Archive for February, 2013
The Alaskan Malamute is a large dog that can be found in a variety of colors. They are playful and loyal and often used for sled dogs. No matter their location, they require a large amount of playtime and need space to run to meet this need.
Being a large dog, an Alaskan Malamute would, naturally, enjoy large dog treats, right? Malamutes benefit from having a dog treat that will last and they can work at that, as it will model their natural instincts. Stuffing and freezing hollowed treats, such as bones and Kong toys with cheese or peanut butter, provide extended chew times and satisfaction for the dogs. Yogurt, bananas, honey, or mashed potatoes mixed with crushed dog food or biscuits are also good fillings for these types of treats.
If you are giving your Alaskan Malamute his or her treat outdoors or in an area that is ok to get messy, you may consider raw beef bones, deer parts, or turkey necks. These can be obtained from a hunter you may know, or possibly a butcher. Just be aware that these treats will smell after about a day and are something you want to keep far away from carpeted areas! Additional outdoor treats the dog may find him or herself would be mice or squirrels, but whatever you do, do NOT let them eat mice or other rodents! Rodents often carry diseases or poison in their systems, which would be detrimental if ingested by your friendly pet.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with cat food, tuna, egg, or dried fruits, either. None of these are harmful to a Malamute’s system and each dog may prefer a different flavor or texture. Many Alaskan Malamute treats stem from their roots, and do not have to be store bought, so keep this in mind when planning special treats for your dog!