bit easier. Having them come over for play dates will keep your puppy safe and encourage great new skills! From the age of 3 months to sexual maturity your Malamute will be in what is called the juvenile period. Durring this time your puppy will become increasingly independent (teenager), so when training using a lead will become increasingly helpful to remind the pup of the difference between work and play.
Never forget the dreaded stage as many from all breeds go through it. Teething. Between 3 to 8 months teething can be a problem so it is best to continue to puppy proof your home, and don't forget to put up your favorite pair of shoes! (Tip:try not to use rawhide to help your puppy knock the habit since if ingested can be fatal.)
Teaching your new pup not to bite hard will be a great help during this stage. Using a yelping noise or a "No" when a puppy play-bites is the best way to teach the acceptable amount of pressure when playing. If the puppy does not get the point yet try not to get angry and frighten the puppy.
Use 3 steps : start with the 1st "Ouch"; if it continues a loud 'Ouch!" should be used to try to get the point across; 3rd if these do not work use the loud "Ouch!" again and proceed with leaving the room for 30 seconds. Don't forget after the 30 seconds to go back and lure your puppy back to you by having them sit, lie down, and calm down, before resuming play.
Even if you do not wish to play again taking these steps without the end play will help eliminate the fear in your pup. Although you would think that forbidding biting all together should be key to stopping it, it is not, as it helps teach your dog in their adult years that his jaw can inflict pain. Consequently if ever provoked or scared as an adult the bite is likely to be painful and cause serious injury.
Certainly though puppy play-bites must be controlled, but only in a progressive and systematic manner. Rather than forbidding puppy-bites altogether you must teach the puppy to inhibit the force of its bites. Once you and your puppy have gained the ability to use a soft mouth when playing, there is plenty of time to next slow the frequency of your now gentle mouthing. This is a 2 step process! 1st teach your puppy that though it is OK to play this way he/she must stop when requested; and 2nd, teach that they should never initiate mouthing unless requested to do so, as this helps to prevent aggression.
There are 2 main stages in your puppy's life where fear can shape their behavior, 6 to 12 weeks and 8 to 12 months. During the 6 to 12 weeks is crucial as puppies can develop a fear of strangers, loud noises, and unexpected situations. Usually between 8 to 12 weeks when you begin reacting to your puppy's behavior is where your control of these fears steps in. If you use yelling, anger, raising a hand/object, or screaming, your relationship with your puppy can undergo some serious damage. The best thing in these stages is to provide a happy, positive situation, using a happy and calm demeanor. Systematic desensitization is useful in addressing fear-related behavior. Any sign of developing fears means it's time to add more socialization and exposure. The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is perfect for this stage of life. You can usually find a trainer for this at Petco, or any trainers near you that work with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
We all know exercise is very important for dogs as well as ourselves, but what most don't know is that a puppy from 5 to 12 months should not be doing hard exercise. For example doing runs/jogs for long distances is considered forced exercise which is bad for that age range, and can heavily impact the growth of your puppy.
"But my puppy has so much energy!" you may think. Which is usually true as most dogs 5 to 12 months may have the energy to keep up with running/joging, but they don't yet have the smarts to know when to stop! Forced exercise is anything beyond what effort the puppy would put out playing with dogs of the same age. Unfortunately the stress that forced exercise places on a growing and maturing skeletal system can result in long term damage. With large breed dogs' predisposition to developing hip dysplasia, those who are restricted in their level of exercise development have less severe issues than those given unlimited or forced exercise. Waiting until the puppy is 12 to 15 months old will allow you to enjoy many more years of exercising with your dog!