Are Alaskan Malamute Good Service Dogs?

By Tom •  Updated: 11/09/22 •  3 min read
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Are Alaskan Malamute Good Service Dogs?

Service dogs are dogs that are trained to assist people with physical disabilities. A service dog is required to be certified to be properly acknowledged as one. A person with a disability may need the help of a service dog to ensure safety and independence.

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Dog owners often consider the Alaskan Malamute as a good breed for service dogs because of their loving temperament and intelligence. They are often the right breed for people who have physical disabilities such as being blind or disabled by paralysis. But is that true? Can Alaskan Malamutes make good service dogs? This service dog training article is going to talk about Alaskan Malamute and their temperament, their uses, and how to train them.

Benefits of a Service Dog

Service dogs can provide a variety of benefits to people with disabilities. A service dog can be trained to sense an impending threat and alert its handler before it happens. They can also protect their handler from an attacker by performing an intervention such as a bark or growl, or by simply defending their handler from attack.

Furthermore, some people with disabilities cannot go out in public because they need the help of a service dog to prevent them from falling, being attacked, or becoming lost. A service dog can provide this safety and security. Many people who have service dogs also experience reduced anxiety levels, improved social interactions, and a greater sense of independence and freedom as a result of having a service dog with them on a daily basis. The presence of the dog may also remind the person with a disability that they are not alone and may encourage them to take advantage of opportunities that are available to them due to their disability.

Will Alaskan Malamutes Make Good Service Dogs?

Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs that are sometimes described as gentle giants. They have a very large head and long muzzle, but they also have a long body and a compact body. The Alaskan Malamute has an incredible amount of stamina, making them perfect for guard dogs. The breed is well-known for its amazing intelligence and loyalty, which makes them great family dogs as well as service dogs.

They are affectionate and friendly towards everyone, but especially towards children. They also enjoy attention from their owners, making them great pets for anyone who has the time to give them that attention. Those who may benefit from emotional support may want to have an Alaskan Malamute as their service dog.

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However, take note that they have some level of hunter instinct and aggression, they can be territorial and they have an instinct to chase. This means you should make sure they’ve had proper training so that they don’t run off when their owner needs their help. They are also known to be highly trainable, but training can be difficult and long-term.

You can train them to do almost anything, but there are some things that are harder for them to learn. You should be careful about certain activities, such as learning how to open doors or carrying items, since they have a strong prey drive.

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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