Hi everyone, I’m Nabu. I’m a 6yr old, 110 lb purebred (unpapered) Alaskan Malamute with seriously good looks. I am the only puppy in my litter and because I am an “only child”, I have never needed to learn to share my food or play with other dogs. Humility may not be my strong point, but strength and independence sure are. I am seeking a new child-free home and I need a strong, confident, and experienced owner who can help me overcome my behavioural challenges without breaking my spirit. I have been with my owners since I was a puppy and because they love me, they want to place me in a home environment that would be best for me.
I have a high energy level and need at a couple of hours of activity everyday. This is how much I’m getting walked currently, but more would be ideal. I can be friendly and playful with other dogs, as long as we have been properly introduced and have gotten to know each other. However, I can sometimes show aggression towards dogs I don’t like. I need supervision and a controlled environment (ie, not the dog park) when introduced to other dogs as I have some leash aggression that is currently kept in check with a clicker, a Gentle Leader, or training treats. I am also very frightened of kids and need a home with no small children.
I am not a big fan of being restrained, so putting on collars or Gentle Leaders can be a bit of a process. But with some patient coaxing and treats, I come around. I am a very headstrong boy and will fight back if I sense dominance. I am also quite possessive and guard things I consider my own. Examples of these are food and toys, but can also extend to random items such as pine cones and sticks. If someone tries taking away “my” stuff, I will show my displeasure by growling or biting. However, my owner has found out that playing an exchange game with me makes me more willing to relinquish an item to get it back.
With adults, I am a loving and affectionate companion. My owners also think I’m quite cute when I forget to put my huge tongue back in my mouth. I like playing with a soccer ball or volleyball, getting pet and scratched. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m quite independent so am not overly clingy and am okay being outside by myself or hanging out in my crate for a reasonable period of time. If left on my own for very long periods, I may start getting stressed and chewing whatever I can get my teeth and paws on.
Other than an epulis on my upper gum which might need to be removed eventually and an old leg injury that is ok as long as I don’t run full speed, I am in great health. I have been very well-trained which wasn’t really a big challenge as I’m a very smart boy. However, I tend to decide when to listen and obey or not. On my own, I have even learned how to open windows and doors. Food is a great motivator for me to display my ingrained commands, as well as my show-stopping tricks (play dead, turn a circle, high five both paws, etc.) but I need an experienced owner who can be my alpha and remind me who is in charge.
I know I sound like a challenging boy, but with the right dog-experienced person, I will flourish and be a great canine companion. The important thing is for me to be with an owner who has the patience and experience to handle aggression issues. I need a strong leader, enough daily physical and mental stimulation, and more importantly, a chance to be the best dog I can be.
I’m neutered and tattooed with vaccinations up to date until December 2015.